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Students pass bills through House $330K plan for wireless Internet Andrew S. Herm Staff Writer

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wo bills that recently passed in the 2010 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have their roots intertwined with Elizabethtown College. Katie Zerfuss, class of ’03 and sophomore Al Gorton both played pivotal roles in the promotion and passing of two separate bills. Zerfuss’s bill began its long journey to the House in 2002, while she was an intern with the Committee Fellowship Program. She was assigned creating an original legislative images:

draft, the same way any professional legislator would. After struggling to find inspiration, Zerfuss noticed a trend of sexual assault cases throughout college newspapers, and she set in motion what is now the omnibus school code bill Act 104 of 2010. Article XX-G (Sexual Violence Education at Institutions of Higher Education Act) states that all institutions of higher education, including private-licensed schools, must establish a educational see STUDENT, page three

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lizabethtown College is looking into developing a wireless Internet system for the remaining dormitories that aren’t connected. Dean of Students Marianne Calenda claims that she “recognizes student demand for this service is high,” but isn’t sure the College will be able to financially support the installation for this upcoming summer, as was discussed at the latest Student Senate meeting. The approximate cost of the wireless program will be around $330,000. According to Steve Rutter’s “Wireless Coverage Capitol Equipment Rationale”, installing“wireless in large ‘institutional style’ dormitories constructed of concrete and block is difficult.” Rutter also is concerned that students will “gripe” if “for instance, Myer has wireless and Royer does not”. Overall, not having wireless Internet access, especially in underclassmen dorms, could present a negative impression for prospective students. At this point, the project in whole will probably not be completed for a few years, ultimately due to lack of funding. For now, Elizabethtown students have to live with the minimal wireless access that is available.

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Etown woman faces criminal charges Safety concerns: crime increasing? A I Samantha L. Peters Staff Writer

22-year-old Elizabethtown woman faces criminal charges after allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate from the York Community Corrections Center. Kayla Danielle Davis of 332 Holly St. was employed as an intern at the corrections center from Aug. 9 to Oct. 13, 2010, working toward her criminal justice degree from York Technical Institute. According to police, Davis took part in a sexual relationship with inmate Kenneth Irwin Kunkle,while interning at York Community Corrections Center. The 29-year-old is in the facility serving a five-to-ten year sentence for drugs. When the inmate was able to get weekend passes, the couple met at a home on the 200 block of S. Third Street in Columbia, Pa. These meetings took place several times throughout Davis’ internship. “I would never have a relationship like the one between Davis and Kunkle,” first-year criminal justice major Catie Broglia said. “Working for a prison or corrections center, you might not know what exactly a person did to get in there. And you are supposed to be helping the inmates. If you have a relationship like that, all you are doing is hurting them. She is crazy.”

The state Department of Corrections searched Kunkle’s belongings and found 23 love letters in the home and turned them over to the police. The love letters were the starting point in the investigation.


Kayla Danielle Davis faces charges for having sexual relations with an inmate during her internship at the York Community Corrections Center.

Micah Aumen, a sophomore criminal justice major, was “not surprised to hear that an intern at a corrections center would have sexual relations with an inmate. I feel it is not uncommon for correctional officers, or anyone working in a similar

capacity, to be sexually involved with an inmate, forced or otherwise,” he said.“In this case, I see [Davis’] actions to be completely unprofessional.” The York Community Corrections Center holds an orientation for all new employees and volunteers, during which the ethics and responsibilities of a person working at the center are covered. The topics that were discussed included sexual contact with an inmate, which is prohibited. “If she knew it was against the rules to have a relationship like that, she should not have done it. Plus, it was her job to watch the prisoners, not sleep with them,” first-year criminal justice major Alyssa Weirich said. “And she cheated on her husband, so that makes it even worse.” First-year Courtney Levithan, had a bit of a different view. “I do not think it was wrong if both of them were willing. If she forced him to do something, then that is another story. Since she knew it was against what the corrections center said, Davis should get in trouble,” Levithan said. The incident was brought to the attention of the authorities in early January. Davis was arraigned and released on Thursday, Feb. 11.

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n the past semester and a half, it seems that there has been a rise in the number of violations on Elizabethtown College’s campus. The stolen textbooks, the off-campus alcohol bust and other alcohol violations seem to have dominated the pages of the Etownian, as well as conversations between students. Despite the drama that has occurred all over campus, both the Dean of Students and Campus Security are eager to set the record straight and to let students know that their campus environment is still safe.

“We have the same problems here as everyone else, but one of the hallmarks of Elizabethtown is our safety” Dale Boyer, Campus Security

“I don’t think that there has been a rise in violations, it’s just that more stuff has been brought to our attention. There are always peaks and valleys in things like this,” Dale Boyer, assistant director of Campus Security, said. Dean of Students Marianne Calenda said that she has no definitive reason for the numerous violations. “We can only speculate,” she said. Regarding the thefts on campus, particularly those in Schlosser and from the Tempest Theatre, both Campus Security and Dean Calenda want to assure students that see HISTORICALLY, page two



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Peter S. Northrop Assistant Editor Every city needs an icon After an amazing grassroots movement to gather funding—the City of Detroit will be getting a statue of Robocop in its center in the coming year. The funding came from a group of mostly young artists and entrepreneurs living in the city. The whole movement started a few weeks ago when Mayor Dave Bing started an internet campaign to develop ideas on how to revitalize the city. Several people suggested a statue of Robocop (since the movie hero is from Detroit) but Bing tweeted that the city would definitely not be getting such a statue. However, this tweet started an internet sensation and in six days alone, interested citizens surpassed their fundraising goal of 50,000 dollars. “Philadelphia has Rocky,” said one internet commenter, “so why can’t we have Robocop?” No concrete plans as to where and when the landmark will be erected have been made yet.

Popcorn as a life and death matter A 43-year-old man was fatally shot in Latvia last week at a movie theater after telling another patron to stop chewing his popcorn so loudly. The chewer in question was a 27-year-old described as a “graduate of the police academy who holds a doctorate in law from the University of Latvia” by The Guardian. He was so offended by the man who told him to eat quieter that he simply pulled out a gun and shot him. He tried to get away after the shooting, but other audience members managed to subdue him. None of the men have been identified yet. It should be mentioned that they were watching a screening of “Black Swan” and that the shooter was polite enough to wait until the end of the movie to kill the man who told him to quiet down.

Because heartbreak is a great excuse to dress like a hipster Levi’s recently unveiled a new style of jeans for men that they’re calling “The Ex-girlfriend jean”. Apparently their selling point is that they mimic the jeans guys would have stolen from their girlfriends and worn before an inevitable breakup. Levi’s describes the jeans as “a fit that’s super-snug all over, an update of the five-pocket classic that’s as skinny as it gets.” So really this is just another pair of hipster jeans with a really creepy ad campaign behind it.

Historically safe campus declining these situations are still being handled and the issues surrounding them are being addressed. “The thefts in Schlosser involved eight or nine people, but it was still just one event,” Boyer said. “It’s a totally different dynamic than what happened outside the theater. I don’t think the two are related,” he explained. Calenda wishes to stress to campus community members that the College is open to helping the person or people involved in the thefts. “Sometimes people make bad decisions,” she said. “It could be from a bigger issue in someone’s life. The College can help those involved in the stealing but we need people to come forward with information.” Alcohol violations, including the bust at 37 Col-

lege Ave., have also been a topic of constant discussion on campus. Jack Longenecker, director of Campus Security, says that 2010 reached a peak in violations, including drugs. “We had about 16 drug violations, mostly involving marijuana,” Longenecker said. For Boyer, the alcohol violations are a simple issue with students. “It boils down to right and wrong: the law says you have to be 21. If you’re 21 and in your room having a beer or a glass of wine, watching TV, you are never going to see Campus Security,” he said. Sophomore Micah Aumen, a student patrol officer, resident assistant and member of the Peer Board, shares the views of Calenda and Campus

Security. “The campus community is just becoming more aware of exactly how many students drink,” he said, “This is due to the increase in recorded incidents and increase in how many students are getting into trouble.” “We have high aspirations for Elizabethtown College’s members,” Dean Calenda said. “Don’t leave your valuables unattended and if you’re drinking, act responsibly­— take care of the people you are with.” Boyer’s message is simple. “Use common sense,” he insisted. “Make sure you lock your doors — 50 percent of students here don’t lock their rooms. Be intelligent — most times students are making a conscious decision to get in trouble.” He shared several stories about pre-

vious students who disregarded common safety rules just to mess with Campus Security. “A drunken male student entered two females’ room three times, all because they didn’t lock their door. Also, students hid a salesman in their rooms and we found out once we caught him that he had sex charges against him. What’s wrong with this picture?” Boyer said. In the end, it is important that students take an active role in their own safety and allow Campus Security and the Dean of Students to handle issues. “We like to think we’re here for your protection. We have the same problems here as everyone else, but one of the hallmarks of Elizabethtown is our safety,” Boyer summarized.

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Islamist al-Turabi arrested for beliefs Katie G. Pebley Staff Writer

different groups, including students. The country is now struggling with a deficit and a devaluating currency which is driving up inflation, according eventy-eight-year-old Islamist opposition leader to The Guardian. However, al-Turabi may have also been arrested Hassan al-Turabi was arrested in January along with eight other Popular Congress Party officials. because of his links to Darfur rebels. Some were arOnce part of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s rul- rested in the week prior to his incarceration, and it ing party, al-Turabi has been in and out of jail since is believed that they had new evidence of al-Turabi’s support for them. While he had not armed them, aldeserting the group in 1999. These most recent arrests occurred because al- Turabi has never denied advising them. Just hours before his arrest, al-Turabi was interTurabi made it clear that an uprising, like the one viewed on the possible in Tunisia on Jan. 14, was uprising situation for likely to happen in Sudan Agence France-Presdue to economic problems. se. “This country has Opposition to the party known popular uprissaid that al-Turabi and ings before,” he said. his cohorts were planning “What happ ened in street protests like those in Tunisia is a reminder. Tunisia, according to the This is likely to hapGlobal Post. pen in Sudan … If it The government of Sudoesn’t, there will be dan is afraid that someimage: a l ot of bl o o dshe d. thing similar could hapIslamist opposition leader Hasan al-Turabi has been pen to them, considering arrested, yet again, for allegedly planning a street riot, The whole country is armed. In the towns, that protests lasting over similar to what happened in Tunisia. it will be a popular upa month forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia to flee his country rising, but in Darfur and in Kordofan as well, they after 23 years in power. Wesal al-Mahdi, al-Turabi’s have weapons.” No matter the true reason for his arrest, al-Turabi’s wife, told the Global Post, “What happened in Tunisia incarceration came at a difficult political time. His has scared [the government].” In general, Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, has Popular Congress Party deputy, Abdalla Hassan feared al-Turabi’s influence. The government believes Ahmed, is willing to go on with the planned protests that many of his supporters hold important posi- despite his leader’s arrest. Many students at Elizabethtown College may not tions in the army and security services. The current be aware of the situation in Sudan, but some are vocal problem al-Turabi has with the government is with Sudan’s oil price increases, which the government about it. “It sounds like the government is moving deems necessary in light of a looming the secession preemptively to remove the major opposition, given all the other uprisings in that region,” sophomore of the south portion of the country. In the middle of January, oil-producing southern Taylor Ulrich said. In spite of the opposition from the government Sudan voted in an independence referendum, making it quite possible that President al-Bashir will lose of Sudan and all of his previous arrests, al-Turabi’s control of that region, according to The Guardian. wife is tearful over this arrest in particular, not beHis party is calling for a popular revolution if the cause of the confusion surrounding it but because of the state of her husband. “This is criminal. How price increases are not reversed. The price increases have triggered other protests can they arrest a man who is 78-years-old and put in Khartoum and around northern Sudan by many him in prison?”



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Germany creates eco-friendly toys Ryan J. Mitchell Staff Writer


uring a time when the world has begun to realize the issues faced in regard to the environment, Germany has come up with a way to influence the next generation to be eco-friendly. A new line of toys that run on energy

rounds these green toys, it’s easy to buy into the positive ideals that they can supply. However, there are still problems that can outweigh the positives. Dr. David Bowne, assistant professor of biology at Elizabethtown College, said

the ramifications of our actions and making conscious decisions to minimize negative impacts,” Bowne said. “The difficulty is in both understanding the impacts and in resolving who makes the decision.”


Germany has introduced eco-friendly toys to the market: above, a solar powered helicopter, left, a bicycle made of entirely recycled materials, right.

stored by built-in solar panels has been recently introduced. Germany is one of the leading countries when it comes to reusable energy. The new line of green toys is supposed to get children interested in the idea of green energy and how it can be applied to other areas of life. By exposing younger generations to these energy efficient toys, many in Germany are hopeful that kids will become more environmentally conscious. The toys are very basic, allowing the kids to understand how they work. A small engine stores power and is activated when energy stones are applied to the toy. Not only are these toys helpful for teaching children about being green, but they are also made with environmentallyfriendly products. With all the hype that sur-

“If the green toy is just another high-tech piece of unnecessary fluff, then it being run by solar power does not make it more environmentally benign. Mining the raw materials for the solar cell and of whatever else the toy is made can be very harmful to human and nonhuman life.” Bowne emphasized that promoting the use of solar panels, these German companies are then using mining techniques that can do more damage to the environment. It’s a good selling technique to advertise that the new green toys raise awareness about being green, when in fact they are requiring more damage to be done to the Earth. However, are toys really meant to be billboards for the green platform? “I think the key to being green is in understanding

This line of toys seems to be a good idea, but is it really about toys? If everyone realized the little things they could do to help the environment, it could make a difference. “Alternative energies are the future; however, it is estimated to take 10-15 years to break our necessity of oil,” sophomore Josh Rowlands said. The toys are aimed at kids so they can begin to apply green methods to their lives. Yet it may take a decade and a half for these alternative sources to make a difference in our world. Can we afford to wait that long for alternative energy sources to take over? With the combined influences of this toy line and awareness of our actions’ consequences, we might begin to see a difference in the world as we become more environmentally conscious.

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Students key in passage of Pa. bills program to promote sexual violence awareness. The programs must include: discussion of sexual violence as well as consent (the fact that victims are not at fault is to be stressed) and the effects of drugs and alcohol on sexual violence. Information about personal protection, both against physical violence and diseases, is required, and protocol on reporting an incident to police and campus security must be detailed as well. Finally, students must be introduced to local law enforcement, health centers and counseling while being assured that confidentiality and discretion will be upheld. Gorton, a political science major, had a helping hand with the Children in Foster Care Act. After being taken from his family at age eight, Gorton was under the care of the foster home system from 1997 to 2005, during which he said he was, “bounced from home to home.” After working as a volunteer with Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a non-partisan/ profit group, Gorton and other sought to create a foster-care alumni group whose goal is to raise awareness regarding the system. After five years, the bill, introduced by Rep. Phyllis Mundy, passed

unanimously in both houses of the State Congress. Pre-Law director, Dr. Kyle C. Kopko, said the Children in Foster Care Act is “like a bill of rights for those in foster care.” Gorton agreed, stating to reporters after an official press conference that the rights mentioned in the bill aren’t new creations, but its purpose is to bring every legal right a fosterchild has together in one document: “this brings them together in a condensed version.” A few basic rights granted to foster-children include access to fair treatment, freedom from any form of discrimination and harassment, proper nourishment and access to appropriate clothing– things that many may take for granted. The ability to bring about change, especially on a local or state level, may be easier than one would think. Often, you only need to contact a local representative to express your concerns and ideas, and from there a simple “yes” or “no” vote can result in visible progress. “Find something you’re adamant about,” Gorton advised. Zerfuss and Gorton, are two shining examples of Elizabethtown students making lasting impressions.

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New Zealand’s “darkest day” Patricia A. Cangelosi Copy Editor


t least 75 are dead after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Christchurch region of New Zealand Tuesday afternoon (Monday evening in the United States). An additional 300 are missing and may be buried under rubble, according to the Otago Daily Times. Several sources quote Prime Minister John Key’s reaction to the damage: “We may be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day.” Among the dead were occupants of two buses that were crushed when buildings fell on them. Dozens of buildings collapsed, leaving unknown numbers of people trapped inside. Screams rang out from the ruins of what was the second largest city in New Zealand. Fires broke out, streets cracked open, and aftershocks shook the island nation again and again, according to BBC News. “I’ve been so emotional since I heard the news of the quake. I am in complete shock,” Elizabethtown College senior Jamie Bartolino said. Bartolino studied abroad in New Zealand in spring 2010. “I lived just 20 minutes outside of Christchurch, so every picture I see of damages is a place that I recognize,” she said. “It really breaks my heart because it was such a vibrant place.” “I was captivated by the city,” senior Sarah Smith said of Christchurch. Smith studied in New Zealand in spring ’10 as well. “It was gorgeous, warm and inviting. I can’t even imagine the city in shambles as it is now.” When New Zealand was hit on Tuesday, the nation was just recovering from its last major earthquake on Sept. 4, 2010. There were no fatalities from that 7.1-magnitude quake. According to BBC News, this Tuesday’s disaster was more harmful because the epicenter was much shallower than in September (three miles deep as opposed to six), and it was much closer to a highly populated city. One of the most talked about byproducts of Tuesday’s tragedy is the ruin of what was Christchurch’s Cathedral Square, a landmark of the city. The contrast between what the cathedral was and what it is now is striking. “At the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, piles of stone sat atop crushed chairs on the floor as a light shone through a collapsed tower above the sanctuary,” CNN News reported. What does this earthquake, the worst natural disaster in New Zealand in 80 years, mean for the country? “[Christchurch] was certainly the center of many major bus and travel routes, so I can’t even imagine how those businesses are holding up with the city in turmoil,” Bartolino said. “If this had happened exactly one year ago, I might have been in the city when it happened. It’s incredibly humbling to have escaped such a disaster by so short a period of time.” “My friends that live in New Zealand are devastated,” Smith added. “I truly hope this is the last of the earthquakes, not only for New Zealand’s sake, but also for all the students who wish to study abroad there.” Smith’s friend, Thomas Borowsky, is a sophomore at Otago University in Dunedin, NZ. Borowsky, who did not feel the earthquake but felt one of the aftershocks, told Smith via Facebook, “I think we will manage one way or another; it’s a very hard hit, though, emotionally and economically.” Shoeb Ambawala, another friend of Smith’s and a resident of Auckland, NZ, said yesterday that the Civil Defense Department, Red Cross and Salvation Army have done such a great job assisting in Christchurch that many of the relief volunteers feel no need to stay. Therefore, Ambawala plans to return home from Christchurch and donate financially to the cause instead. New Zealand is directly atop the Ring of Fire, “the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim,” according to BBC News Science Correspondent Jonathan Amos. The small nation experiences over 14,000 earthquakes each year, most of which have magnitudes of less than 5. However, Amos pointed out that since earthquakes tend to occur close together geographically and chronologically, another deadly quake within the near future is not out of the question.



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Scholarship offers financial aid to all majors, disciplines Tara B. Hayes Features Editor


harles and Cynthia Ebersole, ’86 and ’85 respectively, have created an entrepreneurial scholarship that is available to students in any discipline or major. The Elizabethtown College Campus Wide Entrepreneurship Scholarship offers a minimum of $4,000 in aid to its recipient. “The idea for the scholarship was born of the desire to promote entrepreneurial thinking and activity among students,” Charles Ebersole said. “Charles and Cynthia wanted to explore avenues to support the Entrepreneurship program at Elizabethtown College,” Dr. Petru Sandu, associate professor of entrepreneurship and management, said. “We discussed the idea of starting an entrepreneurship scholarship that will include a mentoring program.” During the spring and fall semesters of 2009, the scholarship was offered only to students enrolled in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial marketing classes

to test it out before offering it campuswide. In spring 2010, the scholarship was offered campus-wide for the first time. First-year, sophomore and junior students of any discipline or major who are attending Etown full-time during the time frame of the award may apply for the scholarship. Charles Ebersole allowed all disciplines and majors to apply because “entrepreneurial thinking transcends all disciplines.” “The goal is to challenge students and have them take risks,” Marty ThomasBrummé, director of major gifts, said. Even though this scholarship was created with all students in mind, Charles Ebersole believes certain students will benefit more from it, such as “students with the desire to function outside of and beyond the boundaries considered ‘normal’ or ‘safe.’” According to Charles Ebersole, it is this aspect of the scholarship that makes it unique. This scholarship encourages students “to reach into areas beyond the confines of traditional thinking,” Charles Ebersole said. He encourages any student who

desires to reach into these areas and function outside of boundaries to apply for this scholarship. This year’s scholarship was awarded to junior Elizabeth Starkey, whose idea was a seat belt safety product for children. “I came up with the idea after a friend’s young child was killed in a car accident because he unbuckled,” she said. Starkey had already had this idea in her head for years when she decided to use it for her scholarship application. “I chose this idea because it was something I thought could make a real difference in the number of deaths of children in car accidents,” Starkey said. “The scholarship gave her the opportunity to take what was in her head and put it toward a real-life situation,” ThomasBrummé said. “Without the scholarship, it’d probably still be in her head.” The application consists of four parts: personal data, questions, entrepreneurship project/idea and, for the top candidates, an oral presentation. In the questions section, the applicants must answer questions concerning what they

know, explain why they believe they are entrepreneurs and define different risks and how they would address these risks as entrepreneurs. According to Thomas-Brummé, recipients are not necessarily chosen by the best idea or presentation but by who it will benefit most. The Entrepreneurship Scholarship Committee will review the written applications and choose the top three to five applicants. These applicants will be then be required to give a five to ten minute presentation on their proposed projects. The recipient of the scholarship will work with a mentor during the academic year following the announcement to shape the idea into a business model that could be used in real life. Applications for this scholarship are available in the Dean of Students Office, the Department of Business or online at All applications must be submitted to the Dean of Students Office by Friday, March 4. The scholarship recipient will be announced on April 27.


Karcha wins design award at regional theater festival Alanna J. Delfino Staff Writer


lizabethtown College’s own junior Beth Karcha won the Best Conceptual Costume Design Award at the Kennedy Center American Theater Festival, at Towson University, Jan. 12 through 16. Karcha, a theatre major, has put time and dedication into every project she’s worked on. She created a theatrical design for the “Threepenny Opera,” which she entered into the festival. However, she had no idea that she would have any chance at winning. “I was really surprised because I never win anything,” Karcha said. Karcha entered the contest as practice for her senior production of “Red Herring.” “I just wanted to put together an exhibit for practice, so I wasn’t expecting anything out of it,” she said. “I just wanted to get a feel for what the design tech management exhibit was like.” The Kennedy Center American Theater Festival is a 44-year-old national organization for colleges and universities across the country. A total of 1,200 students and faculty gather to participate in workshops, contests and plays brought in by colleges throughout the region. The festival gives undergraduate theatre majors a chance to meet with their peers from other schools. It is a way for students and faculty to network. “You get to go to workshops which teach you a lot, and you get to meet a lot of people in your field who you could end up keeping in touch with,” Karcha said. The workshops were a great opportunity to take advantage of throughout the week. At these events, students learn from one another and get helpful feedback from professionals. When she experienced the festival a year earlier, Karcha examined the winning exhibits and learned what designs caught the judges’ interest. The winning exhibits not only showcased a design, but also showed a variety of pieces, illustrating the whole process rather than just the finished piece. “The best exhibits have actual costumes with them, like examples of what they’ve done,” Karcha said. “I thought those really stood out; not everyone does that but I think it’s better for the exhibit.”

Karcha’s relationship with ever thought of before, so I “Threepenny Opera” by Berappreciated that very much,” told Brecht began her first year Swanson said. of college. After reading it, she After college, Karcha plans felt a strong connection. to work in theater for a couple “She chose it because of the of years until she can get a job possibility of doing different teaching in a private school. things with it. This was a de“I am trying to earn money sign that kind of emphasized for grad school so I can get the darkness of this play, the a teaching degree because aspects of death,” Michael elementary education is actuSwanson, associate professor ally what I really want to do,” of theatre, said. Karcha said. Karcha’s design consisted Recently Karcha has been of a mix between three difworking on designs for her ferent styles: steampunk, Vicsenior project, “Red Herring.” torian era and 1920s inspiraShe plans to enter these detional styles. “My inspiration signs next year and hopes to for the ‘20s-inspired look do as well as she did this year. was from ‘Cell Block Tango,’ “Beth is very creative as an from the musical ‘Chicago,’” individual, the work that she Karcha said. presents is always interesting Along with the steampunk and creative,” Wolf-Spencer style, the design included said. some modern elements. She Winning the Best Constuck to the color scheme of ceptual Design award at a black, red, white and lavenregional theater festival is just der. Richard Wolf-Spencer, one of the many accomplishassistant professor of theater, ments Karcha is sure to have said, “I thought the design was in her career. For Karcha, a very intriguing—she melded design is not just something aspects of clothing that would you can quickly put together; be more interesting to kids it is about the process of deCourtesy Photo today, they call it the steamsigning, and the research is Beth Karcha’s costume design for the where it all starts. “Designing punk look.” Karcha describes the de- character of Polly Peachum from the takes a lot of planning ahead; sign as having a stark color “Threepenny Opera.” She won the Best you can never have too much contrast that uses a variety of Conceptual Design award at the Kennedy Center research,” she said. AmericanTheater Festival at Towson University. influences: “Design-wise just For her peers, Karcha having unrealistic colors, unmatchable styles, a lot of leaves this advice: “Keep track of any inspirations that androgynous pieces.” For example, she explained that you have, even if you’re reading a play for your class and the hooker Jenny wears a corset, but also wears a guy’s you come up with ideas and keep that imagery because blazer. “She thought of something that I hadn’t certainly it might come in handy for future projects.”

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Hodges travels to help others overseas and across U.S. either on her own, through church organizations or through the College. She often signs up for service trips independently, demonstrating an incredible amount of initiative and bravery. “It does take courage,” Hodges said, “but there are so many people struggling, I always return feeling that my problems aren’t so bad.”

crossing the border. Although unsettling incidents have occurred, they have not deterred Hodges from continuing her travels. elping others is a fundamental part of Coordina“I love to travel and experience cultures different tor of Campus Events Karen Hodges’ life. “I meet from my own,” Hodges wrote in a personal statement. people who are struggling but still smiling,” Hodges “On these journeys I look for beauty among the bleaksaid. After taking numerous trips overseas, she ness, and it’s not hard to find.” continues to embark on service Hodges also has a passion for photrips. Hodges’ genuine concern tography and reflects on the powerful for others is present in her quiet images she encounters. “I see beautiful disposition. Using compassion as smiles from hungry children. I see kind one of her main tools, she plays faces from overworked women. I see an active role in helping others vivid colors among sinking canoes.” around the globe. Many of Hodges’ colleagues greatly “It all started in high school,” admire the dedication and compassion Hodges said. As an adolescent, she demonstrates in traveling overseas. she took her first service trip However, Hodges said most of them through her church to South would never volunteer to go with her Dakota. After experiencing this anytime soon. “They all love to sit trip, Hodges said she developed down and hear stories from my trips,” a passion for traveling and helpHodges said, “but it’s not for everyone.” ing others. Since then, her efforts Although her service trips have not have extended across internadirectly impacted her career at Etown, tional borders. Hodges’ experiences exemplify the As a continuing education school’s motto of “Educate for Service.” student here at Elizabethtown Her efforts have not only extended College, Hodges came in contact across international borders, but also with Dr. David Radcliff, who across culture, race and class. Despite teaches courses on the topics of her humble disposition, Hodges demCourtesy Photo globalization, environmental care onstrates incredible leadership and Karen Hodges in her 2007 trip to Southern Sudan, a learning tour she took with and poverty and hunger in the provides a positive example for others. the “New Community Project” organization. College’s Center for Continuing Hodges said she continues to go Education and Distance Learning. As part of the Some of the places to which Hodges has previously on service trips because there are so many places to non-profit organization “New Community Project,” traveled to include Southern Sudan, Nepal, Burma, go and help. “I’ve met people where no matter how Radcliff organizes learning tours in which Hodges be- Ecuador, Jamaica, Honduras and Alaska. While each bad their conditions or lives might be, they still have came involved. She completed her courses as a student trip is different, she said they all have the same central hope,” she said. “They are still smiling.” Hodges dein 2005 and later worked on campus at the chaplain’s goals: to gain an understanding of the challenges faced scribed her experiences of seeing beauty and despair office. While there, Hodges conducted service trips by others, to show support for global neighbors, to paradoxically intertwined. “I am reminded of the to places such as Puerto Rico and Los Angeles, Calif. build community, to grow personally and spiritually need to look for beauty in my own life,” she explained. These trips took place over spring break and provided and to return home better-equipped to be a voice for For anyone thinking of going on a service trip, students with a great opportunity to make a difference justice and peace in our world. Hodges immediately said to do it. “Many people have beyond Etown. While all of the trips have positive goals and hesitations about going out of their comfort zone,” she Although Hodges’ new position as the coordina- outcomes, they have not all been without difficulty. said, “but sometimes it is good to be uncomfortable.” tor of campus events does not allow her to organize Hodges said that while in Southern Sudan and Ugan- Hodges said that while each of her trips has been diftrips directly, she continues to partake in service trips da, her group had some trouble with the military and ferent, they have all been incredibly rewarding. Katie A. Bamberger Asst. Campus Life Editor


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Flutefest features ensembles, soloists from all majors Daniel D. Darkow Staff Writer

On Monday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Zug Recital Hall, Elizabethtown College will host the fifth annual Flutefest, a concert featuring the Arioso Flute Choir, small flute ensembles and soloists. The concert is an opportunity for the gifted flute students to have their own time to shine and showcase their capabilities. Admission is free for everyone in the College community and residents of the town. The Arioso Flute Choir was first organized in 2005 upon the arrival of flute director and adjunct faculty member Dr. Paula Nelson. Nelson then arranged the first Flutefest two years later, so that the Arioso Flute Choir could perform for their peers. Flutefest encompasses all the members of the flute family: piccolo, C flute, alto flute and bass flute. Nelson explained that Flutefest offers the audience a chance to “appreciate the

beauty and the versatility of the flute and the wide variety of music that has been composed for it.” The members of the Arioso Flute Choir are first-years Kaitlyn Anastasi, Katherine Cotter and Alexander Ochs, sophomores Hollynn Olsavick, Cassandra Summers and Sierra Tretter, juniors Stephanie Crawford, Amber Farah, Tanna Leigh Gibble and Alena Lerch and senior Sarah Johnson. The first half of the program consists of performances by soloists and small flute ensembles, while the second half features the Arioso Flute Choir. The soloists and ensembles will perform pieces ranging from French solos to a quartet by Kuhlau, who was a contemporary of Beethoven. “ The first two pieces that the Arioso Flute Choir is performing pay tribute to the flute’s Baroque heritage and its affinity for that style of music,” Nelson explained. Karg-Elert’s “Praise the Lord With Flutes”  is written in

the style of Handel. Next, Nelson said the group will perform Handel’s variations on  “ The Harmonious Blacksmith,” with a few fun, modern variations thrown in.  Grainger’s Mock Morris will follow, which Nelson said is an English country dance and, “a great piece because it uses all the members of the flute family together: bass, alto, C flutes, and even two piccolos.”  The concert will end with La Milonga, an Argentinian dance by Christopher Caliendo. The preparation for Flutefest starts very early for the students involved. The soloists have been practicing their pieces for several months, while the Arioso Flute Choir had about six weeks of preparation for their portion of the concert. This is a very short amount of time considering the quantity of music that the student musicians will perform. The choir has rehearsals once a week to accompany their individual practice time. The group contains both music

and non-music majors. Most of the members started playing the flute in elementary years, which is common for instrumental studies. Most of them also play many other instruments as well as the flute. Some of the soloists will play pieces that they are working on for their senior recitals, which is a graduation requirement for music majors. “I have gone to Flutefest before, and I am planning on going again this year. A lot of my friends are in the program, and they have all been working really hard,” senior music therapy major Leeann Hackett said. Flutefest is a great opportunity for those of us who might not be tuned in to the music community to enjoy some quality entertainment and appreciate the performing arts at no cost. This is an example of a C flute, the typical flute seen in most orchestras. It is the mid-range member of the flute family.



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s e e n i m o N r a c s O Emily Dotter Staff Writer


ally Field’s “you like me speech,” Halle Berry and Adrien Brody’s lip lock, the 1974 streaker and hundreds of other memorable moments all happened during one of Hollywood’s biggest nights: the Academy Awards. The 83rd Academy Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 27 on ABC, hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Hosting the awards is certainly an honor; however, in recent years, hosts have fallen a little flat. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin taught producers last year that two hosts boost ratings and work better, according to Glen Levy from Time Magazine’s website TheNewsFeed. Levy also feels directors/producers of the Academy Awards have learned their lesson of using talk show hosts after the miserable failure of David Letterman and the mediocre performance of Jon Stewart. With Franco and Hathaway as hosts, producers hope not only to grab the attention of the younger demographic (18 – 49 year olds), but also to increase viewership overall. Elizabethtown College students are unfazed by the upcoming award ceremony. “I don’t watch the Oscars,” sophomore Katie Beamesderfer said. “I don’t know anything about them.” Some confessed to only watching the Grammys, but a few students were pretty pumped for the ceremony, including sophomore and

Etownian assistant Advertising Editor Brooke Wachtel. “I’m really, really excited, and I’m definitely going to watch them.” She added that she was mainly watching for the hosts. While some students may not be excited to watch them, most are still interested to find out who will win. A favorite to win many awards is “The King’s Speech” which leads in award nominations with 12. “True Grit” follows behind with ten nominations, and tied at eight nominations are the “Social Network” and “Inception.” All four movies are nominated for Best Picture. Other nominees include “The Fighter,” “Toy Story 3,” “Black Swan,” “127 hours,” “The Kids Are All Right,” and “Winter’s Bone.” “The King’s Speech” and the “Social Network,” though, are the main contenders to win. Javier Bardem is the only actor nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role whose movie, “Biutiful,” was not nominated for Best Picture. The other nominees, Jeff Bridges, Jesse Eisenberg, Colin Firth and Franco, all starred in the Best Picture nominated films “True Grit,” “The Social Network”, “The King’s Speech,” and “127 Hours,” respectively. However, Firth and Franco have critics slugging it out over who should win. Firth already won the Critics’ Choice, the Golden Globe and the SAG Award, which leads viewers to expect that he will soon win an Oscar as well. Best Actress nominees include Annette Bening in “The Kids Are

All Right,” Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole,” Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone,” Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”, and Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”. The contest is too close to call between Bening and Portman, but according to, Portman has a slight edge after being awarded the SAG Award. This will certainly be an exciting reveal. It’s a toss-up over who will win Best Director, but “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper will most likely win given the movie’s big splash in nominations. Still in contention are Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan,” David O. Russell for “The Fighter,” David Fincher for the “Social Network,” and Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for “True Grit”. Performances this year do not appear to be exhilarating. Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Alan Menken singing “I See the Light” from the movie Tangled and Randy Newman performing “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” will surely be highlights of the night. Other performances will include Gwyneth Paltrow singing “Coming Home” and Rahman and Florence Welch, from the band Florence & The Machine, performing “If I Rise” from the movie “127 Hours.” For 83 years the Academy Awards has provided tons of tears, cheers and moments that will be remembered for generations. This year’s ceremony will hopefully be filled with those special times that make the Academy Awards so much fun to watch.

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Learning Services revealed Kristen N. Lacaillade Staff Writer



ou’re sitting at your desk staring into your textbook as if it’s written in Greek. Nothing makes sense. Well, have no fear, Learning Services student tutors are here to help. If your professor’s office hours simply don’t fit your schedule, or you spend hours and hours on a math problem that you’re convinced you’ll never solve, turning to a student tutor may be your most beneficial option. For nearly every class offered by Elizabethtown College, there is a tutor available to help. Senior occupational therapy major Rachel Sullivan is one of many students employed by Learning Ser vices.

“It’s a great job. It’s nice to help out your peers and is a good way to meet new people,” Sullivan said. “I enjoy tutoring and believe I get as much out of it as the tutee since it’s a good review for me as well.” To become a Learning Services tutor, students must be recommended by the professor with whom they took the specified class. Once recommended and approved, students are then able to sign up to tutor additional classes, if they wish, if they received an A or A- in the course. As long as students feel comfortable with the material, they are allowed to tutor others in the subject. To officially tutor for a class, one must answer e-mails from Learning Services Coordinators about whether or not they are able to tutor for requested sessions for specific classes. If tutors are able to work for a session, they come prepared with either the notes they saved from the course or their own knowledge of the course material. Tutors do their best to explain the material to tutees, help them review for exams and answer any questions they may have. Typical tutoring sessions vary. “Sessions can either be weekly or just once,

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• On Feb. 18, Campus Security escorted high school students off Wolf Field. The lacrosse field is currently off limits to all students, faculty and staff. This is due to the condition of the field. • The same day, Campus Security approached a suspicious car in Brown Parking lot. Officers found marijuana in the vehicle and called the Borough Police. Only one Elizabethtown College student was involved in the incident. •

On Feb. 19, officers responded to a report that the driver’s side door of a vehicle in the North Hackman Apartments was keyed.

On Feb. 20, a student was sent to the hospital for an alcohol related illness.

On the same day, a blow-up doll was found hanging outside of a window on the third floor of Royer Hall.

depending on what the student wants out of the sessions,” Sullivan said. This on-campus job is ideal for students in the education department. Becoming a student tutor allows these students in particular to gain firsthand experience in their field, teaching course material to others and articulating information effectively to those trying to learn new concepts. “It is very rewarding to work with peers who are taking the same classes I have taken, especially when it is a class I really enjoyed,” junior elementary education major and tutor Jenna Maiorella, said. “It is a great way to

meet new people and practice communication and teaching skills for my future profession.” Sullivan and Maiorella agree that tutoring has helped them make new friends over the years. “I have met many new people through tutoring, such as fellow tutors and the students I have tutored,” Maiorella explained. This on-campus job not only proves to benefit the students not being tutored, but the tutors themselves. Being able to help students succeed and better understand their course material is one of the many rewards that this job can offer.


SDLCs provide more privilege, more responsibility S. Alexandra Ward Staff Writer

the same basic furniture that would be in an apartment or quad (i.e., a small couch, a kitchen table, beds, desks, etc.), they don’t come with all the furniture a house requires (i.e., TV stand, coffee ne bathroom, four decent-sized bedrooms, a full table, shelves). And though those few pieces of kitchen, a living room, a laundry room and a sunfurniture don’t seem very important, imagine living room: these are the amenities enjoyed by the four memin a house with only a two-person couch, a small bers of the BEACH house SDLC. Too good to be true? kitchen table, beds and desks. Not really. According to senior and third-year BEACH The SDLC decision really comes down to how house member Stephen Powell, the group is involved in much effort a person is willing to put forth. For programs such as Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Huthe same price as an apartment or a quad, students manity. They also participate in Into the Streets. can live in a house furnished with only essentials, The SDLC program was established in 1992 when complete service projects throughout the year and Elizabethtown College began to purchase properties shovel their own walk, when it snows. surrounding the campus. The program has changed “It’s totally worth it,” sophomore Jackie little by little over the years (originally it served as a Fichter, a 2011 SDLC applicant, said.” Even women’s honors housing program). Today the SDLC though it’s a little bit further away from the program has 11 homes, new requirements, a new academic areas, it’ll be worth it not having director and an all-new set of applicants. people complain about noise or sharing the Among the new criteria for being selected for bathroom with a million people.” an SDLC are a minimum of five service hours per In spite of the amount of work it takes semester, participation as a house in Into the Streets to have an SDLC, Powell maintains that and MLK Day, journaling and logging experiences in the SDLC program “you’re improving with service and employing a number of learning the Etown community and surrounding resources from books to movies to interviews. areas, and the people you help are really An SDLC is not just a nice house for you and appreciative.” three or seven of your closest friends. “It can be a lot He added, “My roommates and I really of work at times, and you have to understand your have enjoyed our time within the program responsibilities and know what you have to get done and encourage more people to enter the each week,” Powell said. But compared to the cinderPhoto: Matthew P. Butera SDLC program.” block cells known as dorm rooms, the shared three The Rose Garden is one of 11 SDLCs students can be placed in. Of the 11 houses in the SDLC proshowers for a floor full of people and living in proximity to dozens, an SDLC (and all the work it requires) seems furniture and appliances such as microwaves and light- gram, only eight are currently occupied. This year, ing – our SDLC came without any lamps for the living though, more students attended the information like a walk in the park – ­­­­ or is it? “I love living in an SDLC because it’s a cozier environ- room area, which means we’re expected to have lamps and sessions than could fit in all 55 spots open for the ment than a dorm and not too far from campus.” Greta supply lightbulbs when they burn out,” Kvinnesland said. 11 SDLCs. Applications are due March 15, and Compare that to the Hackman Apartments and the students will hear if they are selected for the house Kvinnesland, a senior and member of the TREEhouse SDLC, said. “One of my favorite things is having our Schreiber Quadrangle, both of which have their appli- in the last week of March, just in time to apply for own kitchen. Like the quads and the apartments, it’s a ances and maintenance supplied for them. The SDLCs an apartment or quad in the event that they don’t much more independent living situation, except you’re don’t come fully furnished, either. Though they do have get the house.


not sharing a building with anyone – it’s like having your own house.” Kvinnesland said that though she and her housemates do two or three service projects per semester plus Into the Streets – which may seem like a lot – the benefits still outweigh the disadvantages. She cautions new members, however, to “make sure you coordinate schedules and stay on top of your game when it comes to programs. And you have to spend enough time trying to get people involved. Awareness and involvement is the success we’re all hoping for.” There are more downsides to the SDLC program than just the amount of work. “You’re expected to provide some


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Thomas R. O’Connell Staff Writer

April 2012 may be the beginning of the end for the Internet. The IANA, which stands for the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, handed out two of the last big batches of IP addresses this past May. According to Dan Misener of CBC news, an IP address is a specific number that is assigned to every device that connects to the Internet. The purpose of an IP address is to be certain that information gets sent to the right person or device. Basically, the net is running out of space. The system the Internet uses now, known as IPv4, was originally designed to be able to house roughly four billion IP addresses, according to Mark Ward of BBC news. Today, many people are connected to the Internet in more than one way. It is not uncommon for a person to have a home computer, a laptop and a cell phone with Internet connection. All three of these devices have their own IP addresses. There are many other devices that have IP addresses, and everyday companies like Apple are trying to think up and create the newest and best gadget. Since the trend nowadays is to constantly be in touch with what is going on in the world through Internet access, that gadget must have an IP address. So as you can see, this poses a problem. “It is crazy how the way we use the Internet has grown in such a short time,” sophomore and computer science major Ben Cable said. “I can really see this lack of IP addresses becoming a big problem in the near future if nothing is done to create more space.” Luckily, this is exactly what professionals are trying to do. Since the current system’s bank of four billion addresses is not enough to meet our Internet needs, experts have put together IPv6. This system is capable of housing six trillion IP addresses, an amount that is almost unimaginable. However, this solution comes with problems of its own. IPv4 and IPv6 are not compatible systems. In other words, devices that are currently connected to the Internet and have an IP address through IPv4 will not work with IPv6. The trick is to find a way to get the two systems to work together. There are other ways to get around the short-

age of IP addresses, but like IPv6, they have their share of disadvantages. One method referred to by Misener, is known as “Carrier-grade NAT.” This is essentially sharing of IP addresses: as opposed to having your own IP address, it is possible that your entire neighborhood might share an IP address. This would put off the day when all IP addresses are finally used up, but it will not work forever. It will also cause problems similar to those of a party-line telephone or sharing of the same phone number, Misener mentioned. For example, if you sent an e-mail to a person who shared an IP address with someone else, the person they shared it with would also get the e-mail. This obviously would not work for many people, considering that much of the information one has on his or her computer is private. So it seems the logical solution would be to attempt to switch to IPv6 rather than pursue any other method. The problem, however, is that Internet service providers are not switching. Only one percent of the top million websites utilize IPv6, and only six percent of all the networks that make up the net run on IPv6, according to Ward. If we do not start switching to IPv6, the problem of IP address shortages will slowly creep up on us, but only sometime after they all have been used up. Misener compared the problem to apple distribution, since IP addresses are handled in a similar way: what if one person owned the only apple farm in the world? That person would divide the apples among the whole world. He would send some to different warehouses, who would send them to grocery stores, and the apples would eventually end up in peoples’ refrigerators. If that person were to stop producing apples, it would not affect the public until sometime later, because there are still apples in the warehouses, the grocery stores and the refrigerators. What Misener is trying to say is that we need to address this problem now before it is too late. For now, there are still some IP addresses left, but they are not going to last forever. We are eventually going to reach our current systems’ capacity, but what matters is what we do now, in order to set ourselves up for the future.

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Peer Ambassador program supports internationals

Christian V. Sammartino Staff Writer


he Center for Global Citizenship at Elizabethtown College helps students forge relationships with global perspectives. Groups such as the International Peer Ambassador program enable students of many diverse backgrounds to connect and begin new relationships. This is especially important in the quest to educate for service and to welcome international students into the community at Etown College. “The idea [of the program] is to assist new international students adjusting to life here, and develop relationships with this group of students that stays with them the whole time they are here and becomes their mentors and friends,” Director of International Programs Dr. Amy Simes said. Students from all nations, including the United States, can become International Peer Ambassadors. A student can apply to the program as early as freshman year. Candidates should show leadership ability and initiative in the campus community. “More importantly though, we look for students who are interested in other cultures, or who have already demonstrated that by going overseas, participating in international clubs or majoring in modern languages or international business,” Simes said. According to international student advisor Kristi Syrdahl, prospective ambassadors must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. In addition, candidates must undergo a judicial background check. Two letters of recommendation also must accompany the application. One letter must display academic attributes and the other must display leadership characteristics. This allows administrators to evaluate applicants on many levels. “It really varies because everybody is different; it really depends on the individual and what their background is and what they want to give,” Syrdahl added. If a student is accepted into the program, he or she will receive an interview in March. All candidates who are chosen receive training in May. The training program connects new Ambassadors with veterans of the program. Through

these interactions, new Ambassadors learn the best have the English [speaking] capabilities, and they are possible ways to form connections. In August, these just looking for someone they know will be there for students report to campus early for orientation, and them,” Hall commented. “They know if they have any then assist international students during fall orien- trouble they can come see us.” tation. Beyond the fall orientation process, AmbasJunior political science major Abdullah Ata recognizes sadors can assist students in the services that Ambasmany ways. sadors provide for inter“ They are like the bridge “For the orientation I between [the CGC] and the national students. Internawas a part of, it ranged from tional students arrive a week international students.” - Director taking the students on the before school begins, and weekend for activities like of International Programs Dr. Amy the first people they see are bowling or rollerblading, Simes International Peer Ambasbut also picking them up at sadors. “We pick them up the airport, or driving them to the social security from the airport and pretty much hang out with them over office,” Syrdahl said. “Also being willing and open the weekend,” Ata said. “They come and they settle in, and to answer questions and being present on campus we set up their rooms, and we help them with anything.” [is important].” Ata has also answered questions about clothing, According to Simes, International Peer Ambas- banking and campus Internet for some of his mentees. sadors in essence provide friendship and care for Answering basic questions is important for acclimating international students. “They are like a bridge be- students to the college community. Ata realizes that the first tween [the CGC] and the international students,” impressions of the campus are important. Simes added. These students create open pathways “The first week is essential, and it can make or break their of communication and add a new dimension of com- liking of the college. If you see a hostile environment, and munication with administration. your transition into college is not good, you will most likely Currently, there are 11 International Peer Am- transfer after the first semester,” Ata stated. bassadors in the program: Munimah Ahmed, AlAs sophomore Japanese and communications major lison Gower, Alex Harris, TaLisa Ramos, Betty Lai, Lai states, the Etown community welcomes internaAbdullah Ata, Melissa Ruoff, Alysa Poindexter, tional students. “They are all really nice. I think evJeroen Hooijboer, Kira Blome, Alexander Hall and eryone will say hi to you if they make eye contact with Ashley Clark. you,” Lai said. “They are all really friendly. Normally Senior Hall has been an Ambassador since his ju- I think all of the international students make a lot of nior year. Hall, a business and Japanese double major, really cool friends here.” said he gained a range of international experience Through the International Peer Ambassador proin these programs. “I was always talking with the gram, students can form the friendships that help international students,” Hall said. “Eventually they make their college experience fulfilling. In this way, started coming up to me and asking me questions, the college community can grow and become more so I thought I should apply and do something good.” diverse. “As far as the international students, I see them Hall recognizes that Ambassadors are essential as my family. When they first arrived, we called them for international students in the beginning of a our babies,” junior English major Poindexter said. “I’ve semester. “When they get here, they look like deer gained a new perspective on life because of the amazing in the headlights sometimes. Sometimes they don’t people I have met through this program.”

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Clooney denies political goals, Bieber engraved in wax Joelle E. Atkinson Staff Writer


ustin Bieber: No, I have not been infected with Bieber Fever in the “I love him so much,” kind of way. But this kid is fascinating. Within the past few weeks, Bieber performed at the Grammys, had a successful opening movie at the box office with the biopic “Never Say Never” and had a “Glee” tribute-episode dedicated to his side-swept hair and infamous hoodies. And now, he is once again making headlines as girls across the nation weep that his long locks are no longer. In an effort to look more mature on a music video set with Rascal Flatts, the teen entertainer chopped off a few inches of the hair that has been as much a part of his persona as his corny love songs. It has also been revealed that a Bieber wax figure will be unveiled at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in the New York, London and Amsterdam locations. The biggest question for the wax figure on launch day is: what will his hair look like? Though he had

reportedly been measured for the figure with his old hair, no one knows which ‘do the life-size doll will sport. Additionally, when the question had been raised as to whether or not the figure would grow over time with Bieber, Madame Tussauds’ New York General Manager Bret Pidgeon told E! Online: “We’re capturing a moment in time. Capturing what he looks like right now.” Other headliners featured this week are: Lindsay Lohan: The troubled songstress cannot seem to catch a break. She was once again forced to appear in court on charges of grand theft, for reportedly stealing jewelry from a Los Angeles store, and on violating her parole. This comes just months after her last jail sentence and stint in rehab. The judge has apparently issued some tough love to LiLo and told her she would be treated as any other ordinary citizen. “I don’t care that you’re Lindsay Lohan,” Superior Court Judge

Keith Schwartz said. “If you plead in front of me, if this case is resolved in front of me, you are going to go to jail. Period,” he said. It doesn’t seem to matter which way she slices it; whether she plead guilty or if she goes to court, she will inevitably serve another term in jail. The maximum jail sentence, simply for the parole violation, could be up to three years behind bars. The judge advised her to come back on her next court date on March 10 and try again. George Clooney: The 49-year-old Oscar winner has been considered a front runner for the Democratic party for any election, but does he have any political aspirations? “I didn’t live my life in the right way for politics,” he said in a Newsweek interview. “I [expletived] too many chicks and did too many drugs,” he admitted to the news magazine. Because he is so honest about his past, he believes that government should work in the same way. He thinks that governing officials should admit what they did, and move on and get the job done. Clooney thinks that a smart political figure would “start from the beginning by saying ‘I did it all. I drank the bong water. Now let’s talk about

issues,” he said before revealing what his personal campaign slogan would be. “That’s gonna be my campaign slogan: ‘I drank the bong water.’” Billy R ay Cyrus: E arlier this month, Billy Ray Cyrus spoke out about how he was worried for his eldest daughter, Miley Cyrus, after a recent video showed her smoking salvia from a bong and her humerous teenage shenanigans in the past few months. He blamed the show “Hannah Montana” as well as the team surrounding Miley for splitting up his family, including the divorce between he and Miley’s mother, Tish. “It is very important to me to work on mending my family right now,” Bill Ray Cyrus said. He called his recent outbursts “explosive and unintentionally so.” As he works to rebuild his family structure from the inside out, he has retreated to his ranch in Tennessee where he has been spending time with his ex-wife and youngest daughter, 11-year-old Noah. “It is all a learning process, and we thank everyone for their support and respect of our privacy as we sort through very important family issues,” he said to People Magazine. And that’s your Celebrity Dish! Image:

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Revolution in Hoover: one professor’s perspective Dr. Sanjay Paul Business Department Chair


he revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have not left Elizabethtown College’s ruling elites unscathed. How could they? After witnessing how effectively the autocratic regimes in these countries were brought down by sheer popular will, the faculty at the College have risen to demand changes in what they see as arrogance, nepotism and downright lack of bonhomie among the administrators. So who was targeted? Well, not anyone in Alpha. The President, the Provost, the Dean — all went about their daily work with nary a peep to disturb them. How about the department chairs in Wenger, Musser, Esbenshade, Nicarry or Zug? Perhaps they were targets during the “Day of Rage?” Nope, no problem there. Equanimity reigned supreme in those buildings. The work of the humanities, the arts, the natural sciences and the social sciences all continued unabated. It was as if the revolutionary fervor swirling around Tahrir Square was thousands of miles away (which, in fact, it was). So who did that leave? The chair of the Department of Business. Homer knew this was going to be a long day. He had learnt earlier that the Board of Trustees had approved an MBA program to be offered by Continuing Education. This was not good, he thought. The business faculty had strongly recommended that a decision be put off until they had time to explore the feasibility of offering a traditional MBA themselves. They had said a proper exploration would take time. They had warned that offering two MBA degrees, one from Continuing Education and another from the traditional department, would harm the reputation of the College. This was no idle chatter from the rarified precincts of the ivory tower. The faculty making the recommendations on a suitable MBA program boasted impeccable corporate-sector credentials. They were accomplished scholars, to be sure; but many had worked in the business field for years, even decades. They had experience working at the highest management levels in corporations with global reach. They had hired employees and started their own firms. They had managed large budgets. They had taught in Master’s programs. And now the Board had seen fit to ignore the department’s recommendations. Boards are of course free to do such things. They boast experts of their own. They count among their members university presidents and high-powered business executives. They worry about the long-term fiscal health of the College. But still... Homer pulled into the Hoover parking lot, only to discover that a crowd had gathered there with signs demanding his ouster. Good grief! — this was worse than he had feared. He saw signs that said “Get Out, Homer!” and “Adios, Amigo!” and even one saying “Down With Two-Handed Economists!” (The last one, he noted, was held aloft by Randy Trostle, an economist himself who often disparaged his peers’ tendency to say “On the one hand...” followed by “On the other...”.) Sensing trouble, Homer quickly reversed his car and drove to the Young

Center parking lot. What a beacon of tranquillity this place was, Homer said to himself, nestling on the shores of Lake Placida! Perhaps Don Kraybill was inside the Center, working on a tome on Amish business practices. He disgorged himself from his vehicle, pulled on a scarf to hide his face as best as he could, and walked toward Hoover. What bedlam there was in the building! Several business faculty milled around on the first floor, circling the Grecian columns, shouting anti-Homer slogans. The lawyers, he noted, were particularly stentorian in their utterances, as they furiously presented motions, entertained amendments and called for votes. It was all very parliamentary, Homer thought approvingly. But the marketeers were not to be outdone! They raised points of order and asked for clarification. “Count all votes!” cried one, reminding his colleagues about the need to adhere to democratic principles. Others, showing varying degrees of entrepreneurialism and creativity, raised issues of their own, mostly dealing with the department chair’s vision (or lack thereof). Homer managed to slip unseen into the elevator. There was relative calm on the second floor. He went to his office, shut the door and sat down in his chair. Ah, peace at last, he thought. But he was mistaken! He had forgotten about the throngs below. The Tahrir Square, the Pearl Square — and now joining those emblems of democracy was the Hoover Parking Lot, he thought bitterly. There they were, the business faculty, waving their signs and clamoring for his departure. The sounds of anger, the voices of the disenfranchised, the cries of the oppressed, all hitherto bottled up during his two-year reign of — why mince words? — terror, wafted up to his office. Homer briefly contemplated waving to his colleagues from his window. But then, he recalled, a similar response by Linda Thompson during a protest seeking her ouster as Mayor of Harrisburg had not exactly done wonders for her. He sat down again. The hours went by. Day turned to dusk. He thought about switching on the light, his environmentally-friendly CFL, but he could not risk giving away his position. Dim though the wretched thing was, it would be seen from outside. He was hungry. Oh, what he would have given for a scone from the Blue Bean! Even, dammit, one with icing on it! Or, how about a Jay’s Nest Special! He wondered what the special was today — Pittsburgh steak salad, perhaps, or sweet and sour chicken? Gawd, it was torture just thinking about the special. Revolutions can be so unpredictable, he thought. A street vendor sets himself on fire in Tunisia — and governments in the Middle East fall like dominoes. Some hold on grimly, hoping they can withstand the gales of discontent blowing through their kingdoms and monarchies and military dictatorships, all anachronisms in a century that is supposed to herald the end of history. He looked out of the window. The parking lot lights had come on. The protesters were still milling around. They were laying out sleeping bags in the parking lot. It was going to be a long night.

letter to the editor

Athletes seek positive coverage K. Betty Lai and Alexander M. Short Guest Writers


o prevent more misunderstanding of the lacrosse team or of any other athletes, Alex Short, a sophomore from the lacrosse team, would like to share some of his opinions on an article, “Students charged for selling alcohol,” from the previous issue of the Etownian. Readers can either agree or disagree with it, but please take a second to read this. Try to understand how all the athletes on campus feel and respect Alex’s opinions. In my opinion, sometimes the Etownian is just looking for something bad to say about athletes. However, they never try to mention the good things that we contribute to the College, such as hosting the blood drive or being part of Into the Streets. In fact, knowing that the lacrosse team has a bad reputation, our senior players have taken on the responsibility of teaching younger players to develop better behaviors and habits. Therefore, the lacrosse team has been stepping up to change its image and getting involved in different campus activities. Nonetheless, no matter what we try to do to improve our reputation, once the Etownian ref-

erences some unfortunate incidents that happen off campus on weekends and relates them to the team, it immediately puts the lacrosse players’ hard work on improving their image to waste. For instance, the Etownian decided to put an article about the off-campus incident on the front page of the last issue, with specific names of the students involved. It is always easier to break an image, but it is a lot harder to rebuild a better image. Furthermore, it is good to inform the public of any important issues that are related to Etown students, but it is not appreciated that the author didn’t include any thoughts from the involved students in the article. Readers barely find any articles in the Etownian showing how supportive the lacrosse team is to Etown, or even a picture of the team cheering at all the sports games. We all know that all the other athletes appreciate big crowds with lots of support. Athletes as a whole spend most of their college career representing Etown, yet sometimes they get negative comments from the school publication instead of positive support as motivation. Athletes would definitely appreciate recognition for things other than simply winning in a tournament.

Letter from the editor The letter to the left refers to last week’s front page article: “Students charged for selling alcohol.” It should be noted that in the article, the Etownian made no mention that the students involved were lacrosse players or involved in athletics in any way, unlike other news sources in the area. As always, it is the Etownian’s goal to be as unbiased as possible in our reporting, and we apologize if at any time our articles are perceived differently. As a whole, the Etownian tries very hard to show every aspect of the campus that is presented to us. However, some things fall through the cracks. For example, when we cover Into the Streets, it is nearly impossible to cover every group on campus that is involved. We are fully supportive of all on-campus events and programs the lacrosse team, as well as any other athletic group, participates in, but it is true that at times it is the off-campus events that make the news. We would like to remind all students that having their voice heard is as simple as emailing editor@etown. edu, and we would like to thank Alex Short for bringing forward one reader’s perception to the Etownian. It is through this open dialogue that we believe students can gain the most, and in the end that should be the true mission of any good school newspaper.



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What event would you like to see on campus? by Matthew P. Butera

Chris Holman Class of 2013


Emily Gockley Class of 2014

“A Ben Folds concert.”

February 24, 2011

award fever

Oscar predictions, Grammy highlights Sean M. Duetsch Staff Writer


he Grammys and the Oscars are the two biggest award ceremonies of the year. It is the time we get to see our favorite celebrities for who they really are: rich people. As a pop culture nerd, I thought I would weigh in with my views on this past Grammy Awards and this Sunday’s Oscars. The 53rd Grammy Awards Ceremony was filled with tons of surprises and upsets. Before I get to those, however, I want to talk about the performances that I enjoyed the most throughout the night. Mumford and Sons by far stole the show for me. This is biased, considering their new album “Sign No More” was my favorite of 2010. Katy Perry made my heart stop as she performed “Not Like the Movies” to her wedding video and then turned me on when she finished with “Teenage Dream.” I think Cee-Lo Green outdid Lady Gaga with his performance of his hit song “Forget You” dressed as a giant peacock (was this the peacock Katy Perry was talking about?). Even though he forgot some of the lyrics in his own song, I will forgive him because one, it was very entertaining, and two, it was not the National Anthem. Every year I try to figure out the difference between Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Unfortunately, this year there was no need to know the difference because the same song, “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum, won both awards. I can listen to some country music but I can-

not stand this song. I am not a religious man but if I believed in hell, this is what I would imagine is playing there. It was a great night for all the people rooting against Justin Bieber. The prepubescent boy left the night with just his ill-fitted suit and white sneakers. Oh, I remember my first time dressing up. Lady Gaga shocked the red carpet as she entered the event in an egg. When Gaga accepted her award for Best Pop Vocal Album, she also seemed to shock people with her speech. “I wanted to thank Whitney [Houston], because when I wrote ‘Born this Way,’ I imagined she was singing it – because I wasn’t secure enough in myself to imagine I was a superstar.” Are you serious, Gaga? You are not secure enough in yourself to believe you are famous? But you can be carried into the biggest, most publicized event in your industry in an egg. I smell BS, Gaga! The biggest surprise of the night came with the last award of the Grammys: Album of the Year. Indie rock group Arcade Fire won for their album “The Suburbs” over top artists Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Eminem. Hipsters around the world celebrated the win while the rest of pop culture was left asking, “Who is Arcade Fire and why does the lead singer look so scary?” Moving forward now to the movie industry, the 83rd Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC. This year the Academy has chosen to go with some first-time hosts, actor James

Franco and actress Anne Hathaway. James Franco is hilarious, and I expect some funny gags from him throughout the night. The only time I have ever laughed at Anne Hathaway was when I was thinking about her movie career. There are ten films nominated for Best Picture. The ones worth noting are “The King’s Speech,” “Black Swan,” “The Social Network” and “127 Hours.” I saw all of these movies except for “127 Hours.” I misread the title and thought the running time of the movie was actually 127 hours. My bad. These were by far the best of the year and all deserve some sort recognition. My guess is that “The King’s Speech” will take the night’s top honor for Best Picture. The award for best performance by a leading actor should go to Colin Firth for his portrayal of King George VI in “The King’s Speech.” Natalie Portman convinced me she was actually insane in the psychological thriller “Black Swan,” which is why she will win for best actress in a leading role. David Fincher should get Best Director for his film “The Social Network,” and “Toy Story 3” should easily take home best animated feature. Other predictions for the night are that the Academy will publicly apologize for “The Last Airbender,” Colin Firth will stammer during his acceptance speech, and at the end of the night, James Franco will spin his totem to reveal the entire show was just a dream.

in music

Music industry obituary, death of hip-hop Zakiya A. Fulton-Anderson Staff Writer

I Adam Derkacz Class of 2011

“David Blaine or Criss Angel.”

Mel Sturm Class of 2012

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t’s over! We’re all going to die … eventually. But if one thing is going to die sooner and faster than anything else, it is the music industry. Lately we’ve witnessed a copious amount of today’s biggest music artists make the transition into pop music, especially those of the hip-hop and rap genres. Artists like Kanye West, Jay-Z, Usher, Drake, T.I. and Ludacris, all major contributors to rap and hip-hop, have collaborated with artists along the lines of Katy Perry, Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake and … Justin Bieber. But why? Why are these artists abandoning their respective music genres for pop? What’s so great about pop music that would make someone like Jay-Z, one of the best rappers of the decade, decide to dabble in it? Let’s investigate. In the beginning, hip-hop began as a groundbreaking movement and culture in which artists would rap about the goings-on of their particular communities, everyday life and other issues that most people could relate to. This remains the same today, but hip-hop seems to have been reduced to unintelligible brouhaha and “beefs” amongst rap artists as well. According to Walter Dawkins, author of the article “Is Hip-Hop Dead,” all that today’s artists have to talk about is “bling-bling” materialism, the amount of weapons they have, how great they think they are and the cornucopia of promiscuous women they keep at their sides. But these topics have been covered over and over. After a while, it becomes boring, aside from offensive. I believe that it is because of these topics, and money-hungry rappers, that the hip-hop industry is quickly dying and pop is on the rise. With more and more people becoming disinterested in hiphop and rap music because of the nonsense being produced, a huge doorway for pop artists has opened up. Hip-hop, rap and a few R&B artists have become wary of this and have begun to collaborate with pop artists to remain visible on the music radar. I’m not saying that non-pop artists are no longer capable

of producing noteworthy music, but it seems that most of the popular music we hear today is either of the pop genre or a collaboration between rap and pop artists. Billboard’s “Hot 100,” a list of every week’s most popular songs across all genres, supports this supposition. The majority of the songs on this week’s and previous weeks’ Hot 100 list are by pop artists. This means that there are still some hip-hop and rap artists who are out there making good music, but pop reigns supreme. Again, why is this happening? I believe that it is because hip-hop and rap artists are beginning to run out of stuff to say in their songs and are afraid of losing fame. Now, younger rap artists are beginning to arrive on the scene, only making things worse. For example, DeAndre Cortez Way, also known as Soulja Boy, became famous for his single, “Crank That (Soulja Boy).” He managed to remain on the scene by releasing another song by the name of “Turn My Swag On,” in which he simply rapped about this so-called “swag” that he had as well as his newly-found wealth. Yawn. Although these songs did manage to make money and force masses of people to dance, they were, and still are, nothing but garbage. Elizabethtown college sophomore Jessica Strigle said that she prefers hiphop music, but acknowledges that pop music is becoming more and more popular and artists are aiming their sound toward the pop genre. “Eminem, for example, has changed his style. His rapping was raw and had emotion. Now his hit singles are less like his older songs,” Strigle said. “Ludacris has also changed to become closer to pop.” So, what is the music industry coming to? Has it been changed forever, or maybe this is a new beginning for rap, hip-hop and pop artists? I say neither. The industry will either die, or remain at a standstill while all artists continue to create more mainstream music with a pop sound. If you are a hip-hop or rap artist afraid of becoming a deadbeat has-been, call up Justin Bieber. I’m sure you all could come up with a new “club-banger,” or maybe even a new heartfelt love song about your first baby, baby, baby.


February 24, 2011


School teacher’s mistake insults educators Ross M. Benincasa Editor-in-chief


or those not in the know about the national news happening essentially in our backyard, Central Bucks School District teacher, Mrs. Natalie Monroe, opened up a national debate when she was suspended from her job for the insults and degrading comments about her students which she posted on her blog. In one post entitled, “If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say…”, Mrs. Monroe lists things she wishes she could say to the parents of her students, regarding their performance in the classroom, including: “Weirdest kid I’ve ever met,” “Just as bad as his sibling. Don’t you know how to raise kids?,” “Lazy asshole” and “I hear the trash company is hiring … .” And of course when she runs out of clever insults: “There’s no other way to say this: I hate your kid.” Now, for all intents and purposes, Mrs. Monroe still has her job as a 12th grade English teacher, and her suspension — which is paid — looks like it will not lead to an eventual termination.

As an English teacher-in-training, I can certainly empathize with Mrs. Monroe’s frustrations at times with her students and their parents, as you often do come across children who’s academic performance is being negatively affected at home. However, the manner and medium in which she chose to go about venting her frustration not only shows a lack of judgment, but it also displays a general lack of responsibility and care. Christopher Lehmann, the principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia and an acclaimed TED Conference speaker, expands on this in an open letter to Mrs. Monroe also in this section. As I said before, I will openly admit that children can be extremely frustrating. However, there are reasons you become a teacher, just as there are reasons you become an engineer or an artist. I can’t do physics or paint a portrait to save my life, so those two career fields are out of the question. If she can’t handle the nuances that come along with the joy of teaching students, maybe she should drop her guard and instead of defending her actions, walk away from the

position at Central Bucks with the feeling that maybe she’s finally done something right. I am merely a student myself, and in no way can form a definitive opinion of the actions or circumstances in which Mrs. Monroe found herself. However, what I can say is that there are plenty of more appropriate places to express a view or opinion than a public blog on the Internet. Didn’t a really bad educator once say that’s what teachers’ lounges were created for? Maybe she shouldn’t get fired, but I do hope that after all the dust settles from this controversy, Mrs. Monroe takes the opportunity to reflect on what she can do to further her students’ education, and not their consistently low self-esteem. I will end this editorial with Mrs. Monroe’s own words, stripped directly from one of her 12th grade English class’ syllabi. Let us hope she too refers back to these words to help her become a successful teacher and an overall better person. And it reads: “*All we have in this world is our good name and our integrity. If you don’t value and protect it, who will?” Amen, Mrs. Monroe. Amen.

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Natalie Monroe’s blog posts cause outrage Christopher Lehmann Principal of Science Leadership Academy reprinted from practical ear Ms. Monroe, I read the two blog posts where you spoke about what you are now calling Bloggate. And I am concerned. I’m concerned that you are missing the point of why people are angry. And please be aware, I’m writing this letter as a teacher, a principal and a parent. Teaching is a tough career. It demands the best of you every day. And it takes an incredible amount out of you every day. And the dark days are bad. There are days when the kids frustrate you. There are days when the work frustrates you. And there are days when the combination of the two are almost overwhelming. But when you teach, you work in the public trust. And you have a responsibility to that. And when you teach kids, you have a moral obligation to work to see the best in them. The kids will see themselves by what is reflected in your eyes. You see ... you don’t teach English. You teach kids. Flawed, messed —up, never perfect, wonderful, amazing kids. Every child you denigrated has something wonderful about them, even when you didn’t see it. Every child you insulted has worked hard at something, even if it wasn’t on the assignment you wanted them to work hard on. Every child you mocked has aspirations, even if they don’t match up with the ones you want them to have. Perhaps parents did go looking for your blog ... have you stopped to consider why they may have? Perhaps a parent was frustrated hearing her child come home every day talking about the English class where the teacher made it clear that she didn’t like many of the kids — and trust me, the kids knew. There’s no way what you wrote didn’t come out in the classroom. No one is that good an actor, and teenagers are better at sussing that out than most people give them credit for. You were unkind. More to the point, you were cruel. You were cruel to the children whom parents have entrusted to your care. And there is no excuse for that. And now, you are trying to argue that your act of public cruelty was somehow justified ... somehow part of some larger dialogue about what is wrong with “kids today.” And you don’t seem to want to own that your actions have now contributed to the larger anti—teacher rhetoric that is out there today. But you must understand... nothing can possibly justify writing those things on a publicly accessible blog. How should your principal respond when a parent calls and says, “I don’t want my child in class with someone who writes that?” How is a child supposed to sit in your classroom when s/he will be wondering, “What does Ms. Monroe really think of me?”. And — to be completely blunt — why should students respect what you do in class when you have shown them such incredible disrespect. We had a situation at SLA where a student wrote a teacher an e-mail that was a frustrated and snarky email. The teacher, in a very human moment, responded sarcastically via email. It was understandable from a human moment, but it was not the way we can respond as teachers — because we’re the adults.


High school kids say and do really frustrating things. They are kids. It’s almost their job. They are learning how to navigate that space between being really kids and being adult. They try on adult responses. They switch back to childish responses. And through it all, they are learning from how the adults in their lives respond to their actions. What I told that teacher then — and what I say to you now — is that once you abdicated your responsibility as the adult, you were in the wrong. What a parent has every right to say is, “I understand that my child may have done something wrong, but now I want to talk about the behavior of the teacher.” Because, after all, we are the adults. Whatever frustration, grief, anger you may have over the behavior of your students... you gave up the moral high ground to speak with authority about that when you wrote publicly in a manner that was profoundly disrespect of and demeaning to those who are in your care. And finally, there was something else that really bothered me about your most recent two blog posts. You never said you were sorry. You hurt kids. There are students who are angry and hurt that a teacher would write those things about them. You hurt kids’ feelings... you wrote mean and cruel things about the children in your care. You may say it was not meant to be public, but you wrote mean and cruel things about the children you teach on a public blog. And those words were found, and kids were hurt by your actions. And you never said you were sorry. I hope that you do some serious soul-searching over the coming days. I hope you ask yourself why you teach. I would urge you to consider that your job is not to teach English, but to teach children English... and you need to keep those kids in your class at the top of your mind. And you need to ask yourself if you can find it in your heart to care about them, to listen to them, to want to know their dreams and aspirations, even when they do not line up with your own. If you can, then you need to start with what Randy Pausch defined as a real apology. To make a real apology, you must say — and mean — the following: What I did was wrong, I’m sorry that I hurt you and how do I make it better? Finally, I would hope that you ask yourself why you are teaching. If the answer is because you loved being an English major, I’d encourage you to find another career. You must teach because you want to help students achieve their dreams. You must teach because you care almost as much about the children in your class as you do about your own children. And you must approach the job with the humility to know that what you are trying to do — to help children grow up wisely and well in an ever-more —complex world — will tax you to the limits of your being. It should — it will — demand the best of you. If you can engage in that reflection... you will understand why you must apologize deeply and profoundly to your students ... because you would never want another person to hurt your students as I imagine you have hurt them. You are going to have to listen to them when they tell you how your words made them feel. And you are going to have to be open to feeling that hurt with them. This isn’t the time for, “Yes, but...” It is the time to listen deeply, with an open mind and an open heart, so that you can grow ... so that you might return to the classroom in a fashion that allows all members of that community to learn.

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February 24, 2011

track and field

Blue Jays compete in tune-up before Championships Melissa A. Mandia Staff Writer


ven though the Blue Jays are trying to conserve themselves for the upcoming and most important meet of the season, the men’s and women’s track and field teams still managed to pull out personal bests and school records for several of its members at the Susquehanna Open on Saturday, Feb. 19 in Selinsgrove, Pa. First-year Lucas Dayhoff claimed the school record in the weight throw with a total distance of 13.8m, beating graduate student Tim Katzaman’s record of 13.24m at last year’s MACs. In addition, Dayhoff was the top finisher for Etown in the shot put with a throw of 12.74m. First-year Eileen Kroszner threw 10.01m in the shot put for the women’s team. Senior

Sarah DeGeorge was also able to increase in the ranks this weekend by going from tenth to eighth on the school’s shot put record list. She tossed her personal best at 9.30m. First-year Monica Loranger contributed by finishing first for Etown in the pole vault. She cleared 2.90m. Junior Russell Speiden was first in the mile out of 45 runners with a time of 4:14.49. He then went on to win the 800m with a time of 1:57.85. Speiden went to the outdoor MAC Championship as a firstyear and attended the indoor meet his sophomore year. Upon returning this year, he has specific plans to continue his top-finishing trend. “I want to win [first place] in the open mile and place in the top three in the open 800m,” Speiden said.

Sports by the Numbers


The time of the 4x800 men’s relay team of Jake Blanton, Chris Farmer, Aaron Focht and Ian Hamilton at the Susquehanna Open.

The men’s 4x800m relay team consisting of sophomore Jake Blanton, first-year Chris Farmer, sophomore Aaron Focht and first-year Ian Hamilton finished with a time of 8:10.34 on Saturday. This earns the men the eighth fastest time in Etown history. The women’s 4x800m relay team of sophomore Jillian Casey and first-years Libby Crow, Laurie Jones and Sarah Sulon ran a time of 10:02.16. This earns them the third fastest spot in the school’s history. Sophomore Luke Rotenberger ran the 400m in 53.43 seconds, just shy of his goal for the upcoming MAC Championship. “I want to break my personal record in the indoor 400m of 52.15. I also want to earn a place in the top three in the 400m, 4x200m relay and 4x400m relay,” Rotenberger said. T h e ov e r a l l c o n s e n s u s among the team members is that they strongly believe each member has what it takes to achieve their aspirations and come out victorious. Rotenberger summed it up best by advising all Blue Jays to “come Photo: Tom “Drac” Williams a champion, compete as a champion and leave a cham- First-year Monica Loranger cleared 2.90m in the pole vault to pion” at the MACs on Feb. 26. take first place Saturday at the Susquehanna Open.

women’s lacrosse

MAC champs return to action, look to defend title


Senior captain Sarah Cullinan is Etown’s active leader in career goals and assists. She was second on the team in scoring with 51 goals in 2010.

Tara B. Hayes Features Editor


fter ending last season on a positive note, the women’s lacrosse team hopes to play this season the same way. The team’s first game is against Salisbury University on Feb. 26 in Lancaster, Pa. Salisbury is currently the number one team in Division III, but the Blue Jays are not discouraged. Senior captain Meg Cassels believes it will be a good challenge for the team. “We did the same thing last year and

gave them a pretty good run for their money,” she said. “It shows what we will need to work on to reach our goal of making it to [the] NCAA playoffs again, where we could possibly play them again.” “We’re going to see what we’re made of right out of the gate,” Head Coach Mike Faith said. To prepare for the season, the team has had two-a-day practices on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They condition and lift weights in the morning and then have team practices in the evening.

“We also have a new defensive set up and lead us to the promised land,” which is more of a zone defense,” he said. Since the team won the MACs last sophomore team captain and Etownian assistant copy editor Alexis Morris year, senior team captain Sarah Besaid. “It’s a lot different than what other hounek would like to win them again as well as compete in the NCAA again. teams are used to seeing.” At the end of every practice and be- Cullinan hopes the win last year will fore every game, the team says: “Head, give the new members of the team “a reason to believe.” heart, hustle.” “To prove it to everyone that we could “I tell them if they play with their heads, put all their heart into the game do it was a great feeling,” Behounek said and hustle for 60 minutes, we’re going of winning the MACs last year. “People thought we wouldn’t be good to be a tough out. That’s kind of our last year and look where we got to,” Casmotto,” Faith said. “It kind of just says it all in three sels said. “Anything’s possible.” “I hope people come out to our games words,” senior team captain Sarah Culthis year because it always helps when we linan said. The team has lost some key players have a great fan support,” Morris said. Cullinan is looking forward to the since last season but also gained eight new first-year players. “Katie Caprinolo season. “It will be nice to get out there and Stephanie Kreis have left the team after four straight weeks of practices,” she from last year, and I am expecting a com- said. Behounek added, “[We’re] ready to bination of Becky Porter and Emily Butler beat Salisbury.” to fill Steph’s shoes and Katie Scheurich and Kara Solesky to fill Katie’s,” Faith said. “We “We’re going to see have 20 underclassman, and what we’re made of all of them are going to be key contributors to the team.” right out of the gate.” Because of the younger Women’s lacrosse head team this season, Faith is coach Mike Faith on the counting on his captains. Blue Jays’ schedule “I’m really depending on those four players to step

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Hockey team wraps Jays fall to Knights, end season up 2011 schedule T A Christian V. Sammartino Staff Writer

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s NCAA winter sports season turns into spring, winter club teams across the nation are also packing up their bags. The same is true for the Elizabethtown College ice hockey team. The team finished up their season on Sunday, Feb. 20, playing against Semoff ’s Barber Shop. Though the Blue Jays fell to the Barber Shop with a final score of 3-2, they are generally positive about how they closed out the roller coaster season. “Overall, we have grown a lot this year,” sophomore winger and defenseman Brett Antosh said. “We have improved each and every game this season, and we are starting to get out of our bad habits.” Senior winger Brad Eargle said he could feel an improvement with every game and praises the team’s enthusiasm. “We’ve played hard all season – it’s a long stretch. Our league schedule runs from the beginning of September to the end of February, and I feel that we’ve done a good job of staying focused and going out and giving a good effort every game,” Eargle said. Though the teamwork has helped the squad grow closer on the ice, the costs have hindered the team. “The fact that we have to pay everything out of pocket makes it hard to have regular practices, so we only play games,” junior wingman Andrew Vanderpool said. “We are a good team of skilled players; we just lack a coach and practice time.” Despite an inconsistent season, the team manages to stay strong, and each road block has created new opportunities. “Consistency is very important in the game of hockey, and I think everyone on the team wants to consistently be at a high level of play,” Antosh said. First-year winger Collin Glass also commented on the teamwork throughout the season. “The team as a whole has done well. We’ve had a lot of newcomers to the team, and we all hit it off quickly and got some good team chemistry,” Glass said. First-year forward Lauren Merroth had to overcome not only being a newcomer to the team, but also joining an all-male team. “I went from years of playing on girls’ teams to being the only girl on a team of guys,” she said. “I think as the season progressed I became more comfortable playing and have improved. It just takes time to acclimate to this type of playing.” As their year draws to a close, the question remains: will they or won’t they become an NCAA-recognized team on campus? “Obviously we don’t have a ton of say in what happens to the club as far as being incorporated into the varsity sports fold,” Eargle said. “Our next step in developing the team is to get accepted into the American Collegiate Hockey Association league and play a full-time collegiate schedule.” This is the standard division for many colleges with club teams from this area. Though ice hockey at Etown may not become a Division III sport, the team certainly gained more recognition on campus this season. “A large part of this is due to our increased fan base and WWEC’s crew promoting us,” Glass explained, though he noted it is sometimes difficult for the team because of their lack of funding. However, he added, “I think we caught someone’s eye because we’re being more recognized by the student body.”

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Sophomore David Kirchner (58) netted four goals and dished out six assists this season for the Elizabethtown College ice hockey team.

Theodore Roosevelt: “It is not the critic that counts; it’s the man in the arena,” Schlosser said. he Elizabethtown College men’s basketball Among Commonwealth Conference teams, team’s playoff hopes ended last Saturday. the Jays finished third with 16 total wins. Two of The Jays concluded their season on a sour note those wins came against Albright College, who was with a devastating 84-85 loss at Arcadia Univer- the defending Conference champions. Three more sity. With wins in their season finales, Widener of their wins came against Alvernia University, University and Messiah College captured play- Lebanon Valley College and Widener University. off spots. These results All of those teams made the pushed the Blue Jays out playoffs this year. In addiof the playoff picture. tion, the Jays defended their The squad brought home court, finishing the the fire at the beginning season with a 10-3 record of the Arcadia game and at Thompson Gymnasium. gained an early lead. A few Blue Jays also re“I thought we came wrote the school record out and in the first half book this season. Senior played better than we guard Keith Fogel became had been,” Head Coach the 31st men’s player to score Bob Schlosser said. “We 1,000 points in school hishad better balance, and tory on Jan. 10 against Rutwe got inside and outgers-Camden. Senior guard side play.” At one stage Joe Flanagan joined his in the first half, the Jays classmate in the 1,000-point dominated the Knights club during a showdown by 15 points. As the against Alvernia on Jan. 29. half ended, their lead When the final whistle dwindled to six points. blew on Saturday, Fogel had Defensive inconsisnetted 1,185 career points tencies hurt the team and Flanagan had 1,115. in the second half. The The pair now ranks 21st Blue Jays could not stop and 27th respectively on Arcadia guards Damien Etown’s all-time scoring Palantino and Alexis Allist. On Monday, the duo Photo: Matthew P. Butera fonso. The duo scored 39 was awarded second team Senior Bryan Harrity scored 7.5 points points for the game. Their All-Commonwealth Conper game and grabbed a team-high 5.1 performance propelled rebounds per contest this season. ference honors for their the Knights to score 85 2010-2011 seasons. points. The offensive outburst marked just the third The end of the season also concluded the careers of time they scored 80 points or more this season. six seniors: Flanagan, Fogel, Mark Vogel, Matt Brown, “We knew that [Arcadia] improved; they had Bryan Harrity and Brady Haughney. These players been playing everyone else tougher,” Schlosser said. carried on the Blue Jay tradition and established a “It was a game that we should have won, but when legacy of their own that will carry far into the future. it got close down the stretch they made the plays “During the season we get a lot of [alumni] that and we didn’t.” come back. These guys made their mark, and they The Jays missed the playoffs, and some may will come back, and when they come back they criticize their finish, but the team defeated quality will remember the good things, not the bad things,” opponents and reached lasting milestones this sea- Schlosser said. “They are part of this family, and they son. Schlosser described it well when he paraphrased have upheld our tradition.”


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unday’s baseball contest between Elizabethtown College and Shenandoah University left the Hornets with their fifth consecutive win of the season. Despite starting with strong hitting performances, the Blue Jays ended up falling 10-4. Kevin Brashears and Joey Donofrio each hit home runs for the Hornets, contributing to their scoring success., and Shenandoah outhit Etown 14-9 on the day. First-year Tyler Clark, senior Anthony Heaps and sophomore Dillon Tagle led the Jay’s offense with two hits apiece. Juniors Tim Rosser and Matt Reade and sophomore Brian Verdelli contributed one hit each. Rosser smashed a pitch from Shenandoah’s Jonathan Best out of the

park for Etown’s first home run of the season. Senior Wayne Leonard led Etown’s pitching staff for the first two innings, giving up four runs. Junior Todd Leister came in for the next three innings for a solid performance with four strikeouts and only one run scored. Sophomore Rob Cressman, first-year Joey Seremula and sophomore Matt Ruth pitched the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, respectively; Seremula made his collegiate debut with a scoreless seventh inning. Despite the final outcome, Head Coach Cliff Smith was not worried. “I think it was one game and an opportunity for us to evaluate what we need to work on going forward. We worry about competing for our conference championship, and

Shenandoah has no real bearing on that outcome,” he said. The Blue Jays will travel to Bridgewater, Va., this weekend to face Bridgewater College in a doubleheader. The Eagles are the defending champions of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference but are coming off of a 14-4 loss to Christopher Newport University. Etown will have to hold off offensive threat Jay Thompson. In his past two games, Thompson has registered four RBIs and two home runs. The Blue Jay pitching staff will have to put up a strong performance to contain Thompson’s hitting power. “Bridgewater is another quality team,” Smith said. “I expect us to go down there and compete. We want to play the game hard, and focus on getting better every day.”



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Strohman, Snyder finish careers with win Ashley N. Kufera

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Etown’s Kendra Beittel takes on a defender in the Blue Jays’ home finale against Lebanon Valley College on Feb. 15 at Thompson Gymnasium. Beittel averaged eight points and two rebounds per game during her first season in Blue.

12 points for the Blue Jays, including three 3-pointers. This tied Ellwood for the team high of 44 triples. When t he f inal buzzer sounded, the Blue Jays tallied their 14th win, which is the highest number of victories by an Etown team since the 2003-2004 athletic season. Although the team was happy about their win, sadness struck as senior captains Strohman and Snyder said goodbye to their days in a Blue Jay uniform. Emotions were definitely triggered with the closure of the season. “This is very

hard. It’s a game I’ve played for 14 years of my life and I will never get to play like this again,” Strohman said. Not only will the seniors walk away with lasting memories—beating Alvernia in particular for Strohman—but they will leave having learned a lot. “ This past season I learned that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” Strohman said, which is crucial for the small squad. Strohman saw the Blue Jays improve in every aspect of the game. “We have really learned to persevere in ways

that most teams don’t, and that’s with numbers,” the senior said. Strohman and Snyder will walk away, leaving a large footprint on Etown College athletics. Strohman, who tallied 868 career points, ended her fourth season with an 83 percent conversion rate from the foul line. She also topped 300 field goals. Snyder will leave with 668 points scored within the 78 games she played during her basketball career. Snyder averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game during her fourth and final season.

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Asst. Sports Editor he Elizabethtown College women’s basketball team demolished the Arcadia Knights 77-42 last Saturday afternoon, but that was not enough for the Blue Jays to earn a spot in the Commonwealth Conference playoffs. The Blue Jays (14-10) were striving for their first playoff spot in ten years, but Messiah’s 72-33 victory over Albright last Saturday bumped the Blue Jays out of the standings. Etown came out relentless, grasping a comfortable ninepoint lead at the get-go. Early points were scored by senior forward Kaity Snyder and junior forward Kelly Sauerzopf. Maintaining the lead for a majority of the first half, the Blue Jays went into halftime dominating the scoreboard 35-16. Despite Etown’s advantage over Arcadia, the Blue Jays didn’t show any chivalry to the Knights. Less than three minutes into the second half, ten additional points were scored, which put them ahead by 25. Points were contributed by sophomore Nadine Yunginger and Katy Fogel, first-year Kendra Beittel and senior Megan Strohman. Junior forward Stephanie Ellwood then came onto the court racking up a total of


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Major: Mechanical engineering Favorite Jay’s Nest item: Turkey pretzel melt Favorite sports teams: Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens In 10 years I want to be... enjoying life. Biggest fear: Swimming in water I can’t see the bottom of Childhood hero: Freakazoid I’m a sucker for... free food. Hardly anyone knows... I’m a fraternal twin. Favorite musician: Dave Matthews Favorite athlete: Tim Goldkamp Favorite movie: “Heavyweights”

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Sports Recap Men’s Basketball (16-8) Etown 84, Arcadia 85 Women’s Basketball (14-10) Etown 77, Arcadia 42 Men’s Track & Field Susquehanna Open No Team Score Women’s Track & Field Susquehanna Open No Team Score Baseball (0-1) Etown 4, Shenandoah 10


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Baseball Februar y 27: @ Bridgewater Women’s Lacrosse Februar y 26: Salisbur y Women’s T & F Februar y 26: MAC Indoor Championships Men’s T & F Februar y 26: MAC Indoor Championships Wrestling Februar y 27: Metropolitan Conference Championships

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At Saturday’s Susquehanna Open, junior Russell Speiden took first place in the mile and the 800. His mile time of 4:14.49 was two seconds away from the school record in the event.

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