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Facilities, Dining Services convert waste to electricity Patricia A. Cangelosi Copy Editor


hat happens to all that food students pile onto plates in the Marketplace and then decide not to eat? A couple years ago, it went to a landfill, but in fall 2009 everything changed. It all started when Director of Facilities Management Joe Metro and Dining Services Director Eric Turzai decided to take an innovative step in the direction of environmental protection. They partnered with Somat Company in Lancaster and Brubaker Farms in Mount Joy in a complex project that ultimately converts leftover food from the Marketplace – mixed with manure from the farm – into electricity. In the dish room at the Marketplace, workers separate organic matter (food) from inorganic matter (napkins, plastic) and drop the organic matter into a pulper. This machine grinds the food into a watery sludge, which is transported through 400 feet of pipe to an extracting machine. This machine, developed by Somat Company, is being field-tested for possible use at other institutions. Next, 80 percent of the water is removed from the mixture. The mixture (in 32-gallon tubs) and the water (1,000 gallons at a time) are separately loaded onto a truck and driven six miles down the road to Brubaker Farms. There, Farmer Mike Brubaker and his staff dump the materials into a digester that blends them with manure from the establishment’s nearly 1,000 cows. The result? The production of enough electricity to power the farm and about 200 homes. According to Metro and Brubaker, it is a win-win

situation. “We gain some value out of the food that [Elizabethtown College is] bringing us, which is otherwise a waste. It’s a neat arrangement, I think,” Brubaker said in a WGAL news special highlighting the project. Metro agrees, pointing out the numerous benefits the College derives from the endeavor. “We’re saving $14,000 to $15,000 a year on waste disposal costs and water,” he said, which will more than cover the $50,000 initial cost of equipment and installation. “We use 2,400 gallons a week in this process, so that’s a considerable reduction in the amount of water that we would’ve put down the drain with a normal grinder,” he added. In the proposal for the project, Metro compared the process of turning leftover food into electricity to alchemy, the attempt to convert lead into gold. “Current technology allows us to achieve what alchemists could not by turning material of lesser value to a material of higher value,” he wrote. Metro wanted the arrangement with Brubaker Farms to serve as an example and an inspiration to the Etown community. “We are especially proud of our integration of conservation and sustainability in the lives of many of our students, and the increasing interest among our students to emphasize our Educate for Service motto with conservation and sustainability,” he said. However, not everyone on campus has such a rosy view of the situation. According to senior Jessica DuPhoto: Matthew P. Butera elfer, president of the Elizabethtown College EnvironUsing this device, Facilities and Dining Services are working in conjunction with Brubaker mental Club, the College’s efforts to “go green” have not Farms in Mount Joy, Pa. to turn waste from the Marketplace into electricity.

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Alcohol, drug use problems invade college campuses Tara B. Hayes Asst. Copy Editor


ollege campuses across the country have been in the news for excessive drug use and alcohol violations, the most recent being the drug lab found in a dorm at Georgetown University, Saturday, Oct. 23. Here at Elizabethtown College, Campus Security’s job is to ensure the safety of students at the College as well as to prevent any possible violations. Campus Security consists of eleven full-time officers, five of whom are sworn police officers who hold the power to arrest. The department also has four part-time officers to assist with athletic and other special events. Four are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians, and another four are Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) instructors. The dispatch center within the department includes four full-time dispatchers as well as student dispatchers. Officers are required to maintain Pennsylvania Act 235 Lethal Weapons training, CPR, First Aid, ASP, OC Spray and AED certifications. “Campus Security enforces College rules and the governmental laws pertaining to the illegal use of alcohol and drugs,” Lieutenant Gordon Smith said. Etown’s rules for the use of drugs and alcohol are stated in the student handbook as follows: The minimum legal age for the purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol is 21 years. It is illegal to misrepresent one’s age in order to purchase alcohol (e.g., use of false I.D., driver’s license, etc.). It is illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The blood alcohol content maximum in the Commonwealth is .08% for those 21 years of age or older. It is illegal to sell, furnish or give any alcoholic beverages to a person who is less than 21 years of age. It is illegal for a host to assist in or otherwise contribute to a minor’s consumption of alcohol. Hosts may be held liable for injuries caused to a or by a minor(s) as a result of alcohol consumption. It is illegal to charge admission to an event where alcohol is being served or

to otherwise sell alcohol to others without a state license. (Examples include selling cups, accepting donations upon entry and so on.) “Our goal is not to have students arrested, but their behavior may dictate this course of action. Those who aren’t arrested may still be in violation of the law and are dealt with through the campus judicial system,” Smith said. Campus Security prepares for weekends such as Homecoming and Halloween by adjusting staffing levels to better handle the increase in activity. Over Homecoming weekend, there were eight students arrested for alcohol violations. Over Halloween, there were two alcoholrelated arrests off campus by the Elizabethtown Borough. An ambulance was also called, but the incident was not alcohol-related. “It was a typical Homecoming weekend with a large number of alumni, family and friends back to celebrate and people just seem to forget that there are college policies and state laws which govern their behavior,” Smith said. “Some chose to violate these laws and policies and now face consequences for their actions.” In a situation that breaks school policy or laws, Campus Security is the first to deal with the problem at hand; when the situation warrants their presence, however, the Etown Borough Police Department (EBPD) is called. “If someone refuses to cooperate with us at an incident, they may find themselves dealing with EBPD instead. Or, if the incident involves a non-student who wouldn’t be eligible for the campus judicial system, the borough PD would be contacted,” Smith said. These incidents do not raise too much concern for Campus Security. As reported in the American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment II (ACHA-NCHA II), 70.6 percent of Etown students keep track of how much alcohol they consumed. Smith stated, “The [drug and alcohol use] problem has been there, and in my 16 years at Elizabethtown I don’t feel that it is getting any worse.” Image:



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Wondering what you want for Christmas? How about a bargain on giraffe-tail-slice earrings from German anatomist Guenter von Hagens’ new online shop for $57.55? Mastermind of the “Body Worlds” traveling exhibition, featuring preserved human bodies and body parts, von Hagens is excited about the launch of his new online store. The shop will sell a wide range of his creations, from animal-part jewelry to entire human corpses. Von Hagens said any human body parts will continue to be sold only to places like universities and hospitals for research purposes. German Archbishop Robert Zollitsch is critical of von Hagens, saying he is desecrating corpses to create “a spectacle under the guise of medical research.” Thank you for letting us rob you

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Four Loko: “blackout in a can” Huntley C. McGowan News Editor


hat looks like a dollar can of Arizona iced tea, tastes sweet and fruity and packs a punch that could land you in the hospital? Four Loko, a popular alcoholic energy drink that ABC News is calling a “blackout in a can,” has caused quite a commotion among college students in recent weeks. Produced by Phusion Projects LLC of Chicago, Ill., Four Loko has been the cause of several problems at universities across the nation. Recently, nine students at Central Washington University in Ellensberg, Washington, were hospitalized with a blood alcohol level of .33 percent after consuming the drink. At first, police thought it was a date rape drug that was ingested. Many College officials have banned Four Loko from their campuses after realizing the effects of this dangerous drink. For instance, Ramapo College in New Jersey has placed a ban on the drink after one student consumed three cans and was hospitalized with a blood alcohol level of .4 percent, which is five times the legal limit. So why has this dangerous, yet desirable, alco-

“You need to think about portion control,” Sandy Spayd, director of student wellness and campus health, said. “This drink should last you five hours, but once you have your first drink, the decision making is done.” Spayd believes that the problem with this drink comes from the conflict between the two main ingredients because the brain gets short-circuited by the alcohol and caffeine. “Four Loko is probably the most risky thing that has come about,” Spayd said. “This drink has the potential to give us our first death on campus.” Spayd also believes that the consequences from consumption of this drink will be dramatic. “College students need a challenge and want a risk,” she said. “The higher the risk you take, the more likely you’ll end up with significant consequences.” Dr. Michael Reihart, an emergency room doctor at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa., told the New York Times that “this is one of the most dangerous new alcohol concoctions I have ever seen. It’s a recipe for disaster because your body’s natural defense is to get sleepy and not want to drink, but in this case you’re tricking the body with the caffeine.”

Two suspects face multiple charges after North Carolina police said they left a series of notes thanking the homeowners for the $5,000 worth of electronics gear and food they stole. A police spokesman said the pair left one note on a white paper napkin, reading simply, “Thanks.” The police said a second message etched into a wall Wednesday morning said the same thing, and added: “We love the stuff we got.” The homeowners told a local paper that the stolen loot included a box of corn dogs, frozen chicken and beer. Say cheese! A thief received a five-day jail sentence and a nearly $500 fine after he was captured in a vacationing family’s photograph as he stole their bag in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol. Vacationer John Myers of Bloomfield, N.J., had set the self-timer on his camera and hustled into the frame with his wife and two children in August. Meanwhile, a man grabbed a bag containing Myers’ wallet and other items. After discovering the bag missing, Myers checked his camera and found a photo with a man picking up the bag in the background. Myers showed the photo to police, who recognized the man and tracked him down. This wasn’t the photo bandit’s first stint with the law; earlier in the month he had pleaded no contest to misdemeanor theft. Unlikely intersection It’s a whole new kind of cross-country opponent: Sarah Glidden is one of the few people who can say she collided with a deer while on foot. The high school sophomore was running at a cross-country sectional on a nine-mile county forest course when an antlerless deer bolted from the woods. With about 100 meters to go, Glidden partially spun around, but she managed to maintain her balance. She kept running, and so did the deer. The 15-year-old said she felt fur on her leg when it happened, but was left with only a bruise.

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holic energy drink been outselling other products two to one and increased sales by 400 percent over the past year? Four Loko is available in nine flavors, distributed in a 23.5-ounce aluminum can, contains between 6 and 12.5 percent alcohol by volume and is extremely cheap. It contains four main ingredients: caffeine, taurine, guarana and wormwood — an active ingredient in Absinthe. What students are not realizing, however, is that consuming just one can of Four Loko is the same as consuming a six-pack of light beer and two cups of coffee. In other words, one can is equal to approximately five standard drinks, the caffeine in five to six cans of Coke, and has between 600 and 800 calories per can. According to studies by LaSalle University and Seton Hall University, the caffeine in Four Loko masks the effects of alcohol so the body does not listen to normal cues of such effects. The drink has caused students to experience walking blackouts, hyper-vigilance, anxiety, heart palpitations, psychotic episodes, extreme mood swings and alcohol poisoning. While alcohol is a depressant and slows down respiration and heart rate, caffeine’s stimulating effects can mask the signs of the alcohol consumed, making it more likely that a student will drink more than the normal amount.

Nafis Nichols of Philadelphia’s Chester Youth Collaborative told CBS News that he calls Four Loko “legalized liquid cocaine.” Senior Alicia Conway, 22, remarks that you only need to drink one can to feel the effects of this powerful drink. “What I’ve experienced from my friends is that two makes you black out,” Conway said. “My friend woke up the next morning after drinking two and ended up having a fractured arm.” Senior Jeremiah Peropat, 21, believes that Four Loko should be taken from distributors. “Four Loko always leads to fights, it seems,” Peropat said. Local businesses have already taken action against Four Loko. My Place Italian Restaurant, located on Anchor Road in Elizabethtown, took the product off its shelf two weeks ago. However, other places, such as Pizza Town on North Market Street, are still carrying the product on their shelves. The Food and Drug Administration is conducting an investigation and demanding justification for the combination of alcohol and caffeine. So far, nothing has been uncovered to reveal that mixing the two is not safe, but an investigation is still pending.


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gone far enough. “I think that the amount of energy produced by the waste does not come close to offsetting the amount of energy used in the production and transport of the food,” she said. “Furthermore, we are wasting an unnecessary amount of food, and we need to focus on reducing it rather than just turning it into electricity.”

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Waste turns into electricity WGAL election coverage described what it is like to work with the pulper in the dish room. “The pulper gives out a strong smell that at times makes students sick…and is quite disgusting to work with. We have a lot more breakdowns since the pulper was installed, as we have to have the machine fixed at least two to three times a week,”

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This generator at Brubaker Farm helps to convert both Marketplace waste and manure into electricity.

She sees the College’s initiatives toward sustainability as small steps that could be supplemented by an emphasis on wind and geothermal power energy to power campus buildings. Junior Melanie Sturm, ECEG’s former secretary, is excited about the food conversion project but would also like to see members of the College community unite in a more cooperative environmental effort. “This is the best thing Etown has done since I started school two years ago,” Sturm said. “I hope this yields great success and attention.” However, she is disheartened because she believes “the school has no collective ‘green’ morale. All efforts are sectoral or individual … [and] aren’t effectively channeled to or practiced by the general Etown public. Perhaps the new partnership to convert cafeteria compost into energy is a transition into large-scale campus efforts to be environmentally conscious.” Behind the scenes, junior and Marketplace student manager Jess Dales

she said. “The pulper also increases chance for injury because of its blades, though thankfully we have only had one bad injury to date.” Dales added that a few students have been burned by dumping hot food into the machine. From her observations, more students enjoyed working in the dishroom before the pulper was installed, and several students quit because of its adverse effects on the workplace. However, Metro and Turzai are confident that this initiative is helping to pave the way for a more sustainable future. “For many years, Elizabethtown College has taken a proactive approach to the efficient use of water, natural gas, fuel oil and electricity, and in the reduction of the sanitary waste and solid waste we generate,” he said in a news article featured on the College’s website ( “This project is just one example of our sustainability efforts.”


uesday, Nov. 2 marked the date of the Senate, House of Representatives and Gubernational Elections. Currently in the Senate, there are 52 Democrats, 46 Republicans and two Independents. The House of Representatives is comprised of 185 Democratic seats and 239 Republican. Sophomore communications major Alli Ward is currently interning with WGAL, a local news station and website covering the York, Lancaster and Harrisburg areas. Ward explained that WGAL has a bipartisan stance and includes coverage on candidates from all political parties. She revealed that there are three political beat reporters, each with a specific job. Matt Barcaro is the gubernatorial reporter. He attends events such as rallies, speeches and debates in which the candidates for governor participate. Matt Belanger is the general politics reporter who handles the Truth Check. The Truth Check is a series Belanger conducts in which he checks that facts by candidates in debates or speeches are correct. The final reporter is Barbara Barr, and she follows the senatorial race; she also attends speeches, rallies and candidate debates. Ward generally covers all subjects at WGAL by crunching videos, editing pictures into stories and writing articles based on speeches, press releases or debates. Ward explained that the number of people who visit the website is constantly changing, but about 1,400 people have been shown to visit at any given moment in the days leading up to the election. “I have had an absolutely wonderful time at my internship so far. It’s a serious amount of responsibility, but I love it,” Ward said. Ward described the environment at WGAL to be very fast-paced and handson. She feels that her position is important to WGAL. “If they didn’t have me as an intern, they would have to have someone else because the work I do is very important, even crucial, to the site as a whole,” she said. “It’s really humbling to feel depended upon by an audience; humbling but amazing.” Ward said that WGAL employees work hard to provide information on all candidates, and that while they do have their preferences, it is important to allow community members to decide for themselves. “The entire audience is not the same party as you, so you can’t cater to like-minded people,” she said. Ward also gets to see the reactions of the community to the elections. “I think people care about this election. They have a general interest because we found out in 2008 with the presidential election that our votes matter. No matter who you voted for in that election, we were relieved to find out that our opinions count, and they count in smaller elections, too,” Ward said. She believes that local residents know the elections are important because the outcome of the Governor and Senate elections directly affect them dayto-day. Tuesday, Ward was scheduled to be in the newsroom from 5 or 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. posted results online, watched polls, and rode the wires, making sure any information WGAL received went directly online to make that information easily searchable and current for website visitors. Ward and the crew at WGAL play important roles in providing the community with information in an unbiased way to help residents make better choices for the elections. See what she has been working on at WGAL’s website:

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Prop. 19 rejected in California by 7.6 percent Tuesday Peter S. Northrop Assistant Editor


n Tuesday, California’s Proposition 19 was barely repealed by a figure of 46.2 percent to 53.8 percent opposed. On campus some students are upset by the failed initiative. Sophomore Elizabeth Ricketts said, “Well, leave it to the stoners to be too lazy to go out and vote.” According to Ricketts, Prop. 19 is not only about legalizing marijuana. “It’s also about individual states asserting their rights,” Ricketts said. “California would have directly opposed the Federal Government’s sanctions against marijuana.” Proponents of the bill also noted how taxing marijuana would net a huge amount of revenue for the state. However, those against the initiative pointed out that increased marijuana use would lead to higher social costs. While the proposition got all kinds of national attention, it received no concrete support in the state of California itself. The only district which voted ‘yes’

on the initiative was the San Francisco Bay Area — izing marijuana will not make our citizens healthier, and even there it only barely passed. solve California’s budget crisis or reduce drug-related While Prop. 19 was not passed this year, marijuana violence in Mexico. The Obama administration has laws are getting more national attention than ever been clear in its opposition to marijuana legalization before. “Yes to 19,” an because research shows organization pushing that marijuana use is asto get the law passed, “Today, Californians recognized sociated with voluntary raised over 2.4 million treatment admissions for that legalizing marijuana addiction, fatal drugged dollars from private donors alone, according will not make our citizens driving accidents, mental to the group’s website, and emergenc y healthier, solve California’s illness room admissions.” It has been 14 years budget crisis, or reduce drug The push is still alive, since California aphowever. The “Yes on 19” related violence in Mexico.” proved the use of campaign in California marijuana for medical issued this statement after Gil Kerlikowske purposes. Advocates the election results were White House Drug Policy Director have been pushing for finalized: “The fact that further relaxing of laws millions of Californians against the drug. voted to legalize mariAccording to, White House Drug juana is a tremendous victory. We have broken the Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske said in an e-mail glass ceiling. Prop 19 has changed the terms of the statement: “Today, Californians recognized that legal- debate. And that was a major strategic goal.”



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Dave Hosler leads Board of Trustees to new horizons Katie G. Pebley Staff Writer


ost Elizabethtown students are aware of the President of the College, Dr. Theodore E. Long, and his impending retirement. What they may not be aware of, however, is the Board of Trustees and the role it plays here at Etown. The Board of Trustees serves the following functions: determining the policies and strategic direction for the College; selecting the President of Etown and regularly assessing his or her performance; directing the securing of financial support and the expenditures of the College; holding the titles to Etown’s properties; and acting for the corporation in the exercise of all its legal rights and privileges. The Chairman of the Board’s duty is to be the chief executive and see that the responsibilities of the Board are carried out. In other words, he or she is the head of the Etown Board while the President is the head of the College. This arrangement serves as a checks and balances system for the institution. Current Chairman of the Board, David E. Hosler, graduated from Etown in 1972. There were fewer students and structures on campus at that time, but several buildings no longer exist or serve completely different functions today. “And, oh yes, the cost of four years of college has changed. I paid for all of my own tuition, room and board, books and activities by working summers and other jobs. The total for four years then was about $10,000,” Hosler said. He joined the Board after being nominated and subsequently invited, largely out of his sense of servant leadership, which thrived during his years at Etown, and desire to give back to organizations and communities where he has lived

and worked. “What has not changed [about the school] is a close connectedness between faculty and students: a hallmark of Elizabethtown College,” he said. Hosler attended a conference in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the College, serving on a national council for chairmen of boards of trustees under the auspices of The Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities. According to Hosler, the Etown Board has a lot on their plate, however their most important task for the time being is finding a new President to lead the College. Since Long announced his coming retirement, the presidential search process has remained the highest priority for the Board. In spite of this priority, there are other things that are important to the Board. When asked what he most wants to change at Etown, Hosler said, “I would like an additional $100 million for the College endowment!” The endowment allows Etown to invest in scholarships for students, academic programs to distinguish the institution, student research supporting the Etown mission, and facilities that meet growing needs as the College population rises each year. Financial returns from the endowment provide sustainable, long-term support. Returns support students enrolled today and students who will enroll in future generations. The track record for the endowment at Etown is impressive; it has yielded stable and consistent returns, earning recognition for excellence in endowment management. However, support for the endowment is necessary for this generation and the next. The Board of Trustees is a very important part of Elizabethtown College, helping to fulfill the motto “Educate for Service.”

study abroad

Weekend free time allows for international travels Kelly J. Clayton Staff Writer

to Dublin, Ireland, another one to Cardiff, Wales and many to London, which was my favorite city in all of Europe! ast semester I studied abroad in Cheltenham, England. Weekend trips were minor compared to Yes, the social life was great. The freedom was awesome. what we planned for spring break; unlike The pubs were fun. The nightclubs were memorable. I made Etown we had three-weeks off, so our group friends that I will always have living “across the pond” and of five Americans were going to see as much back in America. But what made studying abroad the best of Europe as possible! experience I have ever had wasn’t the party scene, but the We started out in Paris, France, then after weekend scene. three days we traveled to Nice. France was abSaturdays and Sundays were the time for traveling. To see solutely breathtaking; I loved the city at night, something new, learn something interesting, and then take and Monaco right on the Mediterranean Sea. fun pictures that your friends and family at home can envy. Next was Italy; we were in Italy for a total of Through the nine days and saw Florence, Pisa, Rome, Brethren Colleges Venice and Milan. We were even lucky Abroad program enough to attend the Easter Sunday i n C helte n h am , Service at the Vatican and sit about 100 England, I had a yards away from the Pope! Courtesy Photo weekend trip for After Italy, it was on to Madrid, the majority of the Spain, then to Marrakesh, Morocco, Experiencing different modes of transportation is one of many opportunities available while studying abroad. four months I was which was my favorite part of the trip. there. These were Morocco was like no other country I’d Since studying abroad, I have acquired a drive to see, organized trips to ever seen. Just the people, the smells and the sights learn, and take pictures of it all. I have now decided that a historic English were so colorful and exotic. The life there wasn’t as goal I want to achieve at some point in my youth is to see all landmarks such as civilized as most cities in Europe and that is what I 50 states, and to go back to Morocco the first chance I get! The Roman Baths, loved about it. It was a challenge to find Stonehenge, Shakefood and sanitary toilets, but that gave us speare’s hometown, a new perspective on life. of Stratford-upAfter Morocco, we went back to Baron-Avon, Windcelona, Spain, and stayed there for an sor Castle (Queen unexpected week and a half. The plan Elizabeth’s home) originally was to spend two days in Barand Bristol. Courtesy Photo celona and then head home to CheltenIn the beginning, It’s impor tant to consider your ham, England. Unfortunately, a volcano it felt weird to wake cultural education as well as academic. erupted in Iceland just days before, filling up early on Saturday mornings to travel all day. I would the airways with ash and canceling all flights. come home at night and be completely exhausted. It worked A week later, after 40 hours of non-stop moout well that pub and club nights in England aren’t on tion, including an 18 hour double-decker bus Friday and Saturday but, instead, on Monday, Wednesday, ride, we made it back to England. or Thursday. So, unlike America, you can socialize on the After being stuck in Barcelona, I realized weekdays and travel on the weekends. It was a life that took how much I had grown from my study abroad some getting used to, but looking back on it, it was a perfect experience. Traveling taught me to stay calm change for me. and think clearly in many difficult situations. Courtesy Photo Because traveling is such an important aspect of It gave me patience, and heavily improved my study abroad, myself and other Americans began communication skills with English and non- Students don’t have to travel far to visit the hot tourist spots in their study abroad locations. traveling to other countries, including a weekend trip English speaking people.


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Navigating high seas; education with weekend sailing Whitney N. Rufo Staff Writer

first day in the first race, team Mjølner came in 56th, Cooper River Yacht Club. At age 17, Graham received and in the second race they came in 57th. his racing coach certification. “It is just something to do “When we did race, we did decent,” Gra- in the summer, and it’s a fun job where I get to make ham said. Over the next couple of races that money,” Graham said. the team competed in, they placed 50th and Graham got his first boat when he was 12 years old. 53rd, and they ended their last race in 44th. It was a gift from his parents so that he could compete, The races were each about six miles long but the equipment comes at a high cost. Graham’s newest and took about an hour to complete. While boat, which came fully equipped with all the trimmings the temperature on land was in the sixties, needed to race, was about $60,000. according to Graham, the temperature on the Currently Graham owns five boats: two Lasers, which water felt more like the forties. are sailed by one person, a Windmill which is sailed by Over the course of the races, the team ex- two people, the J/80, which is raced with four people, perienced some difficulties besides the cold and a Zodiac Rib, which has inflatable sides and Graham weather. At one point their tiller, the handle uses for coaching. “I have never gotten rid of a boat,” the skipper uses to steer, broke. They had to Graham said. Four of the boats are kept in a storage yard miss the next two races to get it fixed. On the while the fifth is in a marina. second day of racing, all their instruments “My sailing career has just begun,” Graham said. on board lost power. They sailed for about an hour and Courtesty Photo a half without a compass or Over four days there were 11 different races in which sailors a radio before they figured out where to go. “We almost had the opportunity to compete. had a Gilligan moment,” Graham said. hile most Elizabethtown College students atOverall, team Mjølner came in tended their classes October 4-8, one student 57th. “We were happy we didn’t go navigated through eight-foot waves and 30 mph winds away with too many injuries or damat the 2010 J/80 World Championships. The J/80 World age,” Graham said. The sailing season Championship is a sailing competition involving a fixed is nearly over for now, but Graham keel one-design sports boat certified for offshore sailing. enjoys sailing during the summer The J/80 World Championship is one of the most as well. competitive J/80 events. First-year Robert Graham was He coaches a number of classes, part of a team of four, including his dad and two other including a beginner level class teachcrew members, who took part in the World Champion- ing the basic parts of the boat, the ship. Their team name was Mjølner, after their boat. basic points of sailing and how to get Graham was the youngest member of the crew by 32 from point A to point B on their own, years. His dad was the “skipper,” in charge of steering as well as an advanced level class. Courtesy Photo the boat, while Graham was the “trimmer,” in charge of Graham began sailing 13 years ago Graham was the youngest member of his sailing team by 32 years controlling the sails. when he was six-years old. He says but was still an asset to their success. Graham was not used to the eight-foot waves and his dad asked him if he wanted to try became seasick on the first day. However, it only took it. From then, Graham went to a three-week summer Although right now Graham is mainly focused on a day for him to adjust to the movement of the boat. sailing camp for each of the next five years at the Coo- teaching, he hopes to be able to work with bigger Over the four-day period, there were 11 different per River Yacht Club. Graham began teaching as an boats in the near future. One goal he has is to parraces. However, because the conditions were so tough, unofficial instructor when he was 13, and when he was ticipate in the Volvo Ocean Race, a yacht race around Graham’s team only competed in five of them. On the 15, he got his certification and started working at the the world.



Growing acceptance rate not to affect academic standards Tara B. Hayes Assistant Copy Editor


rics, such as the percentage of students who stand to make Elizabethtown more a more interesting place — artists, athletes, writers, leaders and those with diverse backgrounds.” According to Cramer, the increased acceptance rate is the result of factors such as geography, quality of education and the intended course of study of the applicant. “For example, as Elizabethtown extends the geographic regions from which it draws its students, Admissions must

ith each new school year comes new students at Elizabethtown College. The number of incoming first-years has increased over the past four years, when the current seniors were accepted. In 2007, 1,968 first-year students were accepted; in 2008, 2,148; in 2009, 2,488; and in 2010, 2,481 firstyear students were admitted to Etown. Although the Office of Admissions has been accepting more “The goals of Admissions are the same students, [as 2007]—to strengthen the profile of the application stanthe incoming class.” dards have Paul Cramer, not changed. “The goals of Vice President for Enrollment Ad m iss i ons are the same [as 2007] — to strengthen bear in mind that students from farther the profile of the incoming class,” said away enroll at lower rates than those Paul Cramer, vice president of enroll- who are closer to campus,” Cramer said. ment. “At Elizabethtown, strength is “Likewise, as the College works to enroll defined by some common metrics — students of high academic quality, AdSAT averages, percent of students in missions must keep in mind the fact that, the top 10 percentages of their high because they are in such high demand, school — and some uncommon met- they, too, enroll at lower rates.”

Because of the current economy, fewer students are opting to pursue business related majors at private colleges nationally.

they are not included in the data. “Most surveys and guidebooks look only at the admit rate of first-year students applying for the fall semester,” Cramer said. With the increasing acceptance rate, the College has been able to broaden the areas in which its students live without decreasing its academic quality when many other colleges are doing so, “and overcome significant drop-offs in the demand for the College’s largest major,” Cramer said. “In 2004, 13 percent of Elizabethtown first-year students came from “new” and “emerging” markets. In 2010, nearly 22 percent Photo Credit: Matthew P. Butera came from those markets.” All applying student applications are processed Negative consequences have also in the Office of Admissions, pictured above. come from the increased acceptance “Not only does this field represent rate. Etown must change the compoEtown’s largest program, but at Etown, nents of the enrollment equation in business-related applicants tend to order to sustain its strong position in enroll at higher rates than students higher education, according to Cramer. considering other majors,” Cramer He explained, “A lower admit rate said. “All three of these scenarios have can be accomplished by fewer admitted resulted in the necessity for higher students or more applications to the Colnumbers of admitted students to meet lege. Additionally, and at the same time, enrollment targets.” a higher rate of enrollment on admitted Transfer students do not have an students (through demand or enticeimpact on the acceptance rate because ment) will also play a role.”


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15 Ways to Raise $100 for Relay Alyssa F. Broda Volunteer Writer


ne in five cancer patients with health insurance still uses some or all of his or her life savings throughout the course of their illness. The average cost of cancer treatments range anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000, not including miscellaneous expenses such as travel, food and lodging. At Elizabethtown College’s Relay for Life, it is Colleges Against Cancer’s goal to have 40 percent of participants raise $100 or more. Those who contribute $100 will receive a Relay for Life T-shirt. Raising $100 may seem like a daunting task at first; after all, $100 is a hefty chunk of change to a college student. However, $100 toward a chemotherapy bill is pocket change. That $100 may cover a weekend’s stay at a local hotel while a loved one receives treatment. Besides, as you will soon learn, raising $100 is not the least bit difficult. Here are 15 fantastic fundraising ideas to help those who have more important things to worry about than their finances: 1. Punt Away Cancer – Host a Football Sunday party, invite all of your friends and Relay for Life team members to watch your favorite team. Everyone must donate, in cents, the number of his/her favorite player: if your favorite player is 89, you donate 89 cents! If your clan is feeling especially generous, they can donate a dollar for each Super Bowl your team has conquered. 2. %@$! Cancer – Dedicate an entire week to %@$! Cancer. Every time you or anyone in your Relay for Life team swears this week, put aside five cents toward Relay. You will raise money and improve your vocabulary! 3. Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back – Dedicate your fundraising efforts to someone you know who is a survivor, who is fighting cancer or who lost the battle. Having someone in mind who has faced the hardships of cancer keeps you motivated to keep working hard and fundraising. The money raised by Relay for Life saves about 90 lives a day, so you can collect 90 cents for every survivor you know. 4. Babysit for Tips – Use the extra babysitting money you pick up for your Relay for Life team. After all, we all know you didn’t really deserve the $40 you

were paid to watch Jersey Shore with a twelve-year-old. 5. Carve Out Chemotherapy – Sponsor a pumpkin carving contest for your friends and team members. It costs one dollar per pumpkin, and losing participants must donate another dollar toward Relay. 6. A Little Change Makes a Lot of Cents – The average household has anywhere between $30 and $90 in extra change. Keep a coin jar in your room for all of the extra pennies and dimes you find hiding in your dorm. 7. Wine and Dine – Make dinner for you and your friends and have them pay for each part of the meal. The best parts are obviously worth more, such as $3 for the main course and $4 for dessert! 8. Squeegee Day – No one likes to have dirty windshields. Hold a car window-wash with your team, focusing on the windshields. People are more likely to stop for a few minutes to clean their windows rather than wait to have their entire vehicle washed. 9. Beg for Bucks – Send a letter or an email to family members, family friends, and neighbors. Explain why you are participating in Relay and why it is important to you. Feel free to include some startling statistics: deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 12 million deaths in 2030. Make your letter heartfelt and sincere, and you will have no problem increasing your revenue. 10. Reuse your Research – The American Cancer Society raised over $100 million for cancer research last year. Have all of your team members donate a dime for every research paper they wrote last year! 11. Professors Unite – Professors could aid the fundraising push by giving their students incentive to fundraise. They could give extra credit to students who raise the $100. If they cannot part with their precious points, they could agree to hold class outside or let class out 15 minutes early for a week if over half of the class participates in Relay for Life. 12. Bake for a Cure’s Sake – Bake sales are always a hit, and eating sweets is better when it is for a cause. To follow The American Cancer Society’s slogan of “More Birthdays,” bake


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nothing but birthday cakes to sell. 13. Requesting Remission – Who can say no to a dance party? Have a little soiree and offer to play song requests for one dollar. However, if someone requests a song a guest doesn’t like, for two dollars the song will be immediately stopped. For $5, the original song could be started from the beginning with immunity. 14. Statue of Relay – Have one of your attractive gentlemen friends (or you, if you are an attractive gentleman yourself) paint himself silver and add the Relay logo on his chest. Put him in a kiddy pool in the middle of campus and watch students throw change into the pool like they would into a fountain. 15. Save Your Butt – If you don’t know anyone affected by cancer, you will. One in three people will have cancer in their lifetime. Realize that the fundraising you are doing today could affect your future. Prevent cancer by asking smokers to donate one dollar towards Relay and encourage them to kick their habit. A healthy diet decreases your risk of cancer. Quit buying junk food and use that money toward your Relay total. It is possible that adding antioxidants — such as Vitamin C & E — can lower the risk of cancer. Have all of your team members donate 25 cents if they take a multivitamin daily. Also, eating five servings a day of vegetables lowers your risk of developing cancer. Pick a week and if you don’t eat five servings everyday, donate a dollar. Now that you have all of these fabulous ideas, you will have no problem starting your own Relay for Life team! Come to the first Relay for Life KickOff in The KÁV Nov. 9 from 5-7 p.m. The first ten team captains will receive sweatshirts, and the first ten teams will receive t-shirts. Raising $100 for Relay for Life may seem impossible, but with the right combination of these ideas, you will fundraise your way past $100. Always keep in mind: your fundraising woes are nothing compared to the struggles cancer patients must endure. It takes dedication and motivation, but there is no feeling like receiving your $100 T-shirt at Relay for Life and knowing you are making a difference.

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Sporcle: educator or time waster? Kelly A. Sauerzopf Staff Writer


rom international trivia to the periodic table, Harry Potter characters to top Major League Baseball hitters, Sporcle has it all. Created in 2007 by Matt Ramme, the trivia quiz website offers a variety of categories to test knowledge as users attempt to name all items within a given category under a set time limit. Whether used for a diversion or to reinforce basic facts, Sporcle provides fun and addictive quizzes on a multitude of topics. The catch, however, is that all answers must be filled in from memory; no hints are given. To be accepted, the responses must also be spelled correctly, adding to the level of difficulty. “The website is stimulating for purposes of recall, which is a helpful tool in everyday life because you’re not given the answers and you have to recall whatever information you need to know,” junior Melissa Gerner said. The site offers fifteen categories: geography, entertainment, science, history, literature, sports, language, just for fun, religion, movies, television, music, gaming, holiday and miscellaneous. Under each given category, there is a list of various games from which to choose. At close to five million plays, naming the 50 states is the most popular game, followed by naming European countries, countries of the world, United States presidents and numbers one through 100. Sporcle has become more than just a trivia site. It has become a media sensation with apps on the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as fan pages on Facebook, Twitter and a blog made to assist the site creator in coming up with new, innovative ideas. Despite the buzz this site has created, users may want to know if there is any educational purpose to the information offered. With the tagline “mentally stimulating diversions,” does the site actually serve educational value, or is it merely a distraction? “Even though all of the information isn’t necessarily educational or important, it’s definitely stimulating and it gets you thinking,” junior Teanna Ziegler, a recent user of Sporcle said.

According to Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman, Associate Professor of Education, the usefulness of the site depends on application. Dr. Finley-Bowman is a huge proponent of technology and using websites to promote learning; however Sporcle is “one I’d say to try and avoid.” Promoting the usefulness of Internet sources is important at an early age. However, it is more important to direct adolescents toward primary source information, as well as university and government sponsored sites, ones beyond those such as Wikipedia, where Internet users can add their own information. Like Wikipedia, Sporcle is open to user updates, meaning facts may not always be correct depending on how often the site is updated and reviewed by the creator. Dr. Finley-Bowman suggested that the site can be a useful hook for teaching young children. It could provide an alternative way of introducing new concepts, such as naming the 50 states or reinforcing the names of the eight planets. Though this is an entertaining way to engage students, the site should not be relied on for instructing; educational substantiation should be added later. Aside from an educational standpoint, Sporcle provides a fun way to get users thinking as they attempt to race against the clock in completion of each quiz. Only have a few minutes to kill? Try Sporcle’s minute games: The site offers quizzes from lengths of one minute to sixteen-plus minutes, depending on how much time users wish to dedicate. Quizzes are also divided by difficulty level. For more of a challenge, choose from the games ranked “hardest” in each category. Think you have an idea for a game? Create your own! Sporcle offers users the option to create their own quizzes, which are then published to individual user pages at Links can be sent to friends via Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social media network sites. Some quizzes may even be selected to be featured on the Sporcle home page. With all the options Sporcle provides to users, it is no wonder the site has become such a great success.


Compiled by Campus Security And Joelle E. Atkinson Assistant Campus Life Editor • On Oct. 25, Counseling Services dispatched an ambulance to transport a student to the hospital. • A suspicious vehicle was reported on campus Oct. 27. Campus Security officers observed a Jeep Grand Cherokee going down the walking path to the Writers House – a traffic-free zone. It was following a friend, who was also approached by Campus Security. Apparently, the GPS had told them to take the road down that way to get to the House. •

The Elizabethtown Borough Police arrested two students on Halloween. The students were intoxicated and brought to Campus Security. Though both students were given possible alcohol violations, the parents of one of the students were called to come pick up the student.

A used condom was found on the dance floor during cleanup after the annual Halloween dance on Oct. 31. Look for a follow-up article on this story in next week’s edition of the Etownian.

Also on Oct. 31, officers were responding to a call in Founders when they observed a student who was visibly ill. Though it was thought that the illness was alcoholrelated, it was later confirmed that the student had been sick for days, probably due to the flu. The officers encouraged him to drink Gatorade to get his electrolytes up and asked him to call if he needed any other assistance.

A biohazard cleanup was requested in Founders B3 when vomit was reported in one of the showers on Oct. 31.

A student requested a health/welfare check on Oct. 31 after banging her head earlier in the day. She had been suffering from harsh headaches throughout the day. An officer went over to check and make sure that she did not sustain a concussion. Fortunately she did not, and the officer encouraged her to contact Campus Security if she needed anything else.

Dale’s Parking tip of the Week: Brinser Lot, aside from the 15-minute parking spaces, is off limits to students seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

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Windows: ready to rock an iPhone dominated world Kelly J. Clayton Staff Writer


Nielsen survey estimates that one in two Americans will have a smartphone by Christmas 2011. As of now, only about 17 percent of Americans have a smartphone, according to So where and how will this dramatic increase in smartphone buying come from? The three big smartphones in the market include the Apple iPhone 4, various Google Android-powered devices and numerous Blackberry models. Starting Nov. 8, Windows is also going to enter the market. Windows Phone 7 software will be released next Monday, loaded onto the Samsung Focus from

AT&T and the HTC HD7 from T-Mobile; both phones will be priced at $200. Will this new phone be so popular as to cause a 23 percent increase in smartphone sales within this year as predicted? Let’s first look at what the advantages of a smartphone are and what the Windows Phone 7 has to offer. A staple of the smartphone is its applicat i on s , or apps. Apps are a type of software that allows the Internet to connect to the smartphone, iPod or iPad with a website or particular other media. Examples of companies that have apps include Facebook, Twitter, email, MapQuest, iTunes, Pandora, the Weather Channel and YouTube. Apps were first introduced in 2008, about a year after the first

generation Apple iPhone. The number of iPhone apps is growing daily, and there are 300,000 currently available. In order to compete in this category, Windows is hoping to have 1,000 apps available by December 2010. The Windows Phone 7 is expected to have a different look than the iPhone; for instance, it won’t have a screen with the app icons on it as the iPhone does. Instead, the screen will use large tiles that give information such as appointments and calendar alarms, and will also have “hubs” for things like contacts and entertainment. The Windows Phone 7 will also have a built-in mobile version of Microsoft Office, unlike Office 2010 for iPhone which costs extra. Another advantage is the Xbox Live hub that the Windows Phone 7 will offer. The Xbox Live hub, a center for gaming, contains games from Microsoft and other developers, and it will include your avatar from the Xbox service to allow socializing with others. For Xbox fans, this is mobile heaven. Other than the Xbox Live hub and the Microsoft Office app, the Windows Phone 7 isn’t particularly outstanding.

“I do not have an iPhone, but I am planning on getting one in January. I would not consider buying a Windows Phone 7 because I cannot imagine a Windows version being better than Apple,” junior Audra Byerly said. It is true that the reputation Apple brings, compared with Windows, will have an effect on the success of the sales for the Windows Phone 7. “I have an iPhone, and I can’t imagine a Windows version ever beating it,” sophomore Casey Fletcher said. “The Windows Phone will not be more popular than the iPhone because when people think of smartphone they think of iPhone.” Junior Krystal Talley disagrees, saying, “I can see the Windows Phone 7 being better in overall function than the iPhone. Since the iPhone has been out for a while, its competitors have been able to see what it is about and the features it has to offer. Since AT&T has announced it is the premier partner for the Windows Phone 7, it will be in direct competition with the iPhone. Only time will tell how it really competes and compares in the smartphone market.



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Asphinxiation – the state of being fed up with unanswerable riddles and puzzles Blogish – a variety of English stemming from its usage on blogs Dunandunate – over using a word recently added to your vocabulary until it irritates everyone around you. Earworm – a song stuck in your head Espacular – ‘especially’ + ‘spectacular’ Freegan – someone who rejects consumerism by eating discarded food; dumpster diver. Fumb – your big toe Glocalization – running a business by local and global standards Griefer – someone using their free time to harrass others online Lexpionage – espionage for words and phrases Locavor – a person who eats only locally grown or organic foods Museum head – a headache brought on by an enormous absorption of information; usually after a trip to a museum Nonversation – an idiot conversation, where there are no conclusions and nothing is elaborated upon. Onionate – the situation in which post-dinner breath assaults the other diners. Optotoxical – looks that might kill, usually from a parent or spouse. Parrotise – paradise for exotic birds Percuperate – to prepare for the possibility of being sick Polkadodge – the little dance performed when two people want to pass each other, but move in the same direction. Pregreening – inching forward while waiting for a red light to change to green. Smushables – items that are packed at the top of a grocery bag to avoid being smushed. Spatulate – removing cake mixture from the side of a bowl with a spatula Sprog – faster than a jog, slower than a sprint Sprummer – when summer and spring time can’t decide which season it is, usually being cold one day and warm the next day Stealth-geek – someone who hides their nerdy interests while maintaining a normal outward appearance. Whinese – the language in which children speak when they want something or don’t get their way. Wibble – the trembling of the lower lip just shy of actually crying. Wikism – a piece of information that claims to be true but is wildly inaccurate, usually from Wikipedia. Xenolexica – a grave confusion when faced with unusual words

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Alexis L. Morris Staff Writer William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy and Mark Twain. These famous writers are without a doubt masters of word choice and syntax, but one would not find the words “furgling,” “wurfing” or “optotoxical” in any of their legendary works. That is because furgling, wurfing and optotoxical are part of the extremely long list of words that have been rejected from the Oxford English Dictionary. And it is only because of graphic designer Luke Ngakane that the world has become exposed to these “words” in his artwork. When Ngakane worked on a project for Kingston University in London, he found out about the OED’s vault of rejected words. “I was fascinated when I read that the Oxford University Press has a vault where all their failed words, which didn’t make the dictionary, are kept,” Ngakene said in an article from “When I spoke to them, they were happy to confirm its existence, and although I didn’t actually get to see the room, they did send me some examples. I picked out the words that resonated with me and really seemed to fit the purpose they were intended for.” For his design, Ngakene choose 39 words to etch onto a metal press plate, which would then be used to print onto A4 paper. This project was undertaken for Ngakene’s degree in graphic design. According to Ngakene’s website,, “Over 150 of the final pieces were produced and were distributed to writers, journalists, designers, copywriters and others who wanted to help bring these words out of obscurity.” Perhaps furgling will one day be used to describe those digging around in their pockets for their keys or loose change. Fiona McPherson, one of the senior editors of the OED, told that previously denied words have a chance of being printed in the future. “I don’t like calling them reject words because we will revisit them at some point, and they may well go in,” she said. The OED undertakes a painstakingly large amount of work to keep the dictionary current. Under the leadership of a multitude of editors, the OED is always under revision. “The Oxford English Dictionary is a living document that has been growing and changing for 140 years,” stated the dictionary’s website, www.Oed. com. “It not only provides an important record of the evolution of our language but also documents the continuing development of our society. It is certain to continue in this role as we enter the new century.” Currently, the OED staff reports to Chief Editor John Simpson. He has a degree in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of York and the University of Reading, respectively. He has served as Chief Editor since 1993. As the OED works to update the dictionary, it has to extensively research each word before adding its definition. The staff collects evidence of the word and its use in phrases from all English-speaking places. Then, they can determine the meaning of the word and write an appropriate definition. According to, “For a typical word, with a single meaning, a complete OED entry might take a few hours to prepare.” Despite all the work that goes into preparing new entries, the OED releases lists of new and revised entries every quarter. On Sept. 16, the latest list of new words was released. It includes familiar words such as iPod, goal post and care package and some more obscure words like ampelographer, hikikomori and wuxia. Not only did Ngakene have a fascination with the strange non-words, but Etown students also enjoy learning about weird entries at Mail Services’ Word of the Day board. About two years ago, Mail Services employee Ron Corll came across Bert Christensen’s website Here, he found a list of made up words and definitions called “sniglets.” First coined by the comedian Rich Hall in 1986, sniglets have found a popular following. Hall’s book titled “Sniglets” sold 2 million copies, and keeps lists of the most popular sniglets for a year as well as “homegrown” sniglets. Students enjoy reading the sniglets, such as the previously posted “intoxication,” euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with, and “oopzama,” the sudden scratching of scalp or face upon realization that the person you were waving at isn’t who you thought it was. “I just started it as a fun thing for the students,” Corll stated. For the full list of sniglets visit images:;


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Conan O’Brien: again legally funny on small screen Micah J. Aumen Staff Writer


eam Coco is back: writer-comedian Conan O’Brien returns to TV next week with his new talk show “Conan” on TBS, after his controversial removal from the NBC talk show “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” Last January, O’Brien left NBC as part of a highly publicized feud with the network. After hosting “The Tonight Show” for only seven months, NBC wanted Jay Leno to return to the show after his experiment in primetime, “The Jay Leno Show,” failed. This move would force O’Brien back to an after-midnight show and strip him of the “Tonight Show,” hosted during his entire 17-year career with NBC. As part of his settlement package to leave NBC, O’Brien was given $32 million but was barred from appearing on TV until September. O’Brien filled his off time until his new show began with a two-month comedy tour, aptly titled: “The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.” O’Brien used his $32 million to pay for the tour and to give his loyal writers a solid job until his new show aired. Broadcast in the 11 p.m. time slot, “Conan” will air from Los Angeles, the same city from which O’Brien hosted “The Tonight Show.” His show will pit him directly against Comedy Central’s



duo of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Also, O’Brien will compete for time when the second half of his show airs during the first half of Jay Leno’s. A large amount of publicity for “Conan” has been achieved through O’Brien’s massive marketing campaign. He has heavily used Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in addition to television ads to spread the word. A part of his TV ad campaign came when TBS was airing most of Major League Baseball’s postseason in October. By utilizing the massive viewership of Major League Baseball, TBS bombarded viewers with commercials advertising the show. Flying over the baseball games was Conan’s big orange blimp, using the “Goodyear Blimp” method of advertising. Short, funny commercials then aired, showing O’Brien inside the blimp. In addition to these commercials, TBS regularly advertises the show on its own channel as well as sister channel TNT. O’Brien has also used Twitter frequently. Since leaving NBC, he set up a Twitter account, allowing fans to virtually follow him around the country on his comedy tour. O’Brien also used Twitter as a venue to tweet jokes and photos. As of Halloween, O’Brien had well over 1.7 million followers. Some tweets commented on news at that time: “Larry King’s retiring after hosting ‘Larry King Live’ for 25 years. Personally, I think hosting anything longer than 7

months is overkill,” he tweeted. Other tweets “I don’t find him that funny. I feel that [CBS’ advertised O’Brien’s brand of comedy: “The Late Show” host] Craig Ferguson is the “Gaga just did a Vogue photo real leader of late-night television.” shoot wearing only raw meat. Senior Kristi Durst, a slight fan of When she does it, it’s art — O’Brien, hopes his new show will be when I do it, it’s ‘Daddy, you better than “The Tonight Show.” In ruined another BBQ.’” regards to watching the final episode In addition to O’Brien’s of O’Brien’s stint on the show: “I don’t Twitter account, he remember it at all.” However, started his own website she agrees that O’Brien was at www.TeamCoco. funnier on “The Tonight com. This website Show” at 11:35 p.m. than on has been used “Late Night with Conan to virally marO’Brien” at 12:35 a.m. It is ket the show indeed a different audience in conjunction between those times. with placing With O’Brien’s new advertisements timeslot at 11 p.m., he on Facebook, may be getting a slightly answering fans’ different audience than questions, and Image: he did even at 11:35 p.m. posting videos on Late night talk show fans YouTube. One such YouTube video was a will have the opportunity to watch full 24-hour live feed to O’Brien’s offices in “Conan” at 11 p.m., but then must decide Los Angeles from Oct. 20 until the Oct. 21. whether to watch the second half of the With O’Brien’s new show come differing show or to switch to Jay Leno for his enreactions by viewers. Sophomore Taylor tire show. In addition to other talk shows, Ullrich, while indifferent towards O’Brien O’Brien will have to compete with many himself, plans on giving him a chance by news shows on the East Coast. watching the new show. “I’ll watch it once or Overall, O’Brien’s show and new look twice and go from there,” Ullrich said. “Per- seem to have built up much anticipation. haps I’ll watch it on occasion if it’s funny.” “He has a giant beard, and I don’t unAnother sophomore, Adam Thompson, derstand why,” Durst said. “But I’m really had a contrary opinion on O’Brien’s comedy. excited for his new show.”

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Zumba makes fitness fun Swift sings, Lovato leaves Melanie L. Weyant Staff Writer


strange word has been popping up around the Elizabethtown College campus lately : Zumba! There are posters in the BSC advertising that classes are offered off campus at the E-Town Fitness Club, so what is it? Zumba is a fitness program designed around Latin dance moves that promises a great, high energy workout and a lot of fun. There are programs designed for the elderly, children, and even a water workout. Senior Andrea Lynch is all about the Zumba craze. “At first I was nervous to be dancing in front of all these people, but I can honestly say I fell in love with it after the first class,” she said. “It is just completely different than working out at the gym. Not only is it a great workout but it is also so much fun.  I look forward to going to it!” Lynch regularly practices at the E-Town Fitness Club and said Zumba is “extremely legitimate. It’s a great workout because it is balanced between low and high intensity. One song might be really intense and

then the next will be a little less [so],” she explained. Lynch is so enthusiastic about the program that last year she became a certified instructor. According to the Zumba website, the dance workout was invented in Colombia in the mid-’90s by “Beto” Perez. He was working as an aerobics instructor and forgot to bring his normal music to class one day. Rather than cancel the class, he decided to use the Latin salsa tapes he had in his backpack and improvise a routine around the music. While a challenge, it was a success, and Perez developed the Zumba fitness program from his mistake. In 1999, Perez brought Zumba to America. From there, the program took off. According to the Zumba website, by 2004 infomercials were released in both English and Spanish, and the craze started to spread worldwide. As of October 2010, the Zumba fitness program is offered at over 90,000 locations in 110 countries and claims 10 million participants weekly. One does not need to be skilled at dancing or very athletic

because of the creative nature of the workout. It can be tailored to fit individuals from any walk of life or experience level. The Zumba website offers dance music, instructional DVDs and even workout attire. The clothing and shoes are all in bright, neon colors and seem designed specifically to tell the world that the Zumba lifestyle is fun. While many students on campus seem to agree with Lynch that Zumba is here to stay, only time will tell whether the dance workout will continue to be popular. In a few years, those Zumba DVDs may be at the bottom of the bargain bin with Billy Blanks’ Tae Bo, so students who are interested should try it soon. In conjunction with OSA’s A Step Up and EFit, students can get passes twice a week to the E-Town Fitness Club. E-Fit also offers BODYPUMP and Cardio-Kickboxing at various points throughout the week. See the OSA office in the BSC for more details. As for Zumba, according to Lynch, “The best part is it doesn’t even feel like you’re working out.”

Joelle E. Atkinson Asst. Campus Life Editor


t seems as though celebrities only like to do things for publicity. Take, for instance, Charlie Sheen. Entertainment Tonight, which aired on the CBS network, covered a story about Sheen’s supposed “crack binge” over the weekend. The show attempted to dispel the rumors by interviewing Sheen’s manager. It then proceeded to advertise for Sheen’s show that aired Monday evening on the same network. Coincidence? I’m not so sure. Here are some other celebrities who have made headlines over the past week. “You are the best thing that’s ever been mine.” This week belongs to Taylor Swift. The 20-year old country sensation released her new album last Tuesday at midnight and within merely a week has blown up the charts, as 10 out of the 14 songs are trending in the iTunes top 100. Throughout the week, reporters and listeners alike have been speculating which songs are about the singer-songwriter’s famous ex-boyfriends, including Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner and John Mayer. In addition to her musical successes, Swift’s personal life is heating up gossip columns as rumors of her new romance with Jake Gyllenhaal swirl from coast to coast. Teen queen seeks help… 18-yearold Disney star Demi Lovato dropped out of her international Jonas Broth-


ers concert tour to enter a medical center for “emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time,” her representative confirmed to People Magazine. The celebrity, who is an advocate for the prevention of bullying, has been a victim for a long time. She has also battled eating disorders and cutting throughout her lifetime. Her rep. did not specify the exact reason for Lovato entering the treatment facility. Disney supports her decision, as her popular show, “Sonny with a Chance,” is currently on hiatus. A source close to the family said it was a fight with a dancer on tour that sent her over the edge, and she realized it was time to get help and take care of herself. ‘Bachelor’ no more… The latest man to find and lose love on national television, Jake Pavelka, who famously fought with ex-flame Vienna Girardi, has stepped out with his newest girlfriend, Meghan Jones. The Dallas wedding planner and Pavelka made their debut on the “Dancing with the Stars” 200th Episode Extravaganza. Pavelka, a former “Stars” contestant, also had a recurring role on the Lifetime Network’s hit dramedy, “Drop Dead Diva.” Though he has been working on a new show and still hopes to pursue acting, Pavelka has kept a low profile since his June split with Girardi. He has been traveling the world as a pilot with his new girlfriend and competing in triathlons in his spare time. And that’s your Celebrity Dish! Image:


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Change of season, stressful semester brings illness Alena R. Marani Staff Writer


hen walking around Elizabethtown College’s campus, it is not uncommon to hear a terrible cough or constant sneezing. Students have all the signs of being ill, ranging from a bright red, stuffy nose, to huge dark circles underneath their eyes. Some can even be found sporting their own box of tissues, while others carry around a cup of tea. At college, students are more prone to becoming sick just because we are all constantly in contact with one another. Personally, I have already been sick more than once this school year, and last year was even worse. Growing up, I was hardly ever sick; it was not until my first year of college when I finally became unhealthy. At the beginning of this year, I already had a stomach virus and the common cold, while last year, I had the flu and a sinus infection. Being at college makes me sick, and I’m sure it is no different for anyone else. A study done on a different health problem, by Reuters Health, claims college students may be more prone to Type 1

diabetes. They found that in Norway, those who went to university were more likely to develop autoimmune diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes,

check their blood sugar levels. Sophomore Michael Reintjes has been living with diabetes for a while, and he claims that being at college does not help. “It takes


than those who did not graduate from high school. I have some friends who have diabetes and being at college is difficult for them. They do not know the amount of carbohydrates within the food they consume, causing them to always

a certain amount of self control,” Reintjes said, “I have to guess on carbs since I can’t see the label, so yes, eating here is worse than eating at home.” If students eat too much sugar while at college they are more likely to develop Type II dia-

betes. So, it comes down to us making smart choices when entering the cafeteria. We need to make sure we have a healthy diet, which I know a lot of students don’t do. Also, we are always in contact with one another, and are more likely to get sick due to others’ unhealthy habits. These habits consist of: sharing drinks or food, holding hands, not covering one’s mouth when coughing or sneezing and also not washing our hands. Germs are passed easily due to this lack of hygiene. S ophomore Amy Morin had mononucleosis her first year of college. “I think I got it from a combination of having a low immune system due to stress, and I probably shared a drink with someone at some point,” Morin said. She was one of the many to be diagnosed with mono last year. Along with Morin, sophomore Jessica Tarence believes that because of stress, college students are more likely to become ill. Tarence also believes students are becoming sick due to lack of sleep caused by our workloads. She stated that college is also not very clean to begin with.

“In high school, you live at home and go home to a clean house. Here, germs are every where, and you go home to a small, closed-in dorm, not a big open house,” Tarence said. Despite students getting sick at Etown, the College is taking steps toward a healthier campus. Etown has come up with The Well, our own student wellness center. The Well has its own website that students can log onto and receive help with their spiritual, physical, emotional or intellectual needs. It’s Etown’s own way to help students get on a healthier path while at college. Along with The Well, Etown has its own Health Services located on Continental Drive, which allows students attending the College to receive medical assistance. So in short, I do believe that being in a college environment causes students to become sicker than they would in another setting. However, Etown is taking steps in order to prevent students from being ill. If you are feeling ill and need to go to Health Services, call (717) 4891021 or visit thewell/ for access to The Well.

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Muslim center near ground zero causes controversy Kelly J. Clayton Staff Writer


rom Chinatown to the Museum for African American Art, New York City has always represented the essence of America: diversity and acceptance. The acceptance of different cultures has been welcomed for years, but this past year the controversy surrounding the location of Park51, a Muslim cultural center, is making America look extremely unwelcoming and ignorant. The controversy surrounding the location of Park51 has caused a lot of stir in the Lower Manhattan area as well as across the globe. This Muslim cultural center is proposed to be built in a former Burlington Coat Factory two blocks from where the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred. Many people feel that it is immoral to have an Islamic center so close to Ground Zero, when it was Muslims who caused thousands to die less than 600 feet away. Park51 is planned to be a 13-story building that will act as a community center for people of all faiths. The building will include a basketball court, swimming pool, theatre, prayer room, food court and 9/11 memorial. The cost for the proposed project is around $100 million and is being paid for with donations.

Having Muslims in this Lower Manhattan area is nothing new; however, many people are very upset about the proposed project. It is disconcerting to see that many Americans are posting ignorant responses to the building of Park51. I feel that since 9/11, the gap between Americans and Muslims has only been getting wider, so if there is a Muslim cultural center near such a historical landmark, it may act as a sign for hope between these two cultures. I am not alone in agreeing that the building of Park51 is appropriate and that it will help represent what Muslims are really about: peace. According to Elizabethtown College junior and practitioner of Islam, Zaki Hussain, “Muslims are not terrorists. It does not mention anywhere in the Quran to take people’s life by causing violence. Islam teaches us about peace, not violence. We are as peaceful as any other religion in this world.” I agree with Hussain when he said that Islam is about peace. Americans aren’t always ignorant, but since 9/11 they have been riding this reputation of being ignorant towards Islam. I under-

stand why people are concerned. They are cautious because no one wants to see a repeat of 9/11 or anything disastrous

“This prejudice will not be erased easily, and people will not want to be open to understand the culture. But, for those who are willing to understand the Muslim culture, this new center is perfect.” I agree with DeAngelo. The community center will give the opportunity for tourists to give the Muslim culture a chance, in the hope to rid any preconceived notions that all Muslims are terrorists. On the flip side of the issue, junior student of the Islamic faith A.J. Ata said, “I think it is quite important in the Muslim culture to be liked and welcomed in the community. I think the religious center should change its location elsewhere.” Image: While Ata has a good point that a culture to our nation. Since the people who should be welcomed into the community, I caused 9/11 were practitioners of the feel that since Muslims were welcomed in Islam faith, individuals tend to put all Lower Manhattan and even in the World Muslims in the category of terrorists. Trade Center itself, it would be offensive Because tourists who visit Ground for New Yorkers not to welcome Park51. Junior Clayton Kaier gives a thumbs Zero will be reminded of the Islamic terrorists, I think it is a good thing that up to building Park51 in Lower Manhata Muslim cultural center is nearby. Hav- tan, saying, “I’m not sure if I would call ing Park51 will show people the true and the abandoned Burlington Coat Factory peaceful side of the Islamic culture and building hallowed ground.” I approve building Park51 two blocks can cast Muslims in a positive light. “Keeping the tourists ignorant will away from Ground Zero because it will not solve anything. There are people show in a positive way that Muslims are who are still very upset by the attacks peaceful people and America is accepting and have formed prejudices against them as a religion and active culture in the Muslims,” junior Clara DeAngelo said. city and country.



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Who is an inspirational person in your life?

by Matthew P. Butera

Kacey McGuire Class of 2012

“My mom.”

Tyler Kunkle Class of 2014

“Lil’ Wayne.”

on campus

Independent publications raise queries Antony C. Spiese Staff Writer


rofessors publish articles and papers. That much is known. A well-established, well-researched and peerreviewed paper is a boon to both the writer and any bodies that he or she happens to be associated with, which for professors means a college or university. But what about when a professor doesn’t publish as an employee of a university? Is it any different from the other papers they’ve written? Who is affected? Is this even a problem? It all starts with the big question: the “why” of it all. Why would a professor not want to affiliate himself or herself with his or her college when publishing? Intent is probably a clue, and quite an important one, in figuring out what the effects will be when a professor does publish outside the college. The effects of this move are not always predictable. Saying that it’s always positive when a professor publishes

from outside the college is just as wrong as saying that it’s always negative. Like the weather, the effects vary. In the experience of Dr. Paul Gottfried, Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College, publishing while not currently affiliated with a college is a matter of circumstance. In this case, current employment dictates the circumstances under which a book or article is published. The main difference between publishing while in or outside a college seems to be funding. In colleges, grants and other forms of financial support for publishing are available for the taking, and the college’s name can be used to add credence to a search for outside sources. While on his own, however, a professor needs to search independently, without other resources to back him up, and this can lead to some difficulties. Once the work is published there is little difference. Gottfried added, however, that his experience was his own, and that the exact rea-

Shawn Corcoran Class of 2012

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as a separate party? Curious? Offended? Betrayed? Again, the ‘why’ here is important. Chances are that many people won't know exactly why a professor makes a decision to publish outside the college, and opinions are therefore based on an incomplete picture. As a result, a misguided sense of pride manifests itself as feelings of indignation and betrayal at what we perceive as being abandoned. “How dare they do this?” we think, when we don't know the reason for something. When we are made aware of the reasons, we are either silenced or become dismissive of those reasons. In an ideal situation, nothing would cause a professor to publish outside his college and invite all the complications it entails. But this isn’t an ideal world, so the issue remains unresolved. The best we can do is try to understand what matters to those who teach us, and trust that they consider our thoughts when making decisions about publishing their work.

Online book use may reduce paper trail


“Travis Lucas. He inspires me to be a better person.”

sons and results are different from person to person. Whether a professor publishes as a faculty member of a certain college or not may not be relevant in some cases. It’s not exactly hard to find out about the writer of a given article or paper since the Internet has given us the ability to access virtually unlimited information if one just looks hard enough. And that’s just the average person. Experts and professionals in the field will know about others in it and the bodies of which they are a part. There is the odd chance that, by some freak circumstance, a writer will be totally unknown by others in his or her field, but anyone with an academic mind would look for other works by a writer to place in context, as opposed to staking their views based solely on a single piece while disregarding all other work. And what about the colleges themselves? How would faculty and students feel if a professor from their college published work, but did so

going green

Kristen N. Lacaillade Staff Writer

Abbie Ricker Class of 2011

November 4, 2010

efore the beginning of each semester, there are a few things we college students need to do to prepare ourselves. One of them should not be spending insane amounts of money on textbooks we come to realize that we only use once, or in some cases, never! Why do some of us work ourselves to the bone to pay for our college textbooks to find that they are simply five-pound dust collectors on a shelf or in a drawer in our dorm rooms? Everyone is focused on “going green,” yet we’re still holding on to old-fashioned books with a death grip instead of evolving technologically and basing everything off of a laptop. We use Blackboard and ECWeb instead of an old-school lecture or a paper trail regarding bills, transcripts, scheduling, etc.; why not just completely dive into the digital age? Would we really rather pay more for a 500-page textbook than just download it for a much lower price on the Internet? The real question is whether or not books are still necessary to the college process today or if we’re just romanticizing them and forcing them to stay around. When asked about this very subject, Dr. Thomas Leap, Professor of Computer Sciences, explained that he felt badly for students regarding the elevated costs of books. However, he thinks they are a necessary part of the college process. “I sympathize with students’ concerns about the cost of textbooks,” he said. “I do think that substantial written information, whether in the form of a textbook, ebook, website

or something else is an important part of a college course. We should not depend solely on lectures and notes in the learning process in college. A ‘book’ (in any form) about a subject provides students with other perspectives and much more detail than a professor can give during the limited class periods. Students need to spend time studying material beyond what professors can lecture on during class.” There are numerous pros and cons to the generic, print textbook. Despite the frustrating fact that some have quite an intimidating page number and a backbreaking weight, textbooks are always there when you need them. Sometimes our laptops and computers are not reliable. Having to solely rely on the Internet or a document downloaded to our computers can be a huge risk. Personally, I have had to reformat my computer numerous times and know how frustrating it can be to lose work that is needed, or programs you have to download numerous times. The process can be a daunting one. With this said, it is somewhat irrational and nerve-wracking to think that a book you may need for class is lost within a matter of seconds. Another factor to be considered is what kind of learner you are. For those who are visual learners, a textbook may be your best bet. You can highlight, make notes and

mark up your book as much as you want, which is not possible to do on an ebook or an online document. However, ebooks are typically downloadable to one’s computer at a lower price than your regular hardcover textbook for the simple fact that it saves a large amount of both paper and ink. Leap also offers an interesting incentive for one of his classes that many professors on campus have decided to try out, since the times have become so technologically advanced and hard to manage money wise. “In one of my courses this semester, the required textbook is available online in PDF format,” he said. “Students can download the book for free and read it on their computers. I have offered to print copies of the book and charge only the minimal printing cost. So far, all the students are just reading it on their computers, and no one has asked to have it printed,” Leap said. This goes to show that although most professors still opt to go the traditional route, granted they may have no other option, some are trying something new and taking their class material to the World Wide Web. They’re offering a cheaper, “greener” route for students in order to assist with their course material needs. So, are textbooks really going anywhere? Probably not. It simply appears that college students will be and customers for a long, long time.



November 4, 2010

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Ross M. Benincasa Managing Editor


h,unfortunate Capricorns. Sure, many people may consider you lucky to have this zodiac sign. I mean, you have many major holidays to celebrate, including Christmas and the New Year, and of course your birthday. But I know the truth. You’re lonely. You feel unloved and, honestly how could you not? There are so many cooler people who share your zodiac sign that it’s sometimes hard for us to even remember to acknowledge your birthday when it comes. So take this column as a plea for forgiveness; don’t get upset if we forget about you this year. But what do you expect? You share your zodiac sign with three of the

greatest musical talents of all time: Elvis, Ricky Martin and R. Kelly. And you have to admit, no one can shake his hips like Elvis or Ricky Martin, and no one’s as good at getting away with sexual assault as R. Kelly (nice try Roethlisberger). Moving on: two of the greatest inventors in hist o r y, M r. B e n j a m i n Franklin and Sir Isaac Newton, can also call t h e m s e l v e s C ap r i corns. Sure, they may not be alive anymore, but is your face plastered across 100 dollar bills? No? How about gravity, did you discover it? Didn’t think so. Oh,and don’t get too depressed just yet,

because there is one more person I simply can’t forget. Some people call him the savior, or even the messiah for good measure. He’s often credited with performing miracles, such as helping the blind see and converting dirty water into celebratory wine. There are bestselling books published about his divine behaviors, and it is often chronicled that he became so disillusioned with the Jewish faith that he sought to start his own religion. Yes, you know who I am talking about, the hallowed man himself ... Mel Gibson. This anti-Semitic has done everything but hold a Quran-burning to prove how Christian he is, tends to be more racist than NASCAR, and has never had just a “little” Captain in him. Okay, so hopefully you’re with the rest of the world and don’t actually believe Mel Gibson is the second coming. You still have to share your zodiac with the Son of God, and religious or not, that’s a tall order to fill. But if you follow in your fellow Capricorns’ footsteps, maybe your journey will present you with the fame and glamour they see every day. Just watch out for R. Kelly’s piss along the way.

national opinion

Gay teen bullying increases, how you can help Kaitlin I. Scheurich Staff Writer


absolutely appalling not just because the students were gay, but because they are human beings,” Randy Burkholder, vice president of Etown’s chapter of Allies, said of the tragedy. “No one deserves to be treated that way. No one deserves to be bullied to the point that they feel life is no longer worth living.” Inevitably, campuses all have some sort of bullying occurring within the student population. However, some are more brutal than others. Here at Etown, we still face ignorant acts of bullying, but it is not believed to be to the extent

h that’s gay.” We often throw the phrase around loosely, but have you ever taken into consideration the offensive nature of the saying? Few of us realize the extent to which such occurrences can insult those around us. As recent tragedies, including the suicide of first-year Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, have surrounded the media, gay bullying has been nationally recognized as a prevalent crisis in our schools. The issue is causing a movement towards addressing the bullying as more and more campuses are concerned with the severity of the harassment. Here at Elizabethtown College, we are encouraged to be a campus that accepts diverse individuals and learns how to empathize with their differences. However, not all are accepting towards those who hold different cultures and beliefs. In those instances, derogatory terms are often harshly expressed to belittle their intended target. In more extreme cases, like that of Clementi, bullying of t ho s e re c e nt can be so cruel that it escalates tragedies in the media. As into hate crime. “I think it’s we can consider that a posi-

tive aspect, we still need to be concerned with the bullying that does occur. For instance, writing derogatory terms on a fellow student’s white board is not only cruel, but also completely unnecessary. As students, we need to be aware of the brutality some individuals face and be concerned with our actions and comments, as they can easily offend or belittle others. Making an effort to put into perspective others’ feelings so more feel welcomed and safe on their own campus, would help those struggling to feel accepted. Also, educational programs can easily eliminate some of the bullying here on campus. “Education about special issues and diversity is the biggest thing.” Burkholder said of how to prevent brutality. “A lot of fear and hostility arises from ignorance, and if you combat these feelings with programs directed to engage and educate the ignorant masses, you can all but eliminate fear.” Etown Allies, a gay-straight alliance, bonds students of all sexual orientations, providing an organization committed to making individuals feel both welcomed and safe on campus. “Allies is an organization whose objective is to promote gay-straight alli-

ances,” Burkholder said. “One of the missions of the group is to host programs which are designed to be fun but also engaging for those involved. We host meetings every Monday at 7 p.m., and everyone on campus is invited to join us.” The Allies join forces to be of aid to those students who are struggling with their identity or with being bullied. Along with Etown Allies, other organizations and resources are available to those who are being bullied or just need somewhere to turn. “I feel that Elizabethtown College is taking the right steps toward combating bullying on campus, specifically if it is being targeted toward people who identify themselves as GLBT,” Amanda McGeary, president of Etown Allies, said of the College’s efforts. “There are many resources that these people can go to, including the Bias committee, Allies officers, Safe Zone trained members, and Residence Life staff. Counseling Services is a great resource as well.” As we become more aware of the crisis at hand, knowing how you can help stop the epidemic from spreading would greatly benefit our campus as well as those individuals who feel victimized. Make an effort to watch your words and actions, as everything we do has an effect on someone around you. No one likes a bully.



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Editor-in-Chief Emily M. Reigart Managing Editor Ross M. Benincasa Assistant Editor Peter S. Northrop News Editor Huntley C. McGowan Features Editor Khouri E. McGrann Campus Life Editor Melanie R. Giardina Opinion Editor Vanessa L. Andrew 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 Jamie L. Bartolino Assistant Features Editor Erika C. Surock Asst. Campus Life Editor Joelle E. Atkinson Assistant Opinion Editor Janelle K. DeAngelo Assistant Sports Editor Janna M. Richards Asst. Photography Editor Jacqueline E. Quidort Assistant Online Editor Andrew R. Sides Assistant Copy Editors Samantha M. Alleman Danielle B. Cantor Elizabeth A. Enwright Tara B. Hayes Craig H. Meaney Brianna E. Wiest Assistant Layout Editor Agnetha C. Serrame Business Manager Marc E. Weber Asst. Business Manager Benjamin L. Frey Advertising Manager Katie L. Bornholdt Assistant Ad. Manager Brooke S. Wachtel Faculty Adviser Kirsten A. Johnson

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November 4, 2010

field hockey

Blue Jays dominate MACs Rematch set for Saturday Christian V. Sammartino Staff Writer


he Elizabethtown College men’s cross country team won their 11th Middle Atlantic Championship last Saturday in commanding fashion. The Blue Jays literally ran away with the race, taking eight of the top ten spots. As a team, the Jays finished the race with 18 points, three points away from a perfect 15 point score. Widener University, the second place school, finished with 80 points. At one point, the Jays held the top eight spots and used that momentum to make it a record-setting day. Their 18-point finish is the best in program history at the MAC Championship. This year also marked the first time nine runners finished in the top 20 for Etown. The Blue Jays have won two straight MAC titles, and 10 of the last 12 titles overall. Their decisive result was powered by their group running strategy, which reached a new level of synergy on Saturday. “It was an accordion effect where we were compressed but spread out and came back together again,” senior captain Rich Greco said. “We were all on the same page, we were all moving forward as a team, and we really do affect each other.” At this stage of the season, the team has reached championship form. It has been a gradual build that comes from training, focus and group running. The squad now appears poised to make a large statement at regionals on Nov. 13. “We have been building toward it because this is the first of our cham-

pionship races,” senior captain Adam Derkacz said. “This was a crucial stepping stone heading towards our goal of being top ten in the nation.” The Jays have a strong chance at making nationals after their finish at the conference championship and taking one of the top two automatic bids in their conference. Their point differentials at Oberlin, the Battle for the Buggy and MACs might be enough to show the National Selection Committee that they deserve a bid. “MAC was definitely a big confidence booster,” Derkacz said. “We look at that [as a team] and think we can do exactly what we set out to do. There is no more hanging our heads. We are going in with our chests puffed out.” The Jays’ performance has likely eliminated Messiah College and DeSales University from contention in the national round. The group is now focused on schools such as Allegheny, Dickinson and Haverford from the Centennial Conference. “Those are the teams we will butt heads with to muscle into a spot for nationals,” Derkacz said. Eight members of the team will travel to the Mideast Regional Championship Nov. 13 in Slippery Rock, Pa. Seven runners will run in the race while the eighth man acts as an alternate. The runners who will compete in the regional competition realize that they must duplicate the race components used at the Middle Atlantic Championship. “We realize as a team that this is the way we need to race,” Greco said. “When we race at regionals, we have to treat it as nationals and race it the same way.”

T. Gavin Nevill Sports Editor


he Elizabethtown College men’s soccer team is getting another crack at the Messiah Falcons. Just seven days after the two teams squared off in the regular season finale, they will be at it again Saturday, Nov. 6 in Grantham, Pa. for the Commonwealth Conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line. “It’s one of our team goals,” senior Tony Pacella said. “It’s where Elizabethtown should be every year. We should be in the finals.” In the first matchup on Oct. 30, the Blue Jays (13-2-2) fell behind in the first eight minutes but responded at the 15:30 mark with a goal from sophomore Ross Withrow to even Photo: Gene Clemens the game at one. Messiah, who has won five of the past six Division III na- Sophomore Cameron tional championships, put another one home before half and Wyllie racked up two another right before the end of regulation for the 3-1 victory. assists and one goal against If the Blue Jays are going to avoid another result like the one the Knights Nov. 2. last week, they can’t afford to fall behind early. “They’ll come out for the first 10-15 minutes and put us under pressure,” Assistant Coach Graham Small said. “We handle the pressure, we’ll be fine. If we crack and miss assignments and misplay balls, then we’ll be chasing again.” Etown, the number two seed in the conference playoffs, fought its way to the finals with a 3-0 win over the third-seeded Arcadia Knights on Nov. 2. The Jays received a goal and two assists from junior midfielder Cameron Wyllie, as well as goals from Pacella and first-year Luis Devia. The last time Etown and Messiah sparred, there were an estimated 3,500 people in the stands — by far the biggest crowd the Blue Jays have seen this season. However, they may see an even bigger crowd on Saturday. Couple that with the fact that the Falcons have reeled off 17 straight victories, and the Falcons may have the intimidation factor on their side. Pacella said the Blue Jays can’t let the bright lights of the big stage get in their way. “Most teams are beat before they even play Messiah because of the name,” Pacella said. “We can’t play scared because that plays into their hand.” A win against Messiah on Saturday would guarantee this year’s seniors their first conference crown and Etown’s first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2006. “We felt as if we had a great game plan last weekend, and it didn’t quite work out,” Small said. “But we’ll have another game plan this weekend, and hopefully we get them this time.”


field hockey

Thomas D. Hagerty Staff Writer

Janna M. Richards Assistant Sports Editor



Sweep lands Jays in finals Blue Jays fall to Dutchmen he Blue Jay volleyball team pulled out their witches’ brooms from Halloween weekend and used them to sweep the Widener Pride last night in the Commonwealth Conference Semifinals. The Elizabethtown College Blue Jays triumphed over the Pride 25-22, 25-21, 25-14. Junior middle hitter Kelsey Hayes paced the Blue Jays’ attack with 12 kills, while sophomore Lindsay Palm added ten of her own. As a team, the Blue Jays had only 12 errors on attack. It’s play like this that earned the Jays three first team All-Conference Selections and two second team picks. Palm, sophomore Holly Bubb and junior Andrea Weaver were all first team selections. Senior setter Crystal Agnew and Hayes were second team selections. Bubb was this year’s Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year, with 323 kills and a .268 hitting percentage. Head Coach Randall Kreider also took home the Coach of the Year honors. The well-decorated Blue Jays will hit the floor again this Saturday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. for the Commonwealth Conference Final. The Lebanon Valley Dutchmen will come to Thompson Gymnasium looking for another conference title after beating the Jays in Annville two consecutive years. However, Etown defeated LVC at home just eight days ago. Also, the Dutchmen did have some trouble with third seeded Messiah College yesterday, taking five games to defeat the Falcons. An increase in fan support in the last few games has really boosted the play of the regular season champion Blue Jays. For the first time this season, Thompson Gymnasium saw 200 fans packing the seats for women’s volleyball action both when Etown defeated LVC last week, and in their semifinal victory yesterday. Fan support could play a crucial role in what happens in the Finals this weekend. Senior Carrie Chase, team manager for her fourth consecutive year, has also noticed the heightened play of the Jays when Thompson Gym is filled. “If we have a big fan turnout, Leb. Val. doesn’t have a chance,” Chase said. Come out and support Blue Jays’ volleyball. The menu has been set already, and according to Chase, “It’s Dutchmen for dinner.”

he Blu e Jay f i el d hockey team ended its season with a disappointing loss against the Dutchmen from Lebanon Valley College in the C ommonwealth C onference semifinals last night. The Elizabethtown College Blue Jays had a tough start to the game as the Dutchmen had a 3-0 lead at the beginning of the second half. That lead, however, did not scare the Blue Jays. First-year Shanae Scott stated, “We don’t give up, and we fight to the end.” This proved true as sophomore forward Nadine Yunginger scored the team’s first goal with 30 minutes left in the second half. When preparing for the game, senior Liz DeMatteis said, “I would love to be able to score

goals against LVC and help our team ... no one person can do it alone.” She proved herself right, as she scored not even five minutes after Yunginger and brought the score to 3-2. The Dutchmen were not about to let the Blue Jays take the lead and fought back to score, bringing the final score to 4-2. Sophomore goalkeeper Lindy Hamp had a season-high of ten saves in the game. “Our defense and our goalie have been doing amazing things; they have really stepped up and I know this will continue,” DeMatteis said. The field hockey team ends its season with a 15-4 record unless they receive an at-large bid for the championships. Seniors DeMatteis, Ali Cavanaugh, Linsey Fasold, Meg Cassels, Jackie Macharsky, Julie Fos-

ter, Maureen Town and Abby Beykirch will all finish their final season as Blue Jays. The team completed their regular season of play last Saturday in a victory against Wilkes University. Three seniors contributed to the 4-0 score to make the victory over the Colonels great, as well as their last regular season game. DeMatteis, Foster, and Town all scored for the Blue Jays. DeMatteis had an assist for her second goal of the game from Cassels and junior Caitlin Grimes had the assist for Foster’s goal. The team had strong offense with 22 shots for the game as well as fierce defense so that Hamp did not have to make any saves. Heading into the Commonwealth Conference playoffs, the women finished their regular season play with a 14-4 record.

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Blue Jays show heart in season-ending loss to Messiah Ashley N. Kufera Staff Writer


he Blue Jays finished the 2010 women’s soccer season Saturday, Oct. 30 in a Commonwealth Conference match with a heartbreaking 0-2 loss to the number one-ranked team in the nation, the Messiah Falcons. Saturday’s game was action-packed, defensively, for the Blue Jays. Sophomore goalie Jess Manchak totaled seven saves out of the nine shots fired at her on goal. Sophomore forward Laura Wingert stated that the Blue Jays dominated the defense with high intensity. “We played defense better than I have ever seen in any other game this season,” she said. “A lot of credit is given to our defense, including our goalie, for all that they accomplished Saturday night.” The Blue Jays faced a lot of difficulties from the Falcon’s offense, forcing them to push themselves harder than ever.

The game as a whole was a struggle physically and emotionally for the Blue Jays, having already known that Messiah had scored 69 conference goals this season. Senior defender Lisa Nyman is very satisfied with the fact that the Blue Jays have been the first team to successfully defeat Messiah’s offensive attack. “We shut them down defensively and confused them,” Nyman said. “We did not make it easy for them, and they didn’t know what to do about it.” According to Wingert, one of Elizabethtown College’s biggest struggles against the Falcons was entering the game thinking that Messiah was the better team. The Blue Jays knew that the Falcons would capitalize on any miniscule mistake they made. Unfortunately, one tiny error led to an early goal for the Falcons during the thirteenth minute. Once the second goal was scored during the second half, Blue Jay morale was definitely affected. “If they hadn’t scored

their earlier goal, it would have been a completely different game,” Wingert said. Despite the outcome on the scoreboard, Nyman could not have asked for a better effort from anyone on the team. “We came together to take on one of the best teams in the nation,” Nyman said. “We worked together and put our hearts and bodies on the line, and I have never been so proud.” Wingert, along with Nyman, perceives the outcome of the game with complete optimism. “Each girl left everything on the field with no regrets,” Wingert said. “We never gave up, so even with a 0-2 loss, we came off the field with our heads held high.” Unfortunately, the Falcons ended the Blue Jays’ chances at making the Commonwealth Conference playoffs. Falling short of qualifying for a spot in the tournament by only one point brings closure to another great year for the Blue Jays. “Of course everyone is upset that it

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lizabethtown College Athletics has received a makeover. On Oct. 16, the Department of Athletics unveiled a new logo meant to unify the sports teams and create a unique identity. According to Matt Heffelfinger, director of Athletic communications, the Athletic program previously had no identity, and each team used different colors and shades of blue. “Some teams were using Carolina blue, royal blue, gray, white, and there was no one established theme,” Heffelfinger said. “We really wanted to make it known that our colors were royal blue and gray, and we wanted to establish a logo that all of the Athletic teams can use and really create a brand for the department.” The previous logo was created in 1988 and had not been updated since. The process did not happen overnight. The Department of Athletics started to establish a color scheme two years ago, and it took about a year to create the logo. A logo design committee consisting of coaches, athletes, alumni and a marketing director aided in developing the right move for the department. Rather than creating the logo through the school, the committee decided to outsource and hire an artist. According to Head Baseball Coach and member of the committee, Clifford Smith, “We found the artist [David Turton] online. I found some of his work posted on iStock and really thought they looked sharp. We explored multiple options, but Dave was the right fit for us.” Along with creating the main “fierce bird logo,” Turton also made several other designs that can be used consistently throughout the department so teams have options. Since teams rotate their jerseys in cycles, not every team will be able to start using the logo immediately.

is all over, but knowing that we played a game like we did Saturday and knowing that we hung with the best team in the nation was definitely a bittersweet way to end it,” Wingert said. For the seniors, this game marked the end of a journey that played an enormous role in all of their lives. Nyman, one of the six seniors, said they have all been dreading this day. “We all knew the end was rapidly approaching, but we are able to leave knowing that we have made some of the greatest friends,” Nyman said. “We will carry those memories with us forever, wherever life takes us.” All in all, the Blue Jays had a season filled with ups and downs that brought the team closer together. According to Nyman, lessons have been learned that will make for an even more successful season next year. Nyman left the team with this sentiment: “Best of luck to you girls, we know you will do great things.”

Fourth Straight MAC title Kelly J. Clayton Staff Writer



Elizabethtown College’s new Athletics logo was unveiled Oct. 16.

Men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball have already incorporated the logo into their jerseys and warm-up outfits, and the logo is being displayed on banners at Ira R. Herr Field. So far, there has been plenty of positive feedback about the new logo. “A lot of people understood we didn’t have an identity and that it was needed,” Heffelfinger said. “This creates plenty of new opportunities for the department, including many new revenue possibilities with merchandise. We are very impressed.” The logo was officially unveiled in a ceremony during Homecoming weekend, and the department flew Turton, who is based in Texas, in for the unveiling. With all of the winter and spring sports teams incorporating the new design into their uniforms, it is only the beginning of a bright new future for Etown athletics.

his past weekend the Elizabethtown College women’s cross country team continued their tradition of excellence by winning their fourth straight Middle Atlantic Conference Championship. This was a huge meet for the team, and they came home just the way they intended. “The conference has such a rich history that it is a huge source of pride to hold the MAC title,” Head Coach Brian Falk said. Last week Falk held his top ten runners out of the Elizabethtown College Battle for the Buggy to rest their legs for MACs. With the top 12 from each team permitted to compete, the Blue Jays sent juniors Kathryn Howser and Kristen O’Brien; sophomores Taryn Shank, Megan Patton and Sarah Steinmetz; and first-years Traci Tempone, Eileen Cody, Megan Tursi, Amanda Kerno, Laurie Jones, Alison Harrell and Alyssa Korn. Even before MACs, Falk knew the competition would be fierce. “Lebanon Valley College and Messiah are both talented teams,” Falk said. “In particular, LVC has the talent up front to contend [for] the title.” Saturday proved that Etown was the top team in the conference, finishing in first place with an overall score of 38. LVC came in second at 62 points, and Messiah placed third with a score of 98. Out of 128 racers, Etown had 10 runners finish in the top 35. Etown won by a margin of 24 points, which is an improvement over last year’s four-point win. Junior captain Kathryn Howser said the Blue Jays had a cheering section that helped push the team to victory. “We had so many fans out there. It felt like every turn there was someone cheering,” Howser said. “The girls on the team that were not competing were right there with us, pushing us through the race. They made huge signs and were cheering their heads off.” Shank was the top finisher for Etown and third overall with a time of 22:24:29. Tempone was right on her heels with a 22:51:97 finish, good for fourth overall. Tempone took home the Rookie of the Year honor at the meet and finished with the best time among the first-years in the meet. For senior captain Teresa Beshore, the win means her team has never tasted defeat at MACs. “Winning this fourth one meant a lot, especially for the seniors,” Beshore said. “This year we came in on top and had the targets on our backs, so it was exciting to show the conference that we’re not messing around and that four consecutive wins is definitely a streak.” Up next for the team is the Mid-East Regional meet on Nov. 13, and it will determine who will run at Nationals. The top two finishing teams will be automatically accepted into the NCAAs, so the team wants to finish in the best possible standing. Howser said the cross country program has a term called “Triple Crown,” which is when the team wins MACs in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in the same year. “This year we came up with the goal of winning the ‘Double Triple Crown,’ which is the Triple Crown for both the men’s team and women’s team in one year,” Howser said. “There are six MAC Championships. We are two down now, and we have four more to go.”



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Blue Jays hit mats Saturday at Messiah Alexa L. Masano Staff Writer

that role this year also.” Bentley has taken down All-American wrestlers before, even ones that Erdman did not. “I am definitely excited that I will have an restling season is fast approaching, opportunity to start this year,” Bentley said. and the Elizabethtown College Blue “For my first two years I got to see Erdman Jays have high hopes for this year. dominate opponents from the bench, but “The captains this year are showing a this year I hope to lot of leadership and be the one doing ownership,” Head the dominating.” Coach Eric Walker “Tyler was obvisaid. “The rest of the ously a really big team is feeding off of part of our team, the captains and beand we are going to ing very motivated.” miss him not being With hardworking there at 125 [weight captains like senior class], but I think Bill Meaney, the wresWill will do a great tlers are sure to have job this year taking a great year ahead of his place,” sophothem. “I think this more Tye Boyer will probably be the said. “Will is a really best team in 30 years,” hard worker, and I Meaney said. “I think would not be surwe have the ability to prised if he makes be a national team a trip to nationals.” and send at least eight Walker and the kids to nationals. That is our goal.” Photo: Chris Bradley team have great The team, whose The Elizabethtown College wrestling team will rely on seniors like Marty Harnish goals that everyone hopes to acroster features 38 (top) to provide leadership this season. complish. “I hope wrestlers, 13 of whom are first-year students, kicks off its 2010 earned All-American honors in his first two to have multiple All-Americans, more than season at the Messiah Invitational Saturday, seasons, is transferring schools. Finding one academic All-American, be in the top Nov. 6. Sophomore Julian Meaney, Bill’s someone to replace him, though, was not 30 teams for GPA, be a national champ,” younger brother, said the coaching staff has as hard as it seemed. Junior Will Bentley Walker said. “We want to win the conference picked up the intensity of practices this year. stepped up to the plate to fill Erdman’s tournament as a team, as well.” Their dream of being national champions “I thought Coach Walker and Coach shoes last year when he was injured and might actually be a reality this year. “We finBechtold were tough last year, and looking will continue in that position this season. “Bentley filled in for him last year and ished 17th in the country last year,” Walker back it was a cakewalk compared to the workouts we currently have,” Julian Meaney did very well,” Walker said. “We feel very said. “I think the guys are starting to realize, said. “Also, having Billy as my captain and confident having him step in and assume ‘Hey, I can do this.”


brother makes this experience very different for me. I constantly want to push myself to meet his expectations and it also drives me to push others as he pushes me.” Although everyone has high hopes for the team this year, they are losing one of their key players. Junior Tyler Erdman, who

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aryn Shank led the Elizabethtown College women’s cross country team to its fourth Middle Atlantic Conference crown in as many years. The sophomore from Hagerstown, Md. paced the team with a time of 22:24.29, which was good for third overall in Saturday’s championship meet in Doylestown, Pa. Shank has finished first or second on the team in all five of her races so far this season. Another successful run at the regional chamPhoto: pionships on Nov. 13 and Shank Ta r y n S h ank out-ran 125 could be packing her bags for trip to competitors at the Middle Atlantic the NCAA Division Three ChampiConference Championships. onships in Waverly, Iowa.


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Sports Recap Men’s Cross Countr y MAC Championships 1st of 15 Women’s Cross Countr y MAC Championships 1st of 14 Field Hockey (14-5) Rosemont 0, Etown 7 Etown 4, Wilkes 0 Lebanon Valley 4, Etown 2 Women’s Soccer (8-7-3) Messiah 2, Etown 0 Men’s Soccer (13-2-2) Messiah 3, Etown 1 Etown 3, Arcadia 0 Volleyball (23-9) Etown 3, Goucher 0 Etown 1, Frostburg State 3 Etown 3, Widener 0


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