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Ex-professor prepares for parole Citizens Bank clarifies new fees D I Patricia A. Cangelosi Copy Editor

into legal difficulties. At the library, Eller has access to many books and newspapers that he otherwise would not have, and he reads often. All sex offenders at Waymart are required to atr. David Eller, former head of religious studies and director of the Young Center at Elizabethtown Col- tend several therapy courses. Vocational courses lege, is up for his parole hearing in December. He was are offered as well on a voluntary basis, and Eller arrested in July 2006 after attempting to meet a 12-year- took some of these classes related to publications and bookbinding. Prior to old girl for a sexual encounter; teaching at Etown, Eller was Eller was unaware that the girl a book editor, according to was actually an undercover cop the page that once featured from the Pennsylvania Attorney him on the College’s webGeneral’s Predator Unit. He was site ( charged with unlawful contact Kraybill emphasizes that with a minor and criminal use Eller truly enjoys historical of a computer, which, comresearch and scholarship bined, could lead to at most 27 and hopes he will be able to years in prison and $35,000 in pursue something related fines. to his interests after his senIn June of 2007, nearly a year tence is over. after the incident, Eller was While Kraybill did not sentenced to two-and-a-half comment on Eller’s plans for to ten years in jail and five adthe future, he did say that ditional years of probation. He in order to receive parole, is serving his time at Waymart Eller would have to submit State Correctional Institution, an all-male medium (level two) Former head of reiligous studies at Elizabethtown a proposal for a specific plan security facility. His parole hear- College, David Eller, is up for a parole hearing to use the parole time, which ing was originally scheduled for next month. He is currently serving his time must be approved by Waymart early fall 2010, but it has been in Waymart State Correctional Institution. administrators. Kraybill also noted that Eller’s support delayed. There is no date set at system has been a great asset for him. “His family has this time, according to Terri Fazio, Waymart’s public been extraordinarily caring. I think, compared to a lot of information officer. According to Fazio, the earliest Eller could have people who are incarcerated, he has had the good fortune been released from jail was November 2009; the latest of getting support from his friends and family,” Kraybill is May 2017. She has never directly worked with him said. He believes that this support will be essential if Eller and cannot comment on details of his incarceration is granted parole. Long indicated that he cannot make a judgment about at Waymart. “It’s very unfortunate that it ended up compromis- whether Eller deserves parole. “That process has to take ing not only his personal life, but his professional its own course,” he said. “I generally believe that people life as well,” President Theodore Long said of Eller’s deserve second chances, and if they pay their debt, they sentence. “We were all sorry for his family and very should get another chance to prove themselves.” A Facebook fan page is dedicated to David Eller, distressed about his behavior.” Dr. Donald Kraybill, a religious studies professor though it is not known who created it. Currently, 58 at the College, formed a close friendship with Eller fans “like” the page, which features four photos and before his incarceration, and remains in contact with posts such as “David needs a $250,000 bail to be rehis former colleague. Kraybill visits Eller at Waymart leased from jail! We can do this!” (June 29, 2009), “help twice a year, once every winter and once every sum- spread David Eller awareness tell your friends to join mer; they also correspond by writing letters. Accord- this group” (Aug. 23, 2009), and even “You can now ing to Kraybill, Eller has found work as a legal aide in follow Papa through twitter!” (Jan. 12). The alleged the prison’s library, helping other inmates who run Twitter page has not been located.


Obama visits Asia; Pelosi runs again Alyssa F. Broda Staff Writer


eadership isn’t just legislation... it’s a matter of persuading people. And giving them confidence and bringing them together. And setting a tone. We haven’t always been successful at that, and I take personal responsibility for that,” President Barack Obama stated in an interview with “60 Minutes” following the recent election, in which Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives, including Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

While feeling the betrayal of voters who once elected him, Obama traveled to India to improve relations with foreign leaders and the country as a whole. This midterm election has led the President to reflect on his past two years in office, as well as look for ways to better convey his political message, not only within the U.S., but with other governments as well. While Republicans say the voters’ goal was to do away with the Democratic Party, Obama states the election was a referendum on the economy. He said he is discouraged the economy has

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yet to improve, but it is impossible to be in complete control of an economy this big. “There are limited tools to encourage the kind of job growth that we need,” the President noted. However, Obama remains optimistic the country will come out on top even as Republicans argue the economy will improve only with their leadership. Dr. Michael Pisapia, professor of political science, stated “As the economy improves, the Democrats will try to take credit for it, but now, so will the See OBAMA, page 2

Alexis L. Morris Staff Writer

n today’s economy, every nickel and dime counts. So when Citizens Bank sent letters to its account holders detailing new fees applied to its previously free checking accounts, people were not happy. Starting Dec. 5, those members with a personal green checking account will have to pay a $4.99 monthly fee, excluding members who are under 18 or over 65. However, there are two options for waiving the fees. According to Charisse Silva, the manager of Elizabethtown’s Citizens Bank branch, an individual must have either a minimum of $1,500 in his or her account or make at least five billing transactions every month. Acceptable forms of billing transactions include using a debit or credit card, paying via check or completing an online transaction. To many, these stipulations may seem ridiculous and demanding up front, but when examined closer, Silva explains how members can easily avoid the fees. “I personally don’t think that people will have a problem with this because it’s pretty easy to make at least five transactions a month,” Silva said. “Nine out of ten [account holders] have at least five bills that they have to pay per month.” In addition, Citizens Bank has increased its outof-network ATM fees from $2 to $3. However, the bank has taken measures to help its members avoid these fees as well. According to Silva, due to a contract with Sunoco and A-Plus, Citizens Bank ATMs will be installed in all of those locations. Als o, “we’ve increased our number of ATMs by thousands all over Pe n ns y lv an i a and the eastern part of the country,” Silva said. These fees have risen for a multitude of reasons. In addition to the state of the economy, the bank reform signed into effect this past summer has driven fees up. According to Dr. Thomas Scheiding, assistant professor of economics, the bank reform cut the amount banks could make on their overdraft fees. “The non-sufficient funds charge [bounced check fee] generated significant sums of money for banks,” he said. “The revenue only grew when customers would overdraw their checking account while using their debit card and proceed to use the debit card several times before realizing they were overdrawn … Without an ability to capture revenue fees from bounced checks or to cut expenses any further, banks have to raise their other fees.” Silva agreed, stating that the fee increases were meant to discourage inactive account holders from continuing their memberships. “There were a lot of accounts that weren’t being used, and they were costing the bank a lot of money,” she said. Also, unlike many of its competitors, Citizens Bank did not add the fees into its members’ statements. “It’s not like something we were trying to

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Rachel A. Marsteller Staff Writer Harry Potter fans go to new heights Forty broomstick-riding teams flew into New York City to compete in the two-day Quidditch World Cup tournament this past weekend. Long a fictional fixture of the Harry Potter novels, the sport features players who fly on broomsticks. But in real life, the rules have been adapted to a ground game for “muggles,” humans without magical powers. Teams from around the world competed in a Manhattan park Saturday with rules similar to those of the sport created by J.K. Rowling in her books. The matches call for chasers, beaters, keepers, seekers and a snitch. Goals must be scored and the snitch caught. That’s love A California man attempted to run down his ex-girlfriend in a car after she refused his wedding proposal. The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the crazed proposer was spotted carrying a bouquet of flowers while walking down the street after the incident. The Los Angeles Sheriff Department said the 22-year-old was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The proposal took place Thursday afternoon at a Burger Stop. After the woman said no, the man allegedly drove onto the sidewalk, through bushes and into the restaurant parking lot, narrowly missing the woman. “Stacy Will You Marry Me” was written on the car’s back window. Wait… let me get a sandwich first! Police say a 25-year-old Connecticut man, who was shot twice after buying a sandwich at a local Connecticut deli, went home and ate his lunch before going to the hospital. The victim said he was leaving the deli when he heard three gunshots. One bullet hit him in the left leg, another in the groin. The victim then went home and ate the sandwich before asking his father to take him to a hospital. Police did not say whether the man realized immediately that he had been shot, or if he decided the injuries were not serious enough to require an immediate hospital trip. Officers say his injuries were not life-threatening. Compiled from and


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Obama Nominates Alum for U.S. Marshal

Yesterday, November 17, President Barack Obama nominated Etown alum Joseph Campbell Moore to serve as the United States Marshal of the District of Wyoming. Moore currently serves as the Director for the State of Wyoming’s Office of Homeland Security and worked as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for thirty-two years. Caffeine to be removed from Four Loko On Tuesday, Phusion Projects, the company who produces the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko, announced that they will be reinventing their product. According to, from now on, Phusion will only manufacture drinks without the caffeine content, guara and taurine. Phusion continues to stick behind their statement that there is nothing wrong with combining alcohol and caffeine in one drink. The company is making this switch because of the harsh criticism they are facing from the Food and Drug Administration. Compiled by Ross Benincasa and Huntley McGowan

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Olbermann ostracized unfairly? Mike A. McGraw Staff Writer


BC’s Keith Olbermann has recently been on the other side of the news. The network suspended Olbermann following his admittance to making three donations of $2,400 to three Democratic candidates in the recent election. While his donation was within the range that a contributor is allowed to pledge to a candidate, NBC has a strict policy against donating to or working on political campaigns by its employees. Soon after his suspension, it was announced by the network that Olbermann would be reinstated and would appear just three days after the punishment was imposed. The incident has since sparked a debate as to whether or not it is fair for figures like Olbermann to donate to a political campaign or party. Dr. Paul Gottfried, a political science professor at the College, weighed in on the issue: “I consider most reactions to this incident to be hypocritical. All TV news shows have become occasions for partisan advocacy. You don’t get on these programs unless you’re a partisan Democrat or Republican.” He added that he finds the fact that Olbermann “gave a few dollars to his national party doesn’t change this situation in the least. All news programs are becoming partisan extravaganzas.” Gottfried feels that

the idea of reporting the news from an unbiased standpoint is a notion that is becoming obsolete as editoralizing replaces it. Gottfried’s colleague, Dr. Fletcher McClellan, shares a similar sentiment but believes it is important to understand exactly what Olbermann’s job is. “It depends on whether you consider his program a ‘news’ show and whether Olbermann is a ‘journalist.’ If you think that what he, and the rest of the MSNBC lineup, are doing is journalism, then what he did was a breach of ethics and the penalty was justified.” He added, “Frankly, I don’t think the program and Olbermann should be classified as journalism. It should be better understood as entertainment in the form of political advocacy,” stating that it is the reason why “liberals watch him and conservatives despise him.” McClellan said that he would be surprised if Olbermann did not contribute to his party and that it does not bother him as long as Olbermann was open about his donation. “His alleged offense of making political contributions pales by comparison to what Fox News does every day,” he said. Fox News and NBC are typically distinguished as being Republican and Democratic networks, respectively. It is a common conception that a person who watches Fox News is almost certainly a Republican, while the same can be said of

a person who watches NBC being a Democrat. “I think that it’s absolutely ridiculous. It’s not even news anymore,” senior Brent Campbell said. “When you watch either network you get sensationalized stories that skew the facts, and you can’t trust that as being news.” Other students shared similar sentiments. “I don’t think that Keith Olbermann should be punished for what he did, but at the same time I don’t feel that any network or person of his stature should be allowed to donate to a campaign or represent their party publicly,” junior Megan Herriman stated. Junior Ryan Sisbarro added, “I think it’s wrong for any public figure, whether they’re a news anchor, celebrity or sports figure to publicly endorse a political party. It’s unfair because they are such a big part of American culture and can easily sway peoples’ opinions.” Olbermann is the anchor for MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” a nightly program that runs for an hour. A noted Democrat, he frequently voices his opinion through his show to viewers across the nation and has been involved in a feud with Fox’s staunchly Republican Bill O’Reilly. The debate continues as to whether or not it is fair for such prominent figures to contribute to a certain political campaign.

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Obama, Pelosi sticking together House Republicans. But if it doesn’t improve, the House cal science, warned against infighting, especially after a Republicans are in a better position than Obama to deny political defeat. Pisapia agreed that Pelosi staying on may responsibility. They are in [a] better position politically.” hurt Obama, though how he interacts with Boehner now The government took many large financial steps to will matter most. attempt to bring the country out of a recession. Obama Facing the aftermath of a devastating election for said, “What I didn’t effectively, I think, drive home, is Democrats in the House of Representatives, Obama travthat we were taking these steps not because of some eled to Asia, making India one of his many stops. theory that we wanted to expand government.” Al- Kopko noted the trip is not necessarily related though he admits certain things in his administration to the election, as it was probably scheduled far could have gone better, in advance. While in things he could have done India, Obama backed more efficiently, Obama the country for a permaintains his stance on manent sp ot in the many key political moves, U.N. Security Council, such as his overhaul of a position held by few health care. Pisapia said, nations. Pisapia said “I think Obama is frusthis political move is trated some Democrats odd at this time since and most Independents the U.S. relies on Pakiare not giving him more stan, India’s rival, for credit, and Republicans see support in the War in that frustration as Obama Afghanistan. being tone deaf to what the President Obama and former House majority Kopko said he believes people want.” leader Nancy Pelosi have been working together Obama did the right thing Along with Obama, Pe- in Washington since his election in January of by giving interviews at losi is also facing a political 2009. Now that the GOP has gained control of press conferences after setback. As Republicans the House, Pelosi plans to run for minority leader. the election. He added Image: that Obama did not seem took control of the House of Representatives, Pelosi lost her position as Speaker spiteful, and that he is admitting he did not effectively of the House to Representative John Boehner. Pelosi make his message clear to the American public. Obama recently announced plans to run for minority leader of has realized his faults, and it will take a great deal of the House, although not all Democrats are thrilled with compromise to create good relations between both parher agenda. Some see her as a liability for the Democratic ties in the United States, as well as other nations. As for Party because of her close association with Obama and predicting the future of Obama and his administration, liberal policy. Dr. Kyle Kopko, also a professor of politi- Kopko declared, “I don’t think anyone can really know.”


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Bank talks fees Violent video games face legal conflict hide,” Silva said. “We sent a letter to every account holder. People were mad at first [about the new fees] until we sat down with them and explained how to avoid the fees.” One way to save money with Citizens Bank is to join their Green$ense Program. According to, “With Green$ense, we’ll pay you 10 cents every time you pay without paper — like when you use your debit card, pay a bill online or have an automatic payment charged to your checking account or debit card.” Account holders can earn up to 10 dollars a month. “I use my debit card for everything, so I made about $9.50 last month, so not only did I avoid the fees, but I also made money,” Silva said. Green$ense requires that members use paperless banking methods, such as online banking and receiving e-statements. If account holders want to receive their statements in the mail, they have to pay $2 a month. Citizens Bank is not the only bank that recently raised fees. According to, their eBanking checking account charges members an $8.95 a month fee if they want to receive paper statements or deposit or withdraw money via a teller. “The competition in the banking industry has been intense, but unless a customer imposes no costs for the bank (such as does all of their banking online), it is almost inevitable that there will be some higher costs for customers that bank with a traditional bank,” Scheiding said. In order to avoid new fees, contact your branch manager to ask about new policies. Also, Scheiding suggests looking into banking with a credit union. The primary difference between credit unions and banks is that credit unions are not owned by stockholders According to Scheiding, “The consequence of this is that credit unions as non-profit institutions often offer a higher interest rate for savings, lower interest rates for loan products and often have a commitment to serving a particular group within the general population or making available products for the poor or other groups that are undeserved by banks.”

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hooting, knifing, grenading and bombing are typical actions that occur in many “mature” rated video games. Now, in a controversial case, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to have a say in whether minors have the right to buy these violent video games. The case will test the grounds of whether or not computer software has the same free speech protections as books, newspapers and magazines. Last week, the justices evaluated a California law that a federal appeals court previously denied on the grounds that children and teenagers are entitled to free speech rights protected by the First Amendment. As of now, California is one of many states that has enacted similar laws restricting minors’ rights to buy violent video games. Illinois and Michigan also tried to create a law that restricts minors but were blocked by federal judges because of the First Amendment. Until this point in history, the Supreme Court has not addressed the topic of violent video games but has granted minors free-expression rights in similar previous cases. It is important to note that California’s law does not target any specific game in the industry, but games like Postal 2 (this particular game allows players to go on murderous rampages) and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas have been pointed out by lawyers for excessive violence and sexually explicit content. So what is the punishment for breaking this California law? Currently, anyone who sells or rents a violent video game to a minor can expect a $1,000 fine. The law defines a “violent video game” as a game in which the player has the option of “killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being.” The loophole is that parents or guardians are still permitted to buy those games for minors. According to California Attorney General Jerry Brown, these are “reasonable restrictions on the distribution of extremely violent material to children.” However, representatives from the Entertainment Software Association have said it thought the justices would agree with the previous rulings from the lower courts. “Courts throughout the country have ruled consistently that content-based regulation of computer and video games is unconstitutional,” one ESA spokesperson said. “Research shows that the public agrees: video games should be provided the same protections as books, movies and music.” Entertainment Merchants Association members believe that California is being unreasonable and is trying to extend obscen-

ity regulations that, until now, have only been aimed at explicit pornography. The association indicates that “in over 50 years, the court has never applied the obscenity doctrine outside the context of sexual speech. What the state proposes in this case would effect a sea change in the permissible regulation of all media including books, movies and television programs — that contain violent content and are accessible to minors.” Adam Thierer, president of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, said that he hopes the justices agree to consider this case and favor the video game industry, thus ruling in favor of freedom of speech. Within the past week, U.S. Supreme Court justices have seemed to favor the video game industry during opening oral arguments. The major question that the justices are faced with is whether exceptions should be made to the First Amendment because of the harm that violent video games arguably cause to minors. The justices have also questioned whether the same exceptions would have to be applied to rap music or the famous Grimm’s fairy tales. According to the State’s Attorney General Zackery Morazzimi, the “deviant level of violence that is presented in a certain category of video games requires legal restrictions to protect children.” But Justice Antonin Scalia, pointing to Grimm’s fairy tales, said, “So are you going to ban them too? You are asking us to create a whole new prohibition … what’s next after violence? Drinking? Movies that show drinking? Smoking?” In response to all the controversy, the judges have asked the video game industry if it would accept any laws that would limit the exposure of kids to potentially harmful games. An example of this would be putting violent video games on the top shelf at a store. “Imagin[e] a game that allows a player to torture babies,” Justice Stephen Breyer said, “Why isn’t it common sense for the state to say ‘Parents, if you want your 13-year-old to play it, you have to buy it’?” The video game industry can’t celebrate yet, as the court’s questions clearly spell out the competing interests in the case. Junior Franklin Arnold said that the government should not get involved. “I don’t think the government should regulate it. I think that parents should be the people who decide if their child plays a certain game or not. Individual decisions such as this should be left to the family, not the government.” Senior Michael Fleming agreed, saying “I think the government shouldn’t regulate who plays games. It’s not really their place.”

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Oprah receives her own plane after two decades on air Antony C. Spiese Volunteer Writer


fter over two decades on the air, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is coming to its conclusion. To commemorate the final season, United Airlines is giving Winfrey and her studio audience members a Boeing 757-200 commercial airliner. Over the final season, the jet will ferry her fans around the country, and a monthly winner will receive one million frequent flyer miles. Affiliates of both United Airlines and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” have expressed their excitement about the season. What is unknown about the proposed gift is the effect it may have on the world at large. As the season has not ended, nobody can say for sure what said effect may be, but there are signs: many people, whether familiar or unfamiliar with the show and its famous host, have opinions running across the board. “I don’t think they should give her a plane,” said Lauren Hamilton, a junior

who is a fan of the show, but isn’t quite move. According to Nikki Koyste, a Regardless of the election’s outcome, as fond of Winfrey herself. “I know she sophomore who does not follow the show Winfrey’s show was part of the wave gives away tons of stuff, but that’s noth- but knows Winfrey by reputation, “It’d be of the generally-applauded renewed ing compared to the stuff she already wonderful because Oprah’s the kind of voter interest during 2008, which had has,” Hamilton said. The flyer miles person who’d put that to good use.” more people voting than had done so and price of the jet are somewhat lackAgain, a valid point is raised — Win- in decades, both in absolute terms and ing when directly compared to the $2.7 frey does benefit from the show, but as a percentage of the eligible voter billion that is considered Winfrey’s net there is good done when its resources population. worth. Hamilton’s opinion is related to are applied towards an issue. In 2008, Also, the airline Qantas made a deal a concern regarding not only Winfrey, some estimate that Winfrey’s influ- before United Airlines did and will fly but celebrities in general. ence alone garnered one million votes a studio audience of approximately For all the positive influence Win- for then-candidate Barack Obama. 300 to Australia this December. The frey has exerted, and United Airlines flights everything that has will travel on the airline’s been donated by the normal domestic routes show, she has gained through May of 2011. immense amounts of The million flyer miles wealth and stands to awarded monthly are gain more as the final given through an online season moves on. sweepstakes system to a Winfrey’s personal random passenger on the benefits from the fiflight, and they are notinal season are not fied upon landing. “The yet known, although Oprah Winfrey Show” is they are presumed to scheduled to officially be extensive. Famous talk show host Oprah Winfrey is getting her own plane as conclude its 25th and On the other hand, she finishes her last season on the air. It is a Boeing 757-200, and one final season September some applaud the lucky passanger each month will win one million frequent flyer miles. 9, 2011. Images:,,


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Exhibit combines mediums to create “must see” art Khouri E. McGrann Features Editor

The glass work went around the screen like a heavily-ornamented frame. The glass pieces were large blue wave-like shapes, apples, reeds of grass, deer antlers and other flora-type shapes, all reprerofessor Milt Friedly constantly challenges himsenting staples of the Michigan landscape. They were self and others to make beautiful art. Twenty-four the dominating feature of the piece. years ago he came to Elizabethtown’s campus with a The overall product? Friedly was pleased: “[It] challenge: to develop an art program. And he did. turned out beautifully,” he said. Now, he creates challenges for himself, one of the The project was also a big challenge for Friedly, most recent being the ArtPrize competition in Grand who likes working in collaboration with other artRapids, Michigan. ArtPrize is an international comists, because they bring different levels of petition where artists can come expertise to make a piece stronger. Friedly display their work to a voting did say that he, as the primary artist, had public for one week. Anyone can the most responsibility because he had to attend; anyone can vote. oversee the vision, but was always open to When asked how he got innew and better ideas. volved in this competition, Fried“The conceptual part — for me, that’s ly explained that two years prior where the creativity happens,” Friedly said. he had a display at the Grand His favorite part of his ArtPrize project, Rapids Urban Institute of Art, however, was “the process of making the in an international sculpture artwork.” contest, so they had his name on His favorite method shows, both in how a contracted artist list. ArtPrize he works on a piece and how he works in the contacted him and he replied. Etown art department. And this work has Wanting to present a piece he not gone unrecognized. The art program, could be proud of, Friedly created which started as a minor, has blossomed a vision that involved many art into a major, and Freidly’s piece received mediums, and therefore would more recognition than expected. need the help of many different Victoria Mullen, the Grand Rapids artists. This collaborative piece Fine Arts Examiner, wrote an article on involved glass art, and Friedly the piece called “Quirky ArtPrize gem got to work with his son, Jeremy, and Jeremy’s business partner, Photo: Glenn Goen is a must-see.” And if the title didn’t say enough, she wrote, “It’s off the beaten path Ben Ahlgrim, who together own A unique aspect of the exhibit was that the participant can see how their “wand” but well worth the trip,” going on to add, Through the Fired Glass Studios affects the image in the frame and also how the program works on the computer. “ArtPrize entry ‘Fauna and Flora’ adds a in Lancaster, Pa. Friedly also wanted to incorporate music into his participant could pick up a “baton” (best described welcome touch of whimsy to one of the banes of piece to make it more interactive, so he contacted Dr. as a Wii controller) and move it horizontally along contemporary existence: television.” Friedly believes that his piece is a good reflection Matthew Fritz, associate professor of music in the fine the image screen to make the image change. Not only and performing arts department. Fritz happily re- could viewers watch the image on the display, but the on Etown. After all, positive press is good for the sponded and brought his expertise with a conducting computer running the program was also set up to College. “People are aware serious scholarship happrogram to the project. As with any experienced art- view so the participant could also see the conduct- pens here,” Friedly said. He feels that an active faculty ist, Friedly’s vision changed as more and more people ing program. A song by Jeff Daniels of “Dumb and helps to build a good reputation for the College, and got involved. Originally a still piece, his work evolved Dumber” fame played in a loop in the background. he clearly enjoys the process of it.


to a video with trademark Michigan images, such as apple blossoms, white-tailed deer and, of course, Lake Michigan — all pictures which Friedly took himself. Friedly particularly loved his time spent viewing the lake. “[I] didn’t realize how beautiful it was,” he said. Once the images were decided upon, they were put into a video made by Etown ’09 alum Joe Cooper. Friedly was pleased to have a student collaborating with him on the work. At that point Fritz incorporated the conducting program into the piece. A viewer-


New additions to engineering department add variety Mike L. Reintjes Staff Writer

Another reason Estrada made his way from South Bend, Ind., to Etown was the proximity to big cities, like Philadelphia and Baltimore, each approximately two hours away. Atwood made her way across the country from Berkeley, Calif. Originally from Fort ervous, anxious and excited: all feelings that Drs. Tomas Estrada and Sara Atwood are experiencing as Elizabethtown College’s new associate engineer- Worth, Texas, she attended the University of California-Berkeley for graduate school. Atwood is adapting to cultural changes here on the ing professors. Both professors come from very East Coast, coming from the West Coast and as a strong graduate schools and had quite a distance native of the Southwest. She was happy when she to travel in order to make it to Etown. found Etown because she was looking for a school Estrada made his way to Etown from the Unithat had an undergraduate-focused accredited enversity of Notre Dame, where he got his PhD, gineering program for a liberal arts school. There but he originally came from a little farther than are not many schools like that in the United States, Indiana. He is originally from Colombia, which so she was excited when she found our College. is where he received his undergraduate degree Atwood is also impressed with how friendat the University of Colombia. Estrada has a ly everyone is in Elizabethtown. She liked how specialty in electrical engineering, specifically the town is not very crowded at all. control systems. “I like how I can walk down Market Street and “The campus reminded me of Notre Dame get all my errands completed without taking a long in a way, so that is a big reason of why I came time,” Atwood said. Like Estrada, she also enjoys to Elizabethtown,” Estrada said. He really likes being able to get to big cities so easily from Etown. the small campus and how close everything is; Photos: Jacqueline E. Quidort Atwood has a specialty in mechanical engihe was looking for a place where he could have Drs. Estrada and Atwood are bringing fresh knowledge and a close friendship with his students, so if they perspective to the engineering department, and both are neering with a focus on biomedical engineering. Her research is based off of the material had any questions, they would be comfortable excited to be a part of the campus community. in hip and knee replacements. to come ask him with no problem. Both Estrada and Atwood are very pleased with what they have experienced Estrada likes that he was able to play intramural soccer after being asked by one of his students. Soccer is one of his favorite sports, and he was looking for a team and who they have been able to work with in their first couple of months at to play for in Etown. He was glad when he was asked to join his student’s team Etown. The College is lucky to have two more professors who are determined because he loves the sport so much; unfortunately, they lost in the tournament. to work hard and to help their engineering students.


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President plans to institute carbon-neutral initiative Tara B. Hayes Assistant Copy Editor n an effort to make our campus more carbon neutral, Elizabethtown College is considering signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. However, no definitive decision will be made until fall 2011, when the new president begins his or her term. Currently, there are over 670 signatures on this commitment from colleges and universities all over the country. “The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip so-


ciety to re-stabilize the earth’s climate,” according to “When you sign the commitment, what you do is create an institutional study to see where you stand and then you create an institutional plan,” President Theodore Long said. “Then you sort of report to the group how you’re progressing on your plan.” According to Director of Facilities Management Joe Metro, “Elizabethtown’s approach to conservation is stated in our conservation philosophy, ‘the energy you don’t use costs nothing.’ This statement informs our sustainability philosophy, ‘the energy you don’t use creates no carbon.’” The idea to sign this commitment materialized again when Rich Cook, former president of Allegheny College, came to Etown last spring. Because of his impending retirement, Long does not want to rush the decision. His plan is to form a committee during the

spring semester so they will be ready to make a decision in the fall semester with the new president. “The job of that task force during the spring semester will be to essentially judge where we are as an institution and then in the following academic year, fall 2011, that group will work with the new president to determine what Elizabethtown’s approach should be, including the question of whether we should sign the plan or not,” Long said. If the College agrees to this plan, Long hopes the outcome will help both the earth and the institution. “Our hope is that … we’ll use less energy and at the same time, make our energy use more economical,” Long said. Etown’s administration has made several efforts to make the campus more environmentally friendly, but the College’s staff and students must work together to achieve this goal. “We have 1,850 students on campus, and if you said each one of them has to

take an initiative on their own say-so to make this work, that’s not going to be as effective as if we do something institutionalized,” Long said. “That’s not to say that individuals shouldn’t do those good things; they should, whenever possible.” Teaching students about what they can do to be more environmentally friendly falls under the College’s motto, “Educate for Service,” as they are serving the earth. “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,” Metro said. To learn more about the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, visit For more information on Etown’s efforts toward a more environmentally friendly campus, visit

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Exposure to overseas culture, liberty proves addicting William J. Blatchley Volunteer Writer

When you step on campus at Etown, you become a part of a community, a group of students just like yourself who you see all the time within classrooms, the cafeteria or at campus events. While studying in Greece, you get to meet As you break away from your high school constraints, pack up the car and head new people every day from all around the world. You’ll learn about not only off for your first year at college, the feeling of independence and nostalgia fill your Greek culture, but the cultures of all the other people who have found their way mind, heart and soul. No to Greece: English, Turkish, Australian, Japanese or Russian. You aren’t one in a questions, no curfews, no population of just under 2,000 anymore; you’ve become one in a population of parents. New people, new just under 750,000. You pass the Parthenon daily or find yourself oblivious that opportunities, a new life. the Mediterranean Sea can be seen at a distance, after a while. We’ve all had the same The most exciting part about living in Athens for a semester is just that: living rush of feelings, mixed in Athens for a semester. You have your own apartment in one of the biggest with some anxiety, fear capitals in Europe. You have to buy and cook your own food, as well as find time and hundreds of other to balance studying and exploring. You have to get along with six other people emotions, but in the back you share your apartment with, deciding who is buying the next gallon of milk of our minds we know or whose turn it is to take the trash out. Studying abroad forces you to grow that home is just a few up and become an adult. The only person you can count on is yourself. No one hours away; mom and is there to clean up after you, to tell you to study more or to do your laundry dad can be reached inon the weekends. It’s all up to you. And the independence. The complete and stantly at any time, and undeniable independence, which becomes addicting. Courtesy Photo Facebook will keep us in Besides frequenting the best restaurants and bars, Soon you’ll be navigating the streets of Greece with all its available transportation. constant contact with the make sure to take time to visit the culturally You’ll be booking boats to Mykonos, group from high school. important areas. They’ll leave a lasting impression, Santorini or Crete for the weekend Take these feelings, and you will be glad you did! to soak in some sun and island atremember them exactly: mosphere. Plane rides to Rome or the excitement that couldn’t be contained and the possibilities that were ahead of Paris become second nature, as if you. Now instead of Elizabethtown College, add in the University of Barcelona, you’ve been flying around Europe University of Strasbourg or City University of Athens. Take away that daily phone your whole life. Yes, you can party call to your parents and substitute in the possibility of a Skype conversation weekly. in Greece, and yes, you can legally As for those friends from high school, a nine hour difference might make it harder drink in Greece, but if you spend to keep each other up-to-date with your lives. Welcome to studying abroad: one of your whole time doing that, you’ll the most terrifying, rewarding adventures you could ever embark on. miss out on everything that’s around The freedom that comes with studying in another country is unlike anything you. You won’t be able to find the you can get from studying anywhere in the U.S. Here, you know the language, the cheapest gelati in town at the Ice Grill culture, how to get around, the food, etc. Being submerged in all new ways of life in Monastiraki or watch the sunset can be quite challenging. Studying in Athens was a change that any student will from Lykavittos Hill with a picnic tell you was for the better. The lifestyle adjustment is the first thing that must and new friends. You’ll miss out on be learned. Here at Etown, it takes the average student five minutes to walk to a trip to Mt. Olympus at midnight so class. Two minutes by bicycle for those a little further away. In Greece, if you’re you can arrive at sunrise to tackle the walking, you’d better be out your door 45 minutes before class begins. If you monstrous climb, or a souvlaki from want to take the bus, you’d better know the correct number, stop and time it’ll the mom and daughter around the take for you to get to class. The metro is another option, but you need to leave corner who come to memorize your 20 minutes early for that, in case of problems. order you’ve been there so much. These choices of transportation (taxis, metro, railcars, buses, trolleys, walking) are When you turn 21, you can do all the Courtesy Photo unheard of here in the States. Yes, we have taxis in NYC and trolleys in San Francisco, partying and drinking you want; but Explore the city you live in when abroad. but the abundance of public transportation that Greece has to offer makes ours seem There are tons of unknown marvels that when will you, if ever, be in Greece insignificant. If you want to use any of them, you need the exact change, the correct await you if you make it a priority to look! again? Take in all you can from the number and the audacity to stop a whole bus full of people when you want to get culture. Let Greek culture totally off. At first it will be challenging, getting lost for a couple of hours because you got consume you until the thought of leaving seems unbearable. Learn the language. off at the wrong metro stop, but within a couple of weeks you’ll be like a local. Now, Eat the food. Talk to the locals. Take tons of pictures and memories that will last a try getting completely lost in Etown – not really the same thing. lifetime. Make it your home because it sure as hell will feel like it.


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olidays are often the ties that bind people together. It is through seasonal celebrations that we celebrate life, happiness, family and friends. Elizabethtown College hopes to create traditions that students can look forward to every year. Though Homecoming, Thanksgiving and the spring celebration of Thank God It’s Spring have been popular annual events throughout the decades here at the College, a newer ritual was introduced during the 2008 fall semester. Though the now-annual Holiday Tree Lighting tradition was unfamiliar to the seniors during their first year, the tradition dates back to before many of the faculty, staff and students were even born. According to Director of Alumni Relations, Mark Clapper, the tree lighting ceremony was first introduced in 1966. “When people come to college, people have a withdrawal of family routine and we wanted to have celebration of season on campus,” Clapper said of the original purpose. In 1974, a twist was added in which students would come back from the fall break in October and bring a personal holiday ornament to hang on the tree. Though Clapper is unsure of when the tradition of the ornaments and the tree lighting was lost, he was very happy that it was brought back in 2008. He explained that the two separate movements that brought it about were ideas from Student Senate along with a trustee who wanted to see the tree lit once again on campus. “The student leaders in Student Senate were kind of feeling like they wanted to lift traditions of Elizabethtown College,” Clapper said. He continued to explain that the campus governing body formed a Traditions Committee and they researched what traditions had occurred previously on campus. Several students highlighted the tree lighting ceremony. At the same time, trustee and class

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of 1970 graduate Dave Sykes worked with Barry Freidly and Alumni Relations to bring this tradition to current Etown students. The tree lighting was relaunched in 2008 and is one of the newest annual traditions on campus. This year is the first year that the ceremony was given a theme. Several of the speakers focused on the different ways people celebrate the holidays around the world. Last night’s event began with a blessing by Assistant Chaplain Amy Shorner-Johnson to the campus community that had gathered. Students, faculty, staff and family members alike stood straining to hear as they munched on cookies and clung to cups of hot chocolate to keep warm on the cool fall night. Senior Student Senate member Katie Mellott introduced three of Etown’s a capella groups, Melica, Phalanx and Vocalign, to perform varying renditions of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Joy to the World,” and then junior Chelsea Cornwell presented on Irish holiday traditions. She explained that the Irish leave candles in the window to symbolize the story of Mary and Joseph, they also leave a pitcher of milk and a candle on the table to welcome weary travelers and make them feel at home. She later shared a traditional Irish Christmas poem. Next, Business Department Chair, Dr. Sanjay Paul, offered his thoughts on the “unbridled consumerism” that comes with the season and how he believes fervent shoppers and retailers have lost the reason for the season. He accompanied these statements with the story of the “Gift of the Magi,” and said that it was not about consumerism; it was about love. He finished with telling stories of his childhood holidays in India. The a capella groups once again took the stage and sang student favorites “Jingle Bells” and “Let it Snow.” Clapper and Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Jake Keeler continued the program by taking the crowd on a journey around the world.

They shared stories and traditions of holidays in Belgium, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia and Russia. Finally, the main event came to fruition as College President Theodore E. Long and Student Senate President Monica Natividad lit the holiday tree to a flurry of cheers and applause from the crowd. As the crowd died down, Long sat down in a comfy chair off to the side, reminiscent of “The Fireside Chats,” that Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted during his time in the Oval Office. Long encouraged all kids, big and small, to gather on the blanket in front of him as he read one of his favorite Christmas stories, “The Night Before Christmas.” Though the crowd seemed distracted during his reading, the crowd applauded loudly as he read it for the final time in his presidency. The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony ended with Melica, Phalanx and Vocalign once again gracing the stage to perform two more Christmas classics, “Frosty the Snowman” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Students dispersed quickly, eager to get into the warmth of the Brossman Commons or the library. Senior Paige Service thoroughly enjoyed her first holiday tree lighting. “Drinking cocoa and singing carols definitely put me in the Christmas spirit,” she said. First-year Kohei Ando added, “I felt like I was a kid again.” First-year Kate Claffey also cited Long’s reading as her favorite part. “I thought the President reading the story was cute,” she said. Sophomore Karissa Wade also enjoyed the ceremony. “I think it is a great experience and one of my favorite things Etown does each year. It’s overall a good time for everyone,” she said. Senior Steven DiGrazia put it best: “The tree lighting ceremony was fantastic. I’m glad it has become a tradition at Etown.”

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Radio station works on changing its tune Brittany V. Daiutolo Staff Writer


f you have been in the Jay’s Nest since Homecoming weekend, you may have been surprised to hear a change in the music being played. Those on the board of directors of WWEC, the radio station here at Elizabethtown College, have long been pushing for the station to be played campus-wide. It seems they have finally gotten a start at achieving that goal. Assistant Professor of Communications Dr. Colin Helb has been the major advocate convincing Eric Turzai of Dining Services to have WWEC played throughout the Marketplace, the Blue Bean and the Jay’s Nest. As of right now, WWEC is only being played in the Jay’s Nest. Sophomore Programming director Jon Gabriel is hopeful that WWEC will soon move to the Marketplace. Gabriel described the many changes WWEC has endured between last spring and this fall. “WWEC is constantly changing based on what people like to listen to,” Gabriel said. Gabriel described the atmosphere at WWEC to be consistent with determination. The board of directors works in constant contact with record labels to attain samples from up-and-coming artists, and the board is always contributing new ideas for music to be played on the station to sophomore Brett Antosh, the music director for WWEC. According to Gabriel, Antosh has spent hundreds of dollars in purchasing music for the station so far this year. Antosh reviews the music choices given to him by the board and then makes purchases based on his reviews. WWEC is centered on the students and staff at Etown. The opinions of the students are very important to the way WWEC conducts its shows. Opinion forms can be found in the Jay’s Nest for students and staff to fill out and give WWEC some ideas on what is liked and what could be changed. WWEC is not just centered on music. The radio station is constantly receiving and giving updates

on popular news stories and sports. Everyone on the board of directors is required to put in a certain amount of office hours and radio hours, with a total for each member of three to four hours per week. The WWEC website can be found at, and you can expect to find a live stream, a number to phone in requests, several blogs and updates courtesy of the board of directors. Junior Sean Duetsch is the sports director and takes care of updating the website on behalf of Etown College sports. Junior Dylan Wadell, the news director, does the updating on the website for news, which includes local and national sports. Other members of the board of directors include station manager junior Chris Tjaden; DJ director senior Mike O’Connell; programming Director Gabriel; publicity director, junior Chelsea Decker, Publicity and acting promotions director, and events diImage: rector senior Tori Kamouh. Junior Caitlin Carroll is currently abroad, but she will return to the board in the spring. Currently, Decker and Kamouh cover Carroll’s position. Although it may seem like the board members are all involved with the communications department, Gabriel says this is a common misconception. He gives the examples of Wadell, who is a secondary education major, and Antosh, who expressed an interest in engineering. Gabriel also said he was originally interested in economics before getting a position on the board of directors for WWEC. Gabriel described his position of programming director as handling the commercials and public service announcements played on the station. “The biggest change is how the music is run. Last year we used iPods and laptops. Now, we need restrictions to be played around campus,” Gabriel said. The music this year is all contained and bought on one computer. Music must be officially purchased in order to be played around campus. Another change Gabriel described is the interest in compiling more events. Last year, WWEC hosted an event at Folklore coffee and co., a local coffee


Overexercise harms Kelly J. Clayton Staff Writer

• Campus Security received a call from two students after they had been followed by two males while walking from Schlosser dormitory to Brown Lot. All that is known about the suspects is that they came out of a small, dark, four-door vehicle. •

Sound equipment was reported missing from Leffler Chapel Nov. 12. It has yet to be concluded if the property was stolen or just borrowed from the building.

That same day an Ober bathroom was trashed: soap dispensers were ripped off the wall along with other damages. The culprit has yet to be identified.

A student was found driving the wrong way on Alpha Drive Nov. 13. When stopped by Campus Security, the driver stated she did not know it was a one way street. When asked how many years she had been at Etown, the student said she was a senior.

For a prank, students threw a trash can filled with water into an Ober dorm room Nov. 14.

Dale’s parking tip of the week: 4-way Flashers are to be used for unloading and loading, not for parking in handicap spaces for 10 minutes.

house. According to Gabriel, the station is interested in going bigger and bigger in venue size. Artists of interest include Chiddy Bang and Third Eye Blind. There are currently about 35 DJs who work with the station and host shows, and the daily schedule of shows can be found at The station also gets help from an audio class that requires its students to put in a certain amount of hours a week at WWEC. There have been many noticeable changes on campus this year, and WWEC is no exception. The members of WWEC have shown hard work and dedication to meet their goals and set new ones to achieve. Hopefully, one of their goals will soon be met and we will hear the station in the Marketplace and show the members of WWEC our support for their dedication. Gabriel said, “Everyone on the board stepped up and took on a bigger part.”

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he best way to fight off the effects of holiday stress and rich food is to exercise. Exercise is vital to a healthy life; however, a problem regularly overlooked is its potentially harmful side effects. Senior field hockey captain Linsey Fasold described overexercising as “an extreme, so many hours a day, that it actually has a negative impact on your body.” Junior student-athlete Dan Silver, who works out seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, said, “I work out because I enjoy the feeling of anticipation before starting, the fun and excitement during and the satisfaction afterwards.” While many people across the nation are passionate about exercise, they can potentially become obsessive. By regularly overdoing workouts, the body isn’t allowed time to recover, meaning muscles that were torn down through exertion can’t rebuild. “I work out for many reasons: health and fitness, to be strong and able to defend myself, personal body image and overall well being,” Fasold said. “I want to live a long, healthy, active life.” Junior student-athlete Steven Boyer said, “ I work out to get better for track to help the team win. The better physical condition I am [in], the more competitive I am.” While individuals claim to exercise for athletics and overall well being, those who do exert their energy in exercise over five days a week need to watch out for the signs of overexercise. Yahoo! Health identifies warning signs: decreased performance; disinterest in exercise; mood change; delayed recovery; increased resting heart rate; mental or physical grogginess; insomnia; diminished appetite; weight gain; and weakened immune system. So how can one avoid these warning signs and live an active, healthy life? The best thing to do is listen to your body. If you need rest, then rest.


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Camille Eggermann Staff Writer Once upon a time in 1908, far, far away, in Malden, Mass., Marquis Mills Converse opened a shoe store and factory. Although it was only a small factory at the beginning of the 20th century, nowadays Converse is a worldwide shoe brand decorated in every color and style. These “Chucks” are part of everyday American life. At the beginning, Marquis M. Converse was only manufacturing rubber sports shoes at the rate of 4,000 pairs a day. What was once only a pair of shoes designated for sports use in 1910 is now one of the top-selling shoes in the world today. The factory found the goose that lay the golden eggs with the creation of the Converse All Star in 1917.First introduced for basketball games, All Stars were a decisive shift for Converse’s company. Now, Converse are not only a sport shoe. They have become an emblem of fashion and style. They were a symbol of rebellion for 1950s teenagers and even began to appear in Hollywood productions via James Dean’s outfits. Today, typically worn with jeans, the beloved Chucks are worn with any style. Red carpet premiers, TV shows, Olympic games or casual college days, Chucks are everywhere. Athletes, military men, students and teachers wear Converse shoes. Naturally, with this shoe’s popularity, lots of Chucks can be seen on campus; students and teachers buy them for different reasons. Some buy many pairs and wear them for various occasions: “Oh dear!” first-year Marlena Johnson said while trying to count on her fingers. “I don’t know! I think I have seven or eight pairs.” Some wear Converse because the shoes still maintain the rebellious connotations they had in earlier decades. “I had to dress up for a presentation today, and I wore my black ones. I’m fighting the system, no heels!” sophomore Ashley Clark joked. Other students buy Converse shoes to suit their personalities. “If I were a color of Converse, I would definitely be gray, ’cause I wear my gray ones all the time,” Clark said. For some people, Converse shoes are associated with an older generation. “They have kind of a ‘vintage’ look. It is really funny ’cause my Dad wore them and they are still on,” Johnson said. Some faculty members also seem to appreciate the brand and have had Converse since their childhood. Dr. Matt Willen of the English department was surprised at the significance of his shoes. “The day people ask me for fashion, there’s something wrong. I’m the wrong person for style,” Willen said. For him, his black Converse are more a convenient, comfortable and a functional type of shoe than a stylish accessory. “They are easy to pack, good to wear on a plane, go with all my outfits and make me look good. They are between sneakers and shoes. They’re not too black, not too white. They’re the yin and the yang of the shoes,” He added. Regarding the rebel-

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lious connotation of the Chucks, he strongly agrees: “I didn’t even know they were called ‘Chucks.’ And anticonformism is, I suppose, why I wear them. I’m even thinking about buying red ones because they’re a little bit more ... eccentric.” Willen discovered the brand when he was seven or eight years old. “When I was a kid, I had a lot. But not the high tops, they were too uncomfortable. I’ve always preferred low tops. Plus, they were cheap. Actually, I was just following the tradition,” he said. Chucks are even emblematic of America for a lot of European students, and used to be something that was made only in America. German international student Pascal Caspar describes his idea of what Converse stands for: “C stands for Cool; O for Other things; N for the Niceness; V for the Velocity; E for Effectiveness; R for Right shoe; S for Style; and E for End.” Other students may wonder if the Converse style is a bit overrated. “In a way, yes. There are knock-offs too. Some personalities you wouldn’t think would go with the style Converse is associated with now. Even with my personality, people wouldn’t consider me as the type of girl, Converse-style, punky edge, but I’m complicated, so I like different things,” Johnson said. Chucks are definitely linked with anti-conformism and rebellion, but also with comfort and casual clothing. It is not that easy to get rid of the Converse style ... they are timeless because they match every kind of clothing; they are definitely on the top list of stuff to bring to college for many students. Today, it seems that Converse are more relevant to fashion and urban style and have come to have a different meaning from their original function. “Yes; they might be the best in the 1910’s as far as athletic shoe is concerned. But now so many other considered better for you foot, for shock absorbing,” Johnson said. Now Converse mostly symbolizes rebels or serves as a fashion statement. For Dr. Skillen, who is also from the English department, Chucks have the same meaning. “I got my first pair when I was in 6th grade, they were a gift from my mum.” Skillen said, “Chuck Taylor embodies the American rebel spirit. They are part of the Pop culture; they went back in style recently because of Grunge music in the 1990s. You know Kurt Cobain made the shoes popular again. It is a classic piece of wardrobe. They will never be out of style.”

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e’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how about you? With SWEET events, clubs, organizations and athletics, Elizabethtown College students have a wide variety of events in which they can show school spirit. SWEET implemented a new movement this year called the Blue Sock Nation. Sophomores Amy Baugher and Maura Faherty initiated the movement as a way for students to connect with one another when attending athletic events. The purpose of the socks is to spread awareness about athletic events going on throughout the semester. The hope of the movement is to gain a larger student fan section supporting teams at athletic events. “Although the program is still in its infancy, it has made great progress in encouraging school spirit,” senior Heather Rhoads, A Step Up Coordinator, and E-fit Coordinator said. “In fact, to date, 88 people have joined Blue Sock Nation.” Blue socks are sold at the HUB in the Brossman Commons for five dollars. Upon purchasing the socks, students must sign a waiver signifying that they will support the Blue Jays without bashing the opposing team. “The Blue Sock Nation is a way to support the athletic teams in a positive manner and promote positive sportsmanship for both fans and athletes,” senior Mike White, Events Coordinator said. “My freshman year I didn’t see as strong of a movement to get involved,” White said. “But I’ve been to a lot more games lately, and there are a greater number of students at the games than there used to be.” “The fan turn out has been awesome. Across the board there have definitely been more students at the games,” senior Cameron Gettel, captain for the men’s soccer team said. Sophomores Jennifer Rank and Samantha Strollo attended over half of the men’s games this season, and they decided to paint their stomachs for the playoffs. “We wanted to go out and support the men, and pump up the crowd,” Rank said. “A group of us spelled out ‘we love Blue Jays’ across our stomachs, and others painted

their faces to support the team,” Strollo said. SWEET is also planning to establish different events that are not only focused on athletics. “We may work with the academic departments to create more well-rounded, fun and educational programs,” White said. The Office of Student Activities (OSA) also strives to increase school spirit. It allows other clubs and organizations to promote their events through the monthly calendar that is distributed to all students. OSA offers all sorts of services for groups that want to promote student involvement. They will schedule, plan, coordinate and publicize; all the groups have to do is ask. “We try to offer as many events and activities that are cultural and educational,” White said. Last fall a new program, A Step Up, was created. This program focuses on areas of educational entertainment. For example, this December, spoken word artist George Watsky will be performing in the KÁV. According to the OSA calendar, “Watsky aims to cross-pollinate the stage, screen and stereo with work that speaks to both the humor and frustrations of modern life.” The College also offers other ways to get involved, besides the planned events put on by OSA and SWEET. There are over 80 clubs and organizations on campus which offer a wide variety of activities. Whenever a club holds an event on campus, students are usually willing to participate. “The students care what we do,” said junior Julie Strulson, president of Colleges Against Cancer. “When we hold Relay [For Life], students are always willing to participate and donate.” Although many students agree that school spirit is on the rise, many believe there is room for more. Sophomore Caitlin Setlock said, “The school spirit is young, there is an empty socket, but we all want it.” It is a matter of connecting students together. Students seem to appreciate a way to cross platforms and support their peers involved in different areas of activities. Men’s baseball’s Head Coach Cliff Smith said, “I think it would be great if we could make the student body more aware of the events going on. We could do a better job of supporting each other. Athletics is only a piece of the campus,”

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Stalker stopped; Kanye very alone Joelle E. Atkinson Asst. Campus Life Editor


echnology has changed every facet of the world we live in today. When our parents went to school, they used typewriters to write their papers and Zack Morris’ infamous cell phone from “Saved by the Bell” was the size of a car battery – as well as a societal norm. Now, technology has severely influenced pop culture and the ever-changing pop music scene. 16-year-old Hatsune Miku is a hologram pop star who performs to sold out crowds across Japan’s countryside and has a charttopping single. Though she performed her first “live” show in 2009, she has since become a renowned superstar. Now, fans can take the experience to the next level. The creator of Miku, Crypton Future Media, has developed an application so that the software can be played on any computer and fans can enjoy Miku’s per-

formances from their own homes. American celebrities are much less robotic, and we are well aware of their human qualities. Here are some highlights of the week. Negative attention isn’t necessarily the best attention … The Gosselins’ troubles never seem to end. After a difficult adjustment to their private school near their home in Reading, Pa., two of the sextuplets, Colin and Alexis, were expelled from their institution because of reported bullying and name-calling and will begin to be homeschooled. Surprisingly, this will not be covered in the script of the Gosselins’ newest television show, “Kate Plus Eight.” Speaking of TLC shows about large families …“19 Kids and Counting,” the show that explores the lives of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, may have to up the number to 20. It seems that the Duggar clan will be expanding once more. Their oldest son, Josh Duggar,

and his wife Anna are set to welcome their second child this upcoming summer. The young married couple, whose wedding and first pregnancy were chronicled on the popular TLC show, found out that they were expecting on their one-year-old daughter’s birthday. “And I made up my mind, I’m … [protecting] my baby.” Nicole Richie will soon go to extreme measures to keep her daughter, Harlow, safe. Richie won a restraining order against a paparazzi photographer, Fabricia Luis Mariotto, who has repeatedly “stalked” Richie and lurked around her young daughter’s preschool. “What doesn’t kill me will only make me stronger…” That’s what Kanye West seems to be thinking as he continues to stir up trouble in media outlets across the U.S. His current nemesis? Matt Lauer.

“The Today Show” aired clips of the rap star calling former president George W. Bush a racist after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. “I didn’t need you guys to show me the tape in order to prompt my emotions or whatever,” West said, reacting to the clip. “I don’t need all the jazz ... can we be quiet for a second?” When he continued to grumble, the show fought back by airing the infamous interruption clip with Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. West later took to Twitter, saying that he was canceling his post-Thanksgiving day appearance on the show because of what he called a “very brutal” interview. He continued to say: “I feel very alone, very used, very tortured, very forced, very misunderstood, very hollow, very very misused.” And that’s your Celebrity Dish!

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lizabethtown College sweatshirt? That will be forty dollars. This year, the prices of numerous items in the school store have risen significantly, and the campus community has taken notice. First-year Jeff Bruno feels the prices in the school store are high enough and fears that they may rise even more over the four years that he’ll be here at Etown. “I really hope that the school store doesn’t raise the prices any higher than they already are. They are already high enough.” Many other students on campus feel the same way about the prices being raised. For students who do not have a car on campus, or simply can’t find time in their busy schedules to make a trip to Giant or Kmart, the school store is their only hope for a one-stop trip to fulfill their needs. However, the prices on some of these items are so inflated that it’s worth begging for a ride rather than paying such a high price in most instances. However, Marvin Zercher, Director of the College Store, explained; “If we need to raise the price on an item, it is because our cost from the vendor has increased. We do not select an item, decide we want to make more money on it and raise the price.” Because of the current economic state, businesses may find it hard to keep prices low while still being able to provide the community and students alike with the products that they desire. Zercher also explained that rising oil prices are a large contributor to the increase in prices. “There has been an increase in transportation costs due to the increased cost of oil compounded by the value of the dollar in the world market,” Zercher said. “We work to control the cost of shipping merchandise to our store by selecting the appropriate shipper, combining orders from the same vendor and taking advantage of freight allowances from vendors.” When asked about the rising school store prices, junior Tyler Erdman, like many other students, explained that when it comes to buying school apparel, he prefers to buy from student groups on campus. “I’d rather buy my clothing for the events on campus such as Homecoming, TGIS or the Messiah Halloween game,” Erdman explained; “I can usually buy two or three T-shirts for the price of one that they sell from the bookstore.” However, the school store has made it a point to bring in numerous new items to offset the rise in prices and to appeal to the likes of the campus community. The computer and electronics department seems to be one of the aspects most improved upon. Items such as previously-viewed DVDs, and video games for Wii, Xbox 360 and Playstation, Vocalign and Melica CDs, and iPods as well as their accessories have been added to the store. In addition to electronic and computer offerings, many new clothing items have made their way onto the racks in the school store. With the new athletics logo having been recently unveiled and adopted, this new merchandise goes hand in hand with this design. Nike is now a major provider of our athletic apparel and sports gear, which can be found in the store along with other college-related clothing for all age groups. The College Store encourages students to continue to support their efforts in doing everything they can to make items more affordable for the college community. It is rough being a college student in the present economy, but the school pride attained by purchasing school apparel outshines it all. Images:,


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Hooking up: is the infamous walk of shame worth it? Micah J. Aumen Staff Writer


his is not a story of boy meets girl, couple falls in love and they live happily ever after. While a college hookup can rarely lead to something more for a couple, it usually ends up being non-committal, ambiguous and obscure. For anyone not familiar with a hookup, that’s quite alright, considering there really is no set definition for the word. A hookup is more of a sociological phenomenon than anything else. The best way to explain one is to describe it within the context of our campus culture and each of us individually. A hookup is essentially just the benefits half of “friends with benefits.” The people hooking up usually have an idea of who each other are, and maybe they have seen each other around campus a few times. However, it is unusual for this kind of encounter to occur between friends. The hookup also happens in a variety of ways. It can mean kissing, sex and everything in between. When talking about hooking up, it’s important to establish what we mean. This is to avoid any confusion over the context, because people have different interpretations of the concept of hooking up. For example, I grew up with the understanding that a hookup meant having sex. Imagine my surprise when I came to campus as a first-year and heard people talk about their weekends. To other people, hooking up meant just making out. So there is definitely a lot of confusion. Now you may be thinking, “What’s the problem with hookups anyway?” Well, nothing, if you’re satisfied with moving from person to person, finding self-fulfillment in only a physical connection and leaving with no emotional attachment whatsoever. A hookup is void of any future outside of more fooling around. The problem that lies in a typical hookup is the lack of the three most integral parts of any relationship (friendly or romantic): communication, honesty and trust. Without these three important concepts, a relationship is bound to suffer. Hookups occur on our campus often. They usually happen as a result of meeting friends of friends or through

interacting with other party-goers. Sometimes the people at that time. Simultaneously, there are students who elect know each other, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes there to “stay in” on a weekend in order to study. However, there is alcohol involved, other times not. are exceptions, such as the student who spends his or her Due to its nature, a hookup denies communication be- free time indulging in the party lifestyle but still pulls a 4.0 tween the parties involved. Sure, there is small talk and the for the semester. On the other side of the argument, just initial “getting to know each other.” But once the hookup because a student spends more time studying doesn’t mean is hung up, there is nothing but confusion. Do you call? he or she is guaranteed an “A”. Should you talk to each other if you see him or her elsewhere Hooking up is part of the college culture and lifestyle. on campus? Was it just a one night stand or do we have While it’s not required, it is certainly prevalent in our feelings for each other? By not talking about the situation lives. Being at a school as small as Elizabethtown College, either before or after the we know somebody who’s hookup, everyone is left hooked up with somebody with different perspecelse, if we haven’t ourselves. tives. Nobody is on the Other schools may have an same page. inflated report of hooking up, The biggest side effect but it happens a lot here; maybe of a hookup is the unmore than we would like to adnecessary drama. It’s hapmit. By all means, if you want pened before and will not to hook up solely for the sake stop any time soon. Jealof “getting some,” then who is ousy and latent feelings anybody to stop you; but before will get in the way. Two it happens, just make sure it’s girls who have hooked clear to everyone involved that up with the same guy are it’s only a hookup and nothing bound to develop some more. Avoid the confusion and Image: kind of drama over it. just talk about it. Although not committal, campus hookups can be Drama happens for satifsfying and acceptable in certain circles. As Harland Cohen, author both genders. The misof “The Naked Roommate: conception is that males don’t start any drama over And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College” puts who they hook up with, but there are indeed men out it: “If your partner is too busy getting naked to listen, then there who care about who hooks up with who. Anybody he or she is not the right partner – this is, unless you’re who doesn’t care about the person post-hookup, then looking to find confusion, unanswered questions and congratulations, you’re capable of having an empty, needless drama.” meaningless relationship with another human being The moral of the story is to be safe and smart. Be careful (note the sarcasm). with whom you’re hooking up. Once the morning arrives, A separate and indirect side effect of the hookup is trans- he or she may not be who you thought they were (see: Walk lated in the classroom. While hooking up is not directly of Shame). If you’re looking for something more than just a related to academic success, the act of “going out” could play physical connection, then perhaps hooking up isn’t for you. a role. Students who party every weekend, plus Thursdays, Take it from a guy who’s in the same boat. It’s okay to want looking for a hookup are thus not working on schoolwork something more out of a person.

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Celebrities’ legacies affect career choices for famous kid Kelly A. Sauerzopf Staff Writer


s children, we all want to follow in our parents’ footsteps. They are our protectors, providers and role models. In our eyes, they do no wrong; they are the ideal grown-ups that our young selves want to become one day. If a parent is a celebrity, there is that much more motivation to want to experience the same limelight. There are many celebrity families in the entertainment industry today, such as Will, Jada and the rest of the Smith family, and Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus (to name a few).

Disney star Miley Cyrus followed dad Billy Ray into the limelight.

Is it right to allow, and oftentimes encourage, such media attention at a young age? Whether or not these children are especially talented, there is a certain maturity level that one must reach in order to withstand the scrutiny of the industry. When you are in the spotlight, everyone is a critic, and at a young age some may not be able to endure the harsh comments that may be directed toward them, their music, acting role, etc. Parents should never force their children to lead a certain life, in or out of the media industry, at a young age. Stars of the show “Toddlers and Tiaras” are a perfect example of parents choosing a lifestyle for their children. At age three, every little girl wants to be a beauty queen, but who is to say that they should paste on fake eyelashes and


pose for judges in expensive dresses and high heels? “Some parents want to live vicariously through their children. They put their kids in situations they didn’t have the opportunity to experience themselves, and they try and enjoy these experiences as if they are their own,” junior Emily Mullen said. Regardless of the motivation, a child’s needs should always be put first. “In order to put your child in the limelight, they should have a say in it, even though they’re young. What they do when they’re young will affect them when they’re older,” senior Caitlin Koller said. “Their [chosen lifestyle] can be overwhelming, and it can have consequences when the child is older,” she added. According to Dr. Michael Bishop, behavioral health psychologist, participating in such pageants from such a young age can elicit a multitude of developmental problems. “Toddler

beauty pageants set a superficial expectation about what makes someone beautiful … toddlers are not old enough to make an informed decision as to whether they should compete. Nor are they able to separate the competition from reality, which can make participation even more damaging to their selfesteem,” Bishop told Fox News. Parents want what is best for their children, and they attempt to put them in situations where they will shine. However, forcing a child into early stardom is not always what is necessarily best. On the other hand, oftentimes children desire to follow in their parents’ footsteps. At age nine, Willow Smith released her first single, “Whip My Hair.” According to an article in the Huffington Post, Smith said she “wanted to be famous like her ‘mommy and daddy.’” Though the article claims Smith wanted to postpone her musical career until she was in her teens,

she knew from a young age she wanted to be in the spotlight, just like mom and dad. “I would go on tour with them and watch them and I’d be like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s what I wanna do,” she told the Huffington Post. Naturally, the career paths parents choose influence the lives of their children in one way or another. Some see the lives their parents have led and choose to embark upon similar courses, while others decide on different routes. In celebrity families, many children who have grown up in the eye of the public desire to continue their celebrity status as they enter the various stages of life. Whether the choices these children make are parent encouraged or solely of their own accord, the best interest of the child must always take priority. Not everyone is made for the entertainment industry; “celebrity legacies” should not always be carried on through the generations. Image:



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by Matthew P. Butera

Paul Mackey Class of 2012

“I play shuffleboard with my grandmother.”

Rebecca Schueler Class of 2013

“I always make the apple pie.”

Allan Craven Class of 2011

“My family talks about what they are thankful for.”

November 18, 2010

social issues

Does gender matter in costume choices? Katie G. Pebley Staff Writer


y son is gay. Or he’s not. I don’t care. He is still my son. And he is five. And I am his mother. And if you have a problem with anything mentioned above, I don’t want to know you.” This is the beginning of a blog post by a now infamous Missouri mother who spoke out in her blog, www.NerdyAppleBottom. com, and on CNN, about her son getting bullied by other mothers when he showed up to his church pre-school Halloween party dressed as Daphne from the Scooby-Doo series. He had been Scooby a previous year. Boo, as she refers to her son in her blog, decided with his best friend, a little girl, that they were going to wear the same costume. His mother bought him the costume after repeatedly confirming that he wanted to be Daphne, since five-year-olds have a tendency to change their minds. Everything seemed fine to the mother until they reached his classroom on the day of the party. She wrote, “Two mothers went wide-eyed and made faces as if they smelled decomp. And I realize that my son is seeing the same thing I am. So I say, ‘Doesn’t he look great?’ And Mom A says in disgust, ‘Did he ask to be that?!’ I say that he sure did as Halloween is the time of year that you can be whatever it is that you want to be. They continue with their nosy, probing questions as to how that was an option and didn’t I try to talk him out of it.” Halloween is a holiday with a main focus on dressing up as something you are not. This is a concept that is understood by five-year-olds, since none of the children in the class ridiculed Boo. So why do their mothers not get it? Yes, children can be cruel occasionally, but their mothers try to “wrap up [their bullying] with a bow of concern,” as the blog stated. “If you think that me allowing my son to be a female character for Halloween is somehow going to ‘make’ him gay then you are an idiot. Firstly, what a ridiculous concept. Secondly, if my son is gay, OK. I will love him no less. Thirdly, I am not worried that your son will grow up to be an actual ninja so back off,” Boo’s mother wrote.

Since when have the Halloween costumes you wear as a child dictated the person you will become? I dressed up as a lion when I was three or four, and never have I had the desire to attack a zebra. However, since I am a female, the socalled rules seem to be a little different. The blogger recognized this and said, “If my

and from their best sides. Both were 100% supportive of his choices.” Neither of those teachers said anything about the mother letting him be a girl for Halloween. They knew of his love for the Scooby-Doo series and embraced him as they would any other child in their classroom. Skillen stated, “As an education professional, I cannot comment on, nor second guess, a parent’s choices. To do so would be inappropriate and unprofessional.” It was not unprofessional for the other mothers in the pre-school to comment on Boo’s costume, but it was incredibly inappropriate. The boy is five-years-old. He dressed as a character from his favorite television show, and the character this year just happened to be a girl. To make a big deal of that is absolutely unacceptable, especially since no one would have thought anything of Boo’s best friend, the little girl also dressed as Daphne, dressing as Shaggy or Fred. Sophomore Tom Johnstone, a social studies education major, said, “I feel as though children should have the freeImages: dom to choose what type of costume they wear with obvious limitations. I A five-year-old boy, called Boo by his mother, dressed as Daphne from Scooby don’t think they should be able to repDoo for Halloween and was ridiculed by resent themselves inappropriately either through vulgarity or sexuality, but as the parents of his peers at a party. long as they don’t offend anybody or daughter had dressed as Batman, no one dress in a way that is not age appropriwould have thought twice about it. No one.” ate, then they can have fun and do as Dr. Matt Skillen, director of English they wish.” education at Elizabethtown College, Boo’s mother does not believe that pointed out a long-standing question in her son’s costume should have offended contemporary American society: “Who anyone and she believes that she did the knows best, the school or the parents?” right thing by letting him wear what he In this case, the school was not the wanted. She resolved, “My job as his problem, but the other parents were. mother is not to stifle that man that he Boo’s mother wrote in a follow-up blog will be, but to help him along his way. post, “When we walked in, he didn’t Mine is not to dictate what is ‘normal’ have the wig on as it was a windy day. In and what is not, but to help him become the middle of Mom A’s comments, Boo’s a good person.” teacher came out and said, ‘You can’t be During the mother’s phone-in sesa true Daphne without your wig!’ Then sion with CNN, clinical psychologist Jeff she wrapped her arm around him and Gardere disagreed with her somewhat, led him into the classroom. The assistant but decided, “It’s important that we have teacher was in charge of taking pictures mothers like her who say, ‘Support your and was all over him, making sure she child no matter what it is that he wants to got a couple of the two Daphnes together be in life.’ And for that, I give her kudos.”

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Ross M. Benincasa Managing Editor


hey say that February is a month for lovers. If that’s true, then everything that horoscopic astrology experts say about the people born during this time, under the Aquarius sign, must be wrong. They claim that the Aquarius is more likely to go on a hot date with Ben and Jerry, curled up watching reruns of “7th Heaven” in a Hello Kitty onesie and orthodontic headgear, than actually ever experience a heated kiss. Don’t like this outlook? Well, there is always the chance that they’re wrong, I suppose. In fact, maybe this is the week that you should prove them wrong. They say that you’re also very assertive, so maybe you should force yourself to get out there and make a good impression on someone you like.

My first recommendation for breaking away from your horoscope’s tendencies is to brush up on your zodiac knowledge. Possibly take a course right here on campus, like Amy Simes’ “Myth, Magic and Religion,” to gain some insight on how to break your birthdate spell. Next, go make conversation with that person you’ve had your eye on. This is key, so it’s important not to screw it up. Don’t approach them at a dance acting flirtatious, because nowadays that will just send the wrong sign and we’ll have another sexually charged story on the front page. I can just see the headline now: “Used condom found buried deep in KÁV... again.” Instead, try to catch them at the Blue Bean and offer to buy them a cup of coffee. This at least obligates them to talk to you for as long as it takes them to finish their drink. As an Aquarius, you’re considered to be cool, calm and confident, so utilize this skill to make that special someone feel comfortable around you. Then again, if they do fall for you, you may have to explain the vat of Chubby Hubby and the DVD box sets of “Dragonball Z” back in your dorm room.


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Pain isn’t gain; coping with disappointments Kalie M. Desimone Staff Writer


ver the past four years in college, I have come in contact with so many people. Now that my time has come to an end, I am reflecting on my experience. Some people have become familiar faces in the crowd for me, others have become acquaintances, and very few receive the respectful title of a friend in my book. Among both my friends and acquaintances there seems to be this recurring and underlying emotion that, in my opinion, holds them back in so many ways. Pain and disappointment in any form that occurs in your life is very difficult to handle. I know from several life-altering events that occurred in just my first year alone that nothing is quite so hard to accept but finding out who your true friends are. I learned the hard way that who I thought were my friends, were not. In fact, these “friends” were even ready to stab me in the back at a time when I needed them most. I think that most people come to find that these same “friends” will not only betray you, but will try to capitalize on your misfortune. And yes, while these misfortunes occur, and they hurt you physically, mentally and emotionally, the sad truth is these same disappointments, whether in friends, family, relationships or in your professional life, will occur regularly throughout your existence. It seems to me that many people are not confident in how to best handle disappointments. I am not saying I am any expert; however, when friends or family come to me with dissatisfaction, they seem to let it eat them up to a point where they are physically sick and emotionally drained. I often wonder: why do they do this to themselves?

I do understand that something, maybe very personal, happened or that you may indeed feel hurt and perhaps embarrassed, but why let it run your life? Many people I speak to say they need time to be sad or get their feelings straight. That may be the case; however, I think way too many people spend too much time dwelling on their hurt feelings and not enough time brushing themselves off and creating a game plan for their future. I believe that our culture, and particularly my generation, has been plagued with depression and self-pity over small and insignificant things. Some of my fellow 20-somethings think that since they have had their heart broken once in a friendship or relationship, they will never recover. They obsess over what they did wrong or how much it hurt them, and then they spiral out of control. Now the bad news is, you’re only 22-years-old and you have developed so much emotional baggage that will only continue to grow if you don’t change your attitude about dealing with discontent. The truth is, no one really wants to be with someone who is stuck in the past, still trying to deal with the hurt from past relationships and friendships. The world can be a cold, hard place, but you must learn how to deal with it if you plan on being happy and successful in life. Whenever something disappoints me in life, I simply tell myself to walk it off because being tough-skinned is the only way to survive. Sometimes I feel as if my generation has become a society of people who have been so nurtured by our elders that we don’t know how to handle ourselves in general (that’s a topic for a whole other paper), but especially in times of distress. I do, however, want to make myself clear: this observation does

not include everyone, as there are always exceptions to any rule. I also want to make clear that the disappointments that I am talking about are smaller insignificant stressors, not, for example, the

once again stopping yourself from getting worked up and trying to figure out what you did wrong. Though it is important to learn from your mistakes, it is not what you should be focusing on in the beginning. By remaining positive and thinking about how you are going to move forward, you will not beat yourself up over your mistakes. I like to think of this process as handling a problem proactively rather than reactively. It is always better to figure out your next move because you will find yourself putting your energy in a positive direction instead of dwelling on what you cannot change: the past. Once you figure out where you are going, it is just a matter of followImage: ing through with the plan. death of a loved one or other seri- And just like that you have made ous matters that do require a time it through displeasure without of mourning. Events like these can any drama or anxiety. change your life forever. But when Being tough-skinned is not an your boyfriend dumps you after easy skill to learn. It does take time you have only been going out for and practice, just like anything a month or, God forbid, your new you learn. Repetition is key friends don’t invite you to do in changing your behavior. It is so something one night … well important to take control of your in my opinion, it’s just so crazy life by not getting upset over small to have a major meltdown over things. Disappointment and stress things like that. lead to several medical conditions So now it’s time to gain control that can ultimately inhibit your of your emotions and attitude. otherwise happy lifestyle or even Sit up tall and take a deep breath end it too soon. Beware that life because you can do this! One of will give you many curveballs and the very first things you can do even some lemons. Remember when you come in contact with that how you attack that curveball a disappointment is recognize or lemon determines whether you that it is one. I know this sounds can celebrate a home run or fresh crazy, but when you do this, you lemonade. I hope that my experislow down your train of thought, ences over the past four years can which subconsciously inhibits you be helpful to others. My last piece from getting yourself all worked of advice is to remain positive up right away. Immediately begin and enjoy all the successful and by asking yourself the question, happy times you incur in your “Where do I go from here?” By lifetime: they will help you get asking this question, you are through the tough times.

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women’s basketball

men’s basketball

Ashley N. Kufera Staff Writer

Christian V. Sammartino Staff Writer


The Elizabethtown College men’s basketball team will travel to York for the White Rose Classic this weekend. The York College Spartans will host the four-game tournament, which will be played Friday and Saturday night. The Jays will tipoff the tournament against Randolph College at 8:00 p.m. Friday night. If they beat Randolph, they will advance to play either York or Penn State-York for the tournament title at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. This is the first year the Jays have competed in the White Rose Classic. The proximity of the Classic to Etown provides an advantage over previous tournament locations because it allows the Jays to play in a quality facility while their fans have a shorter distance to travel. “In years past we used to travel distances to tipoff tournaments, but with budget stuff it’s good to go somewhere where it’s less than an hour away, and we will still get good competition,” Head Coach Bob Schlosser said. With their fans behind them, the Jays want to come out strong and play their brand of basketball this weekend. “We always want to be the aggressor,” senior guard Keith Fogel said. “We always want to play hard and play together.” The unified approach will give the squad an edge over their competition. Fogel cited the structure of the Jays’ plays as another advantage for the group. “We have a lot of skilled players, but we have a lot of structure too,” Fogel said. “I think that helps us not get out of control, so hopefully we can capitalize on that.” The time frame of the tournament will test the endurance and composure of the group. The squad will have to play two games in 24 hours. “That is not easy, especially the way we play, because we are an up-tempo team,” Schlosser said. “That is a difficult thing, but again you’re doing it to prepare for somewhere down the road.” The Jays will approach the back-to-back situation the same way they approach the other games of the season. “Just like any other game, you try not to look ahead,” Fogel stated. “Every other team is doing the same thing, so nobody has an advantage. I think we are a pretty deep team, so if a team could go back-to-back I think we are pretty well suited for it.” Schlosser will play at least ten players in the first half to keep his team fresh. This will display the depth of the team, and allow them to test their skills. The starters of the game will be junior Kyle McConnell at point, Fogel at shooting guard, senior Joe Flanagan at small forward, junior Brian Allport at power forward and senior Brian Harrity as a forward. Players such as seniors Mark Vogel and Brady Haughney, junior Dan Silver and sophomores Andrew Mantz and Ben Cable will play early. The nonconference opponents at the White Rose Classic will help sharpen the team for conference play. It will bring them together as a squad and test their ability to adjust to the styles of other teams. “All year long we are banging our heads against Lebanon Valley and Albright, teams we play all the time,” Schlosser said. “We play them twice, sometimes three times a year, so it’s great to go against somebody different.” The White Rose Classic will provide moments for the squad to begin defining itself and begin the preparations they need to be successful in playoff games. “These games in the early season are getting you ready for the bigger games that lie down the road,” Schlosser said. “We are hoping to get some consistency and develop our mindset for those games.”

Squad looks to get diplomatic at F&M Jays aim at Classic Blue Jays will be able to take advantage of if they implement a strategic game plan. “I think we can take advantage of them with our inside game,” Strohman said. “I do not know how he Elizabethtown College women’s basketball team tall they are this year, but our inside girls have gained a lot began its first week of competition this past Monday of experience over the past few years.” Strohman also believes that the Blue Jays are better condiwith a dramatic 67-66 win against the Marywood Pacers. The Blue Jays hosted its first home game Wednesday tioned this year, which will help them against the Diplomats, night but suffered a tough 51-50 loss to the Ursinus and ultimately in the rest of their season. After the Blue Jays go head to head with the Diplomats, Bears. With two games under their belts, they will travel they will hit the courts again the to Franklin & Marshall Nov. 19 to take next day in a game that has yet on the Diplomats, with tipoff at 4 p.m. to be announced. Strohman said Last season when the two teams that they expect to be playing in squared off, the Blue Jays fell just short the championship game of the of a win, losing the game 53-60. tournament that day. “They were very quick and moved well Completing their first week without the ball,” senior captain Megan of games, the Blue Jays will be Strohman said. “We had a very close game rewarded with a week-long break with them that came right down to the and tons of mashed potatoes and last minutes.” The Diplomats also possess gravy. For sports teams, holiday strength in numbers. “Franklin & Marshall breaks such as Thanksgiving will constantly have fresh legs on the court, usually bring up the concern of while we have a smaller team and need to losing momentum and valuable push through until the end,” junior forward practice time; however, StrohmTeanna Ziegler said. an and her teammates see this as The Diplomats’ larger numbers present a well-needed break. the threat of fast breakaways against the “In the past, Thanksgiving Jays. “We definitely need to focus on getting break has not negatively affected back on defense so they cannot take advanus,” the senior said. “If anything, tage of our small numbers,” Ziegler said. it gives our bodies a rest after a The Blue Jays will need to keep watch for Photo: Matthew P. Butera long first week of games. We will some of the Diplomats’ stronger players by Junior Teanna Ziegler will provide an be right back and ready to go putting extra pressure on them. Strohman inside presence for the Blue Jays. after some rest and turkey.” brought attention to one of their junior After a week of relaxation, the Blue Jays come back to forwards, Megan Pauley. “Pauley averages the most points and rebounds per game and will definitely be our biggest practice on Sunday evening. The team has its first conferthreat,” she said. Beth Holt, their senior guard, is another ence game Dec. 1, at Lebanon Valley. “We are expected to player to look out for. According to Ziegler, Holt is a respect- condition on our own over break so we do not skip a beat,” Ziegler said. “We will have a few practices before our next able guard who leads her team very well. Despite F&M’s strengths, they have weaknesses that the game, so we will be ready to go.”

cross country

NCAA Championships cap season Joelle E. Atkinson Asst. Campus Life Editor


e made it!” These were the sentiments of the men’s and women’s cross country teams as they found out they were headed to the NCAA Division III National Championships in Iowa this weekend. Both teams received at-large bids for the nationwide competition after the men placed fourth and the women posted a third-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship Saturday, Nov. 13 at Cooper’s Lake Campground. The men’s team had four out of the top seven runners place within the top 30 on Sunday and gave them a fourth place win. They were led by junior Eric Reichert, whose time of 25:39.0 ranked him 16th overall. Next to cross the finish line were juniors Colby Miller, Charlie Larsen and Russell Speiden. Speiden said he was happy

but I chose not to think about it before the race and ended up achieving my goal of getting in the top 35 runners,” he said. Senior Chris Heisey, who placed 37th overall and rounded out Elizabethtown College’s top five, has high expectations for his final race. He hopes that the Blue Jays will place in the top ten in the nation and hopes to outrun former opponents. “At Nationals, we definitely believe that we can beat some teams that we lost to at Regionals. PersonPhoto: “Drac” ally, I’d like to be in First-year Traci Tempone f i n i s h e d 1 5 t h ov e r a l l a t the top 75; anywhere Saturday’s NCAA Mideast from 50th to 75th place would be a great Regional Championships. performance for me.” with his performance in The women’s team also the Regional Champion- captured a bid to Nationships, even if he wasn’t als with a third-place finfeeling up-to-par in recent ish at Regionals. Led by weeks. “In the weeks lead- an eighth-place finish by ing up to the race, I was sophomore Taryn Shank feeling tired all the time, with a time of 22:22.6,

the Blue Jays had a strong showing with first-year Traci Tempone finishing less than a minute behind Shank. Senior Kristen O’Brien and first-years Eileen Cody and Megan Tursi were also included in Etown’s top five finishers. Women’s Head Coach Brian Falk is confident in their ability to improve on the previous meet. “We have managed to improve steadily throughout the season without any major setbacks, so it is just a case of continuing to do what we’ve been doing,” Falk said. “We need five good races and if we get them, we’ll have a very gratifying result.” Junior and sixth-place finisher for Etown, Kathryn Howser, offered advice for Saturday’s runners: “Don’t be afraid of where you are in the field of girls. When you think about it, you’re running with the people who would be at the front of every race. Just keep running.”

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Katzaman returns to wrestling squad after season away Alena R. Marani Staff Writer


wo-time Academic All-American, graduate student Tim Katzaman is known around campus for his success in the heavyweight division of Elizabethtown College’s wrestling team. Katzaman participates in both wrestling and track and field along with Etown’s occupational therapy program. Wrestling is known for its intensity, technique and determination — all of which Katzaman has. He is known for being a hard worker both on and off the mat, as an athlete and as part of Etown’s five-year occupational therapy program. This major takes up most of Katzaman’s time, while the rest goes into wrestling. “The graduate program is very intensive,” Katzaman said, “and wrestling is a sport that completely drains you, not only physically, but mentally as well.” In order for Katzaman to excel in both occupational therapy and wrestling, he learned to balance school with sports. Katzaman became interested in the medical field because his mother is a registered nurse. At

first, he thought that wrestling is a sport he would major in where competitors athletic training, but don’t have teamhe soon realized that mates to rely on occupational therapy during the match, was more for him. it is essential that “It was a much the team maintain better fit to my pera positive attitude. sonality and for my Katzaman said relygoals of really geting on himself when ting out there and wrestling causes helping people,” Kathim to build up zaman said. “Pair motivation. He also Photo: Matthew P. Butera that with a five-year explained how it’s Graduate student Tim Katzaman won the heavyweight Masters program, division at the Messiah Invitational Nov. 7. common for wreswrestling, and track tlers to have three and field, and I was workouts a day, This means that he cannot Katzaman is very mahooked on Etown.” put all of his time and en- ture and unlike the other which is both physically After graduation in ergy into athletics, but he upperclassmen, he does and mentally exhaustMay, Katzaman plans to does try to balance both. not push the first-years ing. “During practice, stay within Berks Counaround. To you literally sweat, bleed ty, where he grew up, and t h e n e w - and cry,” Katzaman deeven has fieldwork at the c o m e r s , s c r i b e d . “S om e t i m e s Reading Hospital for the Katzaman the only way to make it summer. OT offers him is more of through practice is to a wide range of choices; a “dad-like draw off the energy from however, Katzaman is figure,” as others.” looking into an outpaLast year, Katzaman Graduate student Tim Katzaman M e a n e y tient rehabilitation facilp u t i t . was red-shirted, meaning on his experiences and chance to ity. He is not too worried “He’s very he sat out for the season watch the team grow not only in about where his career is knowledge- to maintain his eligibility. size but also in ability and skill able and a According to Meaney, this headed. “I still have some time hard work- was a big loss for the team. to figure that out, but for His teammates, senior er,” he said. Meaney stated He believes that this year it now I’ll see where my field- Bill Meaney and first- that during practice and has been a huge advantage work takes me,” he said. year Kyle McNulty, had in matches, Katzaman is to have Katzaman back. For right now, Katza- no bad comments about very composed. Now, Katzaman can help man is focusing on wres- the fifth-year senior. Katzaman also spoke guide the first-years with tling and his major, but “Being a freshman, I look of his teammates and the his experience in both unlike other fifth-year stu- up to him,” McNulty said. bond that they have. To academics and sports. dents, he said he doesn’t “He’s very hardworking.” Katzaman explained him, it’s like a brotherhave an easy course load. Meaney explained that hood, a family. Because that his junior year did not

“I’m just trying to savor the experience.”

end the way he expected or wanted. Both he and the coaches, during his senior year, decided that he should take the year off. Instead of not doing any physical activity, Katzaman joined the track team to stay in shape. Many who know Katzaman, speak of what an all-around great guy he is. His teammates and anyone who has spoken to him know how hard-working and determined he is. They also are familiar with his unique sense of humor. Katzaman will be leaving this May to pursue his future in OT, but he will be missed here at Etown. Wrestling at the College has made him more disciplined and has relieved some stress from his schoolwork. Katzaman will miss Etown and the wrestling team. He has helped his teammates in both academics and wrestling, and he knows that they have great success coming their way. “I’m in such a unique position that I’ve seen the program develop from seven guys to a team of 37, and they’re only starting to grow as a national contender,” Katzaman said. “I’m just trying to savor the experience.”

ice hockey

Club team ready for home stretch Thomas D. Hagerty Staff Writer

“Over the summer I practiced on my own, just going to open ice hockey at the ce hockey at Elizabethrink by my house,” Hanaoka town C ollege, a club said. “I think the big thing team still in its early years is that since I’ve been playof existence, has been coming with these guys for three peting in an adult league in years now, we know how we the Harrisburg area since work together on the ice, and the beginning of the sewe are able to put together mester. There are only two some nice rushes and scorgames left this semester ing opportunities.” and a few next semester Defensively, the Blue Jays before the playoffs begin. have not had steady goalThe Jays stand at 3-7-1 in tending, because they have a wide-open division. no steady goaltender. There Sometimes, it is not the have been six different guys overall record that matters, between the pipes in the 11 but how well you perform Photo: Courtesy of Drew Hanaoka games this season. Despite against a big rival. In two Junior Drew Hanaoka fires a shot in the ice the “goaltender by commitwins this year against Mes- hockey team’s Sept. 30 game against Brick Haus. tee” approach, the Jays are siah College, the Jays have Etown won the game 2-1. middle of the pack when outscored the Falcons 8-3. it comes to goals against, First-year Kurt Shollenberger has three goals against averaging five per game. Hanaoka is pleased with the the Falcons, equaling Messiah’s total as a team. Junior defense this season but knows the team needs to capiDrew Hanaoka, who has a couple of goals against talize when on offense. “We get so many opportunities,” the Falcons himself, is leading the offense this year he said, “but we have trouble finishing them.” for the Blue Jays. Hanaoka is averaging better than A mid-season addition to the roster, first-year Laua point per game, with nine goals and three assists ren Merroth, hopes to help the offense. After watching in 11 games this season. He attributes his successes a few games from the stands, Merroth decided to join this year to hard work. the team and has played in the last eight games. She


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Senior Keith Fogel’s point total in the men’s basketball team’s season-opening victory at Penn State Harrisburg Nov. 15 played on a successful women’s club team before coming to Etown. Her team played all over the Northeast Region and even made it to Nationals in Michigan after an undefeated season. She is very happy to be able to play for the club team here. “I’m lucky to go to a great school and still get to play the sport I love,” Merroth said. She has had increasingly more chances to play each game, while she is still getting used to playing with her new team. Being on the same page is difficult joining a new team, but it must be so much more difficult to go from playing in a women’s league to a coed league that is mostly male. “It’s different dynamics, and other teams are a little apprehensive,” Merroth said, “But the guys have been very welcoming to me on the team. I was grateful for that.” Shollenberger, Hanaoka, Merroth and the rest of the Blue Jay ice hockey team play Monday, Nov. 22 at 9:15 p.m. at Twin Ponds East in Harrisburg. They will finish the fall semester against Messiah, Dec. 8 at 9:45 p.m. at Twin Ponds West in Mechanicsburg.



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November 18, 2010

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Blue Jays treading water with lack of depth Kaitlin I. Scheurich Staff Writer


hat lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson certainly understood that believing in yourself and your capabilities, when faced with a challenge, could be more important than the actual obstacle itself. The Elizabethtown College swim teams have applied this concept to their season, as they face many challenges; however, with leadership and determination, they hope to succeed in the Middle Atlantic Conference. One obstacle the team is facing is the depth. The men’s team, consisting of only underclassmen, is a fairly small squad. “The men’s team does only contain three sophomore boys and four freshmen boys,” junior captain Julie Strulson said. “One of the sophomore boys, Ryan Hannon, was chosen to be captain.” The team looks to its underclassmen to step up and become avid leaders. “Very few other schools have as small a team as we do, and it’s really unfortunate. Although they lack depth, the men’s team does not lack talent,” Strulson said. “If their team had the

numbers like other teams, then I as captains use our leadership said. “It then, in turn, motivates they would be a serious threat, together to help not only the the women’s team to stand bebut when they can’t even fill up men’s team but the women’s hind them and support their relays it becomes out of reach.” team, too,” Strulson said. “I efforts. I have never seen their While other schools can definitely think the freshman fewer number of swimmers behave a slight advantage over boys not only look to Ryan and ing a huge disadvantage, just a the Blue Jays due to their lack I, but also to the two senior chance for them to step up and of swimmers, the team still girls on the team.” prove themselves.” believes in their abilities and Both captains look to keep It’s that team cohesiveness unity to help them accomplish the unity of the teams in full that keeps the Blue Jays as a their goals. force, as it helps them push steady competitor, while they “For the three years prior each other and strive to achieve believe in what each team is that I was on this team, the men’s team, in terms of numbers, has never compared to schools that we have c om p ete d against. This year is no different,” senior Stephanie Hellman said. “Given that we have a men’s te am of only freshmen and sophomores, Photo: I feel that they now know how Courtney Kelly, one of two seniors on Elizabethtown College’s women’s important each swim team, won the 200-yard IM in the team’s Nov. 10 107-98 win over one of them are the Messiah Falcons. and are stepping up and taking charge.” their goals in the MAC. “Even capable of doing. “A lot of The captains, Hannon and with fewer numbers, the boys changes have been made,” Strulson, keep the team fo- still have the potential to win Strulson said. “And a lot of cused and determined and meets because they all come quality swimmers have been aid in the unity of the teams. with their own set of strengths, brought in to increase our “Although we are technically and they use that to push and chances of being contenders two separate teams, Ryan and motivate each other,” Strulson for the MAC Championship.”

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Athlete of the Week Eric Reichert

T. Gavin Nevill Sports Editor


ast fall, Eric Reichert finished 23rd with a time of 25:59.6 at the NCAA Division III cross country championships, earning AllAmerican status. The junior from Hershey, Pa., lists the honor as his greatest athletic accomplishment. At last Saturday’s Mideast Regional Championships, Reichert ran a 25:39.0 and finished 16th as the Blue Jays finished in fourth place. Elizabethtown College’s cross country team earned an at-large bid and will run at this weekend’s Division III Photo: championships in Waverly, Iowa. Another effort like last week and Last season, Eric Reichert Reichert may be able to call himself became Etown’s fourth cross a two-time All-American. country All-American.

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Sports Recap Men’s Swimming (1-2) Etown 124, Lycoming 126 Women’s Swimming (2-0-1) Etown 131, Lycoming 131 Men’s Basketball (1-0) Etown 83, Penn State Harrisburg 70 Women’s Basketball (1-1) Mar ywood 67, Etown 68 Etown 50, Ursinus 51 Wrestling (1-0) Etown 33, Johns Hopkins 11


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Women’s Basketball November 19: @ Franklin & Marshall Men’s Cross Countr y November 20: NCAA Division III Championships Women’s XC November 20: NCAA Division III Championships Men’s Swimming November 20: @ FDU-Florham November 23: @ Lebanon Valley Women’s Swimming November 20: FDU-Florham November 23: Lebanon Valley Wrestling November 24: vs. Delaware Valley @ Kutztown EtownBlueJays .com

Etownian Issue 9 - 11/18/2010  

The Etownian student newspaper - November 18, 2010