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May 5, 2011 • Volume 107, Issue 21

One Alpha Dr. Elizabethtown, Pa 17022

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What’s Inside

Senior Shoutouts!

Saying goodbye: Etownian style Double Truck, page 7

How to Make the Most of Summer

Endless options await... Opinion, page 9

Students Speak Out Unjust TGIS weekend treatment by Security Opinion, page 9

Long Celebrates President Long honored at farewell dinner Features, page 5

in the community

Train station renovations completed Station now features waiting room, kiosk, maps, elevator Sean M. Duetsch Staff Writer


ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wed. May 4 at 11 a.m. to open the newly renovated Amtrak Elizabethtown Train Station. Over the past two years, major improvements have been made to the Elizabethtown Train Station. The station has been going through final inspections to be approved for public use over the past couple weeks. The new features added to the station are public restrooms, a passenger waiting area, an expanded parking lot for passengers’ cars, elevators to the station’s platform and two Amtrak ticket kiosks. The addition of elevators and the reconstruction of the train’s platform will make the train station handicap-accessible. Construction of the new station began Sept. 1, 2009, by Lobar Inc. of Dillsburg, Pa. The project received $9.3 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to renovate the station. The elevators to the station’s platform passed the Department of Labor and Industry’s inspection on April 12, 2011. Last week the train station was issued an occupancy permit, which allows it to become fully operational to the public. Borough Council President Phil Clark cut the ribbon inside the refurbished train

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Photo: Sean M. Duetsch

station. “We appreciate the opportunity to accomplish this major transportation and economic development project in Elizabethtown,” Clark said. “This is a project we have been anxious to complete for many years.” A new, paved parking lot can hold up to 48 cars and another lot is expected to be completed by fall. Inside the station’s building will be a Quik-Trak self-service ticketing kiosk, as well as a ticketing booth for the passengers to use. The building will also be the new home of the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce. The community flocked out to the train station on the rainy morning to witness the opening of the much anticipated renova-

tions. Patrons were treated by the arrival of an old fashioned Juniata train before the ceremony began. Before this ambitious project, the train station received negative criticism from students. “I went at night one time to pick up a friend and I was literally afraid. The tunnel underneath the station was very dark and I felt unsafe at times,” senior Tom Hagerty said. Senior Carrie Chase referred to it as a “jail cell.” While Jen Fimmano, also a senior, described her experience as “very scary. I only used it once but it was enough to know that this place needed to be remodeled.” CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO

on campus

‘Tea’ issue forces new pick for first-years

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” chosen

Patricia A. Cangelosi Copy Editor


notice sent to the entire Elizabethtown College community on Monday, May 2, from members of the “Open Book” Common-Read Initiative, stated that the committee would no longer use Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea” for its program. Instead, they chose Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Even though Dr. Tom Hagan, assistant dean for the First-Year Program, is a co-chair of the Open Book Committee, it is important to recognize that the Common-Read Initiative includes more than

just first-year students. “Open Book is a program which partners with the first-year experience, led by faculty and student volunteers. The intention is that it will expand to involvement with the whole community,” junior and committee member Allison O’Boyle explained. The concern for using the original book stemmed from a recent “60 Minutes” investigative report that claimed aspects of the book are fraudulent. Hagan explained that he became very suspicious of Mortenson’s actions after Mortenson deliberately dodged “60 Minutes” reporters on multiple occasions. Reporters had been trying to track him down for over a year and approached him at a book signing. Mortenson consistently refused to talk with them and did not show up for a speech he was supposed to make later that day. “[Since] “Three Cups of Tea” has been surrounded by allegations of  fraud, the  Open Book committee did not want to have attention drawn away from important principles of the story by negative media, and we did not want to give endorsement to  Mortenson’s currently unstable organization, Central Asia Institute,” O’Boyle said. “We wanted a fair deliberation for the book,” High Library Director and committee member BethAnn Zambella said. “We aren’t making any judgments about Greg Mortenson; we think he has accomplished great things. We even considered the possibility that the controversy surrounding the book would lead to better discussions in the class-

room.” However, Zambella noted that the members didn’t want the controversy to overshadow the whole program in its first year. Last Thursday, the committee made the final decision to switch to “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The e-mail to the campus community explained that Lacks was an African-American woman living in poverty in Baltimore, Md., who died from cancer in 1951. Doctors took a sample of her cells without her family’s knowledge; the cancerous cells miraculously survived and flourished in the lab environment. They ended up providing a base for medical breakthroughs, including a cure for polio. Skloot, the author, spent many years with the family to gather information, earn their trust, and conduct research for her story. “The book is so interdisciplinary and can be seen from so many different lenses: science, technology, health care, ethics, law and public policy, religion, journalism, psychology, sociology, race and gender, social justice, etc.,” Zambella said. “It’s a medical detective story, a human drama, and a story about building trust when the system is broken down.” “It had a lot of teachable moments throughout the text, and it was very well-written,” Hagan pointed out. “A substantial volume of advances in cancer research were made possible through work on Henrietta’s cells. We use them here at Etown. Virtually any facility which does cell cancer research will have a colony of these cells at their disposal.” CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO

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Handbook change takes effect immediately

Policy regarding use and possession of alcohol and illegal substance has changed Zakiya Fulton-Anderson Staff Writer


lizabethtown College’s Student Handbook took on new rules this year regarding the use and possession of alcohol and illegal substances. The rules in the Student Handbook, both old and new, are implemented to ensure that all students and employees are able to live and work in a safe environment. To help ensure this safety, there are rules in the old handbook, which state that, the use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics or other controlled

substances except as expressly permitted by law are subject to Elizabethtown College disciplinary processes and actions. This is just one of many rules in the handbook aimed toward creating a safer drug free campus, but there seems to have been some uncertainties with the rule, which led to the creation and publication of a new student handbook. In the new handbook, the rule still stands that drugs are illegal on campus, but it goes into more detail. The new rule states, “The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees is not permit-

ted by Elizabethtown College…Violations (e.g., possession, sale, use, transfer, purchase and/or delivery of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia) will result in an administrative hearing and/or a hearing before the Student Conduct Board.” Aside from facing Elizabethtown College disciplinary processes and actions, violators of the new handbook rules will be subject to legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law. Rules remain the same for alcohol consumption on campus, if you are not of legal drinking age, you should not drink.

Long awarded for service

President recognized for devotion to community Katie A. Bamberger Asst. Campus Life Editor


n March 25, President Long was presented with the Vincent O’Connor Public Service Award by the Elizabethtown Borough Council. In the Susquehanna Room, a dinner and reception took place during which the president was recognized with the award. “It really was an honor,” Long said. The Vincent O’Connor Public Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has unselfishly devoted his or her time to the public good of the residents of Elizabethtown through his or her community and civic endeavors over a period of years. President Long has been at Elizabethtown College for 15 years; he was appointed as the 13th president of the College in September 1996. Building relationships between the College and the community has been an integral part of Long’s presidency. Among many other initiatives, he has helped to develop studies and plans to better the community. According to the council, Long’s leadership has been instrumental in providing solutions which are beneficial to everyone, such as creating a successful student parking lot in the neighborhood close to the College, which pleased both students and community residents. Long said he specifically made a difference in regards to the local economy. He served as a board member on the former Elizabethtown Economic Development Corporation and helped to integrate the College into the community. In addition to being active in a number of community development organizations, Long has generally facilitated a great deal of camaraderie among residents and students of Etown. “The College and community can be friends,” Long said, describing the effort he has put forth to facilitate the partnership. Long said developing support systems and building relationships have been imperative in this process. “I brought ideas,” said Long, which he also noted were a driving force in motivating all that he has accomplished. “In all my interactions with President Long, I have seen his dedication to achieving what is possible in order to improve our world while not being afraid to have difficult discussions over big dreams and aspirations,” said sophomore Nicholas Clemens, president of the class of 2013, said. “I would assume the borough had similar, good reasons to choose President Long for such an honor. President Long is extremely knowledgeable, honest, professional and dedicated in his work. I think he understands the idea of public service on the small scale and relates that to our work as citizens on a local, regional, national, and global scale.” Clemens also noted that spanning Long’s presidency, the College has dedicated itself to programs which encourage community service, such as Into the Streets. President Long is also being honored as “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” for May by the local Boy Scout troop. In addition, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra is acknowledging his leadership for “Symphony Salutes,” which recognizes the contributions of outstanding members of the Lancaster community.





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U.S. forces confirm Osama bin Laden killed

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” chosen as replacement novel

Death of al-Qaida leader spikes patriotism Orientation book selected Lauren E. Stine Staff Writer

as Osama bin Laden. His corpse was placed onto a helicopter to be buried at sea. In the press conference, Obama praised the courage of those who have fought to protect the United States: “We will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our

is engaged to Lance Corp. Alexander Nestor of the Marines, 2 Battalion. Currently, Nestor is stationed in Afghanistan. “[Bin fter an almost ten-year manhunt conLaden’s] death has angered and upset many ducted in the name of justice, Osama people, [and] the troops are preparing for bin Laden has been killed by United States retaliation,” Hitchens said. While the terror forces. The mastermind behind the Sepalert here is elevated, her worries rest with tember 11 terrorist attacks was discovered her fiancé due to the increased hostility hiding in a compound in Abbottabad, of insurgents. “Families [who lost loved Pakistan. Breaking news alerts from the ones on] Sept. 11 needed New York Times were closure, but on the other received through email hand, there has been so at 10:43 p.m. Eastern much loss and will be so Time on May 1 declaring much more with this war the death of the al-Qaida that it is hard to be truly leader. excited [about bin Laden’s Although United death].” States citizens had little Dr. Robert Wheelersinformation concerning burg, Etown professor in the continuing search for the Anthropology Debin Laden over the years partment, stated in an following Sept. 11, Presiinterview that his reacdent Barack Obama stattion to bin Laden’s death ed Sunday night in a press had been: “That’s great, conference that “shortly now, what can we do to after taking office, [he] stop more terrorism?” directed Leon Panetta, The news confirming bin the Director of the CIA, to make the killing or Photo: Associated Press Laden’s hideout has led capture of bin Laden the After almost ten-years in hiding, bin Laden has been executed by US the former ex-Army inteltop priority of our war military. He was the leader of al-Qaida, a terrorist group from Pakistan. ligence officer to question Pakistan’s role in the war on against al-Qaida.” terrorism. While news originally speculated citizens, and our friends and allies. We will In August of 2010, Obama’s persistence that bin Laden was hiding in the mountains be true to the values that make us who we in finding bin Laden paid off when he was briefed on a possible lead concerning the lo- are, and on nights like this one, we can say between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the cations of the al-Qaida leader. United States to those families who have lost loved ones place of his death was central Pakistan in forces investigated a compound located in to al-Qaida’s terror: justice has been done.” a high-tech compound, perhaps indicatWith the leader of al-Qaida dead, the ing the country was harboring bin Laden. central Pakistan; according to the New York Times, C.I.A operatives kept close tabs on United States has now turned its attention Wheelersburg believes “we should be bin Laden’s closest allies, who unknow- to the possible repercussions of the killing. disappointed in Pakistan, since there’s no ingly led United States and Pakistani forces The Department of Homeland Security, in way he [Bin Laden] is going to be there [in response to bin Laden’s death, has raised Pakistan] without thinking he’s safe.” straight to the compound. With the heightened level of concern Obama stated that after many investiga- the Terror Alert Level to Elevated, resulting for terrorist attacks, the breaking news of in a “significant risk for terrorist attacks” to tions, evidence was obtained supporting the a bomb threat in Lancaster created appretheory that bin Laden was being housed occur in the United States. hension. Rumors of retaliation from bin Elizabethtown College senior Caitlin in the compound. Based on this informaLaden supporters rang through downHitchens has greeted the news with a smile tion, Obama said he was convinced he town Lancaster on Monday, May 2 after as well as a heavy heart. “I was incredibly had enough information to authorize an attack. According to the New York Times, excited when one of the Marine wives woke a bomb threat at a parking garage. AcU.S. forces ambushed the compound in me up to tell me about bin Laden’s death last cording to police, despite the correlation helicopters and by foot. Within moments, night, but as I sat there… my excitement between the two events, the bomb threat one of the dead bodies was identified quickly turned to fear,” she stated. Hitchens and bin Laden’s death were not linked.


“This book is easily accessible and very readable for students,” Zambella added. “It’s a book about the triumph of humanity. You feel good at the end – justice has been served, but it’s not over yet. The book brings up a lot of questions about identity, which is appropriate for first-year college students, who are often finding identities for themselves.” Zambella mentioned one possible challenge: there might be students reading “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” whose families have been significantly affected by cancer. Faculty and staff must make sure that support is available for them in case the book causes negative emotions or brings up upsetting memories. However, the com-

mittee members – Hagan, Zambella, O’Boyle, Assistant Professor of English Jesse Waters, Residence Life Director Allison Bridgeman, Assistant Director of Advising Jean-Paul Benowitz, High Library Head of Reader Services Beth Young, and junior student Kelsie LeVan – are enthusiastic about the new campus-wide common reading experience. O’Boyle reflected: “I hope first-year students will gain from this experience an idea of the level of thought and reflection Elizabethtown College expects of its students, opportunities to become involved with academic and extracurricular work across disciplines and acquaintance with other professors and students, among other things.”

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Station renovations debut be allowed to ride the train. Two Amtrak kiosks will allow customers to buy tickets at the station before they get on the train. The station also plans to install sufficient lighting to add a sense of security at night. “I am looking forward to the changes. No longer will I have to feel scared about using the train at night,” Photo: Allison M. Rohland junior Jamie Miller said. Before the renovations began, the station The Elizabethtown Train looked like an abandoned building. Pas- Station is located on S. Wilson Ave., and sengers would have to head through a dark was built in 1915 by the Pennsylvania tunnel to reach the platform where the train Railroad. The train station has stayed acwould pick them up. The station was also tive but the building has not been open for poorly lit, which made students feel unsafe. over 30 years. But safety was not the only complaint The station’s ridership has more than about the train station. Customers would doubled since the 2003-2004 fiscal year. have to reserve tickets online to guar- Currently the station serves over 90 antee a train ticket, or they could buy thousand passengers, and that number their tickets on the train. However, if is expected to increase due to rising gas the trains were full, students would not prices and population growth.


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Awards Ceremony acknowledges achievements Students and faculty awarded for accomplishments, both scholarly and socially Christian V. Sammartino Staff Writer

award was presented to Kate Rasmussen. The Environmental Services employee of the year was given to Hurb Garrison. rd he 33 annual Student Awards Ceremony Director of Student Activities Toni Villella also provided the culminating moment to a year recognized outstanding members of the campus of hard work for Etown scholars. Students and community. Villella Presented Anemia club, faculty celebrated the achievements of their peers Literati, and Sock and Buskin with Outstanding during the event, which was held on Wednesday, group awards for their service to the community. April 27 in Leffler Chapel. In addition Villella presented Julia Hodge with the Outstanding Student Programmer award. Villella also bestowed awards upon students for their leadership qualities. The Leader on the Horizon award was presented to sophomore Julia Ward. Junior Heather Slifko received the Leadership award for her work as an Americorps scholar. In addition to Jillian Casey received the Omnia award for her participation in multiple facets of the campus community. “I was nervous walking up on stage. I didn’t want to make obnoxious noises walking up there, so I tried to walk as lightly as possible,” Casey said. “Once I got my award, I thought about how heavy the glass was. I know, simple thoughts, but it didn’t really hit me what the award meant until afterwards.” The finale of the festivities focused on students who achieved Distinguished Student awards. In order to earn this honors, student had to maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average, show leadership inside an outside of the classroom, and show how their actions contributed to their life work. The students Courtesy Photo who received Distinguished Student Awards President Theodore Long presents distinguished college student awards at Leffler Chapel. were freshman Amer Ebersole, sophomore Min Tun, junior Heather Slifko, Junior Matt Buttera, “I enjoyed being with some good friends and Director of Religious life Tracy W. Sadd. She senior Allan Craven, and Senior Kurt Deschner. sharing a moment in which we were all recog- Presented the Amous K. Curry Memorial award Senior Cameron Gettel received the Points of nized for our hard work and pursuits,” senior to Colby Miller and Cassie…Sadd also presented Distinction award, which was the final honor Kurt Deschner said. the Rufus P. Bucher Memorial the 2nd Memorial bestowed during the ceremony. Gettel received “[The Awards Ceremony] really encourages award. This award recognizes the altruistic ac- this honor by meeting the distinguished student students to go above and beyond what is expected of them and it showcases peoples’ accomplishments, and shows that they can work all year long to accomplish a goal and be recognized in front of their peers,” junior Heather Slifko said. Students were recognized for their exceptional performances inside and outside of the classroom. In order to receive the awards, students had to display a fusion of the trademark values of an Elizabethtown College education. Those values are relationship-centered learning, international and intercultural understanding, purposeful life work, and experiential learning. Associate professor of Modern Languages and Campus life Council Chair Kurt Bernada established the benefits of these values in his opening remarks. “Knowledge enhanced with sincerity can touch the lives of others in strong and lasting ways,” Bernada said. His message was echoed during the presentation of the Elizabethtown CampusWide Entrepreneurship Scholarship. Before presenting the award, President of Eastern Courtesy Photo Diversified Services Charles Ebersole said, “It is the business of all subjects that upliftsOn Wednesday, April 27, students were acknowledged at the 33rd annual Student Awards Ceremony the country.” The award was presented to Kelly tions of two seniors. Those seniors were Alecia criteria, and exemplifying the learning objectives of the college. Clayton and Chelsea Decker for the creation of Conway and Kurt Deschner. In alignment with the Colleges’ mission to fosan innovative web based magazine. The maga“Aside from the academic gains that I have zine, named tru(4)ia, focuses on topics such as ter global citizenship, the Global Servant leader- made at Etown, I realized all the ‘other’ things fashion and ways to be environmentally friendly. ship award was presented. This award recognized that Etown has taught me while I filled out the The next group of awards was presented by students who had completed civic engagement in application,” Gettle said. “Before coming to Student Senate President Monica Natividad and the Elizabethtown community and abroad. The college, I had a general idea as to what service Senate President Elect Brian Frantz. Students award was presented to Nicole…by Sadd and meant and the difference that one could make. were selected for these awards based upon their Director of International programs Amy Simes. Coming to Etown has allowed me to grow exThe next set of awards recognized the indi- ponentially in the service aspect, while also positive impact on the college community. The Carle Isaak Academic Service to Students award viduals who create a positive living environment investigating the influence that I can make as a was presented to Marcy Bennett for her work as for students. The Residence Assistant of the year future global citizen.”


a tutor. The Lisa L. Koogle Outstanding Service to Students Award was bestowed upon Angela Cannon. The Walter B. Shaw Symbol of Service scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth Elwin. Alyssa Poindexter received the Baugher Avenue Memorial Scholarship. The Senate awards concluded when Zach Landis was presented with the outstanding senior award. The next batch of awards was presented by

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Engineering clubs enact plans for electric cars Student project may serve as on-campus electric automobile next semester Andrew S. Herm Staff Writer


y this time next year, Elizabethtown College may have electric cars zipping around campus. The school’s two student engineering clubs, the Association of Physics and Engineering Students (APES) and Future Energies and Sustainable Technologies (FEAST), have recently partnered with Phoenix Contact in an agreement to building a solar-powered charging station for electric cars on campus. Phoenix Contact is

a global company with locations everywhere, barring Antarctica, which is “dedicated to the creation of progress with inspiring, innovative solutions” in this case, they’re looking to promote their fully electric cars. Junior, FEAST member Andrew Vanderpool, explained that Phoenix Contact is willing to fund the entire operation on campus, so long as Etown agrees to be the testing ground for the new project. According to Vanderpool, “The plan is for the solar charging station to be visible to the public” a problem, he says, that has mired

the College’s solar power projects in the past. The solar cabin stowed away at the edge of campus and the solar panels on top of Esbenshade. Vanderpool, who will be working at Phoenix Contact’s headquarters in Harrisburg this summer, is unsure of whether the station will be completed for next year, but he explained that the designs will definitely be complete by the end of summer break. Originally, the idea of solar power and cars was to manifest itself in the form of a fully operational, built-from-scratch solar-powered car, compliments of

FEAST and APES. Sadly, it never came to fruition, apparently due to lack of time and funds. Luckily, the experiment has been revamped: rising senior Pat Albor will be a “personal electric transportation unit,” Vanderpool said. Albor was one of the main researchers for the defunct car project, so he plans to use preexisting car parts to piece together his invention. He wants to submit this as his senior project. Keeping true with the original plan, there is a possibility that the device will be donated to the Jay’s Nest for food deliveries after its completion.



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Upright citizen makes sizable contribution You could call 95-year-old Pall Arason an organ donor; the former tourism worker has endowed the Icelandic Phallological Museum with his penis. The museum, located in the small town of Husavik, features male organs from whales, seals, bears and other mammals. Its owner, 69-year-old Sigurdur Hjartarson, is proud to display his first human specimen. Hjartarson has been interested in “phallology” since he was young and now boasts a collection of 276 phalluses, the most impressive being a 67-inch sperm whale penis. The dismembered organs, preserved in various chemicals, lurk in jars, glass cylinders and even aquariums. The museum also features sculptures, molds and penis-related craft items, including lamp shades made out of bull testicles. “I have just been waiting for this guy for 15 years,” Hjartarson said about his newest donor. “He liked to be in the limelight, you know? He was a boaster, a braggart … he liked to be provocative.” Dancing in a trial of denial Dorothy McGurk of New York City had been collecting alimony payments of $850 a month due to disabilities stemming from a car accident nearly two decades ago. However, when her exhusband discovered online photos of her belly dancing, he called shenanigans. Brian McGurk sued his 43-year-old ex-wife, citing the photos and other blog postings in which she wrote that she danced for hours each day. Dorothy McGurk claimed that the dancing was physical therapy for her injuries, but the court sided with her ex and decreased her alimony to $400 a month. In addition, the county judge demanded that Dorothy pay Brian’s legal fees and over half of the money she had received from the sale of their home. I do … save money in strange ways When Melanie Schachner, 26, and Rene Schachner, 31, got married in Feldkirchen, Austria, they wanted no frills, no bells and whistles, and – no clothes? “We’re not ashamed of our bodies and we wanted to do something different. It certainly saved on a wedding dress,” Melanie said. All she wore was a veil, high heels and a flesh-colored thong; her groom sported a top hat with nothing below. Afterwards, they celebrated with family and friends in a nearby castle. The 250 wedding guests were permitted to wear clothing. Whether they realize it or not, the couple is following the tradition that Ellie Barton and Phil Hendicott of Australia began when they tied the knot naked in 2009. Fishy business A Phoenix, Ariz. woman feels that the Arizona Board of Cosmetology is violating her rights as a business owner. Cindy Vong, who runs a nail salon, offers a pedicure in which she uses fish to eat dead skin off customers’ feet. The Board of Cosmetology threatened to revoke Vong’s license because fish cannot be sterilized and are thus unsafe. Vong filed a civil suit through The Goldwater Institute, claiming that she has the constitutional right to run a private business however she sees fit. Marijuana grannies Aleen Lam, 72, and Virginia Chan Pon, 65, of San Bruno, Calif., have been dubbed the “marijuana grannies.” The two women were arrested last week for several crimes, including growing 800 marijuana plants in their home and stealing electricity from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. through an electrical bypass. According to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, the grannies pled not guilty to all charges and are being held in custody with bail set at $100,000 each. They must return to court on May 13 for a preliminary hearing with court-appointed attorneys. Compiled from and comedyhq. info




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Christine Geiselman runs Boston Marathon, memorializes late father Special Merchandise Manager qualified for elite race for running time in National Marathon in D.C. Tara B. Hayes Features Editor

made Geiselman realize she was out of shape, so she started running just for the exercise. In October 2009, Geiselhen Elizabethtown College’s Col- man participated in her second race, lege Store Special Merchandise the Hands-on House Half-Marathon Manager Christine Geiselman was forced in Lancaster. to run eight-minute miles with her field “When I ran that, I did way better than hockey team every Friday, she considered I thought,” Geiselman said. “That kind of it torture. Now she loves to run and par- started my obsession with the racing and ticipated in the 115th Boston Marathon pushing myself.” this past April. After her accomplishments, GeiselGeiselman’s first marathon was City- man began training for the National 2Surf in 2003 while she was studying Marathon in Washington, D.C., in March abroad in Sydney, Australia. Her deci- 2010, which was her first full marathon. sion to participate was spontaneous, She completed the race in three hours so she didn’t train, leaving her unable and 31 minutes, which qualified her for to walk for a week after the race. This the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is unique because runners have to qualify to participate. Geiselman’s age group must run a marathon in three hours and 40 minutes or less. This time is also her personal best so far. Geiselman had not planned to do the Boston Marathon after her first race, but she changed her mind after encouragement from friends because of her impressive times. She also wanted to do it because of the significance of the marathon. “Running Boston is kind of the epitome of marathons,” Geiselman said. The marathon starts on Main Street in Hopkinton, a small town in Massachusetts. It continues through six districts until the finish line in Boston. The entire race spans 26.2 miles, with nine checkCourtesy Photo/ The Etownian points along the way. In order to prepare for her Geiselman wore this shirt during the race in honor of her dad, who events, Geiselman runs five to six days passed away from cancer in January. a week in addition to three base work-


outs. The workouts consist of a speed workout, tempo runs and long runs. G eis elman do es not have any rituals for her races, but she does have a pair of earrings she wears for good luck. She also always eats a bagel with peanut butter before each race. This marathon was difficult for Geiselman because her father passed away in Januar y from  metastatic cancer. This would have been the first race he watched. In memory of her father, Geiselman wore a shirt that said, “Running for Dad.”  Geiselman thought of her father during the race Courtesy Photo/The Etownian as motivation. “ H e w a s i n s o Christine Geiselman participated in the Boston Marathon this past April. Her first marathon was City2Surf in Sydney, much pain all the Australia, which she participated in on a whim while time and never com- studying abroad in college in 2003. plained,”  Geiselman said. “I’m bringing this pain upon myself.” than anything,” Geiselman said. She also Geiselman’s goal for the marathon was explained that it wasn’t a good day, which to complete it in less than three hours and can be common for runners. The course 30 minutes, which would break her per- was more difficult than Geiselman had sonal best time. Unfortunately, she didn’t expected, and the temperature was much achieve this goal but managed to finish warmer than predicted. the race in three hours and 43 minutes. “By mile ten, my quads were “I just wanted to enjoy the race more shot,” Geiselman said, “to the point that

I didn’t think I could go one more step, let alone run 16 miles.” Geiselman believes these aspects aren’t always negative. “I think that’s one of the things that I like about the marathon,” Geiselman said. “It’s very physical, but it’s also a huge mental gain to keep running when you feel like all you want to do is stop and quit.” To meet more people who shared an interest in running, Geiselman joined the Lancaster Road Runners in winter 2010. She just attended a meeting one night, not knowing much about the club, and ended up becoming co-president in January 2011. “It’s kind of for runners to get together and do what they love to do: run,” Geiselman said. “The reason I joined was I was just looking to meet other people — make new friends and expand my social circle.” Every Tuesday, the group meets to participate in a Fun Run throughout Lancaster County. The participants can run anywhere from three to nine miles. Geiselman’s favorite part about the event is that the group always goes out to eat afterward. The Lancaster Road Runners hold four races a year, one of which is coming up this Mother’s Day weekend. It is a fivemile trail race called Mrs. Smith’s race. All proceeds from the race go to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Geiselman’s next race will be her first triathalon, “Got the Nerve,” in Mount Gretna May 21. She also plans to participate in the Marine Corps Marathon this October, which she enjoyed so much last year.

historical speaker

Joseph Lubell presents Holocaust experiences, informs audience Speaker’s family was captured by Nazis, held in concentration, death camps, sentenced to gas chambers

they married and had a total of 26 children just before the Nazi invan April 26 the Hillel Club sion of Poland in 1939. sponsored a speech by He went on to say 81-year-old Joseph Lubell in Gib- that communication ble Auditorium about his experi- between him and his ences with the Holocaust. Rough- family in Poland was ly 75 to 100 people attended. cut off in 1941 af“The audience was attentive ter hearing that they and received his lecture well. He were being held in the involved students and faculty Warsaw Ghetto. This Courtesy Photo in a role-playing exercise, in an particular ghetto was Joseph Lubell hopes to enlighten his effort to demonstrate the tough located in an area of audience about the Holocaust with choices that Jewish leaders in the less than two square each speech he presents. Last week, Warsaw Ghetto had to make. A miles, but held nearly he appeared at Elizabethtown College. number of audience members 500,000 Jews in teralso asked substantive questions rible conditions. While in War- munication was disconnected after his lecture ended,” Dr. Brian saw, disease and starvation led by the Nazi regime, Lubell was Newsome of the Department of to the death of thousands every informed that the family on History said. month, and if the Jews were not his mother’s side was sent to Lubell began his speech by killed by disease or starvation, the Treblinka death camps and stating that his mother left 11 then they were likely to be sent sentenced to the gas chambers. brothers and sisters as well as her to the Treblinka concentration Lubell also learned that an uncle mother in Poland when she came camp. Deportation to this camp on his father’s side, a Lubellcyck, with his father to the United States meant inevitable extermination. was sent to Auschwitz with his in 1923. As the siblings grew up, Shortly after the family’s com- two children, where they were eventually murdered. Lubell then spoke of his visit to Poland in the 1990s. He said that he could never grasp the fact that civilized people could place innocent men, women and children into gas chambers and kill them. He believes it just goes to show that human beings will sink to new levels when under strict dictatorship that has no respect for the lives of innocent people. Lubell went on to say that the Nazi mentality was that there was no wrong in killing Jews, Slavic persons, gypsies, homosexuals or those with mental defects. “Mr. Lubell’s talk provided an Image: Florida Center for Instructional Technology opportunity to contemplate the This memorial appears at the base of the central monument in what personal nature of the Holocaust. used to be Treblinka extermination camp. It says “Never again” in All too often, people tend to consix different languages to honor those who were held there during sider the Holocaust at the level the Holocaust, including Lubell’s family. of the abstract — the total of 6 Jordyn M. Howe Asst. Features Editor


million who lost their lives. The tures for the Middle Atlantic aware that we in the U.S. must be horror becomes more meaning- States Social Studies Conference. careful in not engaging in antiful — more real — when one stops He hopes that people will become Semetic attitudes such as exhibited to think that each of these was a more tolerant and accepting of by Mel Gibson, or anti-racial bias person with hopes, dreams and a one another after hearing his lec- as I see exhibited against the curfamily,” Newsome said. tures and stories. rent President of the United States,” Lubell said that his speeches “I hope my lectures make people Lubell commented. always include a few key components. The first aspect describes the nature of the Nazi program to kill every Jew who was found, with no exceptions. His program always enlightens the audience that approximately 11 million people were gassed and reduced to ashes; 6  million  were Jews and roughly 5 million were not of Jewish VW & Audi have just had one of the largest year-to-year descent. He also clearly sales increases of almost any auto manufacturer. states that in the midst Increasing volume requires us to increase our sales team! of all the Nazi insanity, there was always a small We are a family-owned dealer representing three of the world’s group of dedicated nonlargest and most financially sound European manufacturers. Our Jews who risked their franchises are all solid. Many of our employees have been with us lives to oppose Hitler’s for over ten years. Don’t have much experience? We’ll train you. Final Solution. If you’re a go-getter, make us your new home. “You can become a IDEAL FOR COLLEGE GRADS. more tolerant person if • Excellent pay plan with monthly/quarterly/annual bonus you study the Holocaust,” • Factory incentives • Benefits Lubell observed. Lubell is an active speaker and has been telling his family’s story for quite some time. He teaches about the Holocaust at Cedar Crest College’s program for retirees. He has also been Sales • Service • Leasing • Parts • Accessories • Bodyshop a Holocaust presenter for Since 1964, Lancaster’s only German-exclusive automotive technology center. Muhlenberg College’s Christian-Judiac Program since 2005. Lu b e l l pre v i o u s l y worked as an in-service course instructor in the public schools of New York and delivered lec-


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Ambitious scholars to spend summer season interning Exciting, fun opportunities provide interns with experience for future career fields Patricia A. Cangelosi Copy Editor


ith spring finally in the air and the last week of classes nearly over, summer tantalizes Elizabethtown College students more and more. We want to lounge outside and relax, celebrate with picnics and parties, and break out the bathing suits — but some students are taking a different approach to the warmer months. For

one of the organization’s main stage shows. “I can’t wait to meet everyone and get settled into work,” Roberts said. “All of my countless hours in the theater doing a plethora of jobs should help me to be prepared for the craziness that is bound to come from working in a professional theater.” Roberts’ method for finding an internship involved searching for various theater companies and


Donté McCrary-McClain will be interning with Unilever from Students in Free Enterprise.

seniors Jess Roberts and Shelby Meyerhoffer, junior Jenn Simpson and sophomore Donté McCraryMcClain, along with several others, the season signals a golden opportunity: the summer internship. Roberts, a theatre technology major, will travel to Bethel Park in Pittsburgh to work for South Park Theater as a general tech intern. She will work in the box office and serve as stage manager for children’s theater shows and

emailing them with her résumé and statement of interest. “I didn’t necessarily know that these theaters had internships, but I at least wanted to get my name out there,” she explained. Meyerhoffer, a communications major, needed a client to work with for her senior seminar in February. She contacted Equal Vision Records, an independent record label based in Albany, NY, which resulted in a rewarding in-

ternship experience that will last through August. Meyerhoffer is the company’s street team manager. A street team, she explained, is a group of people who love music and who donate their time to help promote it. Team members earn points based on what they do to promote the bands, and they redeem points for prizes such as T-shirts, tickets to concerts and even chances to meet the bands. Meyerhoffer sends out emails to team members, giving them “missions” to fulfill to earn points. She also creates and posts videos on YouTube and designs band logos. She expects the summer to be busy, as the upcoming Warped Tour will feature unique groups such as Texas in July, Choidos and We Came as Romans. Meyerhoffer’s internship includes putting together audio interviews with band members, taking photos and working with Equal Vision Records’ Facebook page. “Working with WWEC [the College’s radio station] and WWEC’s website helped to give me an edge,” Meyerhoffer said. “I’ve learned a lot of skills through that, but this experience is something you can’t get in school.” Meyerhoffer is excited to continue helping Equal Vision Records. “Working with music is my passion; in the future I hope to work with a record label, with the bands directly, and with people who love music,” she said. “I’m trying to put my best foot forward and make the best impression I can because this is my future.” Some students find internships through classes; others find them through involvement with clubs. For instance, McCrary-McClain, an international business major, learned of a customer development internship with Unilever from Students in Free Enterprise. Unilever is a global conglomer-

ate that owns about 500 brands, including Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Dove and Skippy. McCrary-McClain will analyze loyalty card data to discern customers’ shopping behaviors and give a presentation at the end of

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Shelby Meyerhoffer will be interning at Equal Vision Records this summer.

the summer to department heads and executives on how to better target their customers through promotional activity. In addition to being a project leader in SIFE, the ambitious sophomore is also involved with Student Senate, which helps him build leadership and listening skills. Many strategies have assisted him in obtaining this highly desired internship: “Always send follow-up emails. It shows effort and shows that you care. Be prepared for the interview; study the company in and out. Speak about the company as if you work there. Make your interview conversational. Show that you’re an engaging person and that you are really interested in the position. After you’ve answered a question, ask a question back.”

McCrary-McClain had a list of 15 questions prepared before the interview, which impressed the company representatives. He is most excited about the laid-back corporate culture of Unilever and the strong prospect of obtaining a full-time job there after graduation. Simpson, a political science major, offers advice for finding jobs or internships as well. “Utilize Career Services and be proactive in the search,” she said. “Jobs for Jays is an amazing website and a great resource. Start early. Set aside time for searching for jobs or internships. Pay attention to deadlines and get started as soon as you can.” Simpson found an internship in operations management at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire on the Jobs for Jays site. Eager to gain experience for her newly acquired business minor, she sent her information to the contact person listed on the site. After interviewing for the position, it did not take long for Simpson to receive the good news. During the summer, she will supervise activities at the Faire, work at the box office, help with admissions, work on schedules, make sure customers are satisfied, complete administrative tasks and float around and help with each department as needed. In the future, Simpson hopes to go into theater management. She feels that her time at Etown has above all helped build her people skills, which greatly contribute to her ability to work in such a position. Finding a summer internship is a great way to show initiative and edge into your field of choice. It may not directly lead to a job after graduation, but it will certainly boost your résumé and impress prospective employers. Instead of breaking out their bathing suits, these students are breaking out their business suits and making a splash in the corporate world.

a sendoff to remember

President Long honored at farewell dinner by family, friends

Faculty, staff gathered in celebrating Long’s impending retirement, accomplishments Melissa A. Mandia Staff Writer


t the end of May, Elizabethtown College will be losing its seniors, several faculty staff and members, and one of the greatest leaders the institution has ever seen. On Friday, April 29, approximately 150 trustees, friends and family of retiring College President Ted Long gathered at the ballroom of the Masonic Village to honor and celebrate his reign as the 13th President of the College. The male a cappella group on campus, Phalanx, started off the celebration by singing a modified version of “Brown-eyed Girl” to highlight a key attribute of “Baldhead Ted.” Then it was time to move into the high-class meal, which consisted of five courses and four different varieties of wine to accompany the food. The ballroom was elegantly decorated with a palette of purples, browns and golds. Planning for this extensive, lavish event began many months ago. “It took two days to set up the room and almost a week beforehand to gather all of the linens and accessories,” Student Catering Manager junior Zaki Hussain said. “We really started the initial planning as far back as last semester, though.”

hard work and professionalism, and it was a very rewarding experience for those involved. “I t houg ht that the dinner could not have gone any better, and it was reinforced by the gratification from the guests,” senior caterer Walid Zaman said. “It definitely seemed like Ted Courtesy Photo/the Etownian and Betty had a President Ted Long and his wife, Betty, dance together at their farewell great time, which is all we could dinner held at Masonic Village. have hoped for When Ted and Betty Long at an event as important and host an event, they tend to remembered as this.” have much influence over the Even President Long had a menu and the details. How- hard time finding the words ever, the farewell dinner was to sum up his feelings toward a complete surprise for them the event. right up until their arrival. “The celebration was ex“We had nothing to do quisitely done and was very with the planning of the din- moving for Betty and me. We ner. All we knew was that a felt deeply honored and a bit celebration for us was in the overwhelmed by the outpourworks. We knew nothing ing of appreciation for our about what would happen un- work. It meant a great deal to til Friday evening,” President us,” he said. Long said. President Long stated that The outcome of the event his favorite part of the dinner was beyond what anyone was not anything specific — could have imagined. The just that he and Betty were able catering staff of 30 students to share and celebrate the night received a standing ovation with their closest colleagues from all of the guests for their from their years at Etown.

For the Longs, the event was bigger than just a farewell celebration, though. “This remarkable occasion was a signature part of an even larger, ongoing expression of gratitude that has deeply touched our hearts. The dinner amplified the significance of the gift of the piano, and we still look forward to the special personal notes on ‘leaves’ from the 15-year tree,” he said. At the dinner, there was a table set up where attendees could write notes to the Longs on paper leaves. The notes were later hung on a fake tree. A piano was donated to the College in honor of President Long’s retirement. The gift was presented to him right before the dinner. Long’s wife, Betty, also used kind words to describe the event. “The evening was lovely, filled with the people who have supported and stood beside us as we all have worked for this great college,” she said. “Ted and I were incredibly touched by the outpouring of affection and gratitude. It was truly an unforgettable night.” While the dinner went off without a hitch and everything was executed as planned, attendees could not help but leave the venue with a slight feeling of melancholy. President Long and his wife

have been the faces of Etown for the last 15 years, and it is nearly impossible to imagine this campus without them. “I think Ted is an awesome person. He is someone we should all look up to,” Hussain said. “I am going to miss Ted and Betty, especially when I go to work events at their former home. They are both people who will make you feel positive about yourself because they are always positive and outgoing in everything they do.”

There is no doubt that the friendly, compassionate antics of Ted and Betty Long will be sorely missed on the Elizabethtown College campus. On Wednesday, May 11, there will be a Retiree Reception celebrating them along with all of the other retiring faculty and staff members such as Glenn Bucher, Ronald Corll, Mary Gottfried and Paul Gottfried.


the Etownian the board Editor-in-Chief Ross M. Benincasa Managing Editor Khouri E. McGrann Assistant Editor Peter S. Northrop News Editor Brianna E. Wiest Features Editor Tara B. Hayes Campus Life Editor Melanie R. Giardina Opinion Editor Samantha T. Phillips Sports Editor T. Gavin Nevill Photography Editor Matthew P. Butera Copy Editor Patricia A. Cangelosi Managing Copy Editor Nancy C. Briscoe Online Editor Zachary T. Johnson Layout Editor Allison A. Gower Assistant News Editor Allison M. Rohland Assistant Features Editor Jordyn M. Howe Asst. Campus Life Editor Katie A. Bamberger Assistant Opinion Editor Janelle K. DeAngelo Assistant Sports Editor Ashley N. Kufera Asst. Photography Editor Jacqueline E. Quidort Assistant Online Editor Andrew R. Sides Assistant Copy Editors Samantha M. Alleman Danielle B. Cantor Elizabeth A. Enwright Rachel L. Jesten Alexis L. Morris Melanie L. Weyant Assistant Layout Editor Katherine E. Dyer Correspondent Agnetha M. Serrame Business Manager Benjamin L. Frey Asst. Business Manager Amy M. Berdanier Advertising Manager Chelsea A. Benson Marketing Manager Joelle E. Atkinson Assistant Ad. Manager Jennifer A. Hughes Brooke S. Wachtel Faculty Adviser Kelly L. Poniatowski The Etownian is the student newspaper of Elizabethtown College. All editorial decisions are made by the student editors. With the exception of editorials, opinions presented here are those of quoted sources or signed authors, not of the Etownian or the College. The Etownian is published most Thursdays during the academic year by Susquehanna Printing. Submissions to the Etownian are always welcomed. We will make every effort to print submissions, but we do not promise publication. Submit letters to

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Faculty and staff members at Elizabethtown College gathered at the farewell dinner to honor President Ted Long’s retirement and say goodbye.




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May 5, 2011

Campus Events • Reviews • Advice • Culture • Food and Drink


fall semester

Summer fun on a tight budget ECTV looking for volunteer aid

Destinations from Virginia to Jersey to Greece Agnetha M. Serrame Correspondent


re you looking for a cheap summer vacation this year? With costly expenses and unnecessary additional fees, it’s very difficult to find a vacation spot that the whole family will enjoy. Another important factor in choosing a vacation area are the available activities for every member of the family. If you are planning to save money, staying inside the country is the best decision. Family camping is always fun, and a great place for this kind of activity is in Medomak Camp in Rockland, Maine. A fixed fee for this camp will provide the whole family with many activities and gourmet meals, plus a lobster feast. Parents will enjoy this camp as they do yoga, get a massage or participate in arts and crafts with their kids. On the other hand, kids can practice archery, swimming, kayaking or sailing. The whole family will also love the scavenger hunt, Frisbee and softball games. The camp provides a campfire where families can spend more time together and appreciate nature. In addition to Medomak Camp, families can travel to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and camp. A one-time fee will provide everyone with a worthwhile stay for seven days and time to enjoy the beauty of the park, which includes its hot springs. If your family is spontaneous and risky, they might like Ace Adventure Center in Oak Hill, W. Va. There is a flat price for this summer spot, and you can enjoy a day-long water ride on the New River National River, also known as the East Coast’s Grand Canyon. There are also zip lines, horseback riding activities, kayaking and rock climbing available for an extra fee. If your family does not want to pay extra fees, they can stay at the base camp, which includes inflatable water park-like adventures and hiking opportunities on any of the resort’s trails free of charge. Another popular destination during the summer is the beach. Some budget-friendly beaches can be found in South Carolina, Florida and New Jersey. In Myrtle Beach, S.C., you can find tons of resorts to visit and spend time with your friends and family. Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach has its own water park and amusement park. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is also one of the most popular beach towns that families often visit, and its 45-minute commute to Miami Beach is a huge benefit of staying there. In New Jersey, some of the most popular beaches are Wildwood, Seaside and Atlantic City. The best thing about the Jersey Shore is the boardwalk. There is always something to do at the boardwalk, whether you want to buy souvenirs, eat greasy food or just walk around under the sun. People can also bring their bicycles or rent them and ride them around the town. If your family has a big budget and wants a

more sophisticated summer vacation, going abroad is the best idea. The Caribbean is the most popular place people usually go to, but if you want something new try St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, the island of Crete or Lisbon in Portugal. St. John has a summer bargain for families between the months of May and December. Kids under 16 can stay free with their families in Maho Bay Camps located in St. John. There are various water activities that both adults and children will enjoy. Trinidad and Tobago is also a perfect getaway because it is outside of the hurricane belt and offers a lot of summer discounts. One of the best things to do in this country is to see the breathtaking wildlife and beaches. In Europe, Crete, an island near Greece is one of the most affordable places to go. You will adore its ancient ruins, extravagant parties, beaches and scenic hikes. Also in Europe is Lisbon, Portugal, which is one of the cheapest places to go at any time of the year. You can book a room at a five-star hotel for less than $100 a night. The seaside retreats of Cascais and Estoril are some of the most popular places for visitors. There is still time for you and your family to decide where to go this summer, and don’t think that having a small budget will stop you from experiencing an enjoyable vacation. These places are just some of the many vacation getaways you can go to, so enjoy the sun and have lots of fun!

Melanie R. Giardina Campus Life Editor


ave you ever wanted to work in broadcasting, even just for a minute? Well, ECTV is seeking volunteers for next semester to help create packages and PSAs and to assist with productions. The idea, according to sophomore Alexa Masano, the current station manager, has been a long time coming. It originally stemmed from ECTV’s plan to broadcast news once a week instead of every other week. To take on this challenge, the TV station will need some help. According to Masano, volunteer positions are open to anyone no matter their major or year. “We are always open for new and great ideas,” junior news director Kaitlyn Miller said. She also noted that though most packages are assigned, volunteers should feel free to present their own ideas for packages, PSAs and other productions. Aside from creating and assisting in developing mate-

rial for ECTV, volunteers may also be asked to help with the creation of promos and even remote assignments. Miller noted that though the positions are open to everyone, prior experience helps determine whether an individual will receive training. Miller will be handling all the videos that volunteers make. ECTV members are hoping that with the addition of volunteers, their ratings will go up as well. “I think it will be very beneficial for ECTV; not only will students be able to see their work on TV and have something to put on resumes, but people will want to watch our channel more because their own work will be put on it,” Miller said. “We want to get more people involved with ECTV,” Masano said. The station has high hopes for the coming fall. ECTV productions are usually filmed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For Masano, she has been wanting this change since she began working with the organization. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or learning about the position, email Alexa Masano at


May keeps skin cancer in check Keeping your skin safe in the summer

Kristen N. Lacaillade Staff Writer


ike millions of other people, I am guilty of fake tanning. Yes, it’s bad for you. Yes, you can get skin cancer. However, something keeps me coming back for more. Throughout the winter months, my tan slowly fades to a ghostly pale, and by the time spring rolls around I’m itching to get back into the tanning salon. But the spring season comes the month of May, and for those who do not know, May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. Although there are numerous ad campaigns letting people know the dangers of skin cancer, millions of people continue to make their way to tanning salons on a daily basis to “light” their way to a bronze glow. However, many are unaware of the true hazards that these artificial UV rays pose to their skin. Both artificial light and the sun’s rays can cause irreversible damage to the skin. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. The two most common types, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, are highly curable. However, melanoma, the third most common, is much more dangerous.

Being outside in the direct sun or in a tanning bed for as little as 15 minutes without protection on your skin can cause harm. It is always advisable that if one is going to be out in the sun he or she should wear sunscreen. Elizabethtown College sophomore Mike Anderson explains that he always takes precautions when going outside for prolonged periods of time. “I’m always sure to put on sunscreen, especially in the summer months. My skin burns really easily, and it can be really painful,” Anderson said. This pain and burning sensation is a direct result of skin damage and the effects it produces. Even weather conditions such as cool temperatures and cloudy skies still warrant the use of sunscreen, according to the CDC. The UV rays, not the temperature, are what do the damage to your skin. Clouds do not block the UV rays, they filter them. In this case, these rays may not be visible, but they are still able to make their way through the clouds and onto your skin. Some people are more susceptible to skin cancer and skin damage than others, according to the CDC. Having a lighter natural skin color, blue or green eyes and blondes or red hair are just a few of the traits that contribute higher risk for skin damage and skin cancer. Sophomore

Samantha Blewitt expressed, “My skin is naturally tan, but I still burn just as bad as some other people. It’s extremely painful, and I try to avoid getting burned at all costs.” The sun’s UV rays are the strongest daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The CDC recommends numerous ways to keep your skin safe from harmful exposure. Wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are all common suggestions to prevent skin damage. Although it may sound redundant, these methods of protection are some of the easiest ways to keep your skin safe from harmful rays. Although the sun and artificial light in tanning beds release Vitamin D, which is helpful for the body, too much can be harmful. These facts may not be convincing enough for some, but it is clear that these rays do present a serious risk to everyone’s skin. Being smart about skin care and knowing your limits whether you’re out in the natural light or under the bulbs of a tanning bed are key in keeping your skin as safe as possible. Due to the information that has come out over the years about tanning, I have certainly limited my own activities. Although skin cancer is the most common cancer today, it is easy to take preventative measures. Be smart about your skin, and you’ll be pain free all summer long.

job opportunities

Writing Consultants: assisting, evaluating and guiding Blue Jays Job qualifications and misconceptions of working in the Writing Center Thomas R. O’Connell Staff Writer


ere at Elizabethtown College there are many opportunities for students to work on campus while benefiting the campus community. Writing consultants fulfill just one of these many positions. Writing consultants are students recommended by professors and who mentor fellow students in their writing process. A writing consultant diagnoses the student’s area of difficulty, suggests methods to help the student improve and then helps the student follow through with that plan. The writing consultants, also known as writing tutors, do not in any way write the paper for the students or simply make corrections. According to Tammie Longsderff, assistant director at Learning Services, the Writing Center is not a correction center; it is a place for students to find a “study buddy” to help them with any area of their writing process that needs work. Areas in which students need help range from developing their flow, to editing their final draft. No matter which part of the process the student needs help with, the writing tutors are fully equipped and capable of helping the students improve and become better writers.


The process of becoming a writing tutor is no walk in the park, and not just anybody is offered the position. As mentioned before, the student must be recommended by a professor, but he or she must also have a grade point average of at least 2.75, possess a good understanding of basic writing and have effective mentoring skills, such as patience, listening, questioning and enthusiasm. If the student accepts the opportunity, he or she must then go through the application process. The application process entails a standard application and three letters of reference, as well as a writing sample. A self assessment of one’s writing, tutoring and organizing skills are also required. If the student makes it past the application process, he or she is interviewed by a current writing consultant, as well as by a professional staff member. The goal of this is to assess the student’s passion for writing and willingness to assist others. Once the candidate has successfully made it through the entire application and interview process, training begins. The writing tutors are usually notified of whether they received the position sometime in April, which is when they begin job-shadowing current writing tutors, in order to get a feel for the job. Once fall semester comes around, the writing

tutors begin their orientation, a program to train the writing tutors in the various skills required to be a successful mentor. Throughout the semester, the staff holds workshops designed to help the writing tutors hone their skills or brush up on areas in which they may struggle. These workshops are not mandatory, but it is highly recommended that the writing tutors attend. While being a writing tutor means you are mentoring and helping somebody else learn the writing process, you are learning from the experience as well, so attending the workshops is a good way to get the most out of being a writing tutor. A common misconception students have about Writing Services is that it is only for students who struggle with their writing. This, in fact, is not true at all. Writing Services is open to the entire campus, and encourages students to come in and ask for help. “The availability of a writing tutor is a valuable resource that all students should look to utilize,” Lynne Davies, director of Disability Services, said. Davies pointed out that it would be extremely advantageous for students to set up a meeting with a writing tutor early in their college career in order to ease them into college writing. “I always thought

Writing Services was only for students who were recommended to go seek help. Had I known they were open to everybody, I definitely would have utilized Writing Services at least a couple times in my four years here,” said senior Ryan Follweiler. Students can sign up for a one-on-one hour-long session via email or by signing up on the request board in the office. If a student does not need an entire hour, he or she can show up to the office anytime during the walk-in hours and receive up to twenty minutes of help. Many students, however, need more than one session with a writing tutor. Longsderff pointed out that the process of becoming a better writer does not happen overnight, and it is important for the student to develop a relationship with his or her tutor in order to get the most out of their time together. The process used by the writing tutors is not short but it is effective. “Through this process the goal is to make the student a better writer, not produce better papers right away. It will take longer, but it will pay off in the long run,” Davies said. The mentality of Writing Services is to help as many students as possible become better writers by working on their writing process. As Davies put it, we just want to get them on the “write track.”

To: Talisa From: Amrit It was awesome meeting you! You’re such a cool person … Wish to see you in the future! P.S. I still want to go to Schlosser! <3 To: Keanan Schaeffer From: Owen Howson Keanan, you have helped me in Emotion so much. Just being there to joke around and support me. Thank you, I wish you weren’t leaving, you old timer, you. To: Steve DiGrazia From: Owen Howson Steve, thank you for being an awesome peer mentor! Going to miss you next year! To: Nathan Shughart From: Owen Howson Nathan, you have been one of my most important role models in my college life. Thank you soo much for everything you have done for me. I will miss you greatly next year. To: Marshal From: Barbara Nicarry will be very quiet without you next year. Good luck with life! To: Nate Smith From: Barb Spike! I’m going to miss you so much! Classes won’t be the same without you next year! Good luck with everything. To: Basketball seniors From: Jacob K. Moore Good luck basketball seniors. To: The Comm. seniors From: Nancy Oh how I will miss all Steinhole’s antics. I can’t believe how far we’ve come! Congrats! To: Travis Lucas From: Nancy Briscoe The back of your head will always be ridiculous.

Say goodbye to a senior

To: Jamie Bartolino From: Nancy Briscoe Philly? Circle yes

To: Erika Morgan To: Adam Derkacz From: Ryan LeClair From: Colby Miller or no. EGH! Love you! Congratulations! Thanks for all you’ve done to the running programs and the camTo: Senior class of 2011 To: Melissa Cangialosi pus. Enjoy the North but don’t From: Jim Panacio From: Andrew, Fetty, Jack forget to come back and visit. Good luck! Have a good future! You love us. To: Teresa Beshore To: Amy Haun To: Etownian seniors From: KVC From: Julia Carboni From: Sam Phillips (The Inebri- Teresa Beshore! You are Good luck with grad school Amy! ated Ambassador) such a lovely person! I’ll You were a great peer mentor! We did it, guys. We did it. May miss you so much next year! I forever be glowing sex and To: Steph Carroll may you never forget the HIV To: Amy From: Jenna Latham couch. Peace, love and picas. From: Kyle I’m going to miss you so much! Congrats! I love you to death and Thanks for being a great choreTo: Kate Walsh wish you the best for your future. ographer! From: Sam Phillips Petals on a wet, black bough. To: Austin DeMarco To: Kendra Linton From: Jessica Dales From: Dylan Wadell To: Amanda McGeary Congratulations! Daisuki! Congratulations Kendra! I’m so From: Kathryn Kardy proud of all that you’ve achieved. I am going to miss you so so so To: Katie and Ashley The world stands before you. much!! Secretly, I’m just go- From: Karen ing to follow you after gradu- Thank you for three wonTo: Nick Iacano ation, heh. I love you, girl!! derful years of friendship! I From: Henry love you both and I have the Congratulations brother-man. To: Caroline McMullin best wishes for your futures! Hey, you made it. You have From: Giggles beaten all the odds against you. I seriously don’t know what I’m To: Travis Lucas So here on out it is going to be going to do without you here, From: Morgan McKenney smooth sailing. I wish all the Mom. You helped make this year Chorgasm...Get it in. I will miss best and happiness in life. =) the best one yet and I’m going to your crazy self next year. Always miss you so much!! I love you!! and forever. To: Steve DiGrazia From: Rachel Boll and Kayla To: Henry Tucker To: Mike White Myers From: Nick Iacono From: Morgan McKenney Hey! Dallas was awesome, we’re I love you sexy!!! Mike. I will miss chortling with glad we met you! Have an amazyou next year. You are always my ing life! To: Golf seniors #1 awkward chortle. I love you. From: Ben Katz To: Mike White Congrats! To: Steph Carroll From: Kayla Myers From: Liz VanGulick Hey! Even though I don’t like To: Megan Casey, Austin DeMarI can’t believe you are graduating. you, I thought I would write co, Jamie Bartolino, Kate Walsh, I will miss being in dance with this. Either way, I hope you Patty Cangelosi, Erin Hensel you every semester. Good luck. have an awesome life that’s full From: Lexy Viscardi of weird people like me! Oh Thank you all for being wonderful To: Pleasure Island yeah and thanks for everything. people and making my first year From: Sweater Man at Etown amazing. I will miss all Love you guys! Best of luck To: Melissa and Steph of you next year and I will do my in the future! B-3 love! From: Nancy best to carry on your legacies in Roomslices, I am so happy I’ve the English department. Best of To: Meredith Demark been able to spend the last four luck in all your future endeavors! From: The Italian years with you. We will always Best of luck at law school! Glad I have the New York Triangle. To: Ross got to be better friends with you! From: Aggie Hey! Thanks for helping me out. To: Quads Ladies I’m going to miss emailing you From: The Shirtless Italian about my problems. I’m stay- I’m glad that you guys shared the ing and hopefully writing more! quads with me this year! I’m going to miss living so close to all To: Melanie of you! Best of luck in the future! From: Aggie Mel! Thanks for letting me To: Melissa Ann Cangialosi write all the time. I loved From: Patricia Ann Cangelosi working for your section! Dear twinny, I am so glad that we are related and that we are To: The theater seniors! sisters and that we are twins From: Rachel Saul and that we are identical twins. It’s been amazing working with all of you! Thank you for everything. To: Jamie, Lauren, and Alex Love and best wishes always! Xoxo From: Allison Congratulations on all of your hard To: All of my seniors work! I have no doubt that you From: Nicole St. Pierre will change the world with your I will miss you all so much it already bright smiles and warm hearts! hurts. Good luck! I know you’ll all find success in whatever you do.



May 5, 2011


To: Jess From: Patty Happy birthday, lovely! Have a wonderful time in Pittsburgh and I’ll miss you terribly. Break a leg!

lieve it all started with peer group K? You are one of the best people I know — keep shining!

To: Melissa Cangialosi From: Your first peer babies We love you Mamma! Good luck teaching you sure taught us well!

To: Travis From: Rachael Chortle, you made this semester so much more lively for me! You’re wonderful and I couldn’t ask for a better friend! Good luck in Florida and expect a visit!! =) Love you!

To: Class of 2011 From: Anonymous To: Abbey Oh, it is your senior year— From: Patty my eyes are beginning to tear. Happy birthday room- Sure, graduation brings a lot ie! Hope it’s a great one. of fear. But, you’ll be alright.

To: Chris Heisey From: Colby Miller It’s been a great three years. I wish you all the best. Tem- To: Mike White ple’s very blessed to have you. From: Rachael You are a chortle! Thank you for To: Rich Greco everything these past two years! From: Colby Miller You are wonderful. I’m going to Well… you’re not really a se- miss you! Good luck with grad nior but you won’t get this op- school, expect visits!! =) Love you! portunity next year. It’s been awesome. See you next year TR. To: Nancy From: Rachael To: Bryan Metz Thanks for our wonderFrom: Chris Ramos ful Thursday lunch dates! I Thanks for being the best room- will miss you sooo much next mate ever! year! Good luck with everything, you’ll be fantastic! =) To: Lauren Thim, Becky W, LO, and Heather To: Peter Starr From: Amanda From: Sam Phillips Good luck with your careers. I You exist. will miss you all. To: Jamie Bartolino To: Maggie Stromoski From: Lauren Stine From: Anni Ngo Thanks so much for being one of Hey girl! I’ll miss you! Do the sweetest people I know. Etown your best out there — I know won’t be the same without you! you’ll make a big difference as long as you put your mind to To: Patty Cangelosi it! Love you and I’ll miss you! From: Lauren Stine Here’s to the memories we made To: Gavin while doing data entry! I’m so glad From: Mike I got to know you this year. Good “The U, the U, it’s all about the U!” luck in all you want to accomplish. To: Nancy Briscoe From: Jamie Bartolino ROOMIES FOR LIFE! You are wonderful, and the past four years with you have been filled with the best memories in the world. I love you!

To: Travis Lucas From: Lauren Stine Thanks for being a ray of sunshine even on my cloudiest days. Sing your heart out, baby!

To: Jamie Bartolino From: Marlena Johnson To: Melissa Cangelosi MOM!! Thank you so much for From: Russell Speiden all you have done for me this I’m going to miss bugging year and always being there you at the library next year. for me. You helped me find a home here at Etown. I love you! To: Samantha Alleman, Ka- Come see us and Uncle Andy! tie Alleman and Joanne Potter From: Jamie Bartolino To: Mike Hendrie, Gavin Nevill, To my beautiful, hilarious, per- Tom Kropp fect roommates: I love you From: Allan Craven and I LOVE living with you! Thanks for being the best roomThank you for making me mates ever. You rule! smile every single day! I can’t wait to see where life takes us! To: Etownian seniors From: Tara To: Joelle Atkinson Thanks for being awesome! From: Jamie Bartolino The office will miss you! We have been best friends for FOUR YEARS! Can you be-




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Campus Issues • Columns • Op-Ed •Letters to the Editor

letter to the editor

Dean defends adult continuing education Response to student accusations of devalued degrees Dr. John J. Kokolus Guest Writer


s dean of the Edward R. Murphy Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning at Elizabethtown College, I am writing to respond to Mr. Peter Cellini’s letter that appeared in the April 21 Etownian under the headline “CCEDL program cheapens and devalues degree.” There are many false charges made against CCEDL programs and students, but I will limit myself to three — faculty, academic standards and charges of deception and unethical behavior. CCEDL-affiliated faculty are working practitioner-teachers who are invited to join the program after passing a very rigorous and highly selective faculty assessment process that allows CCEDL students, faculty, administrators and alumni to assess their expertise and how well they can facilitate learning in the adult classroom. While not perfect, this process is very good at predicting faculty success in advancing learning in the adult classroom. All must have at least a master’s degree in their area of expertise. Selected faculty are embedded in the contemporary business community and work daily at companies like Alcoa, AT&T, Fulton Bank, Highmark and Excelon as well as in the public sector at places like the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the Pennsylvania Department of the Treasury. These academically qualified, assessed, working-practitioner faculty bring a richness, currency and depth to the classroom and the curriculum. Accrediting agencies, like the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, encourage colleges like Etown to avoid measuring academic quality only by faculty

academic credentials (inputs) but rather by the achievement of student learning outcomes (outputs). Still, we all know that faculty are important, and both the residential College faculty and the CCEDL-affiliated faculty deliver excellent learning opportunities to their respective students; they are different, but that’s okay! It’s the learning that matters. Mr. Cellini charges that CCEDL academic standards are far below those of the residential College. Two years ago, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), in its ten-year review of the College and after interviewing CCEDL staff and reviewing CCEDL learning modules and other documents, did not agree with Mr. Cellini’s position. (This is the regional body that accredits the whole College.) This is what MSCHE had to say about CCEDL programs: [An improvement over the last ten years has been the] rapid growth of the Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning (CCEDL) with a delivery model characterized by rigorous standards for curriculum and instruction based on well-articulated learning outcomes. The Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning offers accelerated degree completion programs for adult learners characterized by high standards for instruction and close attention to learning outcomes. The CCEDL is commended for its rigorous approach to the assessment of student learning outcomes and to the evaluation of instruction, both utilized for continuous improvement of the programs offered. Mr. Cellini finally charges the College with acting deceptively and unethically in awarding unmerited degrees to our adult learners and that this behavior damages his

sports woes

Equipment disappoints Athlete frustrated by quality Brian F. Boring Staff Writer


t has been a rough year for the sports teams at Elizabethtown College, as they must deal with sports facilities that have not been updated in a while. Almost 30 percent of Etown’s students play a sport. One would think that with such a large percentage of student athletes, the College would pay more attention to having up-todate facilities. I play both soccer and lacrosse at Etown, and personally I can say that it has been a struggle not having the most upto-date facilities and equipment. Issues such as locker rooms, reasonable practice fields and gymnasiums, game facilities and equipment all have an impact on the teams. The teams have to worry about where they are practicing, when they are practicing, and if they will have the proper equipment to hold a decent practice, which is seriously hurting the teams’ morale. Locker rooms, or more appropriately the lack of locker rooms, is a daily hindrance to many of the teams. Since there are not enough locker rooms for each team, many have to wait for locker rooms to switch out in seasons. When a team is not in season, yet the players are still practicing, they have no locker room to call their own. A recent issue is the shutting down of the turf field that the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams would be using at this time. As a player on the men’s lacrosse team, I can say that it is hard to go out and practice before a “home” game knowing that we will not even get the chance to play at

home, and therefore lose a lot of the fans we would normally have at the games. Home games were my favorite thing; I loved seeing students and friends come out to support us. Playing 20 minutes away makes it really difficult for students to show their support. While there has been a lot of attention surrounding the turf field, this is not the only issue. Many athletes are voicing their concerns about their facilities and equipment. A player on the women’s basketball team mentioned that since we only have one gym, it is really hard to get practice times. Not only do both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have to share it, but also spring sports teams use the gym when it is too cold to practice outside as well as year-round intramural sports. To have that many teams trying to share one gym is a little unrealistic. The wrestling and track team also mentioned lack of space as a big issue. A wrestling team member stated that there is not enough space in the wrestling room to allow the whole team to practice at one time. A student on the track team explained that before they received new uniforms this year, a handful of the female players would have to share their uniforms during meets. As one of our most accomplished teams on campus, as far as recognition goes, one would think that we should have always had enough uniforms for track athletes. Some of the teams were not allocated enough money to buy new jer-

chances of getting a good job. Eighty-five percent of our almost 700 adult learners are employed full-time and many already hold very responsible positions in the business community; 45 percent of them receive some form of employer tuition reimbursement, a corporate vote of trust in the integrity of the Elizabethtown College degree they are working toward or have received; most are transferring in academic credits awarded by other institutions which can speed their progress to their academic goals without loss of integrity. These facts do not support Mr. Cellini’s charges of fraudulent behavior on the part of the College; in fact, the person a residential student may interview with for their first job after graduation could also be an Etown graduate through a CCEDL program. The College’s CCEDL adult learners are different — the typical CCEDL student’s average age is 38; she has years of practical work experience; she is balancing family, children, work, and a personal life; she is highly motivated and dedicated to her learning. To extend the College’s mission to include her requires different formats, different organizational structures, different scheduling, different faculty, different curricula, and different outreach than that of the residential College. Difference does not mean inferiority. Difference is not something to be feared. Not the same should not cause anxiety. I am very proud of the way CCEDL adult learners enrich Etown and make it a more interesting place of learning through their hard work, commitment, dedication and academic achievement. I am proud that Elizabethtown College supports this expression of diversity and, in doing so, remains true to its mission and motto, Educate for Service.


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“Trying to get a job and not spend all the money I make.” Tom Hagerty Class of 2011

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faculty response

Addressing athletic needs Dean understands frustrations

Marianne Calenda Dean of Students


Compiled by Matthew P. Butera

“I’m going home to Bulgaria to graduate and I am planning to travel with my friends around Europe.”


seys at all, or different jerseys for home and away games. Even the weight room for the athletes lacks cardio machines. There is one bike in the room, and if that is taken or people want to use other forms of cardio, then athletes have to go to the Body Shop. The Body Shop is open to the general student population and is often crowded without adding athletes. This lack of space and equipment can even cause animosity between the teams. Not only do the athletes lose out because of the lack of facilities and equipment, but all students do as well. If a student wishes to use the gymnasium to play volleyball, basketball, racquetball, etc., there should be equipment available for them at all times. The students as a whole deserve better facilities. We as a student body should be proud of our sports facilities, especially when so many people are using them. I think that the school spirit is great at Etown, but the lack of proper facilities is truly hindering such pride. Our school is lucky to have so many great athletes and great students. Should we not reward them with proper facilities such as a home field to play on that is actually at home?

What are your summer plans?

or some of our Blue Jay athletes, spring 2011 will be the season that home field advantage took on a new meaning, as they traveled to Hershey and Manheim to host their competitions. I appreciate their tenacity and patience — the determination with which they are approaching this less-than-desirable situation with Wolf Field is the same that our Blue Jays have relied upon to triumph over their opposition during our storied 80-year history. I also appreciate Brian Boring’s willingness to give a voice to the concerns of his fellow student-athletes. Rest assured that all of us at Elizabethtown value the contributions of the members of our athletic teams. Your efforts are a joy to watch and create exciting, memorable campus experiences not only for our college community but also for the many local residents who regularly cheer on our Blue Jays to victory.

Most certainly, I believe that our student-athletes deserve athletic facilities worthy of their considerable talents. I also believe they deserve academic facilities that provide them with the tools they need to prepare for life and learning beyond college. And, I believe that we owe them a healthy, enjoyable co-curricular experience, quality residence facilities and an outstanding faculty and support staff. Like much in life, though, all of what we need comes with a price tag. And, we are forced to make the very best decisions we can about how to satisfy these competing priorities with limited resources. Such is the case with our decisions about how to dedicate the funds in the College’s capital projects budget. Over the past decade, as we’ve renovated and added academic and co-curricular facilities at Etown, we’ve also been responding in a systematic way to our athletics needs. Quality fields like the Ira R. Herr Field have been maintained to the satisfaction of our coaches and student-athletes. The Boyd Stadium and Jay Walk complex have been added, while we’ve completed renovations to the pool and replaced equipment at the Body Shop. We also recently added a satellite fitness option in Hackman Apartments and created the hugely popular E-Fit

program. In addition, we will completely renovate two locker rooms this year and have committed to do two more in the next fiscal year. A recent engineering study of Wolf Field — one of the first turf fields installed in our region about 11 years ago — showed that the facility had reached the end of its life. The timing certainly is unfortunate, both for the athletes who would have competed on the field and for the fans who enjoyed watching them. On behalf of the College’s senior administration, I apologize for this disruption to our spring 2011 athletic season. We’ve done our best to make arrangements for suitable practice and competition fields. In addition, we have begun the process of hiring a firm to replace the field, a project scheduled for completion this summer. Do we have more needs to address in athletics? Most assuredly. And as we head into a strategic planning process, it’s important that we continue to hear from students, like Brian Boring, who are willing to express their concerns in a constructive way. Your input creates a context in which we can make informed decisions about the use of our limited financial resources.




May 5, 2011


letter to the editor

fun in the sun

Importance of choice

Tips to using summer freedom wisely, how to achieve balance

Abortion concern Summer lovin’: vacation time often squandered Katherine G. Pebley Staff Writer



Celia Turzai Guest Writer


hank you so much for printing the letter by Maggie Stromoski in the April 21, 2011 edition of The Etownian. She very competently and eloquently put into words what so many women are feeling. I was compelled to also thank her personally. In my email to her I expressed how it always makes me so mad when anti-choice people use the argument that an abortion leaves a woman feeling full of guilt and regret and psychologically damaged. Well, if anti-choice people didn’t force their hateful speech and actions in everyone’s faces, maybe those feelings wouldn’t happen.  Personally, I believe women who have had an abortion feel mostly relief and freedom. It is such a personal, private matter  between the woman, her partner, her family and her doctor — it is no one else’s business! If you don’t believe in abortion, then don’t have one. But don’t deny me, my daughter, my sisters, my aunts, my friends, my colleagues or any woman’s opportunity to make our own choice. And don’t physically, emotionally or mentally attack me or the medical providers or assistants when the choice is made. Abortion is a legal medical procedure. We need to make sure it is also safe and accessible. It’s tough enough to make the decision; let’s show some support for those who have. More supporters of abortion rights need to speak out. I think Madeline Burrows (April 13, 2011, www. said it best: “We need to rebuild an unapologetic abortion rights movement that can educate this generation about what life was like before Roe v. Wade, and explain how legal — and funded — access to abortion saves millions of women’s lives every year.” She goes on to say, “We can’t let the right wing obscure the voices of thousands of young women who will face unintended pregnancies this year ... [may] pro-choice activists pour into the streets and demand no more concessions to a woman’s right to choose.” The decision to have an abortion is so extremely personal and private, it’s no wonder those who support it are not as vocal as those opposed. No one wants to be attacked and yelled at about what was already a very difficult decision to make.

lizabethtown College finals are next week, and summer is fast approaching. By now, everyone has an idea for how they want to spend their vacation, whether it’s sleeping, working, partying or whatever. But honestly, most of us waste our summers. I know I certainly have in the past. I basically spent last summer sleeping and hanging out at my house in the air conditioning. We all start out the vacation catching up on sleep and just sitting around because we finally have time, but often it ends up extending into June and July, and before we know it we’re back at school and all we’ve done for three and a half months is absolutely nothing. For those of you who have summer jobs, you waste less of your time, but you feel like you’re wasting more of it. Working for the summer is a great idea — it keeps you busy, and gives you money to do other things. You just have to remember that having a job isn’t the only thing to do. I’m staying on campus this summer and working for Facilities Management. I will work, starting May

23, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To someone who has never had a summer job before, that’s a little daunting. But I’m going to have a large chunk of my day left every day, and I’ll have weekends. I think that will lead to better time management for me. I’m going to make money and then find some way to spend it. So, I urge you, Etown students, don’t waste your summer. There is a huge chunk of time coming up when you can finally enjoy not having homework for more than a couple of days. Take advantage of it. If you don’t know what to do, here’s a list of things I’m going to do to enjoy my summer as much as humanly possible. 1. Get a job. It may seem lame, but a job will keep you busy. It will also keep you on a regular schedule so coming back to school in the fall won’t be as difficult. If you’ve never had a job before, like me, summer is the perfect time to start.

rience. Plan a road trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go; drive to the beach for a week or a weekend. Make sure you get out of the house for a little bit and bond with your friends instead of your Xbox.

5. Spend a day focused on just you. Do everything you want to do in one day. Go on a shopping spree, get a massage, sleep, watch all your favorite movies in a marathon — anything.

3. Find a hobby. Whether it’s reading books, playing tennis or knitting, it’ll be fun if you make it.

6. Throw a party. Keep it classy, please. Invite people over and have a ridiculous night of telling stories and making memories. Take pictures.

4. Spend time with your family. Most of you don’t want to hang out with your parents. I know I’m going to make as much time as possible with my family because my sister is getting married this summer and moving to Maryland, so everything is going to change. We’re all starting our own lives, so now is the perfect time to make some good old-fashioned family memories.

2. Plan a trip. The worst thing you can do with your summer is sit at home the whole time — I know from expe-

7. Reconnect with someone. I know I barely talk to anyone from high school anymore, and I don’t talk to a lot of people I’ve met in college. We all get wrapped up in our own lives, but it’s nice to have a bunch of friends. Call people up and stay updated on your friends’ lives. 8. Exercise outside. Yes, summer weather can be hot. But being outside in the fresh air is good for you, and exercise is definitely good for your body. We a r s u n screen, especially if you burn easily

like me, and go for a run or a walk. 9. Keep a journal. Documenting stuff you do can be helpful to your memory and to your writing skills — which is important in college and in the real world. I’m a nerd and I keep a journal, but it doesn’t have to be a dorky little diary. You don’t have to write about every unimportant detail; just record the awesome stuff you do. 10. Try something new every day. T h is one m i g ht b e hard to do, but it’ll feel great if you accomplish it. You’ve always wanted to skateboard? Do it. You want to get your first tattoo? Do it! I intend to. Do something you never even thought of doing. Go bungee jumping! Just try anything you want to try. You’re young, enjoy it. College is the last time most of us are going to get a summer vacation like this, so don’t waste it. I know I don’t intend to. I intend to enjoy every possible second of this summer. So, Etown, my final suggestion is to have fun. Image: myhealthypersp

letter to the editor

Unjust treatment by security at TGIS Senior distressed by sudden change in quad policies Joelle E. Atkinson Marketing Manager



would first like to state that I am in no way attacking a person or organization on our small collegiate campus. As an Elizabethtown College senior, I have expressed my distaste for aspects of this campus several times over the years. But one group that I have always viciously defended was Campus Security. As a former Etownian Campus Life Editor and co-

creator of the Campus Security Blotter, I have always had an excellent working relationship with the often disliked group and find everyone who works there to be friendly, likable and tolerant in most cases. If someone gave a differing opinion due to an experience with an alcohol-related incident, I always assumed they deserved it. This is simply not the case any longer. Etown is not a dry campus and we have never claimed to be. Our current president, Dr. Theodore Long, is a member of the Amethyst Initiative, a movement of over 100 national college presidents to lower the national drinking age. While we say that we are tolerant of alcohol consumption, this past weekend would tell a different story. As traditions like Dell Day (which I have never experienced) have fallen by the wayside, students have always had a wonderful tradition to look forward to — Thank

God It’s Spring, or TGIS. This miraculous holiday was described to me my freshman year by an upperclassman as “72 hours of nonstop drinking and partying.” Alumni return, friends and family come visit and it is one weekend that students look forward to the entire year. This year, as a resident of the quads, I was excited for the traditional TGIS that I have always known — Campus Security obtaining a presence on the sidelines while students interact, have fun and enjoy the warm weather. While certain alcohol-related incidents seem to occur every year, it is usually one quad or one smaller incident that comes into question while everyone else is sent on their way with a simple warning or being told to “dump their cup.” But this year, the experience was much different. It seemed as though every single Campus Security offi-

cer employed by the College was sitting along the quad sidewalks, pouncing on every student they could get their hands on and giving any excuse that they could to write someone up. While the quads in the past have been a fun spot for residents and their friends to gather from the late afternoon until the early morning hours, this year that was far from the case. While I can sympathize with the need for campus safety, I am disheartened by how it was approached and how negatively we, especially as seniors, see one of our final college experiences. What was supposed to be a night of fun and celebration to not remember turned out to be a night that none of us wanted to remember.

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May 5, 2011


Season ends on high note with victories over Albright College McCarthy breaks Etown home run record, while Sebastian earns personal career achievements Rachel A. Marsteller Staff Writer


lue Jay softball ended the season strong with big wins against Albright College. A season that was marked with many ups and downs certainly ended on a high note with game one finishing with a score of 8-1. In game two, the Jays came from behind to finish strong with a final score of 4-3. Sophomore Elly McCarthy made news of her own, becoming Etown’s all-time career home run leader with 15 career home runs. McCarthy boasted seven Photo: At 15 home runs, sophomore infielder Elly McCarthy is the hits for the day, including one career leader for the Elizabethtown College softball team. home run at the top of the sixth After hitting nine as a first-year, McCarthy smacked six in game one. Junior Julie Sebastian pitched all seven innings more homers this season.

and struck out a career-high seven batters during her time on the mound. All of these achievements certainly gave the Jays a lot to celebrate. Finishing the season with a 19-18 record overall, the softball team is looking forward to next year and is continuing to develop which will improve their record. “Having experienced what we have, being so young, we should take this experience into next year and perform even better,” Coach Kathy Staib said. The team recognizes that there is always room for improvement. One of the most important aspects of any sport is enjoying the time spent competing. Sebastian summed this up well, saying,

“This season really taught me that it’s important to step back once in a while and realize it’s okay to have fun. That is something I lost sight of this year but something that I will definitely value next year.” All the effort that was put in by each player certainly contributed to a notable season. “We competed every day. We had very few games where we were more than one to three runs from turning the game around in our favor,” Staib said. Being such a young team was both a benefit and a detriment at times, but the team met the challenge head-on and showed what teamwork can do. “We had a very young team this year and with only three

upperclassmen, we realized we had to come together quickly in the season in order to compete ... we maintained our tradition of a family and that is something that I feel few teams can achieve,” Sebastian said. As the season comes to a close, the Blue Jays can be proud of what they achieved this year. They demonstrated that they are a force to be reckoned with, losing only one conference doubleheader. With players like McCarthy and Sebastian, the team has a bright future. Being such a young team, it is clear they will have continued success. “They embraced the significance of TEAM and playing for one another,” Staib said. “They were a family.”


Jays earn champion title at Commonwealth Conference tournament Team continues progress in NCAA finals next week in North Carolina with other MAC competitors

Samantha L. Peters Staff Writer


tanding 20 feet away from the cup, Elizabethtown College senior golfer Nick Iacono sunk his final putt to wrap up an individual third-place finish at this past weekend’s Commonwealth Conference Championship. Immediately after, head coach Bob Pyrz told him that the team had won the overall title.“I was ecstatic,” Iacono said. “I gave [Pyrz] a big hug, and I walked to the scoring table knowing that we had won.” On April 30 and May 1, Etown’s golf team shot a combined score of 640 (+72) at the conference championships held at the East Course at the Hershey Country Club. The Blue Jays won the title, with Messiah College, Albright College, Alvernia University and Lebanon Valley College rounding out the top five schools for the two-day tournament. Senior Dan Senkler, who finished third on the first day and

first on the second day, took home second place for the championship, with teammates Iacono and senior Geoff Quinque following in third and fourth place. Senior Alex Catalano tied for the 20th spot and junior Drew Hanaoka tied for 23rd. “Waiting for the scores to come in after I was done was the most exciting part of the day. I wasn’t able to release a breath of relief until the final scores were tallied and I saw that we had won,” Senkler said, who finished with the best score on the second day of competition. The crowd of Blue Jay fans at the match was well appreciated by the players. “It was great to see people come out to support us. Its that added level of support that pumps you up and keeps you going during the round,” Quinque said. Senkler added that the fans “showed their support with positive reinforcement and [by] sticking with players they followed.” Quinque, the team’s senior captain, commended his fellow teammates on

a match well played. Acknowledging the team’s toughest rivals this year, Quinque said, “Messiah and Albright had very strong teams so we had to put our best foot forward if we were going to beat them.” By the final scores, the Blue Jays did just that. According to Quinque, the team had two main goals for the season. The first was to win MACs and the second was to “make the cut” at NCAAs. “We achieved goal one and will be working towards goal two in the days to come,” Quinque remarked. Last year, the team lost to Messiah College at MACs, so this year’s win, as a senior, was “bittersweet” for the captain. Senkler, Iacono and Quinque all earned First-Team All Conference honors, along with Matt Burkhart from Messiah and Casey Osborne from Albright. Next up for the team are the NCAA finals in North Carolina, May 10-13. All five MAC championship competitors will compete at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

Honorable Mention Etownian Player of the Year Russell Speiden, Junior, Track and Field

Brookeville, Md / sherwood -Broke school record in the mile with a time of 4:10.24. -Named Etown’s first All-American in the mile by taking seventh at NCAAs.

Manrique Arrea, Junior, Tennis sAN JOSE, COSTA RICA / LINCOLN SCHOOL -Named Commonwealth Conference player of the year. -Commonwealth Conference tournament MVP.

Sarah Cullinan, Senior, Lacrosse

west chester, pa / west chester east -Leads the Middle Atlantic Conference in assists with 42. -Leads team in scoring with 46 goals on the season.

Elly McCarthy, Sophomore, Softball

jefferson, Md / brunkswick -Broke school’s career home run record with 15. -Led team in batting average (.373), hits (41) and runs batted in (35).

“Waiting for the scores to come in after I was done was the most exciting part of the day. I wasn’t able to release a breath of relief until the final scores were tallied and I saw that we had won.” ­-Senior Dan Senkler

The Elizabethtown College golf team wrapped up first place at this past weekend’s Commonwealth Conference Championships at the Hershey Country Club - East Course. The Blue Jays finished with a total team score of 640 to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships.

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Predictions for upcoming Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs

Sports teams are heading into MAC tournaments for women’s lacrosse, baseball and track and field Ashley N. Kufera Asst. Sports Editor

Women’s Lacrosse The 16th-ranked Blue Jays

definitely have the capability to be Middle Atlantic Conference champs again. I’m confident they’ll beat FDU-Florham tonight, meaning they’ll probably see Messiah in the final round. When Etown faced off with FDU-Florham in the regular season, the Jays put together an impressive 15-5 win on Ira R. Herr Field. Today’s game will be the Jays’ first at Hersheypark Stadium. The last loss to Messiah in the regular season was a rip off. The referees took away a goal from the Blue Jays due to an illegal stick, so I think that got the team down for the rest of the contest. Etown will come ready to play for revenge, especially on Messiah’s home field, and I think

they’ll clinch the team’s second title in two years and continue on to the NCAA tournament.

Baseball Being 10-8 in the conference and taking the fourth seed doesn’t give the team too much comfort. In the regular season the Blue Jays lost to the Crusaders in the beginning of April. Etown dropped the first game, then both halves of the doubleheader in the series. It was a very close score of 5-4 for all three games, however. No. 12 Alvernia is going to bring a strong game and they’re entering with an intimidating 17-1 conference record this season. I think the Jays will have a tough game today. If they bring an ordinar y game and not their best effort, I think their season will be in jeopardy. If they can bring a better game than they did in April

they can hopefully move on to the next round. Recently, three Jays were honored by the Middle Atlantic Conference. Sophomore Dillon Tagle took home first-team AllCommonwealth Conference as a designated hitter. The league office named junior catcher Steve Motika and sophomore pitcher Matt Ruth to second-team. The Jays may have to rely on their stars to get them over the hump and get past the heavily favored Crusaders.

Track and Field Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams have been doing well all season long. The team surprised many last year when they placed second at MACS, and this year they are determined to place first. Many athletes have racked up personal achievements. I think they’ll go far in MACs and go onto NCAAs.




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men’s lacrosse


Kenneally twins demonstrate good leadership on and off lacrosse field Mike and Greg Kenneally have similar plans and attitudes, but show differences in playing style Daniel D. Darkow Staff Writer f you have b een following the Elizabethtown College men’s lacrosse team, you know that there are a handful of brothers playing for the Blue Jays. One pair of twins who have been key to the team’s success are seniors Greg and Mike Kenneally from just outside of Baltimore, Md. The Kenneally brothers have been playing lacrosse since they were five years old, and it was an easy decision for them to play lacrosse in college. When they were younger, the two played other sports like soccer, basketball and football, but as they grew older there was only enough time for lacrosse because they started playing year-round. When Greg and Mike were looking at colleges, they had never discussed going to the same school; it just so happened that Etown was both of their


first choices. They have to say that have enjoyed and Greg is the better appreciated the player; he beats fact that they me one-on-one were able to play a good amount lacrosse for four and he can do y e a r s t o g e t h e r. e ver yt hing on The biggest influthe field,” Mike ence for the KenKenneally said. ne a l ly brot he rs “He can be playto play lacrosse ing defense one was their father. minute then He played for a the next thing few years in coly o u k n ow, h e lege, and has been is on the other coaching his sons side of the field in the game since scoring a goal. they started playG oi ng ag ai nst ing. Greg and him in practice Mike’s future plans makes me a betinclude attending ter player.” Greg graduate school said the roles for Courtesy Photo for accounting in each player are prep arat ion for Over the past four seasons, the Elizabethtown College men’s lacrosse team so different that has played 62 games. Mike (L) and Greg (R) Kenneally have played in every it is too hard to the CPA exam. While Greg and one of those games. compare them. Mike are very similar, they is able to raise a moderate The two also play dif- Since the two play each have different qualities as amount of money by charg- ferent positions on the other often, some days well. In Greg’s free time, ing friends for his services. field, with Greg primarily Mike will play stellar dehe likes to string lacrosse Mike’s hobby is a little dif- playing offense and Mike fense and other days Greg is sticks and dye the heads of ferent, as he likes to build playing defense. “Our roles able to excel over any comthe sticks different colors with LEGO blocks in his are different on the lacrosse petition. Also, their favorite for his fellow players. He free time. field, but to be honest I moments in their lacrosse

careers differ. Mike said that one of his favorite moments was in his first year, when he was able to give Greg an assist for a goal. Greg’s favorite moment was when the two were in high school; their team won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship their senior year. Etown Head C oach Terry Corcoran had only praise for the Kenneally brothers and their influence on the team. “Mike and Greg Kenneally represent everything that is good about college athletics, both on and off the field,” he said. “They have both been four-year star ters and have done everything asked of them on the lacrosse field. Their work ethic along with their physical and mental toughness has made them outstanding college lacrosse players. They are both unselfish, humble and highly respected by their teammates. Off the field, they

are outstanding students and have taken leadership roles for the various community ser vice projects that the men’s lacrosse team has participated in over the past few years. Their determination and commitment has held a young team together throughout this season.” He added, “They are certainly two of the finest young men I have ever coached.” Junior midfielder Derek Karsten had similar comments about the Kenneally brothers. “The Kenneallys are very important to our team,” Karsten said. “They work very hard [and] are disciplined and very positive. This leadership by example helps our team to succeed.” When asked which twin is the favorite son, Mike said that it was him because of his good looks, but Greg disagreed. Either way, these two student-athletes show amazing promise and leadership on and off the field.

track and field


Gordon shows determination on diamond Team support at MACs The senior leadoff hitter has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games

Striving for first place honors

Alanna J. Delfino Staff Writer


Photo: Matthew P. Butera

Senior Andrew Gordon leads the Elizabethtown Blue Jays in runs scored (29) and walks (24) this season.

Christian V. Sammartino Staff Writer


hen senior infielder Andrew Gordon started playing baseball in his youth, he knew he was in love. The American pastime captured his heart, and as he said, “I really started to love baseball when I was about 10 and I stopped playing all other sports.” As he grew as a player, his game was sculpted by Greg Aumet, whom he played under for many years. “Greg Aumet taught me the little things of the game that have a huge impact on a team’s success,” Gordon said. In addition to the lessons he learned from

Aumet, Gordon has chosen an outstanding player to emulate when he is on the diamond. Gordon models his game after the efforts of Pete Rose “because he played harder than any other player.” In his day, Rose, a player for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds, was known as “Charlie Hustle.” He slid head first into bases, and he was not shy about sliding hard into home plate. According to the description given by senior relief pitcher Greg Katz, Gordon lives up to Pete Rose’s style of play. “His head-first slides into a base that most people wouldn’t have

thought about taking get the crowd going pretty good,” Katz said. “His uniform is always dirty, sometimes even before we start. That must be why his nickname is ‘Worm Gordon’.” Due to his gritty style of play and his execution of the fundamentals, Katz identified Gordon as a leader. “He leads by example better than anyone I have ever played with,” Katz said. With these traits in mind, Gordon made many memories during his baseball career. During his senior year at Solanco High School, his team won their league and district championships. Since he c ame to

Etown in 2007, Gordon has had even more success. “I am most proud of being a part of the Conference Championship team in 2009,” Gordon said. Even as his collegiate career comes to a close as the fourth-seeded Blue Jays look to advance to the Commonwealth Conference playoffs, Gordon still wants baseball to play a part in his life. “After I graduate, I plan on continuing to play over the summer and possibly get into coaching a few years down the road,” Gordon said. “I have been lucky to have great coaches my entire life, so I would like to take what they taught

me and make an impact on younger players.” With his hands-on style and his grasp of the fundamentals, Gordon could be an exemplary coach in the future. At the moment, he still has a few weeks being a Blue Jay. The team will go toe-to-toe with No. 12 Alvernia tomorrow afternoon in Reading. When his career comes to a close, Gordon wants to leave a legacy of determination on the diamond. “I want to be remembered as a person who gave everything I had to help my teammates and the program,” Gordon said. Katz said “[He will be remembered] without a doubt as just a pure hustler.”

here are only a mere two weeks left of the spring sports season and that means one thing: it’s crunch time. For the Elizabethtown College men’s and women’s track and field team, their hard work throughout the long season is all for the Middle Atlantic Conference title. This year’s three-day competition will be held at Messiah College May 5-7. “In the past we’ve always strived to win MACs,” senior Rich Greco said. “ That is the goal for all the teams in the conference. We would like to be [close] to first, if not first.” Each athlete must qualify in his or her particular event in order to compete. These standards are for all the schools participating and make qualifying a more exciting experience. “At Etown, since the track and field team is so competitive, and we have a limited roster size, everyone on our team has qualified and will be competing in either individual or relays events,” senior Chris Heisey said.   The championship competition itself is the longest one of the year. Indoor track includes a oneday MAC championship, where athletes compete consecutively throughout the entire day. In outdoor track, the benefit of having a three-day event is that athletes are able to rest at night. “Outdoor MACs is nice because they spread it out to three different days, and they add more events so it’s a little bit longer,” junior Kathryn Howser said. Last year, the men’s and women’s teams surprised most people when they placed second at MACs. Throughout the entire event they held on strong and remained in the lead. On the last day, they fell just short of first place. “No one thought we would ever be that close,” Hoswer said While many may think this competition is every man and woman for themselves, the teams actually support each other.

“I think [with] the atmosphere we create on the team, it’s almost hard not to bond at MACs,” Greco said. The expectations for this year are very high, as the teams plan to come out full force in order to place first. There is no doubt that this year Etown will want to prove everyone wrong again. “Several guys have been progressing and improving ever y week so it will be exciting to watch them over the last couple weeks of the season,” Heisey said. For both the men’s and women’s teams, MACs is a competition they have on their minds from day one. Their main goal is to be able to work hard enough in order to qualify and compete with their team by their side. “At the beginning of the season we fill out goal-setting sheets and the biggest thing people write is what our goals for MACs are. You should be thinking about those things even before the season starts,” Greco said. Although placing first is always the main goal, it is clear that as long as each individual performs hard and meets his or her own expectations, everyone will be proud. “The goal is always to do as well as possible and run your best performance at MACs,” Greco said. “Making sure that you have your peak performance is the most important thing.”


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Men’s Lacrosse (9-6, 6-5 MAC) Etown 13, Eastern 10 Etown 6 , Widener 8 Women’s Lacrosse (15-3, 11-1 MAC) Etown 9, Stevenson 4 Etown 16, Wilkes 2 Track & Field Penn Relays No Team Scores Paul Kaiser Classic No Team Scores Baseball (17-17, 10-8 CC) Etown 4, LVC 3 Etown 1, LVC 3 Etown 6, LVC 1 Softball (19-18, 6-8 CC) Etown 8, Albright 1 Etown 4, Albright 3 Men’s Tennis (13-5, 6-0 CC) Etown 5, Messiah 0 Etown 5, Lycoming 0 Women’s Tennis (12-5, 6-0 CC) Etown 5, Lycoming 0 Etown 5, LVC 2


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Baseball May 5: vs. #12 Alvernia Women’s Lacrosse May 5: FDU-Florham Track & Field May 5-7: MAC Championships Women’s Tennis May 12: NCAA Tournament First Round Men’s Tennis May 12: NCAA Tournament First Round

women’s lacrosse


The team won its first title last season

one thing that everyone on our team has wanted. We all know that no men’s team has ever played in the NCAA tournament, and we all would love to be the first ones to do so,” Fritzges said. With this conference win, the women’s team has taken two consecutive Photo: Matthew P. Butera Championship titles The Elizabethtown College women’s tennis team defeated the LebanonValley from LVC. Flying Dutchmen Saturday to claim the Commonwealth Conference title. Although the Blue Jays won 5-2, the FlyAlexis L. Morris ing Dutchmen proved to be tough competitors. Asst. Copy Editor Etown’s first two doubles pairs earned victories, but LVC soon evened the score with the No. 1 doubles he Elizabethtown College tennis teams and a singles win. Junior Sarah Poulle put the Jays will advance to the NCAA tournament back in the lead in her singles set. after taking home Commonwealth Conference Two more singles wins from sophomores Madison Championships this past Saturday. The men’s Pipkin and Alena Marani secured a fifth Commonteam beat the Lycoming Warriors 5-0, and the wealth Conference Championship title. Also, Marani’s women’s team defeated the Lebanon Valley stellar performance at both No. 2 doubles and singles Flying Dutchmen 5-2 to capture the title. earned her the women’s MVP title. For the men’s team, winning the championWith this victory, the women’s team will join the ship meant avenging a 2010 loss to the Warmen in the NCAA tournament. Last year, the women’s riors. According to sophomore Eric Fritzges, team suffered a 5-0 loss to Johns Hopkins University “Last year, we were expecting to win, and we in the NCAAs. For Poulle, another appearance in the may have been a little overconfident from it.” national tournament is a great achievement. Sophomore Josh Riehl agreed, stating, “This “Being able to take our competition to the next year we’ll come into the match expecting some level [will] be a good learning experience,” she said. tough competition and will be ready to play.” Under the direction of Head Coach Matt Helsel, The Blue Jays were ready to play on Saturday, who was recently named the Commonwealth Connot giving the Warriors a chance to get into the ference Coach of the Year for both teams, the Blue match. Etown’s first three points came from Jays will continue fine tuning their skills before the consecutive doubles wins. Riehl and junior opening matches of the NCAA tournament. Manrique Arrea faced tough competition from “We are trying to fix all the little things so that we Lycoming’s No. 1 doubles pair, but Etown manwill be playing our best,” Fritzges said. aged an 8-6 win. Due to Arrea’s success in the doubles set and his lead in his unfinished singles set, he was named the tournament’s MVP. Etown only needed two singles victories to finish the match. Sophomores Paul Whitman and Billy Freitag quickly earned decisive set wins to clinch the championship. It’s only the second Commonwealth Conference title in the men’s program’s history, and it is the team’s first Photo: trip to the NCAAs. “I With Saturday’s win over the Lycoming Warriors, the Elizabethtown think going to NCAAs is College men’s tennis team locked up a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Blue Jays look to defend Teams move onto NCAA tourney MAC championship title The Blue Jays captured Commonwealth gold Ashley N. Kufera Asst. Sports Editor


t’s that time of the season again for teams to prepare for the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs. The Elizabethtown women’s lacrosse team (11-1) is returning as t he MAC champion and is entering the tournament as the second seed, just behind firstseeded Messiah. If both Etown and Messiah come out with victories in their semifinal games, then they will face off in a rematch, giving the Blue Jays a chance for redemption. “I think our confidence did suffer at first [after the loss to Messiah]. It was an important game for us to get the home field advantage and to go up in national ranking, but we have bounced back since then,” sophomore attacker Emily Butler said. “It’s always hard to lose to your biggest rival, but we have grown since that game and, most importantly, we have grown closer as a team.” When it comes down to it, the Blue Jays will need to play their game, play strong and continue to play with heart. “We just need to go into it like it is any other game. After we lost earlier in the season, we went into a funk and weren’t playing like we usually do,” Butler said. “We all know we can beat them and we have the stats to prove it, so we just need to be confident and have some fun.” But first, the Blue Jays

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must win their upcoming semifinal match tonight in order to move on in the tournament. Their position in the standings gave them a well-needed first round bye. This break provided ample time for the team to heal and rest and allowed them extra practice time. “The bye definitely gives us an advantage. We have been fighting a lot of injuries this season and have hardly had two consecutive practices in a row,” sophomore attacker Becky Porter said. Butler sees the first round bye as beneficial as well. “We had three consecutive games last week, which is tiring and the extra day of practicing will be useful to prepare,” Butler said. After a four day gameplay break, the Blue Jays will be ready to face off against either fourth seeded Alvernia (7-5) or thirdseeded FDU (10-2). B oth teams bring strong qualities to the field, but the Blue Jays are confident that they will be successful. Porter recalls FDU always bringing a tough game and a lot of emotion every time they play, but she said Alvernia is always a good team with a lot of talent. “I really think that no matter who we play in the semifinals, as long as we play our game and not play into the emotions of the playoffs, we will make it to the final round,” Porter said. She said if they do wind up playing FDU, they will have to be aware of their strong goalie. The attack

will have to focus on faking and shooting around her. “Our defense has been doing really well this season and we just need to continue on our level of play there,” Porter said. One of the Devils’ major weaknesses, however, is they are an emotional team. “They get down on themselves when they don’t do well, but playoffs are always different than the regular season,” Porter said. “We just need to push the ball from the first whistle and get up by a few goals to take some hope away from winning.” The Blue Jays are ready to face any team they are given, but the pressure to uphold their previous season’s success is pushing them to work hard. “We definitely have the pressure of keeping our title as MAC champs. We were the team everyone came after this year, and having also made it to NCAAs, even teams outside of our conference wanted to beat us,” Butler said. “It has become a very emotional season as well as a physically challenging one.” Porter believes that a lot of their success last year came from great senior leaders, a strength of this year’s team. “I think we have the same great senior leadership this year. We have had a lot of girls step up and make a difference on the team,” Porter said, “but most importantly, our team has 100 times more heart than any other. Just playing for each other and our coach will get us wherever we want to go.”


Athletes of the Year Eric Reichert


ophomore Holly Bubb was a dominant force for the Elizabethtown College volleyball team this season. Standing at an even 6’, Bubb picked up All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors and the title of honorable mention All-American. She led Etown with 332 kills, good for fifth in the Middle Atlantic Conference. Bubb was named MAC Player of the Year, the first in Etown’s history for volleyball. The North Carroll grad finished third in the MAC with a .268 hitting percentage for the Blue Jays, who took home the MAC regular season title. Bubb lists winning the conference tournament and beating Lebanon Valley College as goals for next season. Photo: Thom Swarr |


or any athlete, being named All-American is no small accomplishment. Elizabethtown College cross country runner Eric Reichert has earned the honor twice, and he still has one more year of eligibility to make it a three-peat. The junior from Hershey, Pa. became the program’s first two-time All-American in cross country when he placed 11th at the 2010 Division III championships in November. An international business major, Reichert was scheduled to study abroad in Japan this semester, but the earthquake caused the program to be canceled. Since then, he has been training on his own, starting with low mileage. He hopes to build up to 80 to 90 miles a week by midsummer to make the push for a third All-American run in the fall. Photo: Tom “Drac” Williams |


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