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Recruiter brings new talent to Clarion Hospital KELSEY HUEBERT News Editor
Clarion, Pa. - Clarion is preparing for the arrival of a new doctor at the hometown hospital. Dr. Bob Ranelle of Benbrook, Texas, will be joining the Clarion hospital staff. He will be the primary physician at Clarion Regional Orthopedics at Clarion Health Complex, adjacent to Clarion Hospital. “We’re looking at an Oct. 25 start date,” said Lana Griffin, Clarion Hospital’s physician recruiter since the position was created in 2006. “We have a fantastic orthopedic surgeon coming,” Griffin said. “When you know you have found the perfect physician,” Griffin said, “and the whole community is going to win, there is no better feeling.” “He is fantastic,” Griffin said. “He has been in practice for 22 years in Texas,” Griffin said. “It’s a win-win situation for our whole community
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(From left) Karen Hazlette and Lana Griffin team up to bring new physicians and specialists to Clarion Hospital. when a new doctor comes here,” said Karen Hazlette, director of marketing for Clarion Hospital. The last physician Grif-
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Clarion, Pa. - Student Senate is attempting to make the university bookstore more competitive. The spring semester will see a pilot book rental program. Students will have the option to rent some textbooks instead of buying them. The board of directors said a new mascot costume is in the works. Student senate President Ben Sturtz welcomed two new student senators, Ann Deibert and Jesse Snyder, both freshmen. Universities Activities Board reported 170 people attended the showing of the Penguins versus Flyers hockey game in Gemmel Multi-Purpose room. Sen. DeGennero of the Student Relations Committee said the equity dinner will be Nov. 10 in Gemmell MPR from 7 to 9 p.m. The university Show Choir will be performing. The committee is looking for a speaker. Sen. Stewart of the Student Facilities Com-
who started Aug. 23. “I have a great position here,” said Griffin, “because I get to work with all the physicians and
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Students volunteer to get out the vote and support their parties JON KNOLL Circulation Manager
mittee said a food and housing meeting was held this Oct. 13 in Egbert Hall. “I sat down with representatives from Gemmell Food Court, Eagle Commons, Resident Life and Interhall Councils,” Stewart said. “We discussed upcoming events in the Food and Housing vicinities, as well as student concerns and questions,” Stewart said. “We also discussed the idea of replacing one flavor of pop in Eagle Commons with Diet Dr. Pepper.” Stewart said the meetings are exciting. “I feel that it is so important that students be able to voice their opinions with these representatives,” Stewart said, “and know that they are really listening and ready to cater to student needs. I encourage everyone to attend Food and Housing Meetings in Egbert every other Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The next one will be on Oct. 27. E-mail me at a.m.stewart@eagle. clarion.edu for more information.”
Clarion, Pa - Tuesday, Nov. 2, the eyes of the nation will be on the elections held to decide numerous races for spots in the national and state governments. The pressure of the elections, however, will be felt a little closer to home. Two political groups on campus, the Clarion Young Democrats and the Clarion College Republicans are taking steps to help out with the upcoming November elections. Each group has been working with some local and state candidates in their respective parties to help raise awareness and support. Heather Motter, Vice President of the College Republicans, said she believes it is important to help out with the elections to benefit the party. “We do it to help keep the grassroots movement alive,” Motter said. The College Republicans have been working with some local candidates to help them prepare. They volunteered to help blow up balloons for senate candidate Pat Toomey, Congressman Glenn Thompson and State Rep. Donna Oberlander for the Autumn Leaf Festival Parade.
“Everyone can be involved in what they believe in...” — Heather Motter
— Brittany Concilus President of the Young Democrats
They have also worked with members from gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett’s campaign. Motter said her group will also be working the polls handing out information on Nov. 2. Motter said she believes that this election is not too big for a college group to be involved. “Everyone can be involved in what they believe in,” Motter said. The Clarion Young Democrats have also taken steps to help their respective candidates earn their spots in the government. Brittany Concilus, a senior English major, is the president of the
Young Democrats. She said her group has been in constant communication with the campaign of Dan Onorato, the Democratic candidate for governor. Concilus said that most of the work has been done with Onorato’s partner in the race, Scott Conklin. “He does a lot for college students,” Concilus said. The Young Democrats are also hoping to have the Pennsylvania congressional candidate from the 5th district, Michael Pipe, visit Clarion University to try and gain support. “We’re hoping to have voter registration tables, also set up by the Young
Democrats, in collaboration with Penn State University and Slippery Rock University to gain awareness and prospective voters for the election.” Both groups also have upcoming events which they said they believe will be important. On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the College Republicans will host a meet-andgreet with Thompson, which Motter said is open to all students, faculty and staff. The event will give attendees a chance to meet the congressman face-to-face.
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hospital administration.” “We network with the medical community,” Griffin said, “and also use recruiting databases.”
College political groups gear up for fall election
fin recruited to the Clarion health system was Dr. T. Murray Baker, family practitioner at the AC Valley Veteran’s Clinic,
Paid networks help doctors connect with potential hiring hospitals. “The recruiting firms are very effective, because they are specific to the type of physicians we seek,” Griffin said. “Having that network of physician references is very helpful,” Hazlette said. “That’s how we recruited our anesthesiologist, Dr. Bob Landfried, who has been with us for a year,” Hazlette said. Griffin said physicians must be willing to be an integral part of the community. “We aren’t a big health institution,” Griffin said, “but we are a community hospital. Our physicians choose to stay here.” Griffin said the housing market makes recruiting more challenging. “It is difficult to recruit,” Griffin said, “because physicians are not as willing to move as they have been in the past.” Griffin said the state’s medical climate also hinders the recruiting process.
Romeo and Juliet premiers in Little Theater.
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Arguments wrap up in hate crime case AP EXCHANGE Scranton, Pa. - Two young men were filled with alcohol and testosterone — and, as prosecutors charge, ethnic hatred — when they took part in the fatal beating of a Mexican immigrant two years ago. Now it’s up to a jury to decide whether they are guilty of a hate crime. Jury deliberations will begin Thursday in the trial of former high school football players Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak, charged in the July 2008 death of a 25-year-old illegal immigrant in the small town of Shenandoah. In her summation to the all-white jury, Justice Department prosecutor Myesha Braden said Wednesday that Donchak, now 20, and Piekarsky, now 18, were motivated by their dislike of Shenandoah’s growing Hispanic population when they beat and kicked Luis Ramirez during a random late-night encounter in a park. Afterward, she said, the young men joked about what they had done and plotted to lie to the police. “They showed no remorse that night ... no
sense of responsibility for having beaten a man to the point of death,” Braden said. The defendants, along with two of their friends who have already pleaded guilty, “acted as a team,” she said. “As a team they issued racial threats and slurs. They told him as a team to go back to Mexico. And they beat him as a team. The defendants are responsible together for what happened to Luis Ramirez.” Donchak and Piekarsky were charged in federal court with violating Ramirez’s civil rights after an all-white jury in Schuylkill County cleared them of serious state charges last year. Prosecutors allege that Piekarsky delivered a fatal kick to Ramirez’s head after he’d been knocked unconscious by another teen, Colin Walsh, who pleaded guilty in federal court and testified against his former friends last week. Donchak took part in the fight and then conspired with Shenandoah police to cover up the crime, federal prosecutors say. The accused officers are scheduled to go on trial early next year. Both defendants are charged under criminal provisions of the Fair Housing Act, while Don-
chak faces additional counts related to the cover-up. The hate crime charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. As they have all along, defense attorneys insisted Wednesday that the fight stemmed from youthful aggression — not ethnic hatred. “Brandon Piekarsky is not, nor has he ever been, a racist,” said James Swetz, Piekarsky’s attorney. He ridiculed the government’s theory that Donchak and Piekarsky intended to deprive Ramirez of his federally protected housing rights, saying they didn’t even know that Ramirez lived in Shenandoah. The fight began late in the evening of July 12, 2008, when a half-dozen drunken teens, all football players at Shenandoah Valley High School, were walking home from a block party and came across Ramirez and his 15-year-old girlfriend in a park. A verbal altercation escalated into a wild melee, with punches thrown on both sides. The young people who brawled that night were “too filled with street pride, easily inclined toward crass language, too quick to anger,” said Donchak’s attorney, William Fetterhoff.
They lacked “maturity, judgment, prudence and self-restraint — Luis Ramirez included.” Fetterhoff said Ramirez bore some responsibility for what happened to him. The initial fight was over when Ramirez — enraged by ethnic slurs that one of the teens, Brian Scully, continued hurling at him from down the street — charged and began clubbing Scully in the back of the head. That brought Walsh’s knockout punch, following by the kick to the head. The defense claims Scully, not Piekarsky, kicked Ramirez as he lay unconscious in the street. Ramirez, said Fetterhoff, “didn’t deserve to die. But he would be alive today if he had left.” Calling his client “Beer Muscles Piekarsky,” Swetz said the teen was spoiling for a fight that night, regardless of ethnicity. He argued that Piekarsky and Donchak formed an intent to hurt Ramirez the moment they saw him. “What did they know about him? They knew he was a Mexican. They knew he was a ‘spic,’” said Hogan, his voice rising. “They knew he didn’t belong in their town.”
Clarion Hospital prepares for new talent Hospital continued from page 1 “Considering the state’s high malpractice insurance rates,” Griffin said, “and the inadequate
amount of state reimbursement on subsidized claims, it makes it even harder,” Griffin said hospitals and physicians often take a loss when re-
questing reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. “Recruiting is as much about selling the community as it is selling the hospital,” Hazlette said.
“If doctors come here,” Griffin said, “they will fall in love with Clarion.” The Clarion Call will present an exclusive interview with Dr. Ranelle in a later edition.
Student political groups pitch in to see favorites elected Politics continued from page 1 The Young Democrats’ event will not only spread the group’s name throughout campus but will also help to fight a cause.
The group will host the “Night of Nets,” which will be a screening of the “When the Night Comes” DVD about people struggling to fight malaria. Concilus said there will be donations taken in order to help buy nets
for those people, so they may sleep without the bother of disease carrying insects. “Clarion’s a small place, but just because we’re a small group, doesn’t mean we can’t make a big difference,” Concilus said.
Both groups meet regularly on Thursday nights. The Clarion College Republicans meetings are in Gemmell Room 152 at 8 p.m., while the Clarion Young Democrats meet at 6 p.m. in Founders Hall Room 118.
Brookville man injured in assault
Trooper Sprankle reports that Darren Medek, 22, of Brookville, Pa., was flown to UPMC on Oct. 8 for treatment of head injuries after an alleged assault at around 2 a.m. The assault occurred at the home of Charles Dubrock, 42 of Strattanville, Pa. on Route 322. The incident is under investigation.
Trooper Krick reports a call concerning harassment from 321 Ridge Ave Lot 17, Strattanville, Pa., on Oct. 11. The suspect, male, 26, pushed the victim, female, 24, and broke her cellphone. The victim did not wish to press charges.
Man cited for lewdness, fighting
Trooper Ripple cited Nathan Phillips, 30, of Summerville for disorderly conduct at the Strattanville Fire Hall on Oct. 9 at around 10:28 p.m. The report states the accused was being lewd and trying to fight another individual.
Investigator James Weaver reports a damaged cornfield belonging to John Servey, 50, of Strattanville, Pa. Unknown persons on ATVs flattened the field, located approximately a quarter mile east of Detrick Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact Clarion State Police at (814) 226-1710.
State Police reported an accident on Interstate 80 about a mile east of Route 3020 on Oct. 9 around 6 p.m. Both the driver, Randall Harmon, 63, of Albuquerque, N.M., and passenger, Lou Helen, 55, of Indianapolis, Ind. received injuries of unknown severity and were taken to Clarion Hospital.
DUI on Greenville
Trooper Krick arrested John Amon, 26, of Clarion, Pa., for DUI on Oct. 7, around 12:40 a.m. on Greenville Pike. The suspect was pulled over for an equipment violation and was found to be intoxicated, charges pending results of blood test.
Trooper Ripple reports that unknown persons, on Oct. 6, entered the home of Mark Anthony and stole a Toshiba
laptop and a Acer laptop. They then fled the scene.
Trooper Ripple reports that Kari Housler of Brookville, on Oct. 6, attempted to steal makeup and perfume from wal-mart. Total value $105.
Cited for annoyance
Trooper Keith Allen cited two individuals for annoying one another.
Debit card stolen
Trooper James Weaver reported that debit card belonging to Meagan Kribbel, 26, of Sligo, Pa., was used to make unauthorized purchases.
Trooper Weaver reported that an unknown person threw three bags of garbage along Doe Run Road near SR 322. Any one with information please contact (814)2261710.
Trooper Weaver reported that unknown person(s), on multiple dates used force to enter the residence of Marsha Brosious, 45. Nothing was reported stolen.
Theft in dorms
Campus police report Orion Muldrow, 19, was arrest for theft after he enter a room in Wilkinson Hall and grabbed a book bag. There was $290 in the book bag, along with other items. Muldrow was placed in the Clarion County Jail
Clarion Campus Police Oct. 10, arrested a male, 25, for domestic violence (simple assault) at the 6300 block of Reinhard Village. He was placed in Clarion County Jail.
University Police are investigating a incident that involved possession of marijuana on Oct. 10. The incident is still under investigation.
DUI with lights out
On Oct. 2 University Police observed a vehicle obstructing traffic in the northbound lane of Greenville Avenue, near Thorn Street. The vehicle had no visible lighting, and didn’t have its hazard lights on. The driver was found to be intoxicated while operating a vehicle.
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Should replay be expanded in baseball? DREW KARPEN Sports Editor
For the last few years there has been an ongoing discussion of whether there should be expanded replay in baseball. When it comes down to the postseason, every call is crucial, and players as well as coaches want to make sure the right call is being made. So far, in baseball the only situation that is reviewable is whether a home run is fair or foul. The replay system was put into effect for the first time in the World Series last year. Alex Rodriquez of the New York Yankees hit a ball that struck a camera just above the outfield wall. After much debate, the officials looked at the replay and saw that the camera was lying beyond the fence, ruling it a home run. Replay hasn’t been as
big of a factor before this year. There have been numerous close calls that have gone the wrong way during the duration of this season. On June 2, Detroit Tigers pitcher, Armando Galarraga, was one out away from a perfect game when the first base umpire called the runner safe on the last play of the game. After looking at the replay, it was clear that the runner was out and Galarraga was robbed of history. If replay was available to look at for the umpires, they would have been able to look at the play and make the right call. “Replay needs to be implemented so special and rare occasions like this one can be official rather than a what should have been moment,” Jeff Rupprecht, a student at Duquesne University said. “Being that umpires have blown some pretty big calls that cost some players and teams big moments and games, then yes, they need to expand replay to make sure they get every single call right,” Jon Knoll, a student at Clarion University said. There have already been a handful of missed
calls in the 2010 playoffs. So far, out of the first 10 playoff games played, only two were called without any crucial mistakes. In all of the other eight games, the team that got the shorter end of the call, ended up losing the game. Umpires have a tough job having to make sure every call goes the right way. With a replay system to make sure they get all of the safe and out calls correct, a lot of pressure is off their shoulders. This past week, major league baseball has decided to gather players, umpires and officials to talk about the idea of expanding replay. Getting this figured out will be priority No. 1 in the offseason. No umpire wants to be blamed for a team losing a playoff game because of one bad call. The players and coaches prepare and play too hard for the decision of the game to be taken out of their hands.
-The writer is a junior Communications major and the Sports Editor of The Clarion Call.
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ALISON RASER FRESHMAN MATHEMATICS
“Yes, I am registered to vote, but I have to look into absentee ballots because I am not registered in Clarion. I think the big issue this election in the rise in taxes.”
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Drilling firm basks in Chilean rescue JOE MANDAK AP Exchange
PITTSBURGH— Proud employees of a small drilling company too remote to have cable television found themselves Wednesday at the center of the world’s biggest news story — but they still had to get the day’s work done. As rescuers brought 33 Chilean miners one by one in a metal capsule through a 2,000-foot hole bored by drill bits made by Center Rock Inc. of Berlin, Pa., workers in the small southwestern Pennsylvania community occasionally paused their daily routines to follow computer news feeds. Lunch was brought in to help them celebrate. But machines still needed to be oiled, floors still needed to be swept — and somebody still had to answer the phones, which were ringing off the hook. “We still have customers who still need products today, so we’re working and we’re celebrating,” inside sales manager Becky Dorcon told The Associated Press. Center Rock has a brief, but storied, history. Founded in 1998, the company’s profile rose appreciably in July 2002, when it pitched in during a similar rescue to free nine miners trapped underground for more than three days in the flooded Quecreek Mine a few miles away. Tom Foy, 61, who still lives in Berlin, was one of the Quecreek miners but has worked for Center Rock for nearly five years. “The kids won’t let me go back,” said Foy, a married
father referring to his four children, ages 34 to 38. “I gave the mining up. I wasn’t about to put them through that again.” Although Quecreek helped put Center Rock on the map, it was the company’s LP Drill — or low-profile drill — developed five years ago that has seen the company grow from 16 to 75 employees and put the company at the center of the Chilean rescue, Dorcon said. Schramm Inc. of West Chester, Pa., makes the T-130 drill used to make the hole; Center Rock makes the 28-inch wide canisters that function as the bit. Each canister contains four air hammers and four drill bits that move in tandem to dig through rock. Center Rock owner Brandon Fisher, just back Tuesday night from Chile, fielded dozens of interview requests — and hoped to sneak away for some sleep. In an exclusive interview with the Daily American of Somerset, Fisher said he and wife, sales director Julie Fisher, were back in Berlin in time to watch on television as the first miner was pulled from the hole where he and his colleagues had been trapped since Aug. 5. Fisher, 38, and Richard Soppe, 58, his director of construction and mining tools, spent 37 days with scant sleep drilling the rescue shaft. Julie Fisher joined them about two weeks ago, and relatives and friends gathered to welcome them home Tuesday. “When I saw the first guy looking healthy, that’s what it’s all about,” Fisher
told the newspaper. Fisher was especially drawn to miner Mario Sepulveda Espina, with whom Fisher interacted by video during the drilling process. Espina, the second miner pulled from the shaft, made made a bizarre request while still underground: wigs. Officials granted Espina’s request, Fisher told the Daily American, and the miner wore one in front of a video monitor, joking about what shampoo did to his hair — perhaps a reference to a commercial in which a wig-clad Troy Polamalu blames his big hair on shampoo. Once rescued, Espina ran along highfiving those above ground. “He was a practical joker; he used humor to keep the morale up,” Fisher told the newspaper. Dorcan said the company took “tremendous pride” in the rescue. “Everybody here has been giving 110 percent since the day Brandon got in contact with the people of Chile and it was thought he was going and our tools were going to be used,” she said. Foy said Center Rock volunteered to help in Chile after officials there confirmed the miners were still alive Aug. 22, but said soon afterward that they expected it would take until Christmas to dig a rescue shaft. “They said, ‘Well, heck, they ain’t getting out till Christmastime, and I know and Brandon knows and we all knew we could get down to them faster than that,” Foy said. “We proved that Center Rock is a little company, but they do big things.”
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Study shows decline in writing skills ROBBIE TUBBS Features Staff
Adding to the success of faculty at Clarion University may seem like a daunting task. Dr. Andrew Lingwall, an associate professor in the Department of Communication, has done just that with the writing of his paper. The paper, titled “Analyzing Student Writing Proficiency and Assessment Measures in Programs of Journalism and Mass Communication,” is about the increasing pattern of poor student writing that has been prevalent in the past years. Lingwall asserts that over the past 10 years, the overall writing skills of the average college student has greatly decreased. For his paper, Lingwall conducted a study based on a survey sent to 1,000 members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The survey recipients were asked to assess the writing skills of their students and rate them. “We’re dealing with a substantial amount of time each week dealing with basic student writing issues that should have been resolved before they were admitted into the program,” Lingwall said. “This means that we can’t
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Andrew Lingwall did a study showing a decline in writing proficiency amongst college communications students bring up new ideas or move on to interesting things because we are correcting these problems.” Lingwall lists possible causes for this reoccurring slump of poor writing. He suggests that maybe it’s poor writing instruction in the middle school or high school level; maybe students have not received proper instruction when they entered the
university. He also points to the possibility of technology having an impact on student writing. Technology affects everyone, and Lingwall brings up the possibility of “informal writing” having its effect on college students. According to his study, this is not an isolated problem confined to a certain region or area. Lingwall discovered that even
professors at big name schools such as Ohio State, West Virginia, Penn State and Syracuse were rating their student’s writing skills in the lower percentile. “Apparently even the kids who are competing for admission to a larger university…still have a lot of writing problems, too,” said Lingwall. Lingwall’s study shows stu-
dents who aren’t good writers are going to do worse in school and get lower GPAs. Not only are they not going to be as successful, they aren’t going to get hired when they begin looking for a job. Lingwall offers possible remedies for these problems. He said he believes that the college or university should meet students where they’re at and provide remediation courses for those below average. He said that students need to understand the matters. He also said students are not reading enough good books, saying that one way to improve writing is to read the works of those who did it best. On Aug. 6, Lingwall presented his paper to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2010 National Convention. It received recognition and is now being revised to be published in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal. This is an accomplishment for Lingwall because only about 30 percent of the articles that are submitted to this journal are published. “I’m just really excited about it because it was a tremendous amount of work to get it accepted to this journal…I feel very rewarded,” Lingwall said.
Blackboard vs. Desire2Learn Clarion changes learning network program ROBBIE TUBBS Features Staff
As students may have noticed, Clarion University has revamped its old system called Blackboard, to a brand-new one. This new system is called Desire2Learn, or D2L for short. Clarion isn’t the only school to change to this new program. In fact, every school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has switched programs over to D2L. “Based on the results of the evaluation regarding functionality and pricing, it was decided that awarding a single contract with Desire2Learn was in the best interest of the universities in the system,” said Darla Ausel, manager of the Learning Technology Center, Center for Computing Services. The entire transition from Blackboard to D2L lasted from March 29 to June 25 of this year. The first training sessions began March 29, and all the courses from the Spring 2008 semester to the present were migrated over. As of June 25, nothing on the Blackboard server was able to be accessed, and everything had been transferred over to the new D2L system. With this new system up and running, many people wondered how
different it might be from Blackboard According to the Clarion University website, the new system has all of the core features that Blackboard had in easy to find locations. Some such carry-overs from the old system include things like content distribution for papers, audio and video communication tools, collaboration tools, like discussion boards, grade books, student management and quizing and survey tools. The biggest differences between these two programs are the overall look and layout of their components in each of the respective systems. D2L overall seems to have a nicer feel and layout compared to Blackboard, making it easier for students and teachers to navigate and utilize in their academic pursuits. “Overall, we have had many positive comments concerning the new learning management platform. However, there is a definite change between Blackboard and Desire2Learn both from a student as well as an instructor perspective,” Ausel said. When the new system was put in place there were some things that could migrate over and some things that couldn’t make the cut. For one, all course ma-
terial and course content for classes were able to transfer from D2L to Blackboard. This included items such as Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets, accessible from the previous Blackboard network. This was good for teachers to keep their current notes, lectures, quizzes and other documents in the system. However, some items such as podcasts, grade book entries, and discussion board posts could not be carried over onto Desire2Learn. “The additional functionality is more noticeable from an instructor’s viewpoint. It also provides more extensive options for making content accessible for students with disabilities or special needs,” said Ausel. Overall the new system has caught on quickly. Users are rapidly becoming more and more familiar to the tools and resources available within the new program. A D2L student orientation website has been developed to familiarize students with the overall structure and functions of the D2L system. Also, to further add to the usability, the new D2L Helpdesk is available to provide support any time, day or night, with a variety of technical solutions.
Left: A majorette practices her baton skills with the band Below: A majorette works on her flag-spinning
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Twirling majorettes show school spirit ALIZAH THORNTON Features Staff
Football players, band members and cheerleaders are the major attraction at football games. But wait, there’s one group missing, the Clarion University Majorettes. The Clarion University Marching Band has five majorettes, including two golden girls, Jennifer Barnes and Lindzie Huff. It’s hard to miss these feature twirlers with their captivating gold and silver uniforms. During halftime at the Clarion football games, the girls perform with the band, as well as on the track to show off their individual skills. Barnes is a sophomore at Clarion, where she has been twirling for two years. Her experience goes far beyond that. “I’ve been twirling for 12 years and competing for seven years,” she said. Barnes gets to travel to many places such as Walt Disney World, and the University of Notre Dame every summer because of her twirling. Twirling may not seem demanding to those who have never done it before, but it is competitive and can also cause injuries, as in any other sport.
Muscle sprains, bruises and knee injuries are some of the problems Barnes encountered. “I love twirling so much; it’s my whole life! When I tore my meniscus we didn’t think I would ever be able to twirl again, and I would cry every day” She said. Twirling is the only extracurricular activity Barnes is involved with right now on campus. The second golden girl, Lindzie Huff, is a freshman at Clarion. She has been twirling for seven years, “which, in the twirling world, really isn’t that long,” she said. One thing about twirling that Huff said she dislikes is how competitive the sport has become. Twirling used to be something to do just for fun, now it is about winning titles, taking places and putting on shows, she said. Huff has played other sports, but twirling had been the one she enjoys the most, she said. Huff enjoys the fact that her twirling shows off her personality. “When I twirl, I let all of my problems go and just perform. It’s really awesome to be happy and forget everything when I have a show a performance or even just at practice,” she said. The feature twirlers can be seen in action at the home football game next Saturday Oct. 23.
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Psychiatrist writes memoirs of career in mental health
r. Zal has written an intriguing narrative of his life as a psychiatrist over several decades.”
— Louis Rentz, former executive director of the American College of Neuropsychiatrics
RUSSELL PEKELNICKY Features Editor
“Walking With Medusa” is the latest book from author and mental health professional H Michael Zal. Zal works as a psychiatrist in private practice in Norristown, Pennsylvania and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His previous publications include “Panic Disorder: The Great Pretender” and “The Sandwich Generation: Caught Between Growing Children and Aging Parents.” He is a lecturer, medical writer and editor on mental health topics with numerous published articles to his credit. He was the winner of the Eric W. Martin Memorial Award, presented by the American Medical Writers Association, for outstanding writing and the Frances Larson Memorial Award for excellence. The story is a memoir about 37 years in psychiatric treatment of one patient in Zal’s career. The tale begins when Zal met Bella, a 20-yearold suffering from a severe psychotic episode being taken care of at Haverford State Hospital in suburban Philadelphia
in 1967, when he was a first-year resident in the field of psychiatry. Although he did not see her for treatment continuously, their lives intertwined professionally over the course of the next few decades. Focusing on family relationships, he tells how both Bella and he resolved issues with a significant parent. Despite the fact his life was quite different from Bella’s, he was able to draw parallels from his childhood that allowed him to empathize with some of her feelings and the events of her life. She survived childhood abuse, molestation and a severely dysfunctional family background, which included an alcoholic father, a manipulative and conceited mother as well as substance-abusing and psychologically unstable siblings. In the end, she became a functioning individual, working as a paralegal and raising two children. “This is also a memoir of discovery,” as well as the progress of he made over the course of his career, from an inexperienced, anxious, insecure psychiatric resident to become a wiser, more empathetic and insightful therapist, said Zal. The memoir depicts how he learned to balance
“personal angst, the biologic basis of psychiatric illness and the uniqueness of the individual patient into a precise therapeutic tool,” said Zal. Zal’s book has received positive reviews from critics. Louis Rentz, former executive director of the American College of Neuropsychiatrics, said, “Dr. Zal has written an intriguing narrative of his life as a psychiatrist over several decades.” “He parallels his growth as an osteopathic physician in an interesting way with the progress of a patient encountered in his early training,” said Rentz. “It is a unique tale of how family and environmental experiences affected his professional development and both their lives, which makes this a compelling and fascinating book.” “Zal leads us past the serenity of the mansionlined streets to this massive hospital once known as the ‘Haverford Hilton…’ we experience, through a doctor’s eyes, a world inhabited by the mentally ill, and meet the beautiful Bella. Thus begins a compelling read for anyone interested in human behavior,” said Susan Greenspon, managing editor of the Main Line Times.
Reading police force faces mass retirements in 2012 JASON BRUEBUCK AND JASON KAHL AP Exchange
The Reading Police Department, whose 165-officer force already is down by more than 40 from last year, faces a potential avalanche of retirements next year as a lucrative labor contract ends, and before a cutback contract takes effect in 2012. Police estimate that up to 90 officers might retire simply because they believe it makes economic sense. That would drop the crime-plagued city to well below 100 officers, fewer than half the 209 it had just last year. If that happens, city officials say they wouldn’t be able to hire and train enough officers fast enough to replace them. Moreover, the city has huge financial incentives not to hire in 2011 because its Act 47 financial recovery plan calls for a nearly $11,000 reduction in starting salary and major cuts in benefits for those hired under a new contract beginning in 2012. And the city hopes that the state Legislature will change the pension requirements by then, but officers hired in 2011 would get — and keep — the current pension plan, which the city claims is too expensive. Would the city wait until 2012? “That’s a really difficult question; I don’t know the answer,” said Mayor Tom McMahon. “I’m hoping that we don’t have a mass exodus. “It’s obviously a situation we don’t want to have happen. We’d have to ask the state and the county and others to help us out. “There are substantial reasons, I think, to quantify the benefits of them (current officers) staying, so it’s not as onerous for them to stay.” McMahon said he and police Chief William M. Heim and interim Managing Director Carl E. Geffken have discussed the problem several times and are trying to get a better handle on what the city would do. Heim agreed that a lot of police officers are eligible to retire over the next 15 months and have an incentive. But one major concern has been
clarified by the Act 47 team: If officers enter a deferred-retirement program and continue working for another four years, they will receive the same benefits offered under the current contract when they retire, even if a new contract offers lesser terms. District Attorney John T. Adams said he believes that clarification will prevent too many officers from leaving at once. Losing many experienced officers would be a devastating blow, Adams added. “That’s a serious risk to public safety,” he said. “You can’t replace experience. You can’t teach someone in the academy to be a savvy police officer. They gain those skills through experience.” James D. Howe, who retired at the end of August after 22 years with the department, most recently working as the K-9 training officer, said Act 47 was one of a number of factors, but not the sole factor, in his retirement. He said morale is the lowest it’s been since he started with the department. “The daily job of a Reading police officer is stressful enough, not to mention the toll it takes on their families and their personal lives,” Howe said. “The added stresses that appear inevitable by the end of next year will push more officers into making that decision. Heim said the city has an active Civil Service list to hire from and that the language-testing process - aimed at getting more Spanish-speaking police on the force - will be in place by early next year. But recruits have to go through the more than five-month-long Reading Police Academy, followed by another four months of field training. Although the city could run two parallel academy classes the first half of 2011, and again the second half, Heim said that the city has a limited capacity to do field training. Lt. Albert E. Evans told City Council earlier this week that city crime numbers are not as bad as they seem and, in fact, are down from last year. He said the department’s clearance rate for robberies is twice the national average.
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Career fair gives students employment opportunities ALEXIA PURSLEY News Staff
Students dressed in their most excellent business gear flocked to the Career Fair Wednesday, Oct. 13 starting at 5:30 p.m. This year’s fair received favorable reviews from several employers, including recruiters for the Navy. HM1 Patrick Covert, the prefix standing for Hospital Corpsman First Class, was one of those who gave positive review. Covert had this to say; “We have seen a better turnout this year than last year.” When asked what he felt this was attributed to, he said, “due to the downturn in the economy. People see the Navy as secure; we don’t lay people off.” While employers were quite impressed with the turnout of students, Zack Thomas, a senior Marketing major of the Business Administration department, was not quite as impressed with the offerings presented to him and his fellow students. Thomas offered that instead of the majority of tables being insurance companies looking for thirdparty sellers, there should be, “some known companies where I would feel safe and secure for a few years, like Merrill Lynch or Edward Jones.” Although Thomas wasn’t interested in any of the employers at the Fair, he had this to say; “any interviews that follow [attendance at the fair] will be good practice.” There were 23 entities participating in the Career Fair, not including the two CU Career Services Center tables. Some of the companies in attendance included; Met Life, AFLAC, Premier Therapy, Northwest Savings Bank, Denny’s, Prudential, and seven tables with Study Abroad offerings, to name some of the entities present. The Study Abroad section is new to the Career Fair this year. Diane Brush, Interim Director of the Career Services Center, presented the idea to Feroz, International Programming and Study Abroad coordinator, as an opportunity to
expand the opportunities available to students, to broaden their career scope. Present in the Study Abroad section of the Career Fair was the Office of International Programs (OIP). Students filled out forms and leave them at the table. Lynn Hepfl, International Student Exchange Program Coordinator, explained how the forms would be used as a tracking mechanism to determine the OIP’s success rate for how many students followedup and for how many of these students do eventually study abroad. Present through the Office of International Programs was the Rotary International. Rotary clubs offer several programs including a youth exchange program, Ambassadorial Scholarships, Rotary World Peace Fellowships, and a Group Study Exchange program. The program most related to college students is the Ambassadorial Scholarship, which is available through individual Rotary districts. Clarion University students may apply for the Scholarship, which funds $26,000 for one academic year of study, through district 7280, or through their home district which can be found at rotary.org, or they may apply at both districts. The goal of Rotary International, as provided by Rotary representative Nancy Clemente, is to; “further world peace and understanding.” Students are encouraged to check out the links provided if world peace and/or international study are of interest to them. AFLAC, Alpern Rosenthal, Corbis Walker, and Premier Therapy present at the Career Fair that had prearranged a time for interviewing the next day. A good idea for students seeking immediate employment, and who are considering attendance to a future Career Fair at the University, would be to ask the volunteers present which companies have arranged a time for interviews the next day. The next step would be to meet and impress and the interview is set.
Peggy Stromer, representative of AFLAC, was looking for Sales Associates, mostly for full time but part-time as well. At her table was Clarion Alumni Autumn Crawford; B.S. in Psychology, class of 2010. Crawford was offered her job after posting her resume to monsterjobs, not specifically applying to any one company. Stromer contacted Crawford about a month after she posted her résumé. Crawford said, “I love it so far; the harder you work, the more you make. It’s a very rewarding career.” Crawford explained that her company is looking for self-motivated and outgoing people with good human-relation skills. Visiting Premier Therapy’s table, one may have met Nancy Nash, one of the company’s representatives running the table. Nash relayed how Premier Therapy just recently hired a Clarion University Graduate student who is set to graduate in November. The company is looking for Speech Language Pathologists who are required at a minimum to have a Master’s Degree. Nash was very complimentary of Clarion University’s Speech Pathology offerings and when asked if her company preyed on our school for its graduates, she replied, “Absolutely.” Liberty Mutual was also present at the Career Fair. Clarion Alumni receive up to a 20% discount on Liberty Mutual auto and home insurance. Students are encouraged to remember this when considering insurers after graduation, as after graduation is when students get released from their parent’s insurers. For students who missed the Career Fair this time around, Diane Brush had this to say; “We encourage students who were not able to make it to visit the Career Services Website for upcoming Career Fairs or to stop by 114 Egbert for more information.” There will be two Education Job Fairs in the Spring Semester and another arts and sciences and business Career Fair in April.
NASCAR dream comes true ELORA WALSH Editor-in-Chief
Two Clarion University students had the experience of a lifetime after winning an online sweepstakes. Clarion University sophomore, Amber Smith entered a promotional sweepstakes through Facebook for Tornados snack foods earning points towards a grand prize. Smith earned enough points to win the “Experience of a Lifetime” sweepstakes with NASCAR for a trip for herself and junior, Jon Knoll, to Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord N. Carolina, Sept. 27-29. “My parents told me not to accept it because it was just spam,” said Smith. The trip package included: • $500 prize money • Airfare and hotel accommodations • Promotional gift bags • Paid meals and transportation • NASCAR Hall of Fame V.I.P. Tour • Ride-along with sponsored driver, Ryan Newman • Behind the scenes tour of Stewart-Haas Racing • Richard Petty driving experience for two The trip started with a reception introducing Smith and Knoll to Newman’s crew chief, Tony Gibson. The second day included photos at the speedway with Newman and with ridealongs. The ride-a-longs consisted of three laps with Newman and with a Richard Petty Experience instructor. After the rides, Smith and Knoll had a chance to drive eight laps around the track following an instructor. Smith’s top speed was 109 mph, while Knoll sped
through at 138.8 mph. “I really liked the driving experience and the ride along with Ryan [Newman],” said Smith. The experience concluded with a tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “I have loved NASCAR since I was 3, and this trip just gave me a greater appreciation and understanding of the sport,” said Knoll. For more information on NASCAR and future events visit the official NASCAR website at www. nascar.com.
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Top: John Knoll and Amber Smith stand with Ryan Newman Bottom: Amber Smith gets ready to hit the track Courtesy photo / The Clarion Call
Oct. 14 5-7:45 Clarion Young Democrats Founder 118 Oct 18 5-6:30 German Club Davis 201 Oct 19 1-2 mathematics club STC 125 5-6:30 MEDI Club Oct 20 3:30-4:30 Photography Club Frame 105 7:30-9 English Club Davis 102 7:30-9 Bios Club Meeting STC 122 8-10 Campus Crusade for Christ 125 Gemmell 8:30-10 Anime Club Gemmell 146
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‘For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo’ GAVIN GRIFFIN
Arts & Entertainment Staff
The casting call for the Clarion theatrical season opener, “Romeo and Juliet,” has produced a group of actors that will take the hands of theatergoers and walk them back in time to Verona itself. Fully dressed the part and speaking the poetic language of the literary genius, the mixed barrage of students put a tasteful and comical twist on this classic and violent tragedy. Robert Bullington, a 16-year professor of theater at Clarion, has directed seven other Shakespeare plays, being performed every other year. Bullington said, “I have run through my favorites.” Since this is a Shakespeare performance years, he said, “It seemed like it was just time to do Romeo and Juliet.” “I was always a little bit afraid to do it,” Bullington said. “In my mind, I was stuck with the traditional model of Romeo and Juliet - which is full of fancy sword-fighting and swash-buckling swordfight[s}. We can’t teach that here - don’t have the time – we don’t have the resources - either. “Then I started thinking about real violence
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Adam Huff (Romeo) and Kait Forsgren (Juliet) embrace each other during Clarion’s rendition of Shaespeare’s classic play. – it’s quick, it’s ugly, it’s sudden, it’s awkward and, before you know it, someone ends up lying on the floor bleeding,” Bullington said. “Well I thought, OK it’s a pretty violent play – and it could be that kind of violence – and that opened up the whole concept for how we are doing this show.” Bullington said he decided not to change the words of the play, but
to cut a lot of them out, entwining and rearranging scenes so that it plays out as sequences of flashbacks. “We sort of start at the end,” he said. Tickets are free for students with a valid identification. For ticket reservations and more information call 814-393ARTS or visit www.clarion.edu/28193/. Adam Huff, who portrays the young, love-
struck, rambunctious Romeo, is a senior acting and communication major. He truly captures the effervescence of love that secretly electric and rapidly growing between Juliet and himself. Kate Forsgren, who plays Juliet, is a sophomore theater major and a perfect fit for the role of the balcony preaching Capulet. The chemistry between these two young actors
on stage is truly something that must be seen. Although Romeo is the hunk of the stage, his two friends are interesting characters. Mercutio, played by Michael Jaworski, an absolute riot. The character is quickwitted and hilarious to watch while he struts around the stage. Benvolio, the most calm and balanced of the trio, is still extremely comical.
Nick Barliar fill this role and also plays Friar John throughout the play. A tragedy isn’t complete without a villain. Nick Dittman, a senior acting major using this play for his graduation project, represents the Capulets as Tybalt. The atmosphere changes immediately as he steps on the stage. His swagger and cocky remarks don’t let the audience mistake what he is about, and theatergoers won’t forget him at the end of the night. His two snakebite lip rings to add to the persona. “I think we are going to have a good year,” said Bullington.“ Bob Leavy is doing ‘USA’- a kind of political play. The musical we have planned for February is fun and has been a very popular musical throughout the country, and I am doing another love story in March, a modern love story, so I am bookending the year with a old classic love story and a modern new one.” The show will be performed at 8 p.m. today through Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Marwick-Boyd Little Theater. Doors open to audiences at 7:30 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee will be featured Sunday.
Ray Lanich rocks Toby Hill NATHAN WHITEHOUSE
Arts & Entertainment Staff
On Friday, Oct. 8, after a long day of promoting, plugging and playing at the WCUC radio station, Ray Lanich finally made his much anticipated Clarion debut at Toby Hill Bar. A crowd made up of mostly people in their twenties and thirties stirred up the perfect mixture for 80’s and 90’s cover songs that the crowd would be familiar with. Also, Lanich played a wide variety of his new and old songs that people seemed to really enjoy as well. Lanich took the stage a little after ninethirty and was not scheduled to leave the stage until after midnight. The small stage in the restaurant side of the bar held a crowd of up to more than 50 people. The dim lights set the stage for the Erie solo rocker. When the 28 year-old took the stage around 9:45 p.m., the crowd was bear with only a few stragglers coming in and out from the bar area to check out the music. But nevertheless, Lanich kicked off the night with a classic cover song playing “Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi. With only a few people sitting,
watching and listening, Lanich played the opening part of his set as if there were hundreds of people watching. The set list played, mostly consisting of covers and some Lanich originals, Lanich’s foot was tapping to the beat, and his long pony tail was swaying back and forth to the rhythm of each song. After every song, the Clarion crowd was polite to respond with claps and cheers. He was open for requests and even started friendly conversations with the crowd about where he is from and what he likes to play while also cracking a few jokes. It was easy to tell that this act was no fluke. Lanich has played at a countless number venues. As the crowd grew larger throughout the night, Lanich’s energy level grew as each individual that walked into the room. More original songs and cover songs were played to please the crowd and force them to stay and listen. “Under the Bridge” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was a crowd pleaser. Everybody knew what song it was, and everybody tapped their feet or sang along. Lanich was able to mix
both guitar parts and the bass part to compensate for the lack of band members. The song sounded excellent and was thoroughly impressive considering the only musician on stage was Ray Lanich himself. As more people piled into the room, the crowd consisted of people sitting at tables having a drink, people sitting at the bar and people playing the arcade games like, ski-ball that ran alongside the walls of the room. Lanich was not hesitant to play songs that he had written. A new song that he called “Two Planets” was a catchy, upbeat, singa-long type of song. The song sounded like something you would hear at a John Mayer show with a little nineties spunk to it. The crowd loved it. Lanich also played some original hits like “Lil’ Girl,” “Screw Driver,” “Nothing on Me,” “My Jenny” and another new one called “High School.” Ray’s brother was also there with him handing out free discs to promote his music. By 12:30, Lanich was done playing, and the show was over. Like any good bar musician, Lanich was sure to stick around, have a few drinks and mingle with the Toby Hill crowd.
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Ray Lanich plays some acoustic songs to a small crowd at Toby Hill Bar and Grill. Although, the crowd was not as big or successful as he may have wanted. The show was a success from all involved, including the Toby Hill
crew doing the lighting and microphone setting, the crowd of people who came to watch, and of course Lanich himself. If you want to see Ray
Lanich play again, you can catch him on his current “College Town Tour”. A listing of the shows can be seen at www.myspace. com/RayLanich.
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Poet captivates audience CASE 39 Saturday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. 6:50 p.m. EASY A Saturday - Sunday 2:30 p.m. 4:40 p.m. 9:30 p.m. JACKASS 3D Saturday - Sunday 1:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:45 p.m. 10:00 p.m. LIFE AS WE KNOW IT Saturday - Sunday 1:55 p.m. 4:25 p.m. 6:55 p.m. 9:25 p.m. MY SOUL TO TAKE 3D Saturday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. 2:25 p.m. 4:50 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 9:30 p.m. RED Saturday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. SECRETARIAT Saturday - Sunday 1:45 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 10:00 p.m. THE SOCIAL NETWORK Saturday - Sunday 1:45 p.m. 4:25 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Monday 7 p.m. Live News 7:30 p.m. Off The Bench Tuesday 7 p.m. Live News 7:30 p.m. CU Lately Wednesday 7 p.m. Live News Thursday 7 p.m. Live News 7:30 p.m. Sports Night Friday 7 p.m. Vollyball Game Saturday 1 Game of the Week Followed by CU Bytes
Monday 7 - 9 a.m. 11 a.m. 3 - 6 p.m. 6 - 9 p.m. 9 - 12 a.m. Tuesday 7 - 9 a.m. 11 a.m. 3 - 6 p.m. 6 - 9 p.m.
Matt & Zach in the Morning The Book Show DJ Becky Hoover DJ Kriley DJ Eric Helman
Bindy Bacon Alan Show 51% Dr. S. Keuhn The Cellar with DJ 4man and DJ Lola 9 - 12 a.m. Where Are the Bears? with DJ Kris Campbell Wednesday 7 - 9 a.m. Matt & Zach in the Morning 11 a.m. The Media Project 3 - 6 p.m. DJ Bay 6 - 9 p.m. Bacon Time with DJ Bacon 9 - 12 a.m. The Endangered Species with DJ Justin and DJ Andrew Thursday 7 - 9 a.m. Bindy Bacon Alan Show 9 - 11 a.m. DJ Courtney Healy 11 a.m. The Health Show 3 - 6 p.m. DJ Ian Lindemuth and DJ Kevin Zambory 6 - 9 p.m. Bacon Time with DJ Bacon 9 - 12 a.m. Where Are the Bears? with DJ Kris Campbell Friday 7 - 9 a.m. Matt & Zach in the Morning 11 a.m. Best of Our Knowledge 12 - 3 a.m. Double Shot of Ryan in the Morning 3 - 6 p.m. DJ Kevin Zambory and DJ Ian Catherine 6 - 9 p.m. Ian Hunter & Kevin Zambory 9 - 12 a.m. DJ Lucas Oates Saturday 9 - 11 a.m. SLB 12 - 3 a.m. Bob Baker & Time Warp Sunday 9 - 11 a.m. SLB 6 - 9 p.m. The Vault with DJ Lovey and DJ Joy
Chana Bloch (Courtesy photo)
Arts & Entertainment Staff
Students and faculty gathered to hear Chana Bloch’s reading of her poems Friday, Oct. 8 at Carlson Library. Bloch, a well-known poet and Israeli poem translator, visited Clarion University to share her work and discuss the art of translating poetry. Bloch read several of her poems that were published in her fourth book, “Blood Honey.” Philip Terman, English Department professor, invited Bloch to Clarion University to discuss her work that his students have been studying in class. The goal of having Bloch give this presentation was for students to have a deeper
appreciation of poetry because Bloch comes from different backgrounds, Terman said. The professor’s students have been reading and discussing Bloch’s poetry and translations in his creative writing and craft of poetry classes. The event was sponsored by Clarion University English Department and the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. Bloch has published four books of poems: “Blood Honey,” “Mrs. Dumpty,” “The Past Keeps Changing” and “The Secrets of the Tribe.” Bloch’s poetry is a raw form of storytelling about her childhood and people involved in her life. It mainly consists of her personal life and experiences. She incorporates many of her influences, family members and friends into her poetry. “There are some things that I don’t say, so I’m careful,” Bloch said, “But I feel like it’s important. We’re all human, and I’m talking about human feelings, which we all share.” One poem she read, “Discipline of Marriage,” centered on her parent’s relationship and how she perceived the relation-
ship later in her life. Another poem, “Mirror, Mirror,” opens up a relationship Bloch experienced with her mother after her death. After just 10 minutes of listening to Bloch speak, a sense of personal familiarity developed throughout her crowd. Between her readings, Bloch drew in her audience with stories about her poems and her life. She spoke of her children and husband, along with many of her friends who have helped inspire her work. The presentation was more of a conversation than a lecture. Bloch captivated the audience, speaking as if they were all old friends checking up on stories after a brief time apart. “It was a very lively audience, so I enjoyed reading here,” Bloch said. She commented on the vast differences in natural scenery in Clarion from her current residence in Berkeley, Calif. She talked about taking fall-colored leaves back to show her friends how different our weather here is from California weather. Bloch continued her presentation with a short talk about her transla-
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Lanich plays a song AMBER YUKON
Arts & Entertainment Staff
Ray Lanich was the man of the hour last week when he visited the WCUC-FM radio station and sang for all of Clarion to hear. His latest CD, “I’ll Play a Song for You,” brings guitar riffs, bass licks and musical genius to the listener’s ear. His inspiration come from Aerosmith. Lanich’s musicianship exemplifies
tions of Israeli poetry. She, in collaboration with other colleagues, has translated six books of Hebrew poetry. Most notable was her co-translation of the Song of the Songs, a biblical book. She read samples of the poem and discussed some of the issues that arose while translating that particular poem. Bloch explained that she started translating poetry as a “form of self-definition.” Bloch continues to travel and educate others about her poetry and translations. She has read her poetry at several other universities including Yale, Duke and Harvard. “I love to read the poetry out loud. I love to connect with people, and poetry really is a spoken art,” Bloch said, “I enjoy reading it and having people hear it.” Bloch is the poetry editor of “Persimmon Tree,” an online journal of arts created by women age 60 and older. Along with live poetry readings and workshops, Bloch is also working on her next book of poems. “I think I have about a third of a book completed, and I’m working on it,” Bloch said.
this style of rock genre. Lanich’s music is the type of CD you would grab if you were cruising down the highway on a casual day not having a single worry on your mind. Along with his classic rock style, the song “My Jenny” shows a softer side of the album as the acoustic guitar is accompanied by soft percussion. Lanich’s lyrics roll out of the speakers with graceful harmony enough to make
any stressor melt away. This CD also swings to sound like 1990’s alternative rock in the song “Lil’ Girl.” Lanich’s song is comparable to Everclear’s “Santa Monica.” With a jazzy tempo and lyrics to match, this song is impossible to not tap your toe to. Lanich’s last track, “Is it me, or the Rock n’ Roll,” is a great grand finale for this inspirational album. The rhythm is catchy and would be a great sing-along. Some of his other tracks, including “High
School,” can be found humerous making people remember their experiences back in their high school days. Lanich is an independent musician who wishes to go on tour. He wants to get his music out there, “I have a small voice in a huge sea.” Lanich just wants to reach out and be heard. His message to all his fans is, “Go out and make your own fame!” Lanich’s new album is being released at the end of the month and can also be purchased on iTunes.
OCTOBER 14, 2010
Clarion Call 11 THE
Robinson, Fiscus lead Clarion past Lock Haven
MICHAEL COLLINS Sports Staff
Clarion University football team got their first win of the season when they defeated Lock Haven University 49-6 this past Saturday Oct. 9. Clarion is now 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the PSAC-West. Clarion redshirt freshmen quarterback Ben Fiscus passed for four touchdowns and ran for one. Senior receiver, Jacques Robinson caught pass number 196, making him Clarion’s new all-time receptions leader. Fiscus completed 16 of 16 passes for 187 yards during his first career start. Four of those passes were for touchdowns, and he also ran 10 times for 78 yards and one score. The perfect completion
percentage is a Clarion single game record. Robinson had seven catches for 84 yards and one touchdown. His seven catches gave him 196 for his career, passing former AllAmerican receiver Alvin Slaughter, who had the record of 195. Clarion was able to get off to a quick start. Andrew Paronish returned the opening kickoff to the Lock Haven 33 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Fiscus ran up the middle for the touchdown. Clarion scored again shortly after. Freshmen safety Jay Pettina blocked a Lock Haven punt that was recovered at the Lock Haven 19 by the Golden Eagles.
Three plays later, Alfonso Hoggard ran 10 yards for the touchdown, giving Clarion a 14-0 lead. After a short punt put Clarion at the 50 yard line, the Golden Eagles needed only six plays to score. Fiscus hit a 24-yard pass to Craig Bunney to the Lock Haven six. Two plays later, Fiscus passed it to tight end Anthony Becoate in the right corner of the end zone for the touchdown, increasing Clarion’s lead to 21-0. Clarion drove 77 yards in eight plays for their next score. Fiscus hit Robinson for 24 yards, Hoggard ran 11 yards and then Fiscus passed to Becoate in the end zone giving Clarion a commanding 28-0 lead. Clarion cornerback Andrew Paronish intercept-
ed a pass at the Clarion 38 yard line to help setup the Eagles next score. After a 2-yard run from Hoggard, Fiscus ran for 25 yards to the Lock Haven 36. Fiscus rushed for another four yards and then completed a 7-yard pass to Hoggard. Clarion scored a draw handoff to Hoggard, making the score 35-0. Clarion made it 42-0 at the half when Fiscus threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Bunny. Clarion drove 51 yards in five plays for a touchdown in their first possession of the third quarter. All passes were from Fiscus to Robinson. The finale was a 4-yard touchdown pass, which was the record setting catch for Robinson. The Golden Eagles led 49-0 with 10:47 left in the third and freely subbed the rest of the game. Robinson now has 196 career catches for 2,302 yards and 16 touchdowns. Lock Haven scored on a 39-yard pass from Jarryd Burkett to Jay Hartman with 3:17 left in the game. Clarion had 376 yards in the game including 171 rushing and 205 passing. “This first win was like getting a load off of our backs. It’s a big relief and we can move forward from here. Saturday’s game was a great team effort, and there are so many great athletes playing on the field with me it makes it a lot of fun,” Fiscus said. Hoggard had 10 carries for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Paronish’s seven tackles and one interception led the Golden Eagles defense. Barrington Morrison had six tackles, three for losses and two sacks. The defense sacked Lock Haven six times. Clarion will travel to Indiana University of Pennsylavania next Saturday, October 16 for a 1 p.m. start.
Schmader finishes second at Robert Morris tournament MICHAEL DEANGELO Sports Staff
The Clarion University men’s golf team was in action once again this past Monday and Tuesday. The talented squad competed in the Colonial Classic Golf Tournament held by Robert Morris University. The tournament was contested at The Club at Shadow Lakes in Hopewell Township, Pa. The Golden Eagles finished the tournament in second place with an overall score of 605 (301, 304). Host school Robert Morris won the event with a total score of 598 (304, 294). Clarion senior co-captain, Jared Schmader led the Golden Eagles with his second place finish. Schmader fired rounds of two-over par 74 and two-under par 70, for an even-par total of 144. “I’m very happy with my efforts this week. It would have been nice to win obviously, but I played pretty solid all in all. We have our eyes set on the PSAC Championship right now, we can’t wait,” said Schmader. Clarion junior, Ross Pringle was right behind Schmader finishing in third place over the two days. Pringle shot rounds of
72 and 74 which gave him a final score of two-over par. “This was yet another quality tournament for our golf team. We haven’t finished outside of the top five this year, and that’s pretty impressive. We’ve got a great group right here,” Pringle said. Also contributing for the Golden Eagles were junior Zach Schloemer, sophomore Bill Stover and senior co-captain Sean Foust and freshman Alex Angelone. Schloemer finished 11th with a total of 156 (76, 80) while Stover was 15th at 162 (79, 83) and Foust 18th carding a 164 (84, 80). Angelone finished in 20th with a 165, (83, 82). “PSAC’s here we come! Hopefully my play picks up, and I start to contribute a little more than I have been. I know we can win our conference this year,“ said Foust. “Another solid tournament for the golf team. We played okay, but came up short this week. Hopefully, we have saved up our best game for PSACs. We all like that course, so I’m going in liking our chances,” Schloemer said. Clarion will next be in action at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships on October 16-17 at the Hershey Links Golf Club in Hershey, Pa.
OCTOBER 14, 2010
Clarion Call 12 THE
Lady Eagles extend win streak to six EDDIE MCDONALD Sports Staff
Clarion University’s women’s volleyball team swept the weekend PSAC Crossover games last Friday and Saturday at Tippin Gymnasium. They beat Kutztown University Friday night, and Cheyney University and West Chester University on Saturday. Sophomore Rebecca Webb and freshman Corinne Manley, led Clarion to a 3-1 victory over Kutztown Friday night. Webb had 15 kills, and Manley added 13 of her own. The Golden Eagles split the first two sets 25-14 and 22-25 before taking the next two 25-21 and 25-15. Junior Amanda Gough helped out with 40 assists, and sophomore Rebecca Beightol came off the bench to contribute 10 assists. Junior Rhianon Brady led the defense with 33 digs. The Golden Eagles opened up the first of two matches on Saturday with a 3-0 sweep over Cheyney University. The balanced attack was led by freshmen. Aubree Frye and Hannah Heeter had six kills each.
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Freshman Corrine Manley (left) and junior Danielle Brunot (right) jump at the net to block a Kutztown University shot in the win. Fellow freshman, Emily Stewart led the team with nine aces. Coach Jennifer Harrison, who is in her fourth year here at Clarion, doesn’t see her freshmen as freshmen anymore, but as athletes. “Well I think that the
freshman that are playing have earned that right through competition and statistics in our gym. The expectation is that if you win out that position that you compete for, then you are considered athlete and not a freshmen or senior. You compete as an ath-
lete,” said Coach Harrison. The Golden Eagles continued its strong play with a 3-0 sweep over West Chester later in the afternoon. Junior Kaitlyn Anderson had 11 kills, six digs, four aces and an assist. Fellow junior Kellie Bartman contributed with
10 kills and 13 digs. Gough added 32 assists, 10 digs, six kills and two aces. Manley had seven kills, while Heeter added six. The Golden Eagles returned to action Tuesday evening as they played host to Slippery Rock
University. For Clarion’s Breast Cancer Awareness Match. They defeated Slippery Rock 3-0. Gough was a key player in the match, as she had 32 assists, 11 digs and four kills. Anderson contributed with 11 kills and nine digs. Bartman had 10 kills, seven digs and five assists. Manley and Heeter had eight and six kills respectively. With the win, Clarion (19-2 11-1 PSAC) set the record for best 21-game start in school history. “I think the difference with this team is that we have more depth in all positions. This creates a very competitive training environment and forces everyone to get better with each practice and with each match,” Coach Harrison said. Clarion looks to extend its six game winning streak Thursday Oct. 14 as it plays host to Wheeling Jesuit University at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles return to PSAC action Saturday, Oct. 16, afternoon at 1 p.m. against Gannon University.
Clarion comes up short against Kutztown JUSTIN WELTON Sports Staff
The Clarion Golden Eagles women’s soccer team defeated Millersville 1-0 on Friday. The win was their fourth PSAC victory which sets the school-record for PSAC wins. Freshmen Jordan Bahr received a cross from senior Jill Miller from the left side of the field. Bahr then volleyed the ball from the right side of the goal and finished just above the goalkeeper in the 24th minute. The goal was Bahr’s third of the season. Bahr and fellow freshmen Amanda Lewis have produced seven of the 15 goals this season. “Coming into the job late after the recruiting year was finished meant the freshmen class was a total unknown,” head coach Rob Eaton said.
“For Jordan to contribute three goals, as well as Amanda Lewis contributing four goals, it has really taken the burden off of Jill Miller’s shoulders, and bodes well for future years.” Senior goalkeeper Jenna Kulik got her third shutout of the season and 11th of her career. Millersville (1-7-1, 0-5-1 PSAC) had 11 shots, but only five hit the target. “Jenna continues to pull off a goal saving effort each and every game,” Eaton said. “She is performing very consistently, and has been a great confidence boost at the back of our defense.” Clarion (4-3-3, 4-2-2 PSAC) is unbeaten in five consecutive games. “I think the main reason we are playing so well this year has a lot to do with our new coach,” said Miller. Coach Eaton is in his first year at Clarion, but brings a lot of experience
to the team. “He came in and really made the team believe that we could turn the whole program around. He taught us how to play as a team, which was probably one of the most important things we were missing.” The Golden Eagles dropped their first match in six games this past Saturday at No. 13 West Chester 4-0. The last loss for the team was September 18. West Chester (10-1, 8-1 PSAC) outshot Clarion 18-4. West Chester struck in the 16th minute to take the 1-0 lead. They tallied goals in the 58th, 77th and 84th minute. Sarah Oswald had one goal and one assist to lead West Chester. “To play tough against West Chester was a tremendous feeling,” Eaton said. “For long stretches we dominated the play, and the 0-4 result was actu-
ally a lot closer than the score-line suggests.” Kutztown University defeated Clarion 1-0 on Tuesday October 12. The goal was scored in the 38th minute by Julia DiFerdinando. Clarion’s Amanda Lewis almost equalized late, but her shot hit the goalpost in the final minutes of the game at Kutztown. Clarion has five games left remaining on the schedule, and the team wants to finish the season on a good note. “Sticking together as a team all the way to the end, staying healthy and playing as hard as we can every second of every game is important for us to finish on a high note,” Bahr said. The Golden Eagles look to back on the winning track when they return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday when they host Mansfield University. It will be student appreciation day down at Memorial Stadium.
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INTERVIEW BY Kristin Rynd
Q A Q A
What was the name of the high school you went to? Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana. What is your greatest accomplishment in sports?
Making it out to Clarion is a big accomplishment for me. If it weren’t for sports I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Why did you choose Clarion?
I fell in love with Clarion on my recruit visit. Meeting Coach and listening to her describe the atmosphere here was hard to say “No” to. My perspective of Clarion has yet to change.
Q A Q A
What is your greatest volleyball moment at Clarion? On Sept. 24, 2010 we beat California University. What are your plans for the future?
To become a broadcaster/anchor for Sports news…Particularly for the Chicago Cubs.
If you had to choose an athlete as a role model, who would you choose?
Ron Santo. He has two prosthetic legs, Type 1 Diabetes and has dedicated over 50 years as a player and a radio broadcaster for the Cubs. He has yet to complain about his situation and never told anyone about his disease until after his career with Chicago.
What’s the key to success for you and the team this season?
For every game, we need to come together as a family, like we usually do. If we can keep that going, we’ll be rock solid.
What’s the key to success for you and the team this season?
For every game, we need to come together as a family, like we usually do. If we can keep that going, we’ll be rock solid.
Amanda Gough and the rest of the Clarion Lady Eagles Volleyball team will play against Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Tippin Gym.
Published on Oct 14, 2010