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Health center offers Next Choice By KATRINA TULLOCH tullock@allegheny.edu

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Car exhaust thefts under investigation By CORY RECTENWALD rectenwaldc@allegheny.edu

Late last Saturday night, thieves crawled under the vehicles of two students and used saws to remove the catalytic converters from their exhaust systems. Similar crimes have been committed throughout Crawford and Erie Counties over the past year, but this is these are the first of such incidents It only at Allegheny. W h e n takes them Chris Bonessi, a couple ’11, turned minutes to on his NisFrontier commit the san pickup truck to drive home theft. Easter morning, he discovered a gap Jeff Schneider in his exhaust pipe. Director of “By the Safety and time I got Security home, I had a two-hour headache from how loud the noise was,” he said. “I was surprised but more so angry because the catalytic converter is the most expensive part of the exhaust system.” The replacement parts alone will cost him upwards of $300. Director of Safety and Security Jeff Schneider said this criminal activity might be part of a ring of thefts affecting the area. “It’s been ongoing in various jurisdictions and states for at least a year now,” he said. “In fact, Erie County has experienced a rash of them for a year now locally.”

According to Schneider, state police have been investigating the thefts but still have no leads. “These thieves are experienced,” he said. “They’re good at what they do, and it only takes them a couple minutes to commit the theft.” The process involves using an electric saw to cut the exhaust pipe on either side of the catalytic converter. Schneider said that vehicles with a higher wheelbase are more susceptible to theft. “They have to crawl underneath, so if you have a small compact, you’re safe,” he said. According to an April 26 USA Today article, the rising prices of platinum, rhodium and palladium – metals found in catalytic converters – have made the theft more lucrative and popular. “It’s easy money for some who don’t want to honestly come by their money,” Schneider said. “The scrap yards are where these things are going and they could be held accountable for theft of stolen property.” Automotive scrap yards are required by law to have a verification process when purchasing parts to ensure they were not stolen, said Barb Ridgeway from the Meadville Metal Co. “We have paperwork that every person must sign that says they are the owner of the particular part and that it is not stolen property,” she said. “They must provide their photo ID in order to get the check for the part, so every part that we get is linked to an identified person.”

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Emergency contraception is now available in the Winslow Health Center. Sue Plunkett, director of the health center, suddenly dropped the news at the Reproductive Health Coalition’s Sexual Health Panel on April 21. “I just blurted it out and everyone went ‘Ahhhh!’” Plunkett said, waving her hands in the air. After working all year to bring Plan B One-Step or a similar morning-after pill to campus, the members of ReproCo were surprised to find out this way. No one had told them and the health center

website hadn’t published information about the addition. “It was awkwardly announced,” said ReproCo member Lisa Rivera, ‘14. “But it was a really good obstacle we overcame. It was great to see progress.” Jacquie Kondrot, associate dean of students for wellness education, gauged the reaction of the nearly 100 students and staff who attended the panel. “Sue got applause,” Kondrot said. “It was great and I’m glad we’ve been able to go forward with this.” Plunkett, Kondrot and students in ReproCo have discussed bringing emergency contraception for months. Plunkett said a driving force in finally ordering the pills

was comparing notes with the health centers of other school to see if this addition was right for our campus and how the health center employees would go about dispensing it responsibly. The contraception is not Plan B One-Step, but the brand Next Choice, which instead contains two tablets in a pack, which must be taken as soon as possible after intercourse, 12 hours apart. Plunkett chose this brand over others because it had higher rates of efficacy and fewer side effects than other brands. Plunkett thought the cost was reasonable as well. She will sell the packs for $35, a sig

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Strategic plan renovations to begin By CHELSEA FLEISCHMAN fleiscc@allegheny.edu

With the end of the 20102011 year fast approaching, Allegheny has taken the first gradual steps to fulfill the goals laid out in its multimillion dollar strategic plan, Combinations 2020. The first major step will take place in May with the $5.7 million renovation of Carr Hall.

The college will break ground at Carr in May and construction is expected to continue through the following academic year. According to Senior Associate Vice President of Finance & Planning Larry Lee, the building should be completely renovated and open for use by the fall 2012 academic year. Bentley Hall and the Meadville-Allegheny “gateway,” the

areas leading up to the college from North Main Street and Park Avenue, are also expected to undergo aesthetic changes. In addition to aesthetic improvements, the college will focus on diversifying the campus community and curriculum, as well as developing new interdisciplinary programs. But before the 33 committee members can finalize any of their projects, Lee said a signif-

icant amount of money must be secured. “We don’t plan on our operational dollars supporting a lot of these initiatives so we’re hopeful that we’ll raise the money just like we did for Carr Hall,” Lee said. “Though, we don’t know what our goal for this campaign will be yet because we’re just starting.” According to Lee, the col

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Above is an artist’s depiction of the lobby of Carr Hall after renovations, which is expected to be finished by Fall 2012.

Downtown meal plan in the works By KATIE McHUGH mchughk@allegheny.edu

The recent closing of Gringo’s Mexican Grill has played an important role in an ongoing discussion about a possible downtown meal plan that would allow students to spend part of their plan at local restaurants. Plans for a downtown meal plan are beginning to form, according to Clay Moran, ’13, a member of the community-oriented group I Heart

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Meadville.  “I Heart Meadville recently drafted a business proposal to send to Financial Services,” he said, “who will then work closely with us on the implication of the meal plan.” “Overall, it seems feasible but does not have a name,” he added. “We’ve talked about titles like Meadville Money or Meadville Munch Money, something of that nature.” Michael Zanie, general manager of Parkhurst Dining Services, is also involved with the tentative future downtown

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meal plan. He and I Heart Crust, The Whole Darn Thing, Meadville members attended and Julian’s, would permit stua forum held at Grounds For dents to spend a portion of Change “to see about creat- their munch money downtown ing a framework to open up in the same manner they spend some bucket of money associ- money at McKinley’s. The balated with the meal plan for use ance will expire at the end of in downtown restaurants,” he every semester, unlike shop said. money, which rolls over every “It’s a real initial conversa- semester. Moran believes this tion about what that might arrangement would encourage look like and what might have students to make the most of to be done to make that hap- their downtown options. A third-party vendor pen,” he added. The plan discussed, which includes Creative See DOWNTOWN | page 3

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Administration, faculty and students join together in the name of community.

Students successfully combine dance and monologues in an original performance.

Three graduating editors say their goodbyes in the annual senior columns.

Women’s lacrosse falls to Wooster in the first round of the playoffs.

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Year of Sustainable Communities Theme to connect Meadville, Allegheny By DAN BAUER bauerd@allegheny.edu

September 23, 2011

Justin Kredible Illusionist

October 11, 2011

Mollie Katzen Author, Chef

November 3-5, 2011

Louise Silk Fiber Artist

November 2011

Dave Edwards Public Artist

February 16, 2012

Bill McKibben

Environmentalist, Author March 30-31, 2012

Erie Jazz Orchestra

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Jim Borrup Activist

Next year’s theme will be the Year of Sustainable Communities. The theme will incorporate both academics and event programming, as well as attempt to bring the Allegheny and Meadville communities together. According to Elizabeth Ozorak, psychology professor and faculty “point person” for the theme, it is not strictly focused on environmental sustainability. “Sustainability is that set of characteristics that allow a community to be resilient in the face of challenges and provide good quality of life for its residents,” Ozorak said. “So that includes environmental sustainability but it’s not limited to that.” She indicated factors such as “cultural richness” and “social capital” as other facets of community sustainability. For Ozorak, the theme encapsulates much of what makes us human. “Without community, what are you? We’re social creatures,” she said. “Other people matter. Other people matter a lot.” “Everything points to how much better we feel when we have supportive relationships and a supportive, comfortable community.” Morgan Schrankel, ’13, a student member of the theme’s steering committee and Allegheny Student Government vice-president elect, saw the theme as a natural choice. “It has to do with the fact that the college has been becoming more sustainable and there’s also a lot more community service,” she said. “It just kind of joined those two together.” The Public Events Committee chose the theme after several ideas were proposed that were, in themselves, not entirely sufficient. After receiving proposals centering on the environment and the community link between Allegheny and Meadville, the committee synthesized the ideas into one proposal. “That was the process we went through,” said Clay Moran, ’13, a student representative on the committee. “We

were trying to find ‘what is everyone really trying to say here?’” The theme was also chosen due to its versatility. “The basic idea of the theme of the year is to try to get every department to incorporate something from the theme into their classes,” Moran said. “With this, we thought every department could find something.” Aside from incorporating the theme into campus life, the steering committee also hopes to bring Allegheny and Meadville closer together. “I have certainly felt a particular desire to have offerings that will draw in community partners, community residents in general,” Ozorak said. “We want to make it clear that we have a lot of shared enterprises going on.” In this vein, programming will include such events as a “jazz jam” at the Market House and at the college, where jazz artists from Meadville will collaborate with Allegheny musicians for a community concert. “Jazz is a very communal enterprise,” Ozorak said. “There’s a theme that musicians take turns playing, it’s a very communal type of music.” According to Ozorak, the goal of the theme is to generate discussion. “The purpose of the theme of the year is to create campus-wide, and indeed community-wide, conversation that people can plug into from a variety of different perspectives,” she said. But she was quick to note that academics were not the only thing the steering committee was concerned with. “One of the things we talked about in lining up the events is the importance of fun,” Ozorak said. “It’s important for communities to celebrate and have a good time together.” Much of the major programming is already decided [see chart on left], but the steering committee is open to new ideas from different organizations. “There may be other things that emerge as the year winds on,” Ozorak said. “It is absolutely a collaboration.”

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CRIME BLOTTER

Car Parts Stolen 4/23 – Crawford Lot #7 A student reported that a catalytic converter was removed from his truck.

4/23 – Edwards Lot #5 Unknown person/s stole a catalytic converter from a student’s vehicle.

College renews Statement of Community commitment

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Students and faculty gathered Wednesday during lunch in the Campus Center for the “Gators Not Haters” rally. Students read the Statement of Community and Dean of Students Joe DiChristina (above), Chief Diversity Officer Lawrence Potter and President James Mullen each delivered speeches. All attendees received a t-shirt.


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Financial woes don’t stop café By LAUREN SCHRICKER schrickerl@allegheny.edu

Since purchasing the Artist’s Cup last November, Carol Knoblow and her fiancé Chris Burchard have spent countless hours revamping the cafe in order to give it a more authentic coffeehouse vibe. However, their hard work has yet to pay off financially. “There’s so much that can be done with this place and we want to do it, but we are totally struggling financially,” Knoblow said. “We are literally hoping to make it. I don’t have an issue saying it’s going to be difficult.” An Allegheny alumna, Knoblow had spent most of her professional life as a defense attorney in Los Angeles. After moving to Meadville to be with Burchard, she was less than thrilled at the prospect of having to retake the bar examination in order to practice law in Pennsylvania. While readjusting to life in Meadville, she began spending time at the Artist’s Cup Cafe and discovered it was for sale. Deciding that the bar exam could wait, she bought the coffeehouse with high hopes. Despite the cafe’s current financial woes, Knoblow continues to plan to improve what the cafe has to offer. “What we want to be is a very authentic coffeehouse, where you can go in and you can get a cappuccino that’s not the Starbucks thing,” said Knoblow. “It’s going to be more what you would get if you went to Italy and sat down there at a cafe.” Reed Dunkle, ’12, who has worked at the Artist’s Cup since before Knoblow and Burchard took over, has noticed a

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major change in the way that the cafe serves coffee. “The previous owner liked good coffee, but I don’t think the preparation was as important to her. I think Carol is bringing a bit more of a high society approach. Not in a pretentious way, but in an authentic way,” said Dunkle. “If you can introduce customers to this art in the right way, who can argue with that?” Fellow employee Zachary Fradeneck, ’11, explained that making coffee “authentically” entails completely overhauling the preparation of the beverage. “The way coffee is served here, the ratios of the ingredients is totally different from the authentic way of doing it. That means changing all of the sizes and prices, so that’s ambitious.” Knoblow also hopes to develop the cafe’s artistic offerings, which already feature open mic nights and an inhouse art gallery. Located in the basement of the building, which used to be the Crawford County Bank, is a huge antique marble bank vault, which Knoblow plans to renovate and turn into an extension of the cafe’s art gallery. Knoblow also has plans to start an independent newspaper separate from The Meadville Tribune and pull in more jazz and R & B musicians to play in the cafe. “There’s a lot of musical talent, artistic talent, and creative writers here in Meadville. The Artist’s Cup is a really nice establishment for finding that type of talent.” Fradeneck added that even though the Artist’s Cup has been a institution of Meadville for so long that locals had grown to appreciate for its con-

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Allegheny alumna Carol Knoblow wants to create an “authentic coffeehouse” atmosphere at the Artist’s Cup Cafe. sistency, customers are often aware and accommodating of the changes taking place. What the clientele may not be so aware of is that the owners of the cafe are still struggling to break even on the financial side of things. “[Knoblow and Burchard] never owned a coffee shop before, so it’s definitely a learning experience for all of us,” said Fradeneck, who began working at the Artist’s Cup shortly after the new owners took over. Even though the busi-

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lege’s last capital campaign raised approximately $105 million. As many of the individual initiatives do require an immense amount of capital, progress will be gradual, if not delayed, for some time. Some smaller goals however, CODY MILLER/THE CAMPUS are already being Carr Hall lobby (above) will soon be transformed along with the rest of accomplished. the building as an initial step in the college’s strategic plan. Dean of the College Linda it currently stands,” she said. ties, there was widespread conDeMeritt was particularly surprised by the “We want to be more pur- cern about cost if the program early success of the global poseful about students taking was made mandatory. “Students are already payhealth minor and Journalism breadths of courses and show the connection, why it’s imporing a lot in tuition and fees in the Public Interest program. tant to link them. ” and some view a study abroad “They were kind of experiAnother facet of the strateor away requirement not as an ments,” DeMeritt said. “We gic plan would make studying unneeded expense, but an imweren’t positive that these away mandatory for graduapractical one, ” Downing said in programs would fly, but they tion. an e-mail. both seem to have generated, Shane Downing, ’11, curDeMeritt agrees that the already in one year, a lot of inrent president of Allegheny high cost of a required study terest.” Student Government, aided in away program doesn’t make it According to DeMeritt, as the summer 2009 planning for a prime concern. of next fall, another member the strategic plan. She said the two main priwill be added to the curricuDowning and two other orities in the capital campaign lum committee and faculty student representatives gauged are student scholarships and council. She anticipates that student opinion through a endowed chairs for faculty. A a lot of discussion over diviblog. One of their discussion lot of money is required to fulsional requirements will ensue, with the possibility of omitting topics was the study away re- fill the student scholarships because they apply for all, not just or refining the distribution re- quirement. Downing found that, while the 25 percent of Pell Grant eliquirement. students are supportive of gible students. “That requirement is felt to more study away opportuniThe college also hopes to to not be particularly effective as achieve an 11:1 faculty to student ratio, meaning roughly 12 more professors are needed. She indicated that the money to hire more professors would have to come primarily from endowment gifts. “The only way we can grow at this point is by adding endowed dollars,” she said. “Of course there’s going to be tuition increases, but they would never be enough to pay for new positions.”

ness has its financial troubles, Knoblow remains optimistic about the future of the coffeehouse and cites the employees as factor. “I’m a lawyer and my fiancé is an accountant. We aren’t in it for the money,” she said. “We’ve got this core group now and they’re so dedicated. The people who are here have an artistic vision. If we are going to survive it’s going to be because of the group we have.”

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DOWNTOWN would provide and service the extended network in downtown restaurants for a fee of one hundred dollars per year. Currently, many businesses downtown offer a ten percent discount to college students. With the downtown meal plan arrangement, students would pay full price with their allotted munch money. Ten percent of the original price would be returned to Allegheny’s coffers to offset the cost of maintaining the swiping machines. “We hope to create a cycle where we would have money to fund the machines without having to put Allegheny or Parkhurst or the business owners out,” Moran explained. “The idea of having it as an added option to the meal plan is so that we’re not hurting Parkhurst and Meadville.” Morgan Schrankel, ’13, supports efforts to offer an alternative meal plan, especially in light of Gringo’s closing. “This restaurant going out of business is an argument for the fact that if students would be able to go down to the community more, then possibly these businesses would have more support,” she said. Before its closing, the Mexican grill factored into the downtown meal plan. “Gringo’s was a First Friday business and I Heart Meadville tried to support them,” said Moran in an e-mail. On Facebook, many students have joined a group called “Bring Gringo’s Mexican Grill Back in Meadville!” in an effort to encourage the restaurant to reopen. The restaurant’s closing surprised and upset many students, especially upperclassmen familiar with downtown businesses.

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“I wasn’t aware it had fully closed until Springfest, when a few seniors came back and were complaining about it, because they had wanted to stop by,” Schrankel said. “I thought it was just reduced hours at that point.” According to Schrankel, competition from the Cantina option in McKinley’s may have reduced Gringo’s sales. “I would say that competition from Parkhurst was very much a factor,” she said. “Their biggest competition was probably the Cantina.” Zanie is skeptical of these claims. “We saw no spike in sales after Gringo’s closed,” he said. Financial records actually show a decline of the total sales after Gringo’s closing. Zanie was also unaware of competition between Gringo’s and the Cantina, explaining students’ meal plans were prepaid. “Ninety percent of what students spend is either meals or munch money,” he said. “So if someone’s going to spend with me, it wouldn’t have been money Gringo’s would have had an opportunity to get, anyway.” Parkhurst opened the Cantina for business after receiving student requests for a Mexican food option on campus. The popular Cantina tripled the sales of the former international station in McKinley’s, according to Zanie. “We might impact what they eat downtown because of what we have available, perhaps,” Zanie said. “But if they’re going to spend downtown, they’re going to spend downtown, because what they spend with me is the funny money, the monopoly money that’s associated with the meal plan.”

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nificantly lower cost than order to get the pills. colleges about how they disoptions sold at local pharma“I’m not gonna lie, I’m con- pense emergency contracepcies. cerned that it’s a bit of a front tion to students. Plunkett ordered five boxes put on by the health center,” Some colleges, like Ohio of Next Choice so far. No one Rivera said. “[Emergency con- Wesleyan, also insist on meethas bought emergency con- traception] is here, but I think ing with students before allowtraception yet from the health there are going to be a lot of ing them to have the pill. Other center, according to Plunkett, stipulations in order to get it.” schools want students to sign but two students called about ReproCo member Cassie forms to receive the pills. it last week, one of them male. Dellas, ’14, was relieved that “I don’t feel like I need a Plunkett did not feel com- students no longer had to go in student to sign consent,” Plunfortable kett said. giving “ Talking N e x t is adChoice to equate the male and this is student what we Plan B Next Choice without feel most being able comfort$46.29 Giant Eagle $50.99 to speak able dowith his ing as $39.99 $49.99 RiteAid female health partner care pro$49.99 $39.99 CVS a b o u t viders.” it first. T h e Health Center $35.00 N/A Neither addit ion student of emerWalgreens N/A $49.99 ended up g e n c y buying a contrapack. ception A l has been though males can get Next town in order to get emergency generally well-received by stuChoice at local pharmacies, a contraception. She believes the dents. licensed professional must be ability for students to get what “I’m glad those services on site to answer any questions they need on campus is impor- are available to students who according to Pennsylvania law. tant to their privacy. need them and that they don’t Plunkett believes it’s simi“It’s better for people to have have to go far, to like CVS or larly important for a health that safety net,” said Dellas. Walgreen’s, to get them,” said center staff member to be di- “But it’s important to discuss Meghan Curran, ’12. rectly available to the female whether male students will be “More options for students students purchasing Next able to get it, how [the health is always good,” said Vyasar Choice. center] plans to pass it out and Ganesan, ’12. “It’s her body, it’s the fe- if they’re going to be taking At the Sexual Health panmale’s body,” Plunkett said. “I down names, things like that.” el, students in the audience want to be able to talk to the Plunkett believes discussion brought up concerns that the female and see if she has ques- prior to giving out Next Choice campus is not a safe place to tions or concerns. She’s the is essential to the proper use of discuss sexual issues. person taking it.” the pills. Kondrot believes Allegheny Plunkett does have con“We’re not trying to make is taking steps in the right dicerns that there’s no way to people jump through hoops,” rection. prevent a female from getting Plunkett said. “We see our“I would hope people are Next Choice for a friend. But selves as advocates for stu- starting to feel like they can at this point, Plunkett would dents.” come forward and that it’s OK rather not give out pills to male As part of the process to to talk about these things,” she students. bring Next Choice to campus, said. “I want us to be embracSome ReproCo members Dean of Students Joe DiChris- ing of reproductive and sexual expressed concern about dif- tina worked with Plunkett to health. We need to show we’re ficulty students might have in gather information from other nonjudgmental.”

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“I think this is the coolest place on campus,” said Physical Plant Director Cliff Willis as we gazed over the edge of Bentley Hall’s roof. Willis took me past the spooky third floor of Bentley, up a rickety wooden staircase and through a child-sized door, where we emerged from the belltower onto a surprisingly spacious rooftop. He takes Trustees on tours to the roof, but otherwise it’s generally off-limits to students, faculty and, of course, cows.

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The school’s archives contain the rare “Vinegar Bible,” the only one of its kind in the world, which has the word “vinegar” printed in it instead of the word “vineyard.”

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Greek letters, declarations of love and inspirational quotes are a few of the hundreds of words that line these walls.

The archives room in Pelletier Library extends back many rooms past what you can see. The visible room is an exact replica of the Treasure Room in Reis Hall, which was formerly Allegheny’s main library. Portraits of Timothy Alden and James Winthrop hang on the walls, and over 3,000 books from their vast collections line the shelves. The archives include books from as far back as the early 1500s, on topics ranging from philosophy to mathematics to hunting.

“This is the oldest living part of the college, if you think about it,” said Reference Librarian Jane F. Westenfeld as she led me through the back room of the archives. The books were bequeathed to the school starting in 1822, even before Reis Hall was built and had space to house them. “I could never put a price on all of these,” she added. There’s an administrative policy against selling the books, even though many of them are quite rare.

The ChalkBoard Room Rebecca Buster did it in 1985. Jean Ross did it in 1978. And I did it in 2009. We didn’t get kissed on the rustic bridge — too trite. Instead, we joined countless others in signing our names in chalk on the room affectionately known as the “chalkboard room” on the third floor of Bentley Hall. No one I’ve spoken to seems to know when the friendly vandalism began, but all four walls of this room are scrawled with names and signatures, some dated as far back as 1962. According to college Historian

Jonathan Helmreich, the third floor of Bentley was closed in the early 60s due to changing fire regulations In the college’s early years, when Bentley was our main building, this was a meeting room. Now, it simply contains stored boxes, screens and exposed wires. Willis said he expects the room will be renovated in keeping with the Strategic Plan’s call for Bentley’s remodeling in time for our bicentennial. But I — just like, I’m sure, Jean and Rebecca — hope they preserve the histories in chalk.

Graphic tees reflect style, interests By BESS GREEN greenc@allegheny.edu

Caroline DiPerna’s favorite is Audrey Hepburn. Mike Susi prefers Sunkist or beer. Rachel Faber cherishes her digital camera. It may seem that these three students have completely different interests, but in reality, they just love their graphic tees. But even if graphic tees are often a comfortable go-to piece for students, style experts believe that if they’re worn too casually, the overall look can be inappropriate. Tim Gunn, fashion consultant and mentor on the television show “Project Runway,” affirmed that graphic tees are designed for the younger generation. “By a definitional matter, it’s a more casual item,” Gunn said. “I can’t imagine dressing it up very successfully unless the graphic emblem is on the back and you’re wearing a blazer.” However, not all fashion experts agree with Gunn. Marcelle Pellerin-Huard, a personal stylist at Nordstrom in Pittsburgh, said that graphic tees should be embraced by all age groups. “They are something you can always wear,” she said. DiPerna, ’12, wears her Au-

drey Hepburn tee to reflect her style, which she describes as “casual but classy.” DiPerna, who is president of her sorority, Delta Delta Delta, dresses to reflect the image she wants to uphold on campus. She often wears her graphic tee casually with jeans and a pair of flats. “It makes a statement, so if I want to be a little funky and different, I’ll wear it,” Diperna said. For a more polished look, DiPerna traded her blue denim for trouser jeans, swapped her flats for heels, accessorized with jewelry and completed the outfit with a black blazer. “I like this look a lot,” she said. “I could see myself wearing it at night if I go out to dinner with my friends.” Faber, ’11, wears a black tee embellished with a graphic of a digital camera. “I got it when I was 15,” she said. “I was really into photography when I was in high school.” Faber, Co-Director of Concerts and Special Events for Allegheny Student Government, felt most comfortable wearing her tee with an army green jacket, a tweed newsboy cap and Converse sneakers. But there was one trend that she was not comfortable with. “Something I’ve always

wanted to do is to try belting a cardigan over a T-shirt, but I’ve never known how to pull it off,” she said. According to Pellerin-Huard, belting a graphic tee is an option when the shirt is oversized, but the belt should sit low enough so that the graphic is still visible. In Faber’s case, belting an open cardigan at her natural waist showed off both the metallic graphic as well as her hourglass figure. “I feel really comfortable,” Faber said. “I would wear this in a meeting with an administrator when I’m trying to look snappy casual.” While DiPerna and Faber wear their tees to express a certain personal style, not all students wear graphic tees to make a fashion statement. “It’s comfortable and it breathes well,” Susi, ’11, said of his bright orange Sunkist tee. Susi, a member of the baseball team, said that comfort is his priority when it comes to clothing. In the summer, he often pairs his graphic tees with khaki shorts and flip-flops. While Susi chose to wear his tee slightly oversized, some make the mistake of wearing tees that are too tight, according to Alexis Katsafanas, a men’s clothing retailer at Nordstrom.

“Some guys wear a T-shirt with a picture of a beer can on the front, but it’s so tight that I can see their beer belly,” Katsafanas said. “You have to have the right size, and you have to pair it with the right thing.” To create a look that has more substance and dimension, she suggested wearing a different colored shirt underneath the graphic tee and pairing it with a button-down or a fitted zip-up jacket. As an alternative to denim, men can wear chinos or khakis and complete their look with sneakers and a hat. Susi’s alternate look incorporated several of Katsafanas’s suggestions. After swapping his original shirt for a Pittsburgh brewery tee, he changed his sandals for Puma sneakers and added a gray zip-up. “If it’s the right graphic tee, guys can also wear it with dark denim, loafers and a blazer,” Katsafanas said. “If you can pull off a graphic tee and a blazer, you’re a cool kid.” Pellerin-Huard maintained that graphic tees are an opportunity for individual expression. “Fashion is always about creativity and trying to find something that you will love,” she said.

A show snapped me out of my de-comped stupor last weekend: the student-written, student-choreographed performance “Rolling in the Deep,” directed by Katie Beck, ’14 and Katie Krackhardt, ’13. The monologues drew from students’ true, personal stories about heavy topics like abusive parents, abusive relationships and suicide, tied in with lighter tales about insectophobia and the menstrual cycle. The Arter Hall stage vibrated on Friday with the raw confidence that only comes from finally saying what’s been silently simmering for too long. The performers stripped themselves down, metaphorically and literally, to share their stories with the audience, stylistically influenced by “The Vagina Monologues.” The scripts were sticky with sex, rage, confusion and reflections on rough childhoods. A full house of audience members laughed, cried and sometimes sat in horrified silence while the mostly-freshman cast successfully delivered bona fide fuck-you’s to Jesus, CNN and Pittsburgh. Although the performers’ hands flew up to their heads in the international sign of angst too many times (18), there was something electric about seeing students perform scripts not from Chekov or Vogel but from their own experiences. The sound of dancers slapping the stage of the Arter

Theatre echoed off the antique walls, making the building creak with character in a way the dazzling-yet-sterile Vukovich Theatre never could. It won’t be easy to forget Professor of English Jim Bulman dissolve into giggles at freshman Cale Davis’ monologue about a floating turd. The more sensitive topics have been unpacked before, but Rolling’s performers tackled this content skillfully, with the most relevant timing ever. Following rampant discrimination on campus this year, this show said just the right thing: much like generations before us, these students are sick and tired of being quiet while attacks based on race, sexual orientation, etc. go overlooked and unpunished. Late, canned e-mail responses by those claiming to make this campus a safe place only reinforced our culture of silence. It took the talents and combined energies of underclassmen to show this college what it needs to be talking about. Goddamn, finally. The youth of the cast was apparent, but their potential was proven. I watched freshman Maya Jones’ eyes roll up as she danced, completely lost in the ecstasy of her movements. Young men hopped around in neon tights and totally owned it. In that cast, I spotted a young Eve Ensler, maybe hints of a Tina Fey. Graduating became suddenly easier knowing the future of Allegheny knows how to speak up and raise hell.

KEVIN VAN DEVELDE

Audience members braved the cold rain to go out and see the cast perform “Rolling in the Deep” on Thursday and Friday of last week.

BESS GREEN

Caroline DiPerna, ’12, shoots for a “casual but classy” personal style.

BESS GREEN

Rachel Faber, ’11, feels confident with her new belted look.


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Playing games for science Columnist explains how procrastination can become innovation By DANA D’AMICO Guest Columnist

You don’t need a degree to contribute to cutting-edge scientific research on proteins. As it turns out, all you need is your ability to solve puzzles more intuitively than a computer can. Despite recent media fuss over supercomputers that have the ability to answer complex questions, the human mind still has an edge when it comes to efficiently recognizing and solving visual problems. Using human minds to assist computers, a strategy that’s almost counter-intuitive in a culture so dependent upon Google and smartphones, relies on an info-gathering technique known as “crowdsourcing.” This is essentially an open request to the public for assistance on enormous tasks. Scientific researchers have been tapping into crowdsourcing technology for years now, creating a phenomenon called “citizen science.” Involvement typically requires no special scientific knowledge, and researchers design tasks with the assumption that average people will help complete them. A recent project called Foldit invites the public to help tackle the mysteries of protein structure with an online puzzle game. Originally, a lone machine sat at work on the prob-

Students call for reusable boxes By KYLE TROGSTAD-ISAACSON and SARA SCHOMBERT Guest Columnists

Did you know that today, according to Parkhurst’s figures, 400 to-go boxes will be liberated from Brooks and McKinley’s only to end up in a garbage bin. Although these boxes are compostable, the vast majority will miss the compost bins currently present in only three isolated locations on campus -- Henderson Campus Center, Pelletier Library and Brooks Dining Hall. Ideally, these potato-based boxes would biodegrade quickly upon reaching the landfill. But most landfill waste is compressed, preventing oxygen from kick-starting the decomposition process. This means the compostable boxes students fought so hard for have minimal environmental advantage and accumulate in landfills like regular trash. Consider: These to-go boxes come at a significant $0.46 per box, a cost which transfers to you through your meal plan. Per semester, the boxes discarded across campus add up to $20,000 ultimately spent on trash. Is that where you want your hard-earned money going? If wash-and-reuse boxes replaced existing compostable counterparts, the surplus of $20,000 could be used to offset the initial expense of purchasing reusable containers, thereby reducing the financial impact of the replacement on students. External annual costs, such as maintenance and replacement, would decrease

lem, flashing its progress across a screen in a science lab. Foldit capitalized on a moment when visitors began suggesting obvious ways to fold proteins, even as the software struggled. I logged into the Foldit interface and after a few minutes of training, I was eagerly untwisting side-chains, forming hydrogen bonds and wiggling the protein’s backbone until it was stable. It felt more like a game of Tetris than a lesson in molecular structure, and each completed protein ushered me into a new level with extra points for my best fold designs. Despite my enthusiasm, I was turning out some pretty unimpressive point totals. But the game’s creators hope that top-scoring players might be able to take a virtual copy of a virus, like HIV, and form a deactivating protein around it. Researchers can then synthesize the best user-created designs and physically test them in a lab. Players, of course, will be credited. Or maybe proteins aren’t really your style. You could align colorful sequences of DNA, all of which are segments that have been linked to a genetic disorder, with Phylo, a game similar to Foldit. If you’d really like to sit back and relax, just contact the Cloned Plants Project to receive lilac seeds to plant and over the long term as students become more familiar with the new products. The push for reusable containers is not new to Allegheny. Refillable bottles have recently gained popularity. Consider the financial incentives: If students purchased two drinks a day in a refillable cup, each would save a total of $70 over a semester. Reusable containers are available at McKinley’s and the bookstore, making this transition cheap and easy. Despite the success of the reusable bottle program, there is room for improvement. Parkhurst numbers had McKinley’s plastic bottle sales at 3,860 per average week for a total of $5,790, not including disposal costs. We can lower these numbers with increased participation and investment in reusable bottles. Moving towards reusable food containers would magnify this effect, reducing the disposal costs that burden Allegheny students down the line. The increased use of reusable containers on campus this semester is promising, but the administration has yet to take action. Greater student involvement in this movement would motivate the administration to adopt reusablefriendly policies and remove a roadblock to the collaborative efforts of Allegheny Parkhurst Director of Operations Scott Steiner, General Manager Michael Zanie and the student government. More students demanding reusable containers means less opportunity for the administration to say no. So we implore you: Show your support for reusable products by contacting Parkhurst and make an environmental impact that keeps money in your pocket.

Kyle Trogstad-Isaacson, ’13 trogstk@allegheny.edu Sara Schombert, ’13 schombs@allegheny.edu

agree to observe its characteristics over time. Scientists use the data you collect to monitor the plant’s response to climactic change worldwide. For the festive ornithologists out there, you could participate in the Audubon’s society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. You’ll join over ten thousand volunteers in recording bird populations and your numbers will fuel conservation research. You’re thinking, “Play games for science! That’s great!” But how much is it really helping? There’s still a bit of work to be done before we discover how much of a role games can realistically play in something as complicated as protein synthesis. Still, the success of other ventures suggests that we have something to be optimistic about. A project called Galaxy Zoo, which in 2007 asked its participants to identify millions of galaxies in telescope images, found that classifications provided by user data were just as accurate as those given by professional astronomers. Last month, a group of scientists facing a tight deadline and inadequate resources turned to their Facebook friends for help identifying over 5,000 fish specimens. Most of the work was finished within a day.

Simply put, citizen science gets things done quickly. More importantly, though, most projects aim partly to connect with their participants in a meaningful way. Foldit brings ordinary people closer to the advancements that they demand from the sidelines, like cures for diseases. It seizes the surprisingly underrated strength of personal experience as a tool for collaborative education. After all, what better way is there to make a person care about a topic than to involve him in it directly? And citizen science reminds us of the value of the human mind, even as we move to expand beyond it with amazing feats of technology. Besides all that, it’s fun. Everyone wins, except maybe the midterm paper you’ve abandoned in your obsessive quest to rack up protein-folding points. It’s okay. There will be plenty of papers to write after you fold, match and twist your way to a cure.

Dana D’Amico is a member of the class of 2013. She can be reached at damicod@allegheny.edu

Budget cuts get political

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The federal budget impacted the EPA’s ability to regulate mine tailings, like in Colorado. By KATE LEARY Guest Columnist

The moment of crisis is behind us in the long fight to set a federal budget for the second half of 2011. A government shutdown was averted by a symbolic compromise that was the result of some tough conversations about what constitutes a budgetary necessity. Yet some of the resulting cuts look a bit suspicious - as if they were part of a partisan agenda rather than an unbiased attempt to save money. Some of the most politically-motivated cuts were made to the Environmental Protection Agency, which amounts to $1.6 billion, or 16 percent of the agency’s budget. Was the EPA massively wasteful and inefficient? Not by the standards of most government agencies In fact, until President Obama began increasing its enforcement power, it was considered by some in the scientific community to be underfunded for the roles attributed to it, particularly the Superfund program which deals with hazardous waste sites.

The explicit aim of some of the Republican congressmen was, in fact, to cut enough funding from the agency to prevent the agencies’ growth and even reduce the scope of its regulatory power. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky said that the budget presented a chance for “Congress to reassert itself in the regulatory process at the EPA” and Newt Gingrich went so far as to say that he would support abolishing the agency entirely. One of the top priorities was a preemptive strike to prevent the agency from regulating certain emissions associated with heavy industry. The EPA was trying to begin limiting the amount of polluting gases pumped into the air by coalfired power plants and trying to regulate greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Enforcing regulation of these waste products will have to be scrapped under the budget deal, which will also undercut the EPA’s ability to limit pollution from mountain top coal mining. In this case the budget line

that Republicans were worried about wasn’t the federal budget- it was the bottom line of private businesses. They’re worried that making companies behave responsibly and clean up after themselves will cost those companies much money. However, the long-term cost of allowing dangerous substances to continue to leach into our atmosphere is likely to be higher. Medical care for those who get sick is costly. So is mitigating the effects of climate change or cleaning up environmental disasters. Beyond the penny-pinching, the budget debate raises questions about the role of government: Should the government be able to step in to protect the environment or its citizens’ health? Or is the business community best left on its own, regulated only by the hand of the free market? This depends who you ask, since when it comes to the free market, what is best for some is not necessarily best for all. Some argue that it’s best for business to remain unregulated, as that maximizes profits.

But providing clean water and air, safe working conditions and uncontaminated products takes some government oversight, backed up by real consequences for violators. The families whose water is contaminated by mine tailings in the valleys of West Virginia — some of the poorest areas in the country — probably wish that the regulation on water quality had been a little bit stricter. Cracking down on air contamination might make a difference to the children in inner cities whose asthma is worsened by the irritants spewed out by coal-fired plants. Some problems can’t be solved by the free market — there are costs that aren’t measured by finances, that aren’t borne by those who have control of the production. These externalities require an external source of control, and right now the only thing with the authority to fill that role is the federal government. Independent agencies just don’t have the power or the finances to enforce stringent standards on big corporations. Except that now, one of the agencies most directly responsible for carrying out this vital job might become a toothless watchdog, unable to really enforce the rules that it makes. There was a lot of relief when the budget passed that things didn’t turn out worse. Yet, as far as the environment is concerned, things could also have turned out a lot better.

Kate Leary is a member of the class of 2014. She can be reached at learyk@allegheny. edu


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Paying lip service to civility Student questions college community’s devotion to ideal By NATHAN ERHMANN Guest Columnist

On Monday, President Mullen sent the student body an email encouraging us to take part in a brief survey focused on a very pressing political issue: civility. In fact, civility is so important that, recently, Allegheny’s Center for Political Participation has been gaining a lot of notoriety in the national press for its studies on and promotion of the subject. This past May, Allegheny hosted a conference on civility with attendees from 14 colleges and universities nationwide, at which these students created a list of 10 suggestions to improve civility in public discourse. The CPP is taking its steps to promote civility even further now, announcing at the end of last semester that Allegheny planned to present a national award to one person from each party involved in politics on a national level who is willing to reach across the aisle and truly represent civility at work. The work the CPP does is valued by many and is helping

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Although the CPP hosted a civility conference, pictured here, the ideal isn’t as pervasive on campus as some might hope. to solidify Allegheny’s already strong reputation. But are they really making any difference on campus? With the CPP gaining this notoriety and striving to promote civility on a national stage, it should be inferred that at Allegheny, we are able to have open political dialogue, and those “Ten Tips” for civility would be applied within our courses and greater college community. Sadly, this is not always the

case. As a conservative political science major, at first I was worried about how my views would influence my education, and how others would perceive me. I hoped that my courses at Allegheny would allow for real talk and understanding, and because civility is so highly publicized here, I was fairly confident I would find that. Coming in, my biggest concerns were centered on how professors would handle my

can remember, has been a passive, reactionary sort of organization. This is especially true of this year. Instead of ferreting out student concerns and taking them up with the administration, they, for the most part, wait for things to come to a head. For instance, look at their response to the string of hate incidents that took place earlier this semester. The administration took weeks to respond. They had, supposedly, privacy issues to worry about, liability to consider and jobs to protect. ASG, on the other hand, is made up of students. It represents students. It should advocate for students. Yet not a single word was spoken or a single action was taken until diversity groups on campus started to plan a march. And even then, ASG didn’t seem to do much but tack their name on the event. And even then, one of the senators at the meeting in which ASG discussed sponsoring the march advised the Senate not to get involved. Why wait? Instead of being leaders and advocates, ASG waited until other people did the work for them before they jumped in. Aside from this passivity, the Senate meetings themselves have seemed for the most part unproductive and unnecessary. At best, they drag on while everyone sits there, bored out of their mind. When an actual issue is raised, discussion is hurried along and closed as soon as possible, usually before any resolution comes to fruition. The senators themselves, if they aren’t bored, are generally either uncritical or need-

views, but they haven’t been the problem. I have had multiple teachers who, while they may have not agreed with certain views that I hold, respected my ideas. This respect allowed for conversations that gave each of us a chance to explain our views while gaining an appreciation for the other side. This was true civility at work. My problems have been with the students. Too many times in class have I heard students

dents with disdain, it creates a hostile classroom environment. There are a lot more conservatives on campus than I realized, but the majority of them are afraid to voice their opinions. After certain classes I have had people come up to me and commend me for voicing concerns and opinions they were afraid to raise themselves. Because of this intimidating dynamic, many unfair claims go unchallenged because of students’ fears of being ridiculed. This oppressive atmosphere harms us in many ways. It limits education and understanding, and it closes off very important dialogues. I applaud our CPP on its effort to promote civility on the larger stage, but maybe they should make sure our campus is civil before they get too far ahead of themselves.

Nathan Ehrman is a member of the class of 2012. He can be reached at ehrmann@allegheny.edu

POLITICS

E DI TORI A L It’s this year’s last issue of The Campus, and the time has come for us to grade Allegheny Student Government on their performance for the year. For those of you too lazy to read, here it is: B-, the most frustrating grade of all time. A C, and anything lower, would have indicated that we were angry, that ASG had failed us in some way. “B-,” on the other hand, says “We’re not mad- we’re just disappointed.” And isn’t that so, so much worse? Let’s start with the good. The individual classes really stepped it up this year. The class of 2014 especially impressed. They didn’t wait long for the older senators to show them the way. They planned myriad charity and social events, and for a while, they seemed to hold together as a coherent bloc within the Senate. They also seemed proud of the work they were doing, treating it less like a chore and more like an opportunity, if you believe the numerous PR videos they produced. The Student Life Committee also did a good job responding to student needs in a real and sustained way. They are still going back and referring to comments made at the town hall meeting on security way back in the fall semester. They are still analyzing the data collected from the Student Life Survey. In short, they are trying, something their successors next year will hopefully continue to do. Now for the bad. Allegheny Student Government, for as long as we

make backhanded negative remarks about conservatives. Too many times I’ve heard people equate the viewpoints of the most radical of the right with the majority of conservatives. Too many times I’ve heard p e ople flatWhen conser- make out false vative views and wild accusations are treated against the by many vo- Republican cal students Party. A few with disdain, days ago in class one of it creates my peers likened cona hostile ser vatism classroom to racism environment. and backwardness. -Nathan Ehrman, ’13 I respect the fact that many people do not share my beliefs, but I am asking that people show opposing beliefs some respect. When conservative views are treated by many vocal stu-

lessly contrarian. Some just repeat what others say to get their names in the minutes. Other hold up obvious measures just to be nitpicky, and everyone holds their heads in their hands and sighs. ASG also suffered from a lack of strong leadership this year. While President Shane Downing and VicePresident Jamie Havens are the sweetest, nicest people in the whole world, they didn’t do much this year but shush chatty senators at meetings. Without strong leadership to bring the Senate and the cabinet together, everyone splits into their classes and cliques, and the combined power of ASG as a body is lost. But like we said, we aren’t mad. It wasn’t a disaster. We’re just disappointed. With all of the energy within the organization, it’s a shame it never really came together and did anything great. Instead, it squandered its time on boredom and needless argument without adequately addressing student concerns. There’s a reason so many good senators whispered to our reporters behind closed doors that they were thinking of quitting ASG. They felt like their potential was wasted. We agree.

ASG’s final grade for 20102011:

B

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Benefits of Birtherism Dems perpetuate conspiracy for political gains By ALEX SPROVERI Featured Columnist

A trap has been laid by the White House to snag unsuspecting Republican voters and derail the party’s prospects of retaking the Oval Office in 2012. At least, that’s what GOP strategist Karl Rove has announced, referring to the extremist Birther movement that has dominated some spheres of Obama critics. The Birthers are a well-publicized conspiracy theorist group that believes the President of the United States was born outside of the country. Per guidelines for the Presidency outlined in the Constitution, this would disqualify Obama from holding the office. Although Rove does not suggest that Democrats started the Birther movement, he believes that the Obama Administration is allowing the viewpoint to circulate to cast Republicans as unreasonable extremists. The idea of a conspiracy behind the Birther conspiracy may be too complicated to unravel, but recent events prove that the movement is alive and well, and gaining actual support within the Republican Party. On Monday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was presented with a bill by her state legislature that would require President Obama to present his birth certificate in order to appear on the State’s ballot in the coming presidential election. Brewer did veto the measure, but it’s telling that no state in U.S. history has ever before voted to pass such a requirement. The bill could also require candidates to submit their early baptismal circumcision certificates, which went “too far,” according to Brewer, who has a track record in supporting extreme legislation, such as Arizona’s legalization of racial profiling of Hispanics. The recent rebirth of the Birther conspiracy in Arizona comes on the heels of Donald Trump’s rise to national

prominence as the next torchbearer for the movement. This ridiculous position has aided in de-legitimizing Trump as a viable presidential candidate in 2012. According to a recent Fox News poll of likely voters, Obama leads Trump 53-34 percent. An even more staggering disparity exists among moderates, who prefer Obama 55-17 percent. While it is impossible to directly relate Trump’s Birther position with his poor showing among moderates, the other lead extremist GOP candidates, Palin and Bachmann, are also matching up abysmally with Obama in the polls. Independents and moderates have few choices with Republican candidates in this next cycle, and 65 percent of Americans are unimpressed with the GOP candidates for the Presidency. The independents who swung the election toward Obama in 2008, and back toward the Republicans in 2010, seem poised to flock back to Obama in the event that a Birther politician wins the Republican candidacy. Obama recently joked about his birth certificate while speaking in Chicago. Far from

trying to avoid the conspiracy theorists, he welcomes their extremism into the public forum. Although the President just released the long form of his birth certificate this week, the hysteria that followed his prior release indicates that the Birthers will not give up so fast. Obama supporters should be grateful for the publicity surrounding the Birthers, as Republican support of such ideas in 2010 seems to be coming back to haunt the party in 2012. Karl Rove is the most skilled political strategist in recent history. He somehow managed to get Bush into office in 2000, and help him win an election in 2004. Rove has correctly identified the “trap” laid by the White House. While the Birther movement was a Republican creation, it has become a monster that the Obama Administration has tactfully decided to harness.

Alex Sproveri is a member of the class of 2013. He can be reached at sprovea@allegheny. edu


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while they lasted

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very year, The Campus’ graduating seniors write columns to say farewell to their time at the newspaper.

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’ll let Jaffe give the sage advice, and Katrina can be endearing about stuff and whatnot. I’m generally bad at both those things. And really I can’t un-sentimentalize this past year enough (WORST EVAR). But Dan insists on getting a love letter, so this is sort of obligatory. Among my many negative qualities I am also a terrible griever, and I can never fathom the import of loss until well after the fact. It just doesn’t compute well with me. I don’t know what I’ll miss. I can’t understand what it will feel like to not have Dan petting his stupid-looking Brillo-pad beard to my right, to not hear Jaffe complaining about shoes and her voracity for more of them or to not have to assume Charlie is at his desk behind me but not being sure because he is silently in Charlieland. But I don’t take everything for granted. It is precious and rare to have people who appreciate the brand of weird we newspaper kids deal in. Woe betide the fool who is not as quick or as witty as we are (albeit to hide our own selfloathing and daddy issues). Woe betide the poor man who has chanced upon a tantrum thrown by Princess Selene. We are a home built of inside jokes and mixed metaphors. I’ll be sad to leave this little haven of weirdness I’ve made here at Allegheny. If it were a plantation estate, I’d maybe call it Summer Ambrosia. Kookiness aside, there is also some sincere lovin’ that goes on here in little ways I’m

not sure even everyone on staff realizes. When Jaffe’s whitegirling-out, I can tell her to relax. When I need a soda, or to literally cry for 40 minutes straight while at work, Dan and Jaffe can stand in front of the counter awkwardly wanting to help—which is about all the help one can give. When Molly is frantic, we can assure her life will again return to peaches. I notice that people’s bad moods get put aside when someone else on staff is in a worse mood. That attitude is what helps us put out issues each week, but it’s also what helped me through the weirdest, hardest semester and year of my time at Allegheny. I don’t know if you news lewsers knew just how peachy you made time for me at its unpeachiest. So when the History Channel does a disc retrieval on our newsroom computers in their research for the lost GDANDHIs, I hope they find our Photoshopped prototype for Finger Jeans and the posters for “Divine Intervention” and “Ducky Love.” It’s all we’ve got to say we had, like, friends or something. I’d like to write more about what I’ll miss when I’m in the world of working chumps, but Jaffe has commissioned me to write a play for her that she, Dan and I can reenact with Southern accents. “It was the summer of honeysuckle, and a deep heat made even the tabby cats languorous...” Brittany Baker will pursue her Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction at Sarah Lawrence College.

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oung people today are staring at a future in which they will be less well off than their elders, a reversal of fortune that should send a shudder through everyone.” These are a few words from Bob Herbert’s good-bye column in The New York Times, published last March. He’ll be the commencement speaker for my class in a few weeks and will probably paint an honest, if not bleak, picture for the next shipment of graduates from this institution. Pop goes the college dream bubble. But honestly, after four years at Allegheny, cautionary tales like Herbert’s feel weirdly familiar and easily digestible. I’m prepared to accept that a cheese and crackers snack in bed might be the biggest treat at the end of my day, LizLemon-style, since I made the cracked-out decision to pursue a career in journalism. That said, working on The Campus quelled my fears of a doomsday future. It forced me to do things I was terrified to do every day. It put me in positions to frequently question authority and my peers. It forced me to write all the time. I’m hard-wired to say the work was thankless, especially when press nights stretched until morning, but people did say thank you. They did notice when we worked harder. And

they did say so. I was lucky to work with a killer staff and a tremendous new adviser in my last year. I want to say thank you to my fellow editors, who knew exactly what kind of vodka I liked, told me when my headline choices were shitty and didn’t throw garbage at me when I used hashtags in faceto-face conversations. Thanks to Caley Cook for taking on the first journalism comp during her first year on the job, and for being incredibly patient, all the time. To students interested in the newspaper but unsure: do it. We always need more and different writers. A science or tech reporter. A sex columnist. A film or music critic. A student savvy with numbers to argue for a higher budget so we can buy a new espresso machine pens. It’s a great gig. Not always smooth-sailing though -- for all we wanted to cover the illicit sex, drugs, cocoa puffs and hate crimes on our campus, few will go on the record. With controversial stories, we’ve been told, “You’re out of your league on this one.” Out of our league? We’re a newspaper, named The Campus, with the purpose of reporting on this campus. Shit, if these stories aren’t in our league, then please, put it in writing, so we can print a giant

QR code on one sheet of paper that’ll take smartphone users directly to the Chompergram. Bearing Herbert’s warnings in mind, I consider last year’s senior editors of The Campus, whom I looked up to so much. They’re doing amazing things now, along with other alumni I’ve known. Maybe the U.S. has lost its way entirely, as Herbert argues, but Allegheny students seem ready to deal with it. If I could do it all over, I wouldn’t. Herbert’s column discusses inequality, low-paying jobs for new graduates and gross maldistributions of wealth and power. These are our problems now. We have a lot more to learn and a shit-ton of work to do. But if Allegheny students are used to anything, it’s having a shit-ton of work to do. Herbert’s final statement, “New ideas and new leadership have seldom been more urgently needed,” might explain why he’s speaking at colleges like ours, hoping to make an impression on us. I’m looking forward to it, and to a lot more. Hundreds of us are off to face the big, bad world. I hear it bites. But I think we’re ready to bite back. #chompchomp Katrina Tulloch will pursue her master’s degree in journalism at The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Alexandra Jaffe Editor-in-Chief

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s I often (read: always) do, I’ve left my senior column to the last minute, hours before deadline. As I often (read: almost always) do, I’ve taken on altogether too much work for The Campus this week. And as it often (read: always) does, this newspaper gets my all while everything else—personal and familial relationships, school, unwatched episodes of Degrassi—takes a back seat. But despite the late or missed papers, people I’ve snubbed or irritated and all the formals or football games I’ll never attend because I was working on this paper, I’m satisfied with where I am today. This newspaper has taught me more than my Allegheny education. Brittany wrote your sentimental piece about the weird friendships we share; Katrina shared an optimism for the future that I think all us editors would agree with. So here’s the sage advice I learned in the trenches of our tiny, cluttered third-floor office: 1. Nobody’s ever telling the truth, except for when they are. Healthy skepticism is a much-maligned but invaluable trait I’ve cultivated during my time with The Campus. Enter every situation wondering

if there might be something that person is omitting, something they got wrong or some explanation for the way things are aside from the one you’re getting, and you’ll eventually find the truth in the situation. I realize, however, that digging for the truth is a dirty business, so if you’d rather keep your fingernails clean, no worries; you’ve got us to do that for you. 2. Show a sincere interest in people, and it will be repaid in dividends. Trite but true: Everyone has a story. Everyone has unique experiences and an interesting worldview and everyone makes their own impact on their community. If you’re not spending time learning about how we affect each other, and what matters to every person you meet, you’re not spending your time on Earth wisely. People are cool. Showing them you care about what they’re doing in the world will compel them to care about you, too. 3. Trust yourself. There’s not a day that went by during my time as editorin-chief that I didn’t wonder if I was making an editorial or design mistake or directing someone incorrectly. But once you find the confidence in yourself to ignore what everyone else might say or think,

and to ignore all the infinite ways your decisions could go wrong, you’ll make much better decisions. You are stronger, wiser and more prepared than you think. Tell yourself this is true, and it will be. This school is a hydra-like beast with more cogs and screws than any of us really know (read Brittany’s piece for more on mixed metaphors). If you think one of those cogs is jammed, or a screw is missing, you’re probably right. If this school isn’t working for you, make it work for you. Ask questions and demand answers, and work tirelessly to hold those in power accountable. These are your four years, this is your campus, and this school is wonderfully weird, the halls of Allegheny are hallowed and venerable, only because you make them that way. Caley Cook: Thank you for everything. You inspired us every week to work harder. You showed this newspaper the backbone we never knew we had. You dealt with endless complaints, ironed out misunderstandings and offered us a reference for everything from multimedia journalism to press law. And you’ve been a good friend. And to you, the current and future generation of Campus

newspaper editors and writers, thank you for all you do. Not a day went by that I wasn’t amazed by your skill, even if my edits on your page said otherwise. Not a story was written that didn’t impress me (even those that mostly disgusted me had an ounce of remarkable magic to them). You editors, specifically, are some of the most talented, hardworking and inspiring people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, and if I worked hard every week, it was partly in service to truth and this campus, but also partly in service to you. Living up to the standards you set just by being the group that you are is certainly a full-time job, and I’m proud to have been able to call myself an editor of The Campus. To everyone else: Take notice. We’ve got graduates going to some of the top grad schools in the nation, three interns in D.C., one at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this summer and unimaginable possibilities before us. If you haven’t been reading this paper so far, take this last bit of advice from me: Start reading now. Alexandra Jaffe will intern this summer at Roll Call, a Congressional newspaper in Washington, D.C.


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Wooster rallies, eliminates Gators By COLLEEN PEGHER pegherc@allegheny.edu

After a historic week for the Allegheny’s women’s lacrosse team, the season came to a disappointing end with a 14-10 loss to conference powerhouse Wooster. The Gators were unable to sustain their level of play for the entire game and ultimately fell victim to a roaring comeback by the Fighting Scots. “We didn’t amp up our play as much as we would have liked to,” said head coach Stephanie Janice after the game. “We couldn’t elevate our play and take it where we needed it to go.” The Gators were behind 5-3 early on, but Brennan Maine, ’14, scored to tie it up with 8:54 remaining in the first half. Holding a lead at the end of the half, the Gators headed into the locker room looking to maintain their focus and energy, but a series of miscues allowed the Scots back into the game. “We were really plagued by turnovers,” said Janice. “We made our own mistakes in the second half.” After goals by Allegheny’s Jensen Patersen, ’11, and Anna Koebley, ’14, Wooster came charging back, scoring to tie the game at 9-9 midway through the half. “I think they were starting to feel a little bit of anxiety because we weren’t coming up with the draw controls and obviously they’re important moving forward and going on attack,” Janice said. “We just tried

to stay in there and we were definitely hopeful and ready to go if we could get it.” The Gators were never able to get the momentum back, with the Scots recapturing the lead with 12:44 remaining in the second half. Wooster built upon their lead with another goal, making the score 11-9, and added another moments later. With time winding down, Patersen, the program’s alltime leading scorer, scored for a final time in her career at Allegheny, but it wasn’t enough to fuel another Gator run. The playoff loss capped off what was a historic season for the squad, who defeated the Fighting Scots for the first time ever last Thursday. “It was truly special to get that win on Thursday,” said Caitlin Fearon, ’11. “It was something that our program has not done in 22 years and to be the senior class that got that win was an amazing feeling.” The Gators’ victory over the Scots allowed them a chance at the NCAC tournament. An overtime victory over Wittenberg Saturday ultimately secured their spot in the playoffs and another shot at Wooster. “No one outside the team thought we would get this far,” said Kiah Voyer-Colbath, ’12. “What makes this team special is that we are a team, we play as a team and we all get excited for everyone.” After their playoff loss, the team will take on a different look next year, losing some valuable experience but hanging onto several key players

like Voyer-Colbath and rookie standout Brennan Maine. The Allegheny lacrosse team will graduate five seniors this season, including Patersen, Fearon, Colleen Silky, Abby Silvester and Rebecca O’Shurak. “We will certainly miss our seniors,” Janice said. “There’s no doubt about that. They can certainly never be replaced but we will certainly be looking to rebuild and have some of the younger players step up.” Younger players on the team cite the leadership and dedication of the seniors as one of the reasons for their success this season. “They saw the potential our team had and they demanded more from us,” said Kellee Cribby, ’14. “We faced adversity and overcame challenges nobody foresaw.” Despite the disappointment of their playoff defeat, the Gators are happy with the season’s accomplishments. “To be a part of something like this is incredible in a lot of ways,” Voyer-Colbath said. “I couldn’t be prouder of everyone and what we have accomplished as individuals and as a team.” This year’s success has left a permanent mark on the lacrosse program here at Allegheny. “I cannot imagine what it will be like to walk on the field without the seniors next year,” Cribby said. “But I know for certain that they have helped raise the bar for Allegheny lacrosse and it is a new standard that will stay with the program forever.”

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(Top) Jensen Paterson, ’11, scored five

goals, but ran into a more physical Wooster defense in the second half. (Left) Brennan Maine, ’14, scored twice for the Gators. (Above) Seniors Abby Silvester and Colleen Silky comfort each other following the game.

OPINION: Gators miss fair shot at postseason By CHARLIE MAGOVERN magovec@allegheny.edu

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Mike Provenzano, ‘13, is 5-4 this spring playing in the second spot for the Gators.

Tennis No. 2 seed for NCAC tournament By DAN MARCUS marcusd@allegheny.edu

The Allegheny men’s tennis team defeated Oberlin and Wooster over the weekend to earn the No. 2 seed in the East Division of the NCAC. They will face Wittenberg in the first round of the tournament today. Last Friday, the Gators bounced back from a 2-1 deficit against Oberlin after doubles to sweep the singles matches and win 7-2. Head coach Jared Luteran credits his team for staying focused after a disappointing doubles performance. “Rather than letting the losses snowball, we bounced back and got wins in singles matches to regain the momentum,” said Luteran. “That definitely helps.” On Saturday, the Gators swept the Fighting Scots 9-0 to clinch the No. 2 seed. Luteran

found the doubles play to be a good turnaround from the day before against Oberlin. Though several singles games were tightly contested, the Gators prevailed in all the matches. The fast start was a big difference in the matches between Oberlin and Wooster. “We focused on what we did not do well against Oberlin, and to go up 3-0 on any team is a huge advantage,” freshman Patrick Cole said. “It takes a lot of pressure off.” Cole had another strong weekend going 2-0, defeating Logan Chun of Oberlin 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 and Landon Moore 6-1, 6-0. Despite a first-set loss to Chun, Cole said he just refocused on playing smart and slowly wore down his opponent. These wins improved his record to 16-4 in singles play this year. To honor his performance from the weekend, Cole was named NCAC player of the week for the second time

this spring. Looking ahead to the conference tournament this weekend, the Gators will face Wittenberg in the first round. Last year, the Gators ousted them 5-1 in the first round. The Gators are fairly familiar with the Tigers’ lineup, with three of four players returning from last year. To repeat that this weekend, Luteran said his team will have to get off to a fast start. He wants his doubles teams to get higher on the net quickly, which forces the opponent to make tougher shots. If the Gators get past Wittenberg again, they will face the winner of the Denison/ Wooster match on Friday afternoon. Defeating Denison has been a season-long goal for the Gators. “We have been working toward this all year,” said Cole. “We are fired up to come out this weekend and play well.”

Mother Nature deserves some recognition this season, because she managed to keep the Gators out of the postseason without a single hit, stolen base or double play. And in her speech at the awards banquet, she can thank the NCAC for giving her the opportunity to dictate Allegheny’s season. It’s pretty obvious that northwestern Pennsylvania isn’t the best place to try to play baseball in April. Trust me, I rode the pine on the Allegheny baseball team my freshman year, and when the bats get priority over the non-starters for the area in front of the space heater, you probably shouldn’t be trying to play baseball. But despite sitting through my share of freezing cold doubleheaders for a team that didn’t make the playoffs, the fact remains that we at least got to play all of our NCAC games. Every game that mattered, we played. Our performance was what determined our fate. That didn’t happen this year, as Allegheny’s baseball team only played 11 of their 16 scheduled games due to an unfortunate string of rainy weather. In fact, they were one game shy of being eligible for them. That’s right. The Gators needed to play 12 NCAC games to be eligible for the playoffs. It’s not fair, and even if Allegheny had been able to sneak into

the playoffs with just 12 games, it’s still hard to see any fairness in the way the conference handled this season. There are two sides to this problem. The first is that other teams in the conference had more games to determine their fate. Imagine bombing the first exam of a class, knowing you’ll have three more to make up for it. But then your teacher decides that you can’t take the final, but someone else can. This is what happened to Allegheny, which dropped three of its first four conference games in early April. Most coaches will tell their players that seasons aren’t defined in the first week of play. Allegheny’s season was, since they never were given the chance to play their final five games. So you’re probably thinking that if the Gators had done better earlier in the season, they would have been playing yesterday. That isn’t fair either. That’s like that same professor telling you that you’re guaranteed an A after the first three exams and not making you take the final one while everyone else does. Normally, everyone finds a way to get all 16 games in before the deadline, and everything in the NCAC is peachy. This year, Ohio Wesleyan University was the only team to reach the magic number. And the only reason for all of these problems is the weather. I’m sure the NCAC spent time reserving the field in

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Chillicothe, Ohio and probably spent even more time designing the logo for the event, which I’m sure is printed on all kinds of apparel. But honestly, with the NCAA regional tournament not starting until May 18 and many teams, including playoff teams, still awaiting their nonconference games scheduled for next week, why couldn’t the NCAC push back the dates of the tournament a few days for the sake of fairness? What’s the rush? Allegheny is nationally ranked in the top 10 in offense and has two pitchers in the top 10 for ERA in the conference. They are a playoff caliber team, and deserve the chance to prove that on the field. My point isn’t to throw out a bunch of “what if ” scenarios, but rather to point out that Allegheny, and the league in general, was done a disservice by the policies of the NCAC. I get that you have to have a deadline at some point. But this year was an extreme case warranting an exception. At a very basic level, the regular season didn’t necessarily determine the best four teams to move on. Teams can expect to have their season ruined by all kinds of things. A bad call here, a tough bounce there. Maybe the center fielder loses the ball in the sun. But the weather should never keep team in or out of the postseason. So kudos Mother Nature, you done good this year.


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