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Haiti earthquakes propel students in charitable efforts

Brittany V. Daiutolo Staff Writer


n Jan. 12, 2010, a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, causing much devastation. According to BBC News, it is estimated that as many as 200,000 were killed and 1.5 million left homeless due to the tragic earthquake. On Jan. 20, a 6.1 magnitude aftershock occurred west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capitol. BBC News reports that although many are trying to give aid to the survivors, supplies are slow to reach them. Many unbelievable survivor stories are now circulating, including the miraculous tale of a man rescued 11 days after being trapped under rubble. Members of the Elizabethtown College community have decided to join in the cause and help the survivors of this tragedy. A dance cosponsored by NOIR and the Latino Union was held Saturday, Jan. 23, and each attendee was asked for a one-dollar donation to benefit the survivors in Haiti. The dance raised $656 for the Red Cross. The Business Office is also maintain-

ing an account where monetary contributions will be accepted to help survivors. Etown has decided to donate $1,000 to start off the account. If you would like to donate, checks can be made payable to Elizabethtown College with “Haiti Disaster Relief Initiative” indicated on the memo line, or can be made out to “The Church of the Brethren Relief ” and given to the Office of Civic Engagement. Your student ID can also be used to make a donation. In collaboration with Millersville University, the College is collecting supplies to donate to the cause. Rations will be flown to Haiti under a United Nations flag after the three-week collection period. Items needed include toiletries in Ziploc bags (washcloths, deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets, sheets, T-shirts, flip-flops or sandals), flashlights and batteries, towels, diapers, formula, and large buckets with lids. Students can find donation drop-offs at the Student Center and the Center for Global Citizenship. Unfortunately, several scams have been reported in which people actually keep the money collected for relief efforts. According to ABC News, one scam is an e-mail with the subject “Make Your Donations Now,” and it lists the British Red Cross Society as their organization. There are multiple spelling errors in the e-mail that asks for donations to be wired from Western Union transactions. If you are interested in donating through the Red Cross, visit directly to avoid the scam. Scammers have also used Facebook and MySpace to deceive people into believing

certain groups they are joining will donate the money they ask for to Haiti. One group had 1.5 million members before being disabled, according to The Red Tape Chronicles on Rumors are circulating that Facebook would donate one dollar per person who changed their status to include the tragedy in Haiti. This page also warns about accepting every friend request you receive because hackers can post links to viruses on your wall or invite you to a fraudulent group. The FBI has issued some tips to stay protected from scammers and fraud. They advise not to respond to any spam e-mails or click on any links these e-mails provide. Be hesitant to believe people representing themselves as survivors asking for e-mail donations, or donations through a social networking site. You should verify the legality of a non-profit organization by using various Internet-based resources. Also, be cautious of e-mails containing pictures of the areas affected by the earthquake, as many of them contain viruses. More information can be found at


Do You Want To Help? Sadly, after the tragedy in Haiti, a great deal of scams have emerged asking for funds to help victims of the earthquake. If you do want to donate, make sure your generoity makes it to those in need. These organizations are credible and will make sure the relief goes to who truly needs it: • American Red Cross • Americares • Food for the Poor • Save the Children • Water Missions International • Direct Relief International • Convoy of Hope • Doctors Without Borders • CARE In addition, is a great resource to verify which foundations are legitimate. A little goes a long way in disasters such as these.

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January 28, 2010

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Jayd-ed edge

Rachel A. Marsteller News Editor

Ice-cold Bar At one eastern Pennsylvannia restaurant, getting a cold one is no problem: everything is on ice — and under it and surrounded by it. Damenti's Restaurant in Butler Township has set up a temporary free-standing bar with a pirate theme in its backyard that is made almost completely from 50 tons of ice. To keep the ice from melting, air conditioning brings the mercury down to about 20 degrees. Owner Kevin McDonald says he hopes the novelty will bring in the crowds. About 40 people can fit in the 480-square-foot structure. The decor includes a skull and crossbones that covers an entire wall, as well as pirate motifs and sayings etched into both inside and outside walls. Runaway Letters A spelling prank in a class photo of more than 600 seniors in the Houston area led to the suspension of three students. Some students wore T-shirts spelling out "CLASS" as part of "Class of 2010" in a formal shot. However, KHOU-TV reported that in a later informal shot, students representing "C" and "L" moved from the front row, leaving behind an offensive threeletter word. Administrators at Cypress Ridge High School cited the school's code of conduct and suspended the three students for three days, beginning last Tuesday. Senior Austin Knight said "C and L ran off," and that the incident is not the fault of the three remaining students, who were fined $135. The money will help pay the cost of retouching the photo. Senior Raymond Carrigan said the students were "ignorant and disrespectful." Ferret Thieves Police in Mexico City have rescued 150 ferrets from armed robbers after a high speed chase. Three robbers took 14 of ferrets imported from the U.S. from a truck by force after the vehicle left the Mexico City airport. Two suspects were arrested and another escaped. Police say they found the furry contraband after the suspects crashed their car into a tree and then fled on foot. Police said Friday that the veterinarian who had originally purchased the ferrets reclaimed them. The ferrets were unharmed. Compiled from

Long announces imminent retirement Kara M. Luzik Staff Writer


t’s a regular, dark blue, T-shirt. Across the front, white letters spelling “Teddy is My Homeboy” wrap around a very familiar looking caricature. At their release, they sold out in less than three hours to students, alumni and board of trustees members. The humorous T-shirt references Elizabethtown College’s president, Dr. Theodore Long, who recently announced his retirement, effective July 31, 2011. “The fact that they sold out so quickly was a testament to how wellliked and respected Dr. Long is,” Jason Rose ‘07, a co-creator of the T-shirts, said. Rose said the T-shirts were created for a Class of 2007 fundraiser as a spinoff of the popular “Jesus is my Homeboy” T-shirts. Approaching Long for permission to print the shirts was not a nerve-wracking task for Rose. “I had always had a great relationship with Dr. Long since he came to two or three Senate meetings a year,” Rose said. “He gave us plenty of opportunity to voice our concerns around campus.” Long became president in Sept. 1996 after serving as provost at Merimack College in Massachusetts. When he first visited Etown, he had the same experience that many students do: he fell in love with the place. Though he was a finalist for presidency at five institutions, his immediate bond with this campus made his decision to accept Etown’s offer a lot easier. “I came to the campus, I met people, and I said, ‘This place clicks,’” Long said. As he began his job as president, Long asked Wayne Nicarry, thenchairman of the board of directors, what the board wanted him to do.

Nicarry told him, “Take us to the next level. We want to become better.” In his 13 years at Etown, Long has obviously listened to Nicarry’s advice. Etown has been ranked among the top five comprehensive colleges in the North by U.S. News every year under Long’s direction. He has increased the number of faculty holding Ph. D.s from 74 percent to 90 percent, improving the quality of faculty. He has also introduced 15 new programs (11 academic and four athletic) including the college honors program and the occupational therapy Master’s program. Long has been a part of many events, but his favorite is the visit of Bishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa. In 1999, Tutu was the capstone speaker of Etown’s centennial celebration. The speech was given in Thompson Gym, which was packed to capacity. “It was dramatic to see people’s response,” Long said. “His speech seemed to capture some of the finest features of what the College is and can be.” When asked what he’d miss most about Etown, Long replied without skipping a beat: “The people. I’ll miss getting up and seeing people, I’ll miss the daily routine of our interactions, and I’ll miss most of all what we get to do together.” Long and his wife Betty will spend their retirement in Maine. Around the same time they moved to Etown, they bought a house in Maine with ocean views that they’ve used for retreats. However, they won’t be spending all their time in the Northeast. “We will probably not spend a lot of time in the winter there because I’m not a big winter guy,” he said. Luckily for the Longs, they have a daughter who lives in Florida, so they will have plenty of opportunities to visit the Sunshine State when Maine freezes them out. Maybe they will swing by Etown for a visit on their trip down the East Coast.

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Internships give students a leg up for jobs Elizabeth A. Shea Staff Writer

college environment provides to help students learn the basics. If a mistake is made throughout a course, there is often a chance to amend it without serious repercussions. However, in a real job situation, a mistake may be enough to cost a person a job or a promotion. Therefore, internships provide what Downing refers

he did not want to pursue a future career in law based on the tension and anger in the office on a daily basis. n a declining job market where employOn the other hand, an internship can ment opportunities seem harder to solidify a people’s career choices, narsecure than ever, many people, especially rowing places where they may plan to college students, are searching for answers apply in the future and showing emon how to set themselves apart from the ployers that they have past experience crowd of qualified applicants. in a similar setting. Certain College classes provide the internships also may provide fundamental building blocks concrete materials such as to prepare students for the depublished articles and projects mands of the real world. Howthat can be added to a portfoever, these skills are merely the lio and résumé. training tools used to begin to Although internships are equip future applicants for realoften found with the aid of world demands. If provided professors and career center only with the basics, how can resources, there is a growa student be fully qualified to ing trend of paying to secure enter the job market? In today’s an influential internship. In market, the importance of 2007, Newsweek magazine internships cannot be underpublished an article detailing stated. As students begin apthe price that some parents plying to employers, they will and students are willing to Image: be up against countless others pay to intern placement serInternships offer students a better chance in the job market who carry the same credentials vices such as University of when they finially reach graduation. Dr. David Downing says and degrees. These employers students should select intenships at organizations where Dreams, based out of Calif. will look to résumés to see what they would like to work in the future. For a price anywhere from sets candidates apart from each $500 to $9,000, these services other, and the most notable difference will to as a “sink or swim environment.” Stu- help to place students at the top of apbe experience. dents begin to experience real demands plication piles at high profile compaDr. David Downing of the Elizabeth- of the job market and realize what they nies such as Tommy Hilfiger. town College English department is a ma- are capable of doing with the skills they Although it is not the most common jor proponent of the unique aspects and have learned in class. way of seeking placement, it shows the experiences that internships can provide In addition to experience, internships lengths that some students will go to in to prepare students for future success. provide the unique chance for students to order to secure an experience that will Internships involve working as part of understand jobs from the inside, which set them apart from peers when they an established company or department can help them decide if it really is some- enter the work force. that depends on interns getting their thing they could see themselves doing However, for those at Etown not work done both on time and correctly as a career. interested in such drastic measures but the first time. Without experience in the work still seeking to find valuable experience, Downing said a common statement environment, it is nearly impossible to contacting the head of their department from internship supervisors is that grasp the true atmosphere of a position. or taking a trip to Career Services is an students often require too much “hand Downing offered a specific example: after excellent step toward finding a fulfilling holding,” which is something that the interning at a law firm, a student realized and rewarding internship.



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Sarah Palin considered presidential candidate for 2012 Khouri E. McGrann Assistant News Editor


ince Barack Obama has now been in office for over a year, the Republican Party is getting restless. The GOP is already gearing up for the next presidential election, and several contenders are in the running. Among them are Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. Of these three potential candidates, one seems to be making her name in the political world. Rumors are buzzing that Palin plans to run for president as the Republican nominee in 2012. In 2008, Palin burst onto the political scene when she ran for vice president alongside Senator John McCain in the presidential election. McCain and Palin lost to Obama and his running mate Joe Biden in the first Democratic victory since Bill Clinton in 1993. Despite the loss, Palin may have set her sights on the White House. In July 2009, Palin left her office as Governor of Alaska. Although there has been speculation as to why Palin stepped

down, many political analysts believe and facing her daughter’s unexpected her motivation was to make way for pregnancy. Palin also addresses poher presidenlitical opinions tial campaign. throughout the Less than six book. The tour months later, ran all over the in November countr y, giving 2009, Palin Palin an opportupublished her nity to gain pubbestselling licity and keep book “Gohe r p ol it i c s i n i n g R o g u e”, the mind of the and launched American public. a book tour Overall, despite to promote a loss in the last its publicael e c t i on , Pa l i n tion and dishas kept herself tribution. Her in the political book discusses spotlight. struggles such Many memas b a l anc i ng bers of the Repubwork and famlican Party who Image: ily, serving in were not pleased office as Gov- Palin has been speculated to be running with the results of in 2012. She came onto the political scene ernor of Alasthe 2008 election after being chosen as McCain’s running ka, raising a mate in 2008. already see Palin child with disas the opposing abilities, having a son in the military nominee to Obama in 2012. They

e t a n e S s t e p Snip The new semester brings a multitude of updates from Student Senate, including Club Council news, Passport Program additions and several open class Senate positions. Club Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 9. Representatives should keep an eye on their e-mail accounts for details about the meeting. New businesses in the area have joined the Passport Program. A full list of participating establishments from which Etown students can receive discounts can be found at www. If you want to join Senate, the Class of 2010 needs two new representatives, while the Classes of 2011 and 2012 are each looking for one representative. Interested students should log onto to download a petition, which they must complete in order to be on the ballot. Elections will then be held Tuesday, Feb. 2 and Wednesday, Feb. 3. Contact SENATE@etown. edu with questions.

believe that if Palin makes intelligent career maneuvers, such as joining the Republican Governors Association or the National Governors Association, she could improve her chances. International appearances, such as visiting military bases, may help to round out her résumé. However, other potential Republican frontrunners like Romney and Huckabee are still under consideration. Both politicians ran against McCain for the Republican bid in 2008. For Palin to succeed in gaining the GOP presidential nomination, she would need to win the Republican primaries. Political analysts estimate that in order for her to achieve that she must have at least 35 percent of the total Republican vote. Palin has kept quiet on the subject; however, on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” last week when questioned on whether she would be running, she said that she was not giving it serious consideration but neither confirmed nor denied her possible running status. Palin was very careful to keep her options open.

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Dean’s List requirements changed Khouri E. McGrann Assistant News Editor

states that beginning in the 2010-11 academic year, in order to graduate with cum laude, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.6. Until that nown for its academic rigor, Elizabethtown change is made, cum laude graduate honors require College has consistently been listed in Barron’s a cumulative grade point average of 3.5. This change Guide to the most prestigious colleges, Peterson’s also has not been published in any campus news, but Competitive Colleges and Princeton Review’s Best can be viewed in the College Catalog. Northeastern Colleges. Recently, Etown has increased This unexpected change comes as a surprise to some its standards even more. since the slight differentiation In the 2008-09 Colin requirements was not made l e g e C at a l o g , u n d e r known to the student body. The “dean’s list,” it stated, “A Academic Council and Faculty full-time undergraduate Assembly met last academic year who earns a semester to discuss the required GPA for grade point average of cum laude and the dean’s list. 3.5 or better in nine Students have mixed feelings or more credit hours on the change. Junior Joe Klinger of letter-graded course thinks it is positive. work is regarded as hav“The higher standard for ing performed with disdean’s list makes the College tinction. This student is more prestigious,” he said. placed on the dean’s list Steph Patterson, another of Honor Students for junior, feels differently. the semester.” “I worked hard for my dean’s Changes were made list certificate with a 3.5,” she in the 2009-10 version of said. “Now I’m going to have to the catalog, which states work even harder for a 3.6.” that a full-time student Both agreed that the Colwill earn a spot on the lege should have made this dean’s list with “… a 3.6 news more public, alerting or better in 14 or more students through an e-mail or credit hours, of which at letter home. Image: least 12 credits are letter “If I had known about this graded course work …” In order to be on the Dean’s List, the required sooner, I would have come into The changes in re- GPA has gone from 3.5 to 3.6. The change the semester with the knowledge quirement are subtle, but extends also to students who are striving to that I was going to have to work still significant. Instead of graduate cum laude. This change came as a harder. At least I wouldn’t have suprise to many students. a 3.5 or higher with nine been surprised,” Patterson said. letter-graded credit hours, dean’s list hopefuls must These students also agreed that the change in cunow achieve a 3.6 in at least 12 letter-graded hours. mulative grade point average requirements for cum These changes were not published over campus news, laude should have been better advertised. but they are available in the online catalog. “I want to graduate with honors,” Patterson said. “If Furthermore, graduating with honors will also be I had known about this change when it occurred last adjusted in the coming years. The College Catalog year, my work ethic might have been different this year.”



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Coach Joe Ehrmann offers advice, life lessons to athletes Ehrmann began his discussion by singling out every Elizabethtown College student in the audience and calling them “the hope of the country,” stating that the curhat does it mean to be a real man in our soci- rent generation of college students would be the ones to complete the work his generation started with the Civil ety? For that Rights Movement. matter, what does He said he longs for it mean to be a real an America where all woman in the world people — regardless today? Such was the of geography, race or discussion in Lefstatus — can carve fler Chapel Monday, out a comfortable exJan. 25, when Joe Ehistence if they simply rmann took the stage strived for it. to lay down a whole From there Erhmess of life lessons mann focused on he felt college students one thought: “How should follow. do we [as a society] A former NFL come together?” He football player and talked about how ordained minister, on a football team, E h r m an n h a s d e people from all over voted most of his the country — from life to ser vice and different racial, to helping the less economic and geofortunate. The vast graphic backgrounds majority of his work — come together, has been focused in set aside their differthe city of Baltimore, ences and fight towhere Ehrmann and gether for a common his wife moved after goal. He asked the he finished seminary audience if it were school. There, he copossible for a similar founded the Baltithing to happen on a more Rona ld McPhoto: Melanie R. Giardina national scale. Donald House and Erhmann said we has since received a Joe Ehrmann speaks on stage in Leffler Chapel Monday night. all should “find our slew of awards for His talk focused on becoming the best person you could possibly personal well-being humanitarian work. be and solutions to society’s most pressing issues. Peter S. Northrop Features Editor


in the context of our communities.” He urged the students in the audience to “make sense of [their] own lives,” citing a study that showed that parents who “examined their lives” and determined what they stood for in the world had a better chance of raising children to meet their full potential. Ehrmann then pulled out more studies and surveys to show students how to live. He told the audience that the three greatest regrets people had when looking back on their lives were, one, that they did not reflect more; two, that they did not risk more; and three, that they did not leave more of a legacy. He urged audience members to slow down from the “warp speed” at which they were living their lives and to take stock of what really mattered to them, to appreciate life as it happened and to invest more time in things that would last until long after they had died. After all of this, Ehrmann turned his attention back to society. He spoke at great length about “the crisis of masculinity,” which he called “the single greatest crisis facing our nation today.” He said that men were too easily influenced by negative forces and were pressured into becoming bad people by society alone. He said it was up to all men to be “real” men — to find out what they believe in and stand up for it. He also said that the second greatest crisis facing America is a great “Crisis of Femininity,” which bares similarity to the “Crisis of Masculinity.” According to Ehrmann, college students (especially student athletes) need to realize how they are already becoming role models for younger boys and girls. He showed a series of videos displaying the point that “children see, children do.” If adults don’t serve as positive role models for children, then those children are likely to make negative life choices. Ultimately, Ehrmann advised that it was up to each and every individual to figure out what he or she stood for and make positive decisions:. “You move toward and become that which you believe about yourself.”

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Arrival in Costa Rica reveals colorful landscape, people Lindsey A. Evans Staff Writer

The motto of my first day in Costa Rica was, “You are not lost until you have somewhere else to be.” To use the bus system hrough bits of frost I watch the tendrils smoothly, you never ask the fare; just hand of cloud blaze hibiscus orange. The the driver 350 colones (about 60 cents) and waning light stumbles over a puckered line wait for change or a nod. In a white cathedral on the ocean: a chain of islands that look on Heredia’s highest hill, a red-robed priest like painted-over bubbles in blue paint. intones a Catholic mass while sunlight, The Florida Keys? The Caribbean?  I am sounds from the park and the occasional not sure. Countries blur in the air. Nations Tico (Costa Rican native) glides in the mean nothing until you land again. At night open doors. The splendor of the wood and there is no distinction between sky, land and gilt altar almost matches the majesty of the sea.  Above, the Cheshire grin of the moon; garden outside. In El Parque Central, todbelow, lights like a galaxy of stars, and an dlers squeal at speckled pigeons while street musicians in traditional dress fill the air with adventure unfolding before me. sweet panpipe tones as bright as the dyed feathers on their headdresses. I am not sure what dried fruit is in my “batido”, but the milkshake goes down smoothly.  In search of more traditional fare, like the “gayo pinto” I had that morning, I survey produce heaped in the beds of pick-up trucks that line the streets.  For a few coins, a Tica with a kind and weathered face hands me a freshly-peeled mango Photo: Aimée Dimichelle dripping with juice. This is A view of the expansive Costa Rican countryside the taste of Costa Rica.


When I return to my host house, via a less-than-direct route my host mom and I stroll a block to get fruit and corn flour for the local version of tea. Every few steps is a congenial greeting; the whole neighborhood is a tightly-meshed network. Leo, the 8-month-old son of my host parents, and I have our first “pipo” (coconut water) together. To open the no-frills packaging of a knotted plastic bag, simply bite the corner and suck for a refreshingly sweet experience. Susan, my host mom, assures me that this is nature’s Gatorade, the best thing for dehydration. My first attempts at making tortillas are not very close to perfect circles, but they taste good with butter, cheese and avocado.  We dance the salsa in Leo’s nursery; children learn early here. The whole country moves to the quick, upbeat rhythm of salsa, from the cadence of conversations to the freelance pace of traffic. How to capture Costa Rica: the harmony of street noises, the mild taste of “café con leche,” or coffee with milk, the chatter of unseen birds in palm trees, a sticker of the Santa María next to Tweety Bird above the bus driver.  But most memorable of it all is the exotic, fascinating, comforting salsa beat, pulsing under the whole country and bringing it together. ¡Pura Vida, Costa Rica!

Meet your columnist!

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Lindsey Evans is an Elizabethtown College biolog y major who has the opportunity to spend three months researching sea turtles at the Center for Costal Studies in Baja, Mexico. The idea of experiencing a new culture, new country and whole set of experiences is incredibly enticing to her. This first column recounts her two-week pit stop in Costa Rica to brush up on her Spanish before her research in Baja. She will send biweekly updates on her adventures all throughout the semester.


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Bertini offers look inside unique pre-college experience Marc C. Weber Assistant Business Manager


et’s all think back to our old school days. Of what did a typical day consist? In elementary school, we learned math, history, art and physical education. We ate lunch in a large cafeteria and ran around at recess to give our young minds a rest. In middle school we moved on to harder material, such as algebra, composition and foreign languages, and said goodbye to recess. Across the nation, millions of young children and adolescents are taught to learn this way ­— it is the “conventional wisdom” of our country. However, some parents choose a different style of education for their children. Sophomore Julianne Bertini, a 2008 graduate of the Waldorf School of Garden City in New York, is one of the few students at Elizabethtown College who did not follow the traditional path of education. But what makes the Waldorf School different from traditional high schools? “It is important, but not necessary, to start early,” Bertini said. “Kids from the very beginning learn in different ways. The classrooms don’t have desks until first grade, and [the rooms] are


painted in pink colors and have lots of windows. The beginning of education in Waldorf is to use your imagination.” Most of us are accustomed to learning material as educators decide to teach it to us, whether or not a particular student is ready to learn it, and to taking exams which determine our mastery of t he mater ia l. This is not typic a l i n Wa l d or f education. “The general philosophy for Waldorf education is to only teach a child something when they are ready to le ar n it,” B er tini said. “The process allows children to want to learn. My class and I didn’t really learn to read until we were in third grade, but we did

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know how to vaguely speak in French and German, knit, crochet and sew. In Waldorf you don’t start getting grades until seventh grade.”

combinations, and about thirty more,” Bertini said. Not only was Bertini able to make the academic transition to Etown College, she was able to make the social transition into college with little help. “One “My class and I didn’t really o f t h e r e a learn to read until we were sons I picked Elizabethtown in third grade, but we C ollege was did know how to vaguely because it reminded me of s p e a k i n F r e n c h a n d Waldorf. The German, knit, crochet sense of family and community and sew. In Waldorf you was very promdon’t start getting grades inent in Waldorf, and I got until seventh grade.” the same feeling One may wonder: how Julianne Bertini at Etown,” BerSophomore can a Waldorf-educated tini said. student be prepared for Adju s t i ng college material? “Once to the comparatively large size of you get to high school, Etown College was the biggest chalthe experiences are closer lenge for Bertini. “I graduated with 23 to regular high schools but classmates and knew most of the 368 are still closely related to the students from nursery to 12th grade philosophy of the school. In in Waldorf. It was a little shocking all the grades we have classes when I first walked into the Marketcalled ‘Main Lesson Blocks,’ place and saw what felt like a million which are hour-and-a-half class- students rather than the 90 high es in the morning about different school students.” subjects. We study different subNot every student has to learn the jects in more detail rather than in same way to reach his or her potential. an overview style of teaching. Some Schools such as the Waldorf School of the Main Lesson Block classes design their curricula to reflect what I had in high school were Russian they believe is most important for literature, symptomatology, protec- their students. Just as “Educate for tive geometry, medieval romances, Service” is Etown’s motto, the motto history through architecture, for the Waldorf School is “Reach for transcendentalism, Dante’s the stars while keeping your feet firmly Inferno, … permutations and on the ground.”

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Martin Luther King week celebrated with diverse events Peter S. Northrop Features Editor Near Right: Barry Scott, an expert on Dr. King’s life, gives his talk “A tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.” in Leffler on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Far Right: The Elizabethtown College step team dances in Leffler during the Gospel Extravaganza on Monday, Jan. 18th.

Last week Elizabethtown College celebrated the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over the course of several events. The week began with a candlelight re-enactment march culminating in a “Gospel Extravaganza” in Leffler Chapel on Monday, Jan. 18. From there, events ranged from Barry Scott’s “A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.” presentation in Leffler to a discussion on how Dr. King would view the gay rights movement. It was a week in which no student on campus went without somehow being reminded of the great civil rights leader’s contributions to society.

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Facebook opens up new opportunities Tara B. Hayes Staff Writer


ince fan pages started appearing on Facebook in early 2009, celebrities, businesses, bands and organizations have created these pages to advertise their work. Friends and fellow Elizabethtown students have been following this trend by creating their own fan pages. Fan pages are different from groups because they can only represent a real organization, business, celebrity or band. Groups can be created by any Facebook user and, therefore, can represent any kind of joke or activity. Senior Emily Grove, a theater major with a concentration in performance, created her fan page at the beginning of the fall 2009, semester not as a method to create a fan base but as a source of information for potential employers. “I am starting to apply for acting jobs and I want to put my best foot forward, even online,” she said. “This way, if an employer wants to find me, they will only see my fan page with my acting information and photos of shows I have been in.” Most of her fans are friends and other actors, including junior Spencer O’Dowd and sophomore Rachel Saul. “I became a fan of Emily because

she’s a good friend of mine, and it’s the easiest way to keep in touch with her,” O’Dowd said. “I try to be selective when becoming a fan of something on Facebook; I don’t just click ‘fan’ because I think the page is funny or because someone I know has already clicked it. I’m a fan of Emily Grove because I am actually a fan of her,” Saul said. Many of Grove’s fans are part of Etown’s theater program with her and have joined to show their support. “I like to think of the theater department here as a rather tight-knit community,” Saul said.  “Everyone pretty much knows everyone else. I also became a fan in an effort to support her.” “We’ve taken several classes together since we’re in the same department, and we’ve studied abroad in the same location, albeit at different times. Basically, we get on very well,” O’Dowd said. Grove made her personal profile private to anyone not in a college network, but her fan page is available for anyone to see, including potential employers. “Hiring casting agents, for example, can search her on Facebook and find her fan page, which is less personal and more professional than her regular Facebook profile,” Saul said. “As an actor, I don’t want employ-

ers seeing my normal Facebook,” Grove said. “I don’t want to come off as narcissistic, but I do want to put the best version of myself on Facebook for those who may want to employ me in the future.” Although they support their friend’s fan page, O’Dowd and Saul are not as serious about their own Facebook fan pages. Saul and her roommate share one, while O’Dowd has had fan pages in the past but has always forgotten to update. “We made it on a whim and purely for fun,” Saul said of her and her roommate’s fan page. “I do not have my own fan page because people can keep up with me on my profile page more than anything,” O’Dowd said. Grove is a fan of friends who are actors and musicians, as well as pages such as Glee, iTunes and Brandi Carlile. “I’m a fan to get info from friends about what they’re up to and as a way to support them — so they know that I care about what they are doing and I believe in their work,” Grove said. “For things like iTunes or popular artists, I am a fan so I can see when new albums are out, see when shows are playing near me, etc. If I’m already on Facebook, I might as well get updates from artists or products I like!”

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January 28, 2010

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Words to live by this new year Julia N. Hadinger Staff Writer


he start to a new year means new beginnings. With 2010 well underway, many people have already decided what this new year will bring. From happiness to success, everybody wants something different. Instead of making the usual resolutions about going to the gym more often and eating better, people are making goals and saying what they hope the new year will bring. Using only one word, some Elizabethtown College students describe what they want this year. Senior Kat Momenzadeh wants to succeed. Her goal is to get an agent, as well as find a job, after graduation. Kat Momenzadeh wants an agent because she is an author and already has some books published. From her professional life to her personal goals and ambitions, success is very important to her. Junior Lauren Selleck was not able to sum up what she wants out of the new year in one word, so she came up with two. Selleck said that she wanted the new year to be “memorable” and “exciting.” “It’s a new year, time for new memories. I want

to have a lot of excitement this year, too. When there is excitement, there is almost always something memorable going on,” Selleck said. She wants this year to be full of possibilities. It is her first time staying at Etown for an entire school year, and she is looking forward to making the most of her opportunities. Senior Megan Momenzadeh wants this year to be memorable. She said, “I want to have as many fun days and nights with my friends as possible,” Megan Momenzadeh said. With her senior year coming to a close, she wants to be able to relax and build memories. Whether it is building memories at school with her friends, student teaching, or graduating, she wants the year to be full of memories because she is ending one part of her life and starting another one. Happiness is what senior Amanda Markowicz wants to see in 2010. She is content with how the past four years at Etown have progressed, and she is pleased with what she has planned for the future. Since she is graduating in May, Markowicz wants to end the school year on a high note to

transition into a bright and successful future. “Graduating college is happy enough because I will be done with one huge part of my life. But I want happiness when I am out of here too.” Sophomore Hannah Desmond wants happiness as well. “It’s important to be happy and to be positive. I want to stay happy because if I’m happy and positive everything will turn out better.” Most people want to be better able to relax, breathe and to take things one step at a time. That is what senior Nina Longobardi wants for the new year. Even though it isn’t one word, it is a motto by which Longobardi tries to live. With her senior year coming to an end and graduate school about to begin, it is very hard to be able to take things slowly. “Remembering to take things one step at a time is one of the things that I need to remember to do,” Longobardi said. Everybody has his or her own word to describe what he or she wants 2010 to bring them. From success to memories, and everything in between, people want different things for the new year, and they all have their own reasons and stories for what they desire.

CORRECTION In the article “Hanukkah celebrated in a predominately Christmas world,” the Etownian incorrectly stated that Elizabethtown College was “once affiliated with the Church of the Brethren.” According to President Theodore Long, “The College is not governed by the Church of the Brethren, but the College and church sustain an ongoing partnership in areas of mutual interest.” The Etownian apologizes for this mistake.


Compiled by Campus Security

Commentary by Ross M. Benincasa

Assistant Campus Life Editor

• Winter break was surprisingly busy for Campus Security, especially when students decided to return to campus. Numerous students received citations from Campus Security for coming back to campus too early, beginning as early as Jan. 3. These types of eager learners will most likely never appear again in the Campus Security Blotter, but they can probably be seen writing late- night papers in the library or playing Yu-Gi-Oh with others like them in the Blue Bean. •

The college vans also had a busy break, as they were involved in three accidents. One took place in front of President Long’s house, and the other two occurred in Brown Lot. One of the accidents in Brown Lot was a result of negligence of the driver, who forgot to put the van in park upon, well ... parking. This led to the van rolling back and careening into another vehicle. On another note, the Office of Student Activities is currently recruiting new drivers. Applications are available online.

Over break, a female student on campus reported that her purse was stolen ... while she was off campus ... while at a party. Elizabethtown Borough Police were also involved.

A professor notified Campus Security after receiving suspicious calls to his office phone in January. The calls were said to be from an African phone scam seeking information and money. However, it was later discovered that the calls were, in fact, from a Haiti relief fund, and the professor was simply ignorant.

This past week brought about numerous accusations of harassment among students on campus. Most of these, however, were simply attributed to poor communication between the two parties.

Campus Security was called to break up a loud party Thursday, Jan. 22. However, when they got there, they realized a student just had the volume up while watching the season finale of “Jersey Shore.” No citations or fist pumps were given.

Two students were sent to the hospital this past week after Campus Security was called to Brinser Residence Hall by an RA who claimed that the students were extremely intoxicated. Three alcohol violations were ultimately issued to the students, and a biohazard team was called to clean up the mess they left behind. It is believed the students were engaged in a competitive round of “The Jersey Shore Drinking Game,” and, by the looks of it, all three ended up being winners.

beauty column

Pastels and structure show variety on spring runways Lindsay D. Goldsmith Beauty Columnist


t was recently “one of the most wonderful times of the year” in New York City, a time when everyone gets dressed up, goes to parties, sees friends and gets in the spirit of the season. I think you all know what I am talking about: Fashion Week! Spring Fashion Week this year was a great preview for what trends are to come as we transition into the warmer months. Let me tell you, the times, they are a-changin’. It was clear to all what’s in and what’s out in this season of extreme fashion, but let’s start out on a positive note and talk about the upcoming fads. Ladies, strap on your patent leather belts and keep your hands and arms inside your cardigans because it’s going to be a wild ride! The first big trend in color? None! The runways this season were filled with black, white and gray. Everyone from

Yves Saint Laurent and Jill Stuart to Max Azria and Nicole Miller were riding the colorless wave this Fashion Week. Why? Because another huge craze this season is structure. Designers put way more focus on the shape of dresses and making them architecturally pleasing. Case in point: Kate Hudson in her amazing white Marchesa gown. I think more design work went into that dress than the Great Wall of China, and boy, did it pay off. Kate topped every best-dressed list out there and looked fabulous doing it. Another trend that ties into structured clothes is the use of heavier fabrics. Every runway out there featured canvas, thick cotton and a multitude of other durable cloths. As ever, the economy affects everything. Durable fabrics equal clothing that lasts longer and is more practical (more boring if you ask me; fashion is supposed to be fun, not functional). I don’t know how to describe the second trend other than psychedelic chic. If

Lucky Brand and Chanel got together and had a fashion love child, this would be it. It truly was a season of extremes, and these intricate patterns made a serious statement. Contrary to the bland neutrals of some runways, BCBG and Cynthia Rowley were covered with crazy prints, making one think the models were wearing skin-tight snake skins in pinks, blues, purples and yellows. They were gorgeous, and if simplicity isn’t your thing, clothes like this are the way to go this spring. Another huge contrast to the heavy neutrals is light and airy clothing in pale pastels. From Galliano to Giambattista Valli, the models strutted their stuff looking like fairy princesses in some of the most whimsical gowns I have ever seen. For you super-girly girls out there, thin layered fabrics in pale pastels are going to be your key to being in style this spring. To balance out the lightness of these fabrics, designers bejeweled and embellished them — so fabulous!

Now that you know what’s in for spring, here’s what’s out: neon. Sorry to all you girls who love your super bright colors, but pastels and neutrals are ruling fashion this spring. What else is out? Micro mini dresses. Hem lengths are getting a little longer, meaning fewer wardrobe malfunctions, about which we can all be happy. Finally, metallics are on their way out as well. A few designers are clinging to the style in a desperate attempt to satisfy their craving for all things shiny, but it’s not going to work for long, so pack away your sequined tops and gold leggings, ladies. Whether you are excited about the upcoming trends or want to curse the designers for their ideas, remember the most important thing: looking hot in something that doesn’t jive with the latest fashions is way cooler than blindly following what’s on the runways. Wear what you like with a little zeal thrown in here and there, and you’ll always look fab!


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January 28, 2010

television talk

Late-night comedians feud over primetime failure Joelle E. Atkinson Campus Life Editor


t’s ‘The Tonight Show’ with … Jay Leno!” These are the words that blare from NBC studio speakers as the late-night television duel comes to a close. The battle between Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno that began weeks ago has reached quite an expensive resolution. It all began at the end of the last television season. NBC executives decided to try a new late-night format. As Leno’s “The Tonight Show” contract ran out at the end of the 2008-09 season, O’Brien would be groomed to take the place in the legendary slot that had once been filled by comedy heavy-weight Johnny Carson. Leno, in return, would move to a new show — a daily one-hour comedy talk show — much like “The Tonight Show” that would air at 10 p.m. on the East Coast. The jump in both format and hosts, although new and exciting, was also very risky. But at the end of the day, it kept both Leno and O’Brien happy. However, things have shifted, and NBC is now returning to its previous format and its older and more experienced host. After weeks of contract negotiations and both passive and aggressive attacks toward one another, veteran Leno has been chosen over the somewhat amateur O’Brien.

This decision, albeit a recent one, has led to constant attacks between the two rival late-night hosts. Leno has said that

Conan” support has appeared all across Twitter as young people — and young Hollywood — have come out with guns blazing


Leno and O’Brien pictured here at their funniest.The two have been embroiled in a late night feud over “The Tonight Show” since the end of 2009. The show has ultimately been taken over by Leno after NBC paid O’Brien a $33 million severence package.

the reason O’Brien’s ratings have spiked as he moved from the 12:37 a.m. to the 11:35 p.m. timeslot was not because of the time difference or the new personality, but rather because Leno gave him a better lead-in. This attempt could be seen as seniority in the eyes of Leno; however, many have stated that once his contract ran out, his time on television should have as well, and it was now O’Brien’s turn to take the role as “The Tonight Show” host. The late-night debate fires have been fueled even more in cyberspace. “Team

for their beloved “CoCo,” as O’Brien is affectionately known. Junior Abbey Kramer supported O’Brien in his quest for late-night royalty, quoting his monologue in her Twitter updates: “‘my name is Conan O’Brien and I’m just three days away from the greatest drinking binge in history.’ Love him.” In addition, she has a cartoon image of O’Brien as her profile picture to show her support. Sophomore Hannah Desmond echoed the spirit of Kramer’s Tweets. “I support CoCo because he is classier and fun-

nier than Leno,” she said. Support has also been shown by celebrities for the red-headed host at the Golden Globe awards, where jokes about NBC rang throughout the night from presenters as well as host Ricky Gervais. O’Brien’s people eventually reached a settlement, but at a hefty price to NBC. Leno will take over the vacated late-night spot and, in turn, O’Brien will walk away with more than $33 million and an agreement to not begin another television job until Sept. 1. But many say that O’Brien has been funnier in his last two weeks on air than in the last few months. His last weeks were filled with mud-slinging remarks and a farewell speech to be remembered. Though he was not shy about his feelings for both Leno and NBC, O’Brien ended graciously, performing a unique monologue where he summed up that he was not at all bitter and that harboring negative feelings is never good for anyone. He continued by saying, “Every comedian dreams of hosting ‘The Tonight Show’ and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second.” With a reported deal with Fox Television Network in the works, O’Brien ended his run performing a version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s song “Free Bird” with Will Ferrell — a liberating end to a late-night limbo.

international adventures

Journeys abroad broaden horizons, DiGrazia testifies parents alike want young people to receive a greater their children once lived in,” he said. “[However,] perception and understanding of the world around I ended up living with a really nice, younger host them, and therefore enhance their career options mother that hiked [and] walked around the city with tudying abroad can be a life-changing event upon graduation. me.” DiGrazia’s situation is not unusual; no matter Along with the increase in nationwide study how much a student researches before traveling, many for any student, instilling new beliefs and ideas through the different experiences and relationships abroad programs comes an emphasis on them of the expectaone finds while out of the United States. However, within Pennyslvania-based colleges. In 2008, tions held will the initial process can be daunting to many possible Pennsylvania became the third-highest state b e shif te d in applicants and their families — so much so that the for students studying abroad in the country, some way. amount of students who intend to study abroad when just behind California and New York. Like After stumost colleges in the area, Elizabethtown is fully coming into college is far fewer than those who actudents become supportive of students ally go abroad. situated in who desire to study Additionally, although the their new enviabroad at some point school will help you prepare to ronment, their in their educational adjust to your country of origin, daily routines career and offers many rarely does anyone prepare stuwill match their options from which dents who study abroad to come fellow students, Courtesy Photo and the oncestudents can choose. home. After spending so much The College has af- A bird’s eye look of Barcelona from DiGrazia’s foreign country time becoming acclimated to filiations with nine dif- semester abroad. DiGrazia studied here in the will b egin to a different culture, returning ferent organizations, Spring of 2009 home can often be more diffeel like home. allowing travel to over 26 dif- However, they will have to go through another set of ficult than leaving. ferent locations worldwide. adjustments when they come back to the U.S. as well. In the past, studying abroad Some of these organizations was considered a bit of a luxuFor instance, DiGrazia had to readjust his sleep include Brethren Colleges cycle to make up for Spain being six hours ahead of ry among college students. For Abroad, International Edu- Pennsylvania. example, the 1997-98 school cation Programs, School for ye ar s aw 1 1 4 , 0 0 0 stu d e nt s He also said that it was difficult transitioning from Field Studies and Austra- a country fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian across the U.S. study abroad Learn. Students are also per- (among other languages) to an area that was primarin different countries. mitted to choose from any ily English-speaking. However, the 2007-08 school approved, non-affiliated proyear saw 262,000 students go That being said, the benefits of studying abroad gram as well. abroad, a more than 130 percent clearly outweigh the drawbacks. The positive expeCourtesy Photo Once students decide on riences that students take away from their ventures increase in just one decade (InDiGrazia poses at the Park Guell, the location and the program living in other cultures will better them overall as stitute of International Educadesigned by architect Antoni Gaudi in they want to attend, the next individuals when they come back to the U.S. tion, 2009). step is preparing for their jourThis rise can, of course, be Barcelona, Spain. As DiGrazia put it, “If I could spend another semester attributed to the increase in available programs ney. Junior Steven DiGrazia, who traveled to Barcelona, abroad before I graduate, I would do it in a heartbeat. and destinations to students around the country. Spain, during his sophomore year, had his housing The world has so much to offer, and I feel like I have only However, it can also be credited to the desire for details differ a bit from his expectations. had a taste of it. Living in another country really changes “I expected to be living with an old host mother your perspective on life and your view of yourself, others students in today’s educational climate to develop an international education. Students, professors and and maybe her husband that had an extra room that and the world around you.” Ross M. Benincasa Assistant Campus Life Editor


January 28, 2010


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Intergalactic Chronic relieves pain in New Jersey intimacy L Alexis L. Morris Staff Writer

Samantha T. Phillips Assistant Opinion Editor


n Tuesday mornings, I wake up and report to my Earth and Space science lab, where I learn interesting and mind-boggling things such as the fact that we are basically composed of matter that was crapped out of stars at the birth of our planet. After I leave that class, pondering the mysteries of the cosmic sea, I head directly down the newly painted halls of Esbenshade and enter my Introduction to Philosophy class. Attending these two classes consecutively is similar to what I imagine it would be like to swallow a tab of LSD while rocketing at 17,000 mph through space. So here I am on a Tuesday afternoon, feeling as though my brain has just been through three dryer cycles and then shoved back into my skull, and, of course, I am relating this all back to the trials and tribulations of love. Utilizing my newfound knowledge regarding the meaning and creation of life, I have whittled relationships down to the following definition: “Relationships” are what occur when two beings composed entirely of stardust latch onto one another for a period of time. Within this time, they watch images on a large screen together in a dark room, they ingest an energy-supplying substance together regularly, and they occasionally roll around together without clothing. Then, without much concrete cause, they separate and latch onto different balls of stardust and repeat the pattern. If I were an alien life form observing the patterns of college romance through my super-magnifying celestial telescope, my question would be, “What the hell?” Why are we instinctively drawn to the “battlefield” of love, as Jordin Sparks claims? Why do we torture ourselves with these heart-wrenching and often self-destructive relationships when, more often than not, they have no happy ending? Is it our primal urge to roll around naked? Or is it a need for reassurance that we are as awesome as we think? I think we’ve all become too focused on these forced connections with the opposite sex and have forgotten the ultimate truth about life: that we are just insignificant stardust-people inhabiting this large ball of cosmic matter, and everything is random and meaningless. Or maybe I need to drop my Tuesday morning classes and find myself a man. Image:

after patients stop taking them, which could unexpectedly cause a terrible reaction with another medication. Opponents argue that legalization of marijuana will set a egalization of marijuana is a hotly-debated topic across precedent for more illegal drug use on the streets. However, the globe. Recently, N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine signed a bill the government has already legalized drugs for medicinal that legalized the use of medical marijuana. As of Jan. 11, purposes that remain illicit when bought on the street. 2010, patients who suffer from HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis Take morphine, for example: it is still used for medical rea(M.S.), certain cancer cases, muscular dystrophy or inflam- sons, yet one can only legally obtain it with a prescription. matory bowel disease are able to obtain a prescription for no Morphine will continue to be sold on the streets, just as marijuana will be, whether more than two ounces of it is medically legal or not. marijuana every 30 days In fact, illegal trafficking of from their physicians. marijuana might decrease New Jersey is now the since many New Jersey pafourteenth state to allow tients will now have access medicinal marijuana, to relief with a prescription. and there are many who There are many benefits disapprove of this acof medicinal marijuana. tion. Although marijuaChemo patients are able na has been used meto alleviate their nausea dicinally for over 2000 during treatments. Those years in some areas of diagnosed with HIV/AIDS the world, debates still can use marijuana to help continue about whether offset weight loss that is it is safe. Even after caused by the virus. People hundreds of scientific Image: with M.S. can experience studies, a general conNew Jersey legislation permits the use of relief from frequent mussensus of its effects has cle spasms. Instead of havnot yet been reached. marijuana for medicinal purposes. The law is Also, opponents feel limited to patients diagnosed with cancer, AIDS, ing to resort to dangerous that legalizing marijua- muscular dystrophy, Lou Gherig’s disease, and M. S. drug deals on the streets for unparalleled pain rena in the medical world lief, patients can safely will increase illegal trafficking on the streets. Is it advisable for other states to obtain marijuana with their physicians’ prescriptions. Some argue that New Jersey was too stingy with the follow in New Jersey’s path and help patients with chronic illnesses feel some relief ? Or do the risks of using this bill by only allowing people diagnosed with a few conditions to obtain medical marijuana. However, a bill about drug outweigh any potential benefits? First, the fear of marijuana’s side effects seems unnec- marijuana is bound to raise controversy. By approving a essary. What prescription drug in use today has absolutely smaller amount of conditions to be treated by marijuana, zero side effects? In many circumstances, additional the bill seems less scandalous, and it is more likely to drugs are needed to combat the sleeplessness or increased pass. As time goes on and the population begins to see blood pressure that several pain relievers trigger. While the benefits of medicinal marijuana, more conditions may this combination of drugs is not only costly, the long- be included in the bill. Hopefully, in the future, skeptics term effects, such as organ damage, could be dangerous will see how helpful medical marijuana is for those with as well. Also, drugs can build up and remain in the body chronic illnesses.

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by Tyler Drolet

Matt Frutchey Class of 2013 “Exciting.”

Rachel Sullivan Class of 2011 “Optimistic.”

January 28, 2010

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Mission-writing adversities overwhelm Dr. Sanjay Paul Chair of Department of Business


he big thing in academia is outcomes assessment. (Another big thing is salary increase, but that’s for another day.) Are you sure your program — your major curriculum, or your core curriculum or your coffee-making division — is doing what it is supposed to do? Do you have a mission and clear goals for your program? Are these goals associated with outcomes that can be observed and measured? Are your goals consistent with the goals of your institution? (Fat lot of good it will do if your coffee division brews the kind of coffee that does not advance the mission of your college.) These are but a few of the questions with which any mission-writing group must contend. As we in the business department sat down to revise our mission statement, we were immediately riven by dissent. What sort of refreshments should we provide at these meetings? Candy? Bakery products? Wine and cheese? In the end, we decided on pretzels, and in so doing already advanced one of the goals of the College (No. 3: Use financial resources prudently, especially when it comes to eats). So as we munched on the pretzels (and washed it down with imported wine), we congratulated ourselves on our fiscal rectitude. Would the philosophy department or the biology department have shown such restraint, we wondered? Would the mathematicians or the occupational therapists? It didn’t appear likely.

But we couldn’t be sure. Without data, perhaps culled through Surveymonkey, we couldn’t know what these other departments were up to. For all we knew, said a management prof, the mathematicians were even more frugal than we were. On what basis were we disparaging our colleagues? A somber silence fell upon the group. Yes, yes, we demurred, the mathematicians could be more fiscally responsible than the business faculty. We took another sip of the imported wine to down the bitter taste caused by the sudden revelation. Many such conversations occurred that afternoon. And on many other afternoons, as the business faculty met regularly to complete its mission-writing mission. Pretzels were consumed by the bushel, wine by the cask, and an air of languor permeated the proceedings throughout. Occasionally a professor, usually a management faculty member, would cry out, “I have a goal!” The others would nod sagely, and another part of the mission would fall into place. Once a marketing prof said he had discovered a “learning outcome.” “Was it observable? Was it measurable?” his colleagues asked in a mild frenzy. The marketer assured them it was, whereupon he was congratulated — and asked to slow down. We don’t want to rush headlong into this, they said. But such occasions were rare. Mostly the meetings were about eating, drinking and wondering whether the other departments were as assiduous as we were about crafting the mission statement. The missionary fervor carried over into

our personal lives. After a particularly long meeting one day, Professor Homer went home and announced to his wife and children that they should have a mission for the family. We should set goals, he cried, startling the family as they sat down to a dinner consisting of rice and chicken curry. We should set up outcomes, he continued, and measure them! But alas, his family did not respond in the desired manner. Yes, they said, let’s have a mission. A mission to stop Dad from talking about family missions! That was not all. Homer found himself thinking about goals while taking showers. On these occasions, he would have normally given himself up to contented speculation about more pleasant subjects like the federal budget deficit and the College’s diversity plan, but now he found himself pondering the difference between a goal and an objective. He had been to several workshops on writing missions, and one thing he had absolutely learned from them was that the difference between a goal and an objective was critical. Not that he remembered what it was, but he did know that goals and objectives were not the same — and God forbid if you mixed them up! The slightest error in vocabulary and you might as well flush your mission down the toilet. And so work continues apace in the department of business. One day soon, when we have agreed on our mission, goals and outcomes, and the pretzels and wine are all gone, we will unfurl a banner from the ramparts of Hoover. It will say simply, “Mission Accomplished.”

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Sobering disaster raises religious questions Jonathan S. Gamble Staff Writer

T Adam Thompson Class of 2013 “Eventful.”

Molly Northway Class of 2011 “Hopeful.”

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he tragedy in Haiti has raised an age-old question that many of us have trouble answering. Some prefer to answer it with prayer in place of argument. Others prefer argument because they’ve lost faith in prayer. I like both. Why does God allow natural evil? Haiti is among those countries least able to weather such destruction. Why them? Is natural evil a form of divine punishment? This question is known as the problem of evil and is cited by some philosophers to support the nonexistence of God. David Hume quipped, “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?” Many of us can imagine an Earth without natural evil. But can that utopia hold up in reality? There must be natural disaster for beauty to exist and develop. In fact, history shows that many of the natural wonders of the world were formed—at least in part— through natural disasters. It’s nature’s way of balancing itself out. Furthermore, we only care about the disasters that hurt people or animals. All the others we turn into spectacles of wonder. Why blame God? We know where tectonic fault lines are. We know where the hurricanes hit. We know where volcanoes may erupt. We know where floods and tornadoes are most likely to strike. And yet we continue not only to build and live in these places, but to do so at greater degrees than our predecessors. Because these dangerous places are home to some of our most desired lifestyles, we rationalize away the deadly consequences. What about people who have little control over where they live? Given financial or geographical limitations, much of humanity cannot pack up and leave homes that are subject to natural disaster. They were born into harm’s way, which makes the accomplishments, privileges and safe homes we’ve accrued seem as much undeserved and coincidental as Haitian suffering.

But perhaps that misses the point. The material wealth of Haitians is meager. That of most Americans—even the jobless— is vast in comparison. God is understood by the world’s major religions to value our spiritual wealth—to value what the world does not. Destitution does not hurt and wealth is not enjoyed as much as those experienced in our hearts. Holding material wealth too close makes good living more difficult. If a 7-year-old Haitian boy can endure the death of his parents, the rumble of an empty stomach, the sidewalk for a bed, and still believe in God — still love God — then on what grounds can I ask such a vain question? Our problem of evil is intellectual; his problem of evil is real. If he can overcome it, then what is our excuse? The real question is why we wait until problems arise to do something about them. Haiti could have used all of the love, money and support now flooding into it before this tragedy. If it takes an event as dramatic as an earthquake for their suffering to truly enter our consciousness, and for us to think about them at the dinner table we took for granted not long ago, then in many respects, the Haitians are better off than we are. Blaming God usually means we’d rather not admit the extent to which it is our own fault for doing nothing to prevent suffering. It usually means we’d rather not remember how we drank fresh water, ate three meals a day and slept under a roof last month with airs of entitlement. It usually means our collective heart has forgotten a great responsibility: that we who can give must give most to those who have not, that we who can read must write for those who cannot and that we who have choices must make them as though we do not. “Do not judge, or you, too, will be judged. For in the same way you judge [God], you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your [God’s] eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own? How can you say to your [God], ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:1-4


January 28, 2010

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Find your ‘lifeline:’ music of the heart Leeann N. Hackett Staff Writer


still remember exactly where we were when she told me. We were sitting at a long table in the corner of the cafeteria, and after she spoke the words, I could barely finish my dinner. Maybe her words didn’t stick with anyone else, but one year later they still shout in my head like a bell. “I hate music!” was all she said, but to me, she may as well have told me the earth was crashing down. After all, I’d spent a year-and-a-half completely dedicated to the very phenomenon she was renouncing. What’s more, she had spent three-and-a-half years doing the same thing. We were just a couple of music majors talking about our studies. I was a sophomore at the time and my friend was a senior. I began to talk to her about my excitement for what I was learning, my goal to practice more, pouring out my honest passion. But after she told me this, a massive feeling of dread gripped me, and I tried to gulp for air. “Do all music majors feel this way when they get to be seniors?” My eyes begged for an answer I knew I wouldn’t get. “Oh, yeah,” she assured my worst fears. “You only enjoy music right now because you’re young. When you become an upperclassman, you’ll hate music, too. Everyone does.” Image: I was silent for a while. How could anyone say they hate mu-

sic? I thought back on all the times in my life when playing my violin had given me such a great sense of achievement. I thought of all the times when the lyrics of a song had such an impact on my emotions that I could barely contain myself. After that night, I made a pact with myself. Even if every other music major in my class told me they hated music as we got older, I wouldn’t do it. I promised myself I would switch majors before those words ever came out of my mouth. I don’t think music majors are the only people who feel this way. As first-years, we all come to college excited about whatever we are studying. But as we get older, the newness of our surroundings evaporates around us and, with it, so does much of our former love for our future careers. My dad always told me, “Find what you love to do, then find a way to make money with it.” That’s how I became a music therapy major. If I lose my love for music, all that’s left is money, and let me tell you, nobody becomes a music therapist for the money. I’m a junior this year, and I still haven’t broken my promise to myself. Music is still my lifeline whenever I am sad or discouraged and my energy outlet when I am excited and happy. As we enter a new semester, I encourage you to join me in my challenge — to do what you love and love what you do. Don’t let the routine of life stop you from finding enjoyment and excitement.

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Supply and demand: the gender ratio enigma Patricia A. Cangelosi Copy Editor


e’re looking at each other from across the Marketplace. I smile; he smiles. I blush; he blushes. It seems too good to be true. And then, just as I reach down to my tray to begin a tantalizing banana-peeling performance, I notice another equally attractive guy sit down beside him. Jackpot, I think. Wait, why are they sitting so close to each other? Why are they holding hands? Why are they feeding each other tiramisu …? My s u s p i c i o n s are, of course, confirmed later upon skillful Facebook stalking. Mr. Right is indeed in a relationship with Mr. Italian Dessert. The man of my dreams becomes, once again, unattainable. But the next day, things are looking up again. A cutie is sitting across the room in my Monday-

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Wednesday core, and we exchange some obvious glances. Maybe I should ask him to be my partner for the upcoming project. Would that be too forward? I don’t even get to find out. As soon as the professor dismisses us, the cutie strolls out of the room and into the arms of his tiny blonde girlfriend. I grumble at them spitefully as I skulk out. Luckily there is a party over the weekend,

ratio on college campuses is 60-40. At Etown, it’s worse. The Admissions Office reveals in a profile of the Class of 2013 that, of those who were accepted, 1,643 were female and 844 were male. That women-to-men ratio is 66-34, or approximately 2-1. Of those who officially decided to attend Etown, 352 were female and 216 were male; that is slightly better with a 6238 female-to-male ratio. But still, for ever y 62 women on campus, only 38 of them will find someone – wait, fewer than that because Mr. Right wants Mr. Italian Dessert, cutie wants his tiny blonde, and steamy from the party wants a different girl every night. Factor in the actual number of guys who are unavailable for the same reasons, and we have several hundred female students lamenting over the cruel realities of supply and demand. Is it the name of the College that does it? Image: D o e s E l i z ab e t ht ow n and I meet a steamy guy there. He’s a fresh- sound too girly for some of the men out man, but as they say, beggars can’t be choos- there? Is it the lack of a football team? The ers. We have our fun, but he makes it clear less-than-intimidating Blue Jay mascot? that he is “not looking for a relationship.” Whatever the reason, the shortage of I tell him I’m not either. He knows better. males on this campus is made infinitely So the vexing question remains: Why are more irritating by the fact that so terribly there no available guys at Elizabethtown few of them are actually available. And College? Why can’t I – or any of my very the vast seas of Valentine’s Day candy and attractive female friends – find anyone? paraphernalia that have plagued every I like to think it’s not our fault, and there store since New Year’s serve as a message are statistics to prove it. According to a to the women of Etown: feast on chocolate, December 2009 article of the Washington for it is the only thing that is sure to keep Post, the national average women-to-men you satisfied.

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men’s basketball

Jays’ season reaches pivotal stretch, Alvernia up next Alexander M. Diegel Staff Writer


ntering the season, the Elizabethtown College men’s basketball team had high hopes. With an experienced squad loaded with junior and senior talent, it was easy to see why. A 12-5 record, including four wins and three losses in conference play, proves the Jays’ expectations to be legitimate thus far in the season. Entering a good season, every good team has goals that they want to meet to give the squad something to strive for. According to head coach Bob Schlosser, the team’s strategy for this season is “to work harder than our opponent and focus on playing as a team”. More specifically, their objectives are to “Win at home, win the MAC (Mid-Atlantic Conference) and make the NCAA tourney,” senior point guard Chris Jones, said. Senior center Mike Church seconded Schlosser’s thoughts and said team goals should be to “play hard, play smart, and play together for every game.” Achieving these short-term goals would then “take us to our longer term goals of winning the conference and being a top team in the nation.” The team’s dominant home-court play is a trend that started with the same core group from last year’s squad. The Blue Jays’ convincing 81-66 victory over Commonwealth Conference opponent Widener University Jan. 23 improved

the team’s record to 6-2 at [providing] leadership. Both Mike Church home this season. The team and Josh Houseal as starters have led by has continued the homeconsistent play. Chris Jones and Andrew court supremacy from the Corrigan have also contributed through 2008-09 squad that went 8-3 their play, but more importantly by their at Thompson Gymnasium. strong consistent team-focused attitudes,” The returning team is Schlosser said. built on the experience The Blue Jays now have an experienced formed from a 14-12 camteam which features three starting seniors paign in the 2008-09 season. and two juniors. Though senior forward They saw the team win a Houseal is out for the next couple of weeks conference playoff game with a concussion, junior Bryan Harrity against Albright and a hearthas stepped into the starting role, one that breaking two-point loss to Schlosser describes as “no real change” beWidener to finish their seacause the forward had been seeing quality son last year. Junior Joseph minutes on the court all season. Flanagan acknowledged So much experienced talent has left the importance of having Schlosser with a number of consistent core leadership within the lineups. The group does a great job of team: “We have a lot of updistributing the touches as seven differperclassmen so there is a lot ent players have scored in double figures of leadership on our team. A this season. Photo: lot of our players have been With just seven games left, the playoffs through it before and I think Junior guard Joe Flanagan takes a shot are fast approaching. It is important for that we’re passing that on to against Messiah’s Jamie Yoder. any team to enter the playoff run focused the freshman class.” and prepared. Schlosser emphasizes that “we must “Each of our four seniors has done a terrific job of continue to play hard every night and focus on team.”

women’s basketball

Lady Jays have high hopes for final stretch of the season Janna M. Richards Assistant Sports Editor


he Elizabethtown College women’s basketball team has been playing tough this month against opponents such as Lebanon Valley, Albright and Widener. The team has a current 5-11 record, with a 2-6 conference record. On Monday the Etown women’s basketball team faced Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., and took quite the beating from the Bears. Just eight minutes into the game, the Bears had a 15-4 lead over the Lady Jays. By halftime the score was 33-14, and the Bears thought they had the game in the bag. However, in the second half, the Lady Jays had a 17-4 spurt, bringing the score to 41-33 with 11:00 left in play. Ursinus took this as a warning and fought back, bringing a final score of 42-61 for the win. Senior Courtney Kofeldt had five 3-pointers for a total of 15 points, while junior Kaity Snyder had seven points and five assists. Junior Megan Strohman put up eight points and had four boards, and senior Aly Jury had six points and six rebounds. Last Saturday, the team took on Widener University in a tough game. Losing by 11 at halftime, the 30-19 score didn’t leave much room for the Lady Jays to come back. Throughout the second half, the team was getting closer to a possible tie or turnover of score, but the Jays could not force the Pride into submission. With 13:38 left in play, the score was 41-26, then at 9:27 it was 41-34 and finally at 6:16 left there was a large gap with 51-36. The team ended up losing with a final score of 45-59. The Jays had a shooting percentage of 34.5 percent, making 19 of 55 shots for the game. Strohman was the only player to reach double digits with 17 points. Sophomore Kelly Sauerzopf had nine points and four rebounds, and Jury had six points and seven rebounds. Kofeldt had nine points

for the game and is now recognized as being second on the College’s 3-point list with 129 career 3-pointers. She trails Heidi Metzger, who had 191 3-pointers and played from 1991-95. Starting off a new week, the Lady Jays took on Lycoming College in a great game with the score bouncing back and forth between the teams. Things did not look good at halftime, as the Warriors led with a 26-17 score, but with 14:35 left in the second half, the Lady Jays took the lead with a 30-28 score. The game went back and forth with basket upon basket until the Warriors took the lead again 39-38 with 7:34 remaining. Not wanting to give up a win, the Lady Jays had a 16-5 run to bring the score to 54-44 with 3:17 left in the game. In the final three minutes of play, all 10 foul shots were made for Etown. The Lady Jays came home with a 64-53 win over the Warriors due to great offense in the second half with a shooting percentage of 61.9 percent. The women also went 5-7 in 3-pointers and 16-for-17 at the foul line. Strohman and Snyder led the team with 13 points each, while Kofeldt followed close behind with 12 and sophomore Stephanie Ellwood with 11. To finish out that week, the women faced Albright College, where again the Lady Jays’ offense was great but unable to pull through for the win. With 18:36 remaining in the second half the score looked pretty dire, as Albright led 43-27. The Lady Jays fought back, however, with a 13-2 run , bringing the score to 45-40 with 11:50 left in the half. The score at 8:27 was within the Jays’ reach at 52-45. The Lions brought out strong offense and defense to make the final score 56-76 and take the win. Strohman had a hard game but put up 15 points and five assists. Senior Jen Schiefer had 13 points, while Ellwood had 10 points and three steals. Kofeldt rounded out the statistics with

five steals and seven rebounds on the defensive side. Next, the team took on Lebanon Valley College Jan. 13. Both teams played hard in the first half, but Lebanon Valley’s drive was overwhelming, as they led 34-22 at halftime. Coming back with a strong desire for a victory, the Lady Jays tied the score at 48 with 7:12 left in play. Fogel gave the team their last lead of the game after a 3-point shot with 6:06 left and a score of 51-50. The Dutchmen fought back hard and took home the victory with a 55-70 score. Strohman led the team yet again with a 20 point game finish, including six 3-pointers. Snyder finished the game with 16 points, four assists, and six rebounds. Ellwood had 11 rebounds on defense. On Jan. 9, the team took on Arcadia University and put up a game boosting 16 straight points early on. Schiefer had four 3-pointers and 14 points total for the game. Other players to reach double figures and have strong performances were Snyder with 11 points and eight rebounds, Strohman with 11 points, Jury with 10 points and seven boards, and Sauerzopf with eight points and five rebounds. The team went 9-24 with 3-pointers with Schiefer having four, Strohman putting up three and sophomore Emily Mullen and Snyder each having one. The team won with a final score of 66-50. After a holiday break, the women came back to campus to face Immaculata University Jan. 7. Not only was the team strong after such a long break, but they came out with impressive offense and defense. The Lady Jays went into halftime with a lead of 38-35. With 17:16 left in play, the team led with a 47-37 score and didn’t let Immaculata creep too close to victory. With a final score of 72-67, Etown took home the win. The team ended the game with a season high of 10, 3-pointers, and Strohman led the Lady Jays with 18 points and five steals. Three other teammates made it to

double digits, including Kofeldt with 15 points and seven rebounds, Snyder with 14 points and nine rebounds, and Ellwood rounding it out with 12 points added to the scoreboard. The next day the Lady Jays took on Shenandoah University in the finals for the Blue Jay Classic. With much excitement from both teams, shot after shot and strong defense, the teams went into halftime with a 26-25 score. With 14:52 left in the second half, the Hornets took the lead and made the score 38-29. Jury made a two-point layup which tied the score at 45. The Hornets were then able to take the lead and hold it to a 61-56 victory after making eight out of 10 foul shots. Despite losing by five points, the Lady Jays had a stronger shooting percentage (34.9 percent) than the Hornets (34.0 percent). Ellwood and Snyder were named onto the All-Tournament Team after Ellwood made 15 points and seven rebounds and Snyder made 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists. On Dec. 11, the team took on Cabrini College in the semifinals for the R1 Sports Blue Jay Classic. Snyder and Kofeldt each put up 11 points, while Sauerzopf contributed eight. At halftime, the score was 26-19, but not after some much needed 3-pointers made by Kofeldt and first-year Katy Fogel. They were able to win the semifinal game with a 46-39 score, but not without help from Ellwood, who had eight points and nine rebounds, and Strohman who had eight points and five boards. The team currently has a 2-6 record in the conference and a 5-11 record with all games. Strohman leads the team with 231 points this season, followed by Snyder with 177 and Kofeldt close behind with 155. Today the women take on Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., followed by an away game against Alvernia University in Reading, Pa., this Saturday.


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Blue Jay wrestlers win seven matches, lose to #7 TCNJ

Shawn M. Cotton Staff Writer


hile the majority of us were spending our much-needed winter break relaxing, the Blue Jay wrestling team was hard at work. Just this past month, the Jays competed in eight matches, winning seven and losing only one. Most recently, the Jays earned three victories in dual-meet action January 16, defeating Millersville University (25-16), Gettysburg College (40-12) and New York University (32-6) in Thompson Gymnasium. Of the 30 bouts wrestled, the Jays took 22 in dominating fashion. The victories brought the team’s record to an impressive 8-3 for the season, which is the best record the team has posted since 1999. “This match has certainly added to our breakout season” senior Paul Connor said. “It’s been good, we’ve worked hard, and it’s paid off.” We’ve beaten a lot of good teams recently. Millersville is a Division I school [in wrestling], so it was a good feeling to walk away with a win.” Against Millersville, the Blue Jays came from a 16-6 deficit in the final four bouts to take the win. Junior captain Bill Meaney brought the Blue Jays within 1610 with a 12-3 major decision over Josh Marquard at 197 pounds, followed by senior Mike Daub taking a 4-1 decision from Chase Godfrey to cut the Marauder lead to 16-13. In the win over Gettysburg, sophomore Will Bentley posted his second pin of the day at 125 pounds with a quick 1:57

Considering the way we’ve been wrestling, I think we’re going to walk away from this season with a lot more wins. Marty Harnish Junior wrestler win. First-year Tye Boyer posted a 17-1 technical fall, while first-year Max Barsky picked up a 14-6 major decision at 157 and Connor took a 14-0 major decision in the 184 and overweight class. To defeat New York University the Blue Jays won eight bouts, including a pin from Daub at 285. Major decisions were also won by senior captain Eric Rhoads, Boyer and Barsky. Other wins by decision were taken by senior Mike Lussier, Connor and Meaney. “They’re a good team, and it was our first win with Coach Walker against them, so it meant a lot,” Connor said. Elizabethtown College wrestled a pair of Metropolitan Conference matches Tuesday afternoon, defeating Centenary College 27-6 before falling to seventhranked The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) (20-13).Against Centenary, the Blue Jays won eight matches, including a 19-1 technical fall by sophomore Tyler Erdman over Jose Vega at 125 pounds and a 18-6 major decision from Meaney at 197 pounds. Wins by decision came from junior Marty Harnish at 133, Rhoads 141,

Bower at 149, Barsky at 157, first-year Jim Gentile at 174 and Connor at 184. Against the 10-0 TCNJ Lions, who have won 15 straight dual meets dating to last season, the Blue Jays (5-3 overall, 2-1 Metropolitan) received an 11-0 major decision from Erdman over Dan Franke at 125 pounds to boost his record to 18-1 on the season and 51-7 for his career. Rhoads added a 6-4 overtime victory over Anthony D'Amico at 141 pounds Boyer defeated John Darling 8-3 at 149 pounds and Meaney edged Adam Koziol 9-8 at 197 pounds. On Jan. 9, the Jays squared off in another tri-meet. They defeated Roger Williams University 26-9 and the University of Scranton 39-6 in wrestling action Saturday afternoon at Thompson Gymnasium.

The Jays dominated in their match against Roger Williams, winning eight of 10 bouts. Meaney posted four takedowns in the win, which clinched the victory in the match for the Blue Jays. The match against Scranton, was not much different in terms of the Jays performance, as they won 9 out of the 10 bouts. Claiming major decisions were Rhoads, Connor, Meaney, Daub and Lussier. The Jays have six more regular season matches left in their season, and the team is confident about the future. “Considering the way we’ve been wrestling, I think we’re going to walk away from this season with a lot more wins,” Harnish said. On Jan. 29, the Jays travel to Wheaton, Ill., to compete in the two-day Pete Wilson Invitational.

Photo: Chris Bradley

Junior Anthony DiMarco takes on an opponent earlier in the season. DiMarco and the Blue Jays are 8-3 against opponents this season.

cross country

VanDenHengel wins MASCAC scholar-athlete award Sara E. Crimmel Sports Editor


arlier this month, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) announced that senior Megan VanDenHengel has been named the 2009-10 Scholar-Athlete for women’s cross country. This season, VanDenHengel took first place in the MAC Championship meet, leading the Lady Jays to their third conference title in a row. She was named MVP of the conference

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Senior Megan VanDenHengel receives the Middle Atlantic Conference MVP plaque. VanDenHengel was named the 2009-10 Scholar-Athlete for women’s cross country.

and earned All-MAC honors for the third year in a row. She placed eighth at the NCAA Mideast Region championships and earned All-Region honors for the third year in a row. Her performance at Regionals earned her an automatic bid to the national championship meet, where she competed for the second time in her career. There she placed 101st in a field of 279 runners with a time of 23.38.8. As an elementary education major, VanDenHengel has a 3.78 cumulative grade point average. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society and the National Science Teachers Association. She is a recipient of the Ruth Eshleman Alyhouse Scholarship, a dean’s list student and an Elizabethtown College Scholar. VanDenHengel is a member of the Elizabethtown College Education Club and an admissions tour guide. She volunteers for the Interdenominational Worship Service and is a Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher. VanDenHengel’s award adds her to a long list of Elizabethtown Scholar-Athletes, including former teammate and ‘09 graduate Tiffany Kulp, who won the award for Indoor Track and Field. The MAC recognizes the senior athlete in each sport with the highest combined grade point average and athletic achievements. VanDenHengel will recieve her award at the conference’s awards luncheon at Lebanon Valley College in May. The Etownian congratulates Megan for her success in cross country and for being named a 2009-10 Scholar-Athlete!


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McDaniel defeated by women, but men fall Katherine G. Pebley Staff Writer


he Elizabethtown men’s swim team fell to McDaniel College with a 115-45 score, while the womens’ team held off McDaniel with a 105-90 victory last night. Senior captain Matt Drob finished second in the 200 freestyle (2:03.97). First-year Shaun Martin won the 200 breaststroke (2:38.10), and senior Kevin Smedman took second place in the 200 backstroke (2:18.40). The 200 freestyle relay captured first place (1:38.11) with a team of first-year Chris Nelson, Drob, senior captain Dan Provence, and Smedman. They won with a lead of only, .63 seconds. On the womens side, the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.49) won with a team comprised of first-years Amy Morin and Etownian assistant business manager Jennifer Malik, junior Courtney Kelly, and senior captain Lindsay Riley. Kelly also won the 200 backstroke (2:29.67) and received second in the 200 freestyle (2:11.80). Riley won the 50 freestyle (26.51) as well as capturing second in the 100 freestyle (58.60). The 400 medley relay team won (4:46.96) with sophomores Julie Strulson and Amanda Martin, senior captain Danielle Hopkins, and junior Stephanie Hellman. Senior captain and Etownian sports editor Sara Crimmel captured second place in the 1000 freestyle (11:57.48) and the 500 freestyle (6.00.09). Hopkins took second

in the 200 IM (2:33.02) as well as the 200 breaststroke (2:50.43). Martin took second in the 200 butterfly (2:39.39). In their final Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) meet of the season, the Pride of Widener University defeated the Blue Jays 167-24 over the men and 114-91 over the women. Drob picked up the only second-place finish for the Blue Jay men in the 50 freestyle (23.09). He also contributed a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke, earning a season-best time of 59.04. Martin and Provence added third-place finishes to the mix; Martin took third in the 200 IM (2:21.31), and Provence took third in the 100 freestyle (52.90). Crimmel caused a stir with her half-second finish (19:53.25) over Pride’s Marikate Cook in the 1650 freestyle. The women racked up three more first-place wins from Riley in the 50 freestyle (26.60), Kelly in the 500 freestyle (5:45.29), and Hellman, Malik, Kelly and Riley in the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.90). Kelly also took second place in the 200 freestyle (2:10.63), along with Hellman in the 100 freestyle (1:00.13), Riley in the 100 backstroke (1:05.21), Martin in the 100 butterfly (1:11.41) and Hopkins in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.94). The Blue Jays traveled to Albright College Jan. 19 for a MAC meet but were defeated by the Lions. The men’s team lost 114-40, and the women’s team lost 107-86. Drob captured two wins, one in

the 50 freestyle (23.39) and one in the 100 freestyle (53.91). Martin also took a first-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:39.74). Crimmel gave the women wins in the 1,000 freestyle (12:06.05) and the 500 freestyle (5:52.40). First-year Gretchen Miller grabbed a first place finish in the 200 breaststroke (3:04.56). Malik, first-year Amy Morin, Crimmel and Martin claimed a win in the 400 freestyle relay (4:15.80). Second-place victories against the Lions went to Martin in the 200 butterfly (2:43.70), Kelly in the 200 backstroke (2:27.53) and first-year Molly Unangst in the 200 breaststroke (3:10.00). The Blue Jays’ first meet back from winter break was Saturday, Jan. 16 against Washington College, who triumphed 109-42 over the men and 120-80 over the women. Martin gave the men their only win of the meet in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.09). Provence racked up two second-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (24.32) and 100 freestyle (55.07), as did Drob in the 100 butterfly (59.10) and 100 backstroke (1:03.92). The men also captured second place in the 200 medley relay with the team of Smedman, Martin, Drob and Provence (1:52.12). The women put up three firstplace finishes from Riley in the 50 freestyle (26.85), Hopkins in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.05) and Kelly, Malik, Morin and Hellman in the 200 freestyle relay (1:54.73). Crimmel earned two second-place finishes in the 1,000 freestyle

(12:01.05) and the 500 freestyle (5:59.63), while Riley and Malik took second in the 100 freestyle (59.91) and the 100 breaststroke (1:23.59), respectively. On Dec. 11, the hosting York College Spartans took on the Blue Jays and prevailed, winning 180-36 over the men and 180-80 over the women. The men’s team took home two wins. First-year Ryan Hannon won the 400 individual medley (5:37.69), and the team of Provence, Smedman, first-year Chris Nelson and Hannon triumphed in the 400 freestyle relay (3:48.28). The Lady Jays also captured two first place victories, as Kelly won the 200 freestyle (2:06.14) and Riley took first in the 50 freestyle (26.43). Crimmel and Riley added second place finishes in the 1,000 freestyle (12:15.01) and the 500 freestyle (5:42.42), respectively. The Lady Jays also took several third place finishes, with Miller in the 200 freestyle (2:14.02) and the 200 breaststroke (2.59.92), Strulson in the 100 backstroke (1:11.95), Hopkins in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.73) and 100 butterfly (1:08.80), first-year Sarah Kittle in the 200 butterfly (2:55.36) and Kelly in the 200 backstroke (2:26.46). Riley, Hellman, Malik and first-year Chelsea Lorenz also earned a third place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (4:03.21). The Blue Jays will travel to Wilkes-Barre to compete at the MAC Championship meet Feb. 12-14. This MAC Championship meet is the final meet of the season.

the etownian’s

Athlete of the Week Tim Katzaman

Sara E. Crimmel Sports Editor


he Etownian is wildly enthusiastic to name senior thrower Tim Katzaman Athlete of the Week! At Susquehanna University’s Orange and Maroon Classic Saturday, Katzaman broke his own school record in the weight throw with an astounding 41 feet, 9.25 inches, making him the first Blue Jay to throw more than 40 feet. His outstanding throw earned him a fourthplace finish in the meet. Katzaman set the previous record on Feb. 21, 2009 with a throw of 38 feet, 9 inches.

Also on Saturday, Katzaman moved up to second in Blue Jay history in the shot put, throwing 40 feet, 6 inches, which earned him sixth place in the meet. He is less than 7 feet shy

Photo: Courtesy Photo

of breaking the school record of 47 feet, 3 inches, set in 2002 by Mike Kistler. L a s t s e a s on , Kat z am an broke his own school record in the hammer throw multiple times, recording a throw of 137 feet, 8 inches at the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship meet, earning All-MAC honors. His sixthplace finish in the event helped the Blue Jays take home their third consecutive MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship, defeating rival Messiah College by just two points. Congratulations to Tim on his record-shattering success and for being named Athlete of the Week!


Major: Occupational Therapy Favorite Jay’s Nest item: Buffalo chicken sandwich Favorite movie: “Patch Adams” Favorite TV show: “True Blood” Favorite sports team: Reading Phillies What’s one thing about you that hardly anyone knows? I died for almost three minutes when I was born and was on a ventilator for three months afterwards.

Sports Recap Men’s Basketball (12-5, 4-3) Etown 63, Scranton 52 Etown 72, Muhlenberg 61 Etown 74, Gwynedd-Mercy 68 Etown 72, Arcadia 53 Etown 74, Lebanon Valley 66 (OT) Albright 59, Etown 58 Lycoming 89, Etown 74 Etown 81, Widener 66 Women’s Basketball (511, 2-5) Etown 49, Cabrini 39 Shenandoah 61, Etown 56 Etown 72, Immaculata 67 Etown 66, Arcadia 50 Lebanon Valley 70, Etown 55 Albright 76, Etown 56 Etown 64, Lycoming 53 Widener 59, Etown 45 Ursinus 61, Etown 42 Men’s Swimming (3-7, 3-5) York 180, Etown 36 Washington 109, Etown 42 Albright 114, Etown 40 Widener 167, Etown 24 McDaniel 115, Etown 45 Women’s Swimming (55, 5-3) York 180, Etown 80 Washington 120, Etown 80 Albright 107, Etown 86 Widener 114, Etown 91 Etown 105, McDaniel 90 Wrestling (8-3, 3-1) Etown 29, Stevens 16 Etown 26, Roger Williams University 9 Etown 39, Scranton 6 Etown 27, Centenar y College 6 TCNJ 20, Etown 13 Etown 25, Millersville 16 Etown 40, Gettysburg 12 Etown 32, New York University 6 Shorty Hitchcock Open (Event unscored)


of Sports

Men’s Basketball Jan. 30: @ Alvernia Feb. 3: @ Messiah Feb. 6: Albright Feb. 10: Lycoming Feb. 13: @ Widener Women’s Basketball Jan. 28: @ Eastern University Jan. 30: @ Alvernia Feb. 3: @ Messiah Feb. 6: Albright Feb. 10: Lycoming Feb. 13: @ Widener Men’s Swimming Feb. 12-14: Middle Atlantic Conference Championships in Wilkes-Barre Women’s Swimming Feb. 12-14: Middle Atlantic Conference Championships in Wilkes-Barre Wrestling Jan. 29-30: Wheaton (III.) Pete Wilson Invitational Feb. 3: King’s College Feb. 6: @ Hunter College Feb. 9: Wilkes Feb. 13: @ Messiah EtownBlueJays .com

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