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Snow blanketed the grounds of Etown this past weekend and again Tuesday evening into Wednesday. Many students enjoyed the snow over the weekend and on the snow day, utilizing trays from the cafeteria for sledding and playing football in knee-deep snow on Brinser Field.The grounds crew worked hard to clear roads, pathways and steps on campus. Despite their efforts, there were still injuries and accidents as students tried to move about campus.These conditions were worsened by the refreezing each night. Many students complained about the lack of shovels available to students who needed to dig out their cars. Look to next week’s issue for more about snow removal efforts on campus.

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Housing selection protocol revised; ECWeb to be used Joelle E. Atkinson Campus Life Editor


ousing selection. This phrase makes students at Elizabethtown College cringe. For some students, things have always worked out in their favor. But for others, it has been a nightmare. Waiting in line for hours, hoping that friends will live nearby and that their rooms will not be too small or they that will not live in the same dorm all four years. All of these terrible thoughts come together for two or three days in April, culminating in hours of waiting in Brossman Commons, hoping that their residence is not taken. But this year, Residence Life hopes to relieve that anxiety. For the past few years, many students have spoken to Residence Life workers and Coordinator of Housing Operations Darlene Sommers about moving the procedure from the BSC to the Internet and ECWeb. This year, it will become a reality.

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The new process will have students log onto to the confidential system and choose their housing in a way that has never been done before at Etown. This online process for dorm selection will begin Feb. 17. Students will receive their lottery number in an e-mail, along with a new proxy code. This three-letter code will be how roommates will be selected through the new ECWeb system. This number is given to the roommate who has the better lottery number so they can choose to room together. Lottery numbers will still be based on seniority and number of credits, it is only the selection process that has changed. For selection of all Independent Living Units (ILUs), these include the Vera Hackman Apartments, Brinser suites, and the Schreiber Quadrangle, in addition to single and triple rooms, the process will remain the same as it was in previous years. Students must apply through application, beginning Feb. 22, and the applications will be due

March 23. Priority will be based on entrance year, beginning with four seniors, three seniors and one junior, and so on. Students will be notified of their approval or denial, and selection will be April 8 in the KĀV. For singles and triples, in addition to block housing, the process will also be by application, also available Feb. 22 and due March 23. This year, there will be six options for female blocks and four for males, with the highest lottery number receiving the block housing. Students can apply for multiple blocks but must rank their selection in order of preference on the application. On the day of room selection for double occupant dorm rooms, students will log onto their ECWeb accounts and select the housing button, which will be located under the Student Life column on the left-hand side of the page. There, it will have instructions for how to select the new dorm room for the 2010-11 school year. Students will be able to see the instructions ahead of time,

Night of Spanish Music Sweetheart Shout-outs Monday night featured music, art and poetry from Spain. Find out about this cultural experience.

Features, page 5

Take a look to see what your sweetie wrote to you this season of love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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along with rooms that are currently available and ones that have already been chosen. However, they will not be able to see who is around them, which could be considered a nuisance for groups who wanted to try to live together. Sommers dispelled this concern by saying, “Students have Facebook and texting, and that should be able to help them figure out where they all are.” Sommers also stressed one important key factor: “Students must have a roommate to select a room through the ECWeb system.” In general, Sommers is optimistic about the new process. “There have been lots of complaints for years as to why it couldn’t be done online,” she said. “Just recently, I’ve gotten in touch with Information Technology Services (ITS), and they said they could do it, and we decided to just go with it.”0 she said. Along with Steve Wayde, Director of Database Support and Database AdminContinued on page 3

“Roomates Revealed”

10 Worst Valentine’s Day Gifts

A new ECTV show debuts with the hilarious contest of who knows their roomates the best! Tune in!

The Etownian’s infamous romance writer delves into the tricky world of Valentine’s Day gifts for girlfriends.

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Opinion, page 12



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Rachel A. Marsteller News Editor Cow Tips Man People probably can't tip cows, but a cow tipped a person in Knoxville, Tennessee. Then it stepped on him. An ambulance was called to the University of Tennessee agriculture campus Friday morning. Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran told The Knoxville News Sentinel that first responders found a 40 to 50-year-old man who said he was working with cattle in a pen when one knocked him down and stepped on his chest. Corcoran said the man was alert and joking about being stepped on by a cow as he was put in the ambulance. He was taken to UT Medical Center to be examined as a precaution. Lap Dances for Haiti A strip club in Ohio has raised $1,000 for Haitian earthquake relief during what was billed as "Lap dances for Haiti." Marilyn's on Monroe in Toledo donated the $10 cover charges collected Saturday to ISOH/IMPACT, an organization based in suburban Perrysburg that provides food and clothing for Haiti. Marilyn's general manager Kenny Soprano says his establishment had been looking for a reason to hold a charity fundraiser even before the quake, as a way to improve its image. Soprano says people don't hear much about strip clubs giving back to the community. ISOH/IMPACT CEO Linda Greene doesn't have a problem with where the money came from. She says her group appreciates any donations to help Haiti. Rocket Sled In Michigan, a 62-year-old sledder looking for a burst of power got that and more when the homemade rocket strapped to his back exploded, burning approximately 20 percent of his body. Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the man, whose identity hasn't been released, was hospitalized in stable condition Monday. The man was hosting a Sunday night sledding party when he filled an automobile muffler with gasoline and gunpowder, strapped it to his back and had it lit, seeking what McCabe called "a rocket-launch effect." The device blew up as the man headed downhill, causing seconddegree burns to his face and right side of his body and possible eye damage. No charges have been filed against the man, whom McCabe said is known for doing "outrageous things" at his sledding parties. Compiled from

New van makes ECTV production easy Craig J. O’Neill Staff Writer


CTV-40 has been covering Elizabethtown College events to entertain and inform the community for 24 years. The coverage of these events is not an easy task. A lot of planning, considerations and cooperation is needed to complete a broadcast properly. It also critical to have the right equipment and technology to record and edit coverage. ECTV has recently obtained a new important piece of equipment: a mobile production van. This addition will help with on-location projects for the Etown channel. Heavy lifting seems to be required for those involved with ECTV. To cover campus events outside of the studio, the equipment must be transported safely from the department of communications to the specific location. ECTV staff must pack a van with cameras, microphones, cables, generators and monitors. After footage is recorded, the equipment must be care-

fully reloaded into the van and taken back to the College. It is easy to imagine that this can be a tiring, tedious ritual for those involved ECTV. A more convenient way to make coverage for such events simpler and less time-consuming would be to cut out the time it takes to load a van with so much equipment. “The department of Communications has been searching for a while for a vehicle that we could use for ECTV as a mobile instructional van to help with remote productions.,” junior Stephanie Couch, ECTV’s station manager, said. “This would allow us to take our students out into the field to apply what they have learned in studio and in the classroom to a reallife situation. While this has been possible in the past, we have been limited in regards to locations and resources. By having everything permanently installed into a single truck, set-up time will be reduced, allowing more time for instructional learning.” “It is also our hope that with this truck we can cover more community

events and campus activities which were previously out of our reach.” She went on to say, “We’d also like to improve recruitment by visiting local high schools to showcase what we have available to our students at Elizabethtown College.” Manager of presentation technology Brian Helm, will be overseeing the layout and design of the interior of the van. Couch would like to thank Susquehanna Bancshares Inc; and to also recognize Facilities Management and the Office of Development for their continued support. “We hope to have the production van up and running by May 2010 and fully operational for the beginning of the fall semester,” she said. Couch hopes the acquisition of the vehicle will become a prominent teaching facility for the department of communications for years to come. She and others also hope it will be a way for ECTV to give back to the Elizabethtown community.

in the nation

Phone bans do not increase road safety

to make their streets safer for pedestrians and drivers alike. Starting Alexis L. Morris Feb. 1, Harrisburg has banned the use of handheld phones while Staff Writer driving. Hands-free devices are still legal. Until March 1, only warn n Pennsylvania, a handheld cell phone ban is a local option. But ings will be issued, but after the first month, Harrisburg police will the Pennsylvania House passed a cell phone bill Jan. 26, 2010, begin issuing fines of as much as $1,000 to perpetrators. Lebanon that would ban both texting and talking while driving. According City has a similar ban in place, but it is not enforced. Although some may to www.drivinglaws. question the effectiveness org, Governor Edof cell phone bans because ward Rendell “has of this study, many still agreed to sign the feel that limiting the use bill passed by the of phones on the road will House if it makes it ultimately result in safer through the Senate.” roads. Pennsylvania House It seems that Representative Eugene Depeople today cannot pasquale believes the results stop talking or texshould push legislators to ting on cell phones, make the laws stronger. whether they are “If the crashes didn’t go grocery shopping, down, but people were on eating in restaurants their Bluetooth or speakeror driving on highphone, then we need to exways. Phones can be amine if we need to go even distracting to drivfurther with the legislation,” ers, so California, he said. Many proponents Connecticut, New Photo: Melanie R. Giardina of stronger laws agree, statJersey, New York, Oregon, Wash- Cell phone bans have not positively impacted accidents. The number of ing that the reason for many crashes was the distraction ington and Wash- accidents has not gone down since the bans were put in place. caused by the conversation, ington, D.C. have passed laws banning drivers from using their handheld cell phones whether it was hands-free or not. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a statistic revealing that “nearly 80 while operating vehicles. However, as other states are examining the effects of such laws, percent of vehicle crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve studies have shown that in the aforementioned states, the number some form of driver inattention.” Although not all inattention can be avoided, talking and texting on cell phones can be limited. of car crashes has not decreased since the ban. Debate will continue on whether cell phone laws are effecThe Highway Loss Data Institute conducted the study and analyzed the number of crashes in California, Connecticut, New York tive or not, but more and more states are moving toward bans. Elizabethtown College students also reveal contrasting opinions and Washington D.C. According to, the study “concludes passing a ban on laws banning cell phone use. First-year Pam Jaraczewski believes the laws are necessary doesn’t reduce the number of accidents. But even the authors of the for the safety of drivers. “It’s too distracting for people to study acknowledge the result wasn’t what they expected.” This information may be valuable for other states that are looking stay focused while driving … my friend drives really bad[ly] to strengthen their cell phone laws. In Pennsylvania, a handheld cell when she texts,” she said. “ I don’t think they should allow the phone ban is a local option. The Pennsylvania House passed a cell hands-free ones either because it’s hard to drive and think phone bill Jan. 26, 2010, that would ban both texting and talking about your conversation.” First-year Tyler Eshelman offered a different perspecwhile driving. According to, Governor Edward Rendell “has agreed to sign the bill passed by the House if it makes tive. “I don’t like the law because it’s too difficult to enforce it, and it won’t stop people from using their phone it through the Senate.” Until a law is passed for the entire state, cities are taking measures anyways,” he said. “I still use my phone when I drive.”


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Diversity ambassador position created at Admissions T. Gavin Nevill Assistant Copy Editor


t’s very apparent that Elizabethtown [College] is not ethnically diverse; all it takes is a walk across campus,” David Stewart, coordinator of multicultural recruitment and assistant director of admissions at the College, said. Stewart is taking on the task of making Etown a more diverse place. In order to do so, Stewart knew he was going to need some help. Three years ago he set up the Diversity Team, a group of Etown students committed to making the student body more varied. “My experience [as an undergraduate] wasn’t what I would consider to be a private small institution,” Stewart said. “Who better to help you in increasing diversity than students who actually attend Elizabethtown? So that’s kind of where the idea came from.” Due to graduation, the team will lose all but two members after this semester. Diversity Team Coordinators senior Bingye Mu and junior TaLisa Ramos interviewed 15 candidates for the seven open paid

positions. Final decisions have not yet been reached, but students who are not selected may still volunteer for the group. Interviews concluded Friday, Feb. 5. The main responsibility of the Diversity Team is recruitment. Multicultural Weekend, which occurs in late March or early April each year, according to Ramos, is when prospective students stay with a Diversity Team member overnight. “They get to sleep over with us and spend the night at Etown and get a real feel for it,” Ramos said. Mu said members of the team will also attend various events throughout the spring semester. “We try to be around when there’s prospective students coming on campus, either [for] open houses or admitted students day,” Mu said. The Diversity Team has also been asked to participate in a discussion on campus. “We actually just got presented with an opportunity,” Ramos said. “They’re going to be having a discussion forum about diversity along with the social work class, 368 [and Generalist Social Work

Where your Tuition Dollars Go

Come find out “Where your tuition dollars go” with a presentation by Vice President of Finance Rick Bailey Thursday, Feb. 18. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend his presentation at 4 p.m. in Hoover 212. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about where the money goes. Please attend so you can ask questions and truly see the effect of your dollar at Elizabethtown College.


Practice II: Families and Small Groups] Mu went on to say that she thought … just discussing issues of diversity, the lessons learned about diversity at Etown diversity plan on campus.” were ones that could be carried on even Convincing minorities to attend after college is over. Etown, a school with a student body that “It doesn’t matter where you go … is 90 percent white/non-Hispanic, ac- there’s still diverse people everywhere cording to, is one around, so I guess it would be better task - making minorities feel comfortable. for [Etown students] to know that “When they are here, we establish some there are people who are different from kind of support and try to make them feel them,” Mu said. “It’s important to learn like they’re not left alone,” Mu said. how people can work together, [and] Stewart believes that having diversity study together.” on campus is essential for gaining a rounded college experience. “We live in a society where we value study-abroad opportunities here, we say we value the intercultural and cross-cultural perspectives,” Stewart said. “There is some value in difference, and the fact of the matter is, to be able to get different perspectives and be able to put that recipe, so to speak, in a classroom, is kind of like cooking. If you kind of use the same ingredients all the time, you have Photo: S. Alexandra Ward a pretty bland meal.” But if you TaLisa Ramos (left) and Bingye Mu (right) are can “interject difference,” Stewart the Diversity Team Coordinators. They have believes that is when a more effec- been conducting interviews for the positions, but they have not reached a decision. tive learning takes place.

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Housing process changes istration and ITS, Sommers has been working on this program for awhile, and test runs were done on the new system both at the end of the last fall semester and the beginning of this spring semester. Juniors Amy Yoder and Michael Fleming, resident assistants in the Founders dorm, both tested the system last semester. Yoder explained that she was given names of students who were abroad and “placed” them into their rooms for the upcoming semester during the time that was allotted. “The test run went flawlessly. I was given the names of two guys who wanted to be roommates and placed them into a room with no difficulties,” Yoder said. Fleming agreed and compared the new system with last years: “Online will be a cleaner process and [will] hopefully allow everyone to [live] where they want.” Sommers said that Student Senate was helpful in discovering some of the glitches with the system. “Two people placed themselves into the same room but they weren’t roommates,” she said. Senate noticed other problems: “If four people register for the same room at the same time, it will register the two with the lowest numbers. Students cannot change rooms that they have selected, and other times, it did not give the option of a pull-down menu, and it pre-selected a room for them. “Steve [Wayde] and I are both confident that we can correct these errors before housing selection nights.” Room selection will take place April 12-16 and RAs and Area Coordinators will be around to answer questions and offer help. In addition, Sommers and Wayde will both be available in case something happens to the system. Fleming said his only recommendation is that everything be accurate. “Nothing will be more frustrating for residents than thinking they got into Room A in Hall B, and, in reality, they got placed in Room B in Hall A.”


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Blouch combines science, education in conference attended the conference before. “I’ve been on two of them, actually, as one of S. Alexandra Ward the cohort members of administrators Assistant Photography Editor and school districts. So to go and be able to be a part of them is really just undreds of colorful books, manuan honor,” she said. als and spiral notebooks, handBlouch was asked to be the keynote books and textbooks on their sides, speaker for the opening dinner, speakupright, at every angle, all separated ing on the topic “Why Science Inquiry?” by genre. Books, floor to ceiling, litThroughout the weekend, Blouch atter the office of new faculty member Dr. tended “great sessions [and] phenomKathleen Blouch of the science and educaenal speakers. They bring teams of tion departments. people in, and it’s different cohorts of Blouch received her Bachelor of Arts themes that you can in biology in 1983 from Messiah College. go in and study,” She went on to receive her she said. master’s in elementary educa“My work’s really been in The excitetion in 1987 from Millersville curriculum ... How do you ment and pasUniversity and her doctorate sion in her in science education in 2000 align instruction, assessment voice while from Temple University. discussing After moving from Pal- and teaching? That is the the honor myra, Pa., where she worked key thing. That is what it’s d can best be with a consulting company r a W to Lebanon, Pa., with her all about.” ra nd husband and two young chila x le Dr. Kathleen Blouch A dren, Blouch was given an . :S Professor opportunity to settle down to o Ph with her family — and she took it. Institute, a national “A company, Delta, sent me here to conference to develop talk about a science program with the leadership qualities in students, and while I was here I found advancing inquir yout about the position,” Blouch said. based and hands-on “I came to Elizabethtown College hop- education. “It’s the best ing to make roots and be a part of the professional developcommunity.” ment anyone could go Blouch’s work varies across the edu- to, so I was honored to cation spectrum. She taught grades be able to not have to K through 12 and has worked with pay 3,000 dollars to go,” education administrators, teachers she said. Blouch had


and students. She has worked with the Philadelphia school district (among others) and Penn State’s Capitol Area Institute for Math and Science. Blouch explained, “My work’s really been in curriculum. How do you get exemplary curriculum and that whole alignment? How do you align instruction, assessment and teaching? That’s the key thing. That’s what it’s all about.” Among Blouch’s most recent accomplishments was a keynote speech given at the dinner of the Association of Science Materials Center’s Next Step

described as the happiness a child feels on Christmas morning. “They were cheering. There are very high-caliber people there. It was really cool,” Blouch said about the response to her speech. Blouch’s experience with the Next Step program and the keynote speech proved to be a great achievement, but she is more enthusiastic about something else on which she’s been working: “I decided to start something that would be a conduit from the department of education to the science chairs.” Blouch’s group seems to be similar to the Next Step conference. “I started this group called the Science Leadership Dinner. We’re having our 13th year in March. We bring in national speakers each year,” Blouch said. The program has reached its capacity of 250 administrators and science leaders for the past several years. This year, Blouch’s program will welcome Dr. Lawrence Lowery, professor emeritus from the University of California, Berkley, to campus. Lowery will speak at the meeting in March and in Blouch’s March 15 classes. The guest speaker, whose accomplishments in education and science include more than 50 published articles and 31 books, will also attend events on campus. Although she has only been at Etown since October and is new to teaching at the college level, Blouch said, “I’m finding my groove. I see my job as one to really get my students exposed to why kids would love [science] and why kids should do it.”

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International students already adjusting to American life Thomas Pagut Staff Writer


wo international students, Akina Takenaka from Tokyo, Japan, and Fersen Alejandro Aguilar Acosta (Alex) from Veracruz, Mexico, share their stories with the campus community. I had a chance to sit down with both of them and learn about their experiences. Acosta lives in the capital city of Veracruz: “It’s a really warm place, really different from here,” Acosta said. He told me he had never seen snow before coming to Elizabethtown. “I saw the programs to study abroad. This was my first option. I [did] some investigation about places and the university, and I really really like this one,” he said. Messiah College and Bloomsburg University were also study abroad options for Acosta, who is an international business major. Some classes here are taught very differently than in Mexico. “You have a lot of technology in the classroom. You have […] presentations and PowerPoints,” which, he said, is not common in Veracruz. Acosta plans on staying at Etown for

only one semester. “Even though [the United States is] colder than my country, I really like it,” he said. “It’s pretty cool. The architecture is really different. Etown is a really good town.” Acosta’s favorite thing about the U.S. is the language. He enjoys speaking English with the students he’s met here. Ta k e n a k a chose the U.S. over other countries because,

“I like to study English […] I like to talk with foreign people, and I like to study with them so I came here and studied.” Takenaka loves Etown and the U.S. so far. “I like American people because they are very friendly, like if [I see] someone I don’t know, they always say hello … it is very d i f fe re nt i n Jap an ; [that would] never happen in Japan.” “Etown and my university have an exchange program,” she explained. “My major in Japan is political science and law, but if I come here I can cho ose any major, and I like to study history so I chose this college.” Takenaka likes all of her classes and professors, and she will be with us for two semesCourtesy Photo ters. “In Japan students AkinaTakenaka contemplates the merits of a cheeseburger. just listen to the profes-

sors. But in America students participate and talk a lot, so it is very different.” Living in a major city back home, she likes the rural feel of Etown. Takenaka said, “My school in Japan has no campus, just buildings, because we are in the city.” Ni h o n Un i v e r s i t y, Ta k e n a k a’s school in Tokyo, is the largest private school in Japan, with buildings spread throughout the city. Takenaka said this is not good, because “every major lives separate[ly], so we cannot meet many students.” This is because in Japan, academic disciplines are physically separated and scattered throughout the city, like mini universities. One campus location, for example, would house science, while the math department would be a separate group of buildings in another part of the city, unlike Etown’s compact campus. These two students represent just a small part of our growing international program. Etown is home to an average of 100 international students each year, representing 40 countries. For information on studying abroad or more on our international program, check out


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Theater presents: ‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’ Marc C. Weber Assistant Business Manager

egories ranging from sexuality to religion. The script, written by Alan Ball, brings to light an array of topics that, to many, feel ennessee bridesmaids rebel, hiding timeless. The play consists of two hours of from the wedding reception; trading girl talk written by a male playwright, with teasing and revelations, and sharing hilar- few new thoughts expressed on women’s ity and heartbreak,” Dr. Michael Swanson, relationships, such as love, men, marriage director of Elizabethtown College theater and beauty. Swanson, associate professor of department’s newest production, said of theatre, has been directing plays since the show. This irreverent look at friendship and the power of similar dressing 1975, and “Five Women Wearing the is portrayed in Etown’s upcoming play Same Dress” will be Etown’s second play titled “Five Women Wearing the Same this year as well as the seventieth in his Dress.” The play takes place at a wedding in career. Given the time of year and the Knoxville, Tenn., in a bedroom where the percentage of women in our student bridesmaids are hiding from the reception. body, Swanson felt that this play was The five women make an interesting perfect to put into production. “A number of factors go into choosing collection. They can be thought of as the “Breakfast Club” from Knoxville, as the any play for our season. The fact that we women represent a wide spectrum of cat- do three productions per academic year means that, usually, we would like the second play to be a smaller cast play with a lighter technical challenge, scheduled between larger plays in fall and late spring,” Swanson said. “Another factor is the large percentage of women in the student body. Another factor is that our play selection committee of three faculty members and two students chooses three types of play per year: one classic play, one cutting-edge/conPhoto: Melanie A. Giardina temporary play and one Trisha, played by senior Tammy Bateman, discusses crowd-pleasing musical, someone dreamy in one of the opening scenes of comedy or well-known drama. The small cast “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.”


Photo: Melanie A. Giardina

The bridesmaids of “Five Women” argue about the bride of their wedding.

size of five actresses and one man, the single interior set, and the comic nature of this play fit these requirements.” The play selection committee did not only choose this particular play because of the time of the year and potential in the student body; they also picked “Five Women” because the playwright has had a great deal of popular success, and the play would present the students with a challenge. “The mountain southern dialect gives our students a great vocal challenge. Also, the play is by Alan Ball, who has had a great deal of success on television in recent years as creator of ‘True Blood’ and the Emmy-winning ‘Six Feet Under,’ as well as writing the Oscarwinning screenplay for the great American film ‘American Beauty,’” Swanson said.

Since many contemporary playwrights also write for film and television, we thought that our students should experience a play written by one of these writers. Finally, it’s a good mix of comic and serious moments of characters who learn that they have more in common than they might have expected and of incidents and conversations that explore women, men, friendship and love.” “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” is set to premiere Feb. 11, and to run Feb. 12, 13, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Tempest Theatre. Junior Meghann Timney, sophomores Clara DeAngelo, Jackie Light and Angela Wright, senior Tammy Bateman and firstyear Kyle Kovatch star in this must-see roller coaster ride of comedy and tragedy.

cultural event!

Performers take audience on musical journey to Spain Leeann N. Hackett Music Correspondent

professor and piano instructor at the College. Other performances included a string trio by Joaquin Turina, played by cello n Monday night, students instructor Ellen Eager, violin stepped out of the cold instructor Johanna Hartman winter weather and into Leffler and piano instructor Debra Chapel for a few hours to watch a Ronning. Ronning also played a concert with music and dancing solo piece by Granados from the as sunny as the country it came piano suite “Goyescas,” as well from — Spain. as a stunning finale enThe concert featured music, titled “Danza ritual del poetr y, artwork and dance fuego,” from “El Amor from Spain in the late 1800s to Brujo,” performed as a early 1900s. During the turn duet with Badgerow. of the century, Spanish arts The show displayed were heavily influenced by a wide range of both the movement toward colors and instrunat i ona l is m and t he mentation emphalate Romantic period, sizing the elegant which embraced lush Spanish sound. melodies, emotional Of course, no poetry, and bold, elSpanish concert egant paintings. would be complete Concert perforwithout traditional m a n c e s i n c lu d e d guitar music. Guitar readings by instructor David Culsenior Danilen performed six short elle Hopkins, Spanish guitar pieces first-year composed by Francisco Kathleen Photo: Melanie A. Giardina Tarrega, and Dr. Gar y Ritter and sophomore Dr. Justin Badgerow and Dr. Sarah Daughtry perform Spanish music in Leffler Monday night Galván, who worked at the


Erin Healy. The students, along with Spanish professor Dr. Kurt Barnada, read portions of various Spanish poetry written at the turn of the century, including works by Fernando Periquet, Miguel de Unamuno and Manuel Machado. The poetry, accompanied by vibrant Spanish paintings, contained strong lyrics of love and passion. English translations were given on the overhead projector for each of the poems. The concert empha-

sized education of the Spanish arts by providing descriptions of the featured artists, composers and poets throughout the evening. Dr. Sarah Daughtrey, a voice instructor at the College, sang several short comedic vocal pieces from “Tonadillas” by composer Enrique Granados. Daughtrey was accompanied by Dr. Justin Badgerow, a music theor y

College as a visiting professor last semester, played a piece entitled “Homenaje: pièce de guitare écrite pour ‘Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy.’” The piece was written by Manuel de Falla as a memorial for Claude Debussy. One of the highlights of the evening was a tango performance by juniors Nathan Shughart and Melissa Fitts, who danced to the music of “Andaluza” from “Danzas Españolas” by Enrique Granados and transcribed by Fritz Kreisler for violin and piano. The music was performed by Hartman and Ronning. The show was an exquisite example of Spanish art from the era. Not only was the concert unique in demonstrating various forms of art during a single event, but it also featured students and faculty members participating side by side throughout the night. Etown’s Fine and Performing Arts Department is off to a good start this semester by offering quality, diverse music.


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International Peer Ambassadors bring the world home Alysa D. Poindexter Staff Writer


e can all recall some of our first moments as official college students: getting that key to your first dorm room and accepting the size, meeting your roommates while they were still nice, unpacking all of the unnecessary items your parents made you bring, and maybe tearful goodbyes with friends and family. Everything was new and slightly overwhelming. But what if stepping into a different country, experiencing a new culture and or possibly leaving behind your family who could be an entire ocean away was added to that experience? With that in mind, the situation may seem even more difficult and seemingly scary. Wouldn’t you want someone to guide you through it all? International students coming into Elizabethtown College go through this challenge and are in need of further guidance when they first arrive. That is where an International Peer Ambassador (IPA) fits in. Much different than the guidance of a Peer Mentor, an IPA’s main responsibility is to take charge of the international freshmen from the very start, ensuring that they are not only comfortable with the college atmosphere but are able to deal with the new culture they are exposed to and get the chance to fully experience it. “For us, international students, we feel really scared with the new environment and afraid to talk with others,”sophomore international student Courtesy photo and engineering major Shwe Sin Hein of Yangon, Myanmar said. “But they Several International Peer Ambassadors (IPAs) take a break from their duties to pose for a make us feel at ease and comfortable by giving us many encouragements.” quick group shot. The IPAs help Etown’s international students adjust to American culture The IPA program will be accepting applications for the position until and our campus community during first-year orientation each August. Feb. 24 by 5 p.m. Established in 2004, this program’s target is to make all of the international students feel comfortable and welcomed on campus. interacting with someone from a different country brings back the influences his International Student Coordinator Daniel Pirbudagov, who also designs and coor- travels have had on him. dinates the first-year international students’ orientation activities, will be overseeLoeb recalled the process of mandatory summer IPA training when professors ing the application review process as well. After going through possible candidates, discussed different ways of communication amongst different cultures: “Like maninterviews will be held during the first week of March. nerisms; I was told the ‘OK’ sign wasn’t appropriate,” Loeb points out, “stuff you “It’s not an easy job,” Pirbudagov stated about the reviewing process. He ex- wouldn’t normally think of.” This goes along with Pirbudagov’s reflection about the plained that there are certain things he looks for in a possible IPA.: “An IPA needs to passion a student must have for diversity and learning about other cultures. “You be very tolerant of people from other cultures. You need to be sympathetic toward don’t have to know another language or anything, you just need to have an interest,” other cultures and value diversity.” Pirbudagov stressed that a future IPA should be emphasized Loeb “It’s a great way to get involved.” passionate about diversity and advocate for the international students. “My IPAs are like my family,” commented international student Betty Lai, a freshHe detailed that the initial contact made between the international student and men Communications and Japanese Major.“They are always there for me when I need the IPA happens almost instantly through technology such as Skype, Facebook or them. I want to be someone like them in the future.” Twitter. Pirbudagov explains the benefit of such technology “It eases their transition Sophomore psychology major Alexandra Stern commented on the transition from into U.S. life.” He also emphasized that these students become liaisons, connected with her home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Elizabethtown: “What I liked about the IPAs future international students before they arrive in Etown. IPA’s are also responsible was that they took care of us when we just entered a new chapter in our life and a for picking up these students and touring them around campus. new country where we knew nothing about [anyone]. They also made trips with us Senior political science and economy major, Tyler Loeb has been in the IPA pro- to fun places, so that we could enjoy ourselves and not feel homesick.” gram for three years. “It’s always fun to hear where people are coming from,” Loeb “They are really my friends,” Loeb emphasized about his continuous relationships mentioned. “It’s a good way to meet people from all over the world without going with the international students to whom was assigned. He explained how connected all over the world.” he feels to his first group of international students and how he keeps in contact with Loeb has his own travel history as he has been to England, China and Germany the majority of the students even after they are freshmen. prior to his time as an IPA “Travel really got me started to be an IPA. It helps that Pirbudagov finalized that becoming an IPA is more than just a title. “Its priceless I have traveled, and it also helps make a connection.” Loeb further explained that value; you can make friends from around the world.”


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How to look your Valentine’s best Lindsay D. Goldsmith Beauty Columnist


alentine’s Day: a day when girls in relationships want to look their best for their guys, and girls not in relationships want to look their best to get a guy. Having been in both situations myself, I know exactly how it feels. So if you’re worried about what to wear or how to do your makeup, here are a few tips: 1. Red and pink is not the answer! I am sorry, but these two colors have never looked good together and never will look good together when it comes to clothing. Find another sweater to wear with your favorite pink shirt — your red cardigan is out. (This rule also applies year-round and to all colors. Wearing any color in two different shades, i.e.: baby blue and royal blue, is not okay. For one thing, it makes you look like you are a little too into that color, and secondly, they just plain look bad together. 2. If you are one of those people who loves Valentine’s Day, great. However, expressing your love through pins, buttons and a teddy bear exclaiming “I Wuv Valentine’s Day,” or headbands with big blinking hearts on springs that make you

look like a deformed bug are not the way to go. These may have been acceptable when you were in the third grade, but not anymore, so either give them to your 6-yearold cousin or throw them away. 3. As far as makeup goes, just because this particular holiday is represented by red and pink does not mean that red or pink lipstick, eyeliner or eye shadow is required. Wear your makeup as you usually do, but just dress it up a bit. Layer eye shadow a little heavier so the color is a little deeper. Instead of just using eyeliner on your top lid, use it on the bottom, too (sparingly or you will look like a very pretty raccoon). Also, put on an extra layer of mascara. Red or pink nail polish, however, is completely acceptable and very cute! 4. For you chicas with boyfriends, d e c i d i ng w h at to wear when he takes you out does not have to be something stressful! Just ask your man how you should dress and maybe show him a sample outfit because, as we all know, “nice” can mean something very different to him than it does to you. If your guy is the type who wants to surprise you and won’t give you any hints, thankfully for us girls, we have so many differ-

ent levels of dress that there is a perfect compromise that will work for almost any situation. Things to avoid: sneakers, jeans, tops without straps and miniskirts. All of these things could be prohibited by a nicer restaurant, so if you leave them out of your outfit, you are sure to get in anywhere. 5. There is one thing any girl can do that is guaranteed to make her look better instantly, regardless of makeup or clothes, and it comes down to one word: tan! I personally do not recommend tanning beds. All that is going to do is make you age faster, so by the time you are 50 you will resemble an old leather bag - and it can lead to skin cancer. There are many inexpensive lotions and foams that you can use to give yourself that sun-kissed look. My favorite is Solerra Sunless Tanning Mitts, which you simply wipe all over your skin for a gorgeous, natural-looking tan that lasts seven to 10 days. Tans are great because not only are they rare this time of year, they cover up a lot of imperfections like that little bit of weight you may have gained over the past couple of months (those evil Marketplace cookies…) I hope these tips have helped, and I wish you all the best Valentine’s Day! You don’t have to have a man to get dressed up this year — valentines can be found in friends, parents and relatives. Plus, the holiday is a great excuse to show yourself a little extra love!

Compiled by Campus Security with Commentary by Ross M. Benincasa Assistant Campus Life Editor • The first of many problems due to Elizabethtown’s inclement weather occurred Feb. 2, when a student sideswiped another student’s car after skidding over ice on Cedar Street. No one was hurt in the accident. •

The path stretching across the front of the BSC was occupied by more than students and snow plows this week. Campus Security received a call claiming a car with Delaware plates barreled past students, nearly hitting them, before driving off again. Although the students were stunned by the reckless driving, they were more surprised when they realized the car was not from New Jersey.

A student hit a faculty member’s car in Hoover Lot this week after attempting to park in the spot before the staff member could. Not only does the student have trouble distinguishing the College’s parking lots from those of a crowded Wal-Mart, but his constant requests to “restart” show he may be playing a bit too much Need for Speed.

Although no students were cited for alcohol this week, there was still plenty of vomit to go around. Biohazard teams were called in to clean up messes in the C-wing of Founders twice this week, as well as a more graphic scene in Royer: spots of blood in the staircase and down the hall led to the vomit in the bathroom.

A black car was seen striking a student’s car on Mount Joy Street Feb. 6 before quickly speeding away. The student’s side mirror was completely knocked off during the incident. The student could not get a good look at the car’s license plate or any other details as it sped away because, like many townies’ cars, the back was draped in a large Confederate flag.

technology phenomenon

New gadget has Apple fans cheering; others still skeptical Aimée DiMichele Editor-in-Chief Julia N. Hadinger Staff Writer


ast week, Apple launched its latest gadget, the iPad. This product is similar to the iPod touch, but in a much larger scale and with better touch-screen technology. The iPad allows users to browse the Internet and download music, pictures and books. The iPad can access 3G networks; however, users must pay for this service. E-mail is available on the iPad’s “split screen” format. This means users can view their unopened mail options simultaneously with the e-mail that is open on the screen. It also c ont ai ns a feature that allows photographs to be received and displayed on e-mail screens. Communications professor Dr.

Hans-Erik Wennberg, known Apple aficionado, noted that the iPad is “good for photography. You can view images a lot larger than on the digital camera screen.” The iPad displays pictures in an album format. Users can just touch the image on the screen, and the album appears. This device also contains zoom and slideshow capabilities. When the iPad is docked, it can serve as a digital picture frame for photos stored in its memory. “I think that the iPad is a pretty cool product; however, I think that it would be difficult as far as portability is concerned,” senior Cara Romanik said. “I mean, I have an iPhone that can do almost the same things as the iPad.” Like other n e w Appl e products, the iPad features a YouTube application that organizes videos to make them easily visible. On the iPad, videos are viewable in high-resolution, landscape display. For current iPod users, the iPad can play all their music with just one simple touch, like the iPod currently does.

Listeners have the option of utilizing the built-in iPad speaker as well as Bluetooth he a dphone s or st and ard, wired headphones. Users can browse their iTunes libraries as they normally would on an iPod or iPhone. The iPad also allows users to download books through iBooks. Once a book is purchased from the application store, it is then displayed on the iPad’s “Bookshelf.” When users are ready to Image: read, they can simply click on Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented the iPad at the book, and it will pop-up in Apple’s national meeting last week. high-resolution. Even in poor allows users to search for and find lighting, iBooks are easy to read. “I think that [the map feature] is directions to anywhere on the planet. The iPad, which has all of the bells better than your average GPS because the screen is bigger, and well, it would and whistles that a regular iPhone has, make it easier to get from place to is missing just one thing: the actual place,” senior Jenny Whitmore said. Us- phone component. The iPad has a contacts list but lacks ing images from Google Maps, the map feature enables users to view images in any calling abilities. “I’ll probably end up getting an both high-resolution satellite imagery iPad,” Wennberg conceded, “but I’m and up-close street views. The iPad even displays topography going to wait until the second generain a “new terrain view.” This feature tion of it comes out.” Images:,,


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February 11, 2010

on-campus music

Flint to debut new album, speaks of recording process Kara M. Luzik Staff Writer


t’s Friday afternoon, and you’re still not sure of your plans for the night. Should you go to the Quads again? Maybe stay in and watch a movie with friends? If you’re 21, hit a bar? How about doing something many people never get to experience — attend a CD release party! If you’ve chosen the last option, you’re in luck. Flint is hosting its CD release party Friday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m.. in the KÂV. “A lot of people have been asking for cooler events,” junior Flint guitarist and vocalist Todd Lewellen said. “A CD release party is one of those rare things that you get to go to. It’s a really cool experience.” Flint has a style all its own. Started almost four years ago by 2009 alumnus Scott Derkacz, the band creates music with a blend of acoustic and alternative rock “with some folk elements and a lot of nostalgic lyrics,” junior Dave Ashcraft, the band’s percussionist, said.“We try to create a full, ambient, almost dreamlike mood,” Ashcraft said. “Overall it’s pretty chill stuff, like a relaxing autumn afternoon.” In step with its unique style, Flint’s music incorporates more instruments than you might expect. Their songs feature guitar, bass, drums, violin, djembe (a type

of drum), ukulele, piano and melodica (similar to a harmonica). While Flint is no stranger to the stage, playing in local bars and coffee shops, as well as around campus, this is their first CD. “After we came up with songs and perfected them, we decided we actually wanted to make a CD,” Lewellen said. The album is the result of a lot of dedication. The band worked on recording all fall semester, including many weekend hours in Zug practice rooms. On top of that, Lewellen spent most of his winter break editing. No one in the group harbors any remorse over the hours spent creating the album. “Making the CD was unlike anything I’ve done before,” Ashcraft said. “It was exhausting, but hearing the results was such a great feeling.” Flint senior Kyle Grimm, who plays bass, piano, ukulele and melodica, agrees. “The worst part of making the CD would be the time and commitment that we put into it. But in the long-run, it was worth it,” he said. Flint has 500 copies of their CD that they will sell for $7 each. The band paid out of pocket to produce the CDs, so they will have to sell at least half of these just to make their money back. But Flint’s goal isn’t to become multimillionaire rock stars.

“Our focus is not on making money off of it,” Lewellen said, “but rather to put it to good use, whether that is through helping groups with fundraisers or through helping people find contentment through the music.” “As a whole, our goal and mission was to make a CD and have people enjoy listening to it,” Grimm said. This doesn’t mean Flint hopes you download their music in the same way you download the newest playlist on your iPod (although they would be flattered you deem their music worth stealing). “I think that local bands are different in the sense that they don’t really have any financial support at all,” Lewellen said. “Helping them out in any way is kind of nice.” Flint’s CD, “On Top of the World,” contains 12 original tracks. Micah Albrycht, a senior violinist who often accompanies Flint in live performances, is featured on six tracks. Senior Jackie Coupe also accompanied the band with vocals on two tracks. The third outside talent on the CD is 2009 alumnus Dan Ascanio, who contributed to “Lovers and Beggars” on lead guitar, piano and backup vocals. The album artwork is also all original. Pictures were taken by sophomore Chelsea Decker who, along with Lewellen, designed the album artwork. “They’re a really soulful band, and

it’s been a really refreshing and exciting experience working with them,” Decker said. “I’ve been able to see their passion for music and the band firsthand. I know I’m going to be really proud seeing it all come together at their CD release party.” Decker also designed posters that will be available at the release party. Lewellen, Grimm and Ashcraft have band experience prior to joining Flint, and all agree that Flint definitely has the best chemistry. “Working with [Flint] couldn’t go smoother,” Ashcraft said. “When we first started, you could see how songs would slowly evolve as each of us added our own spark to it. Everything just molded together.” “I do not think I could write music like this with anyone else,” Grimm said. “And as a whole, we are all great friends [as well as] great musicians.” To find out more about Flint, visit their Facebook fan page “Flint” or their MySpace, Also keep an eye out for their upcoming Web site created by Lewellen, www. If you cannot attend the release, Flint’s music is also available through and It is in the process of being added to iTunes and most other digital music stores.

ECTV production

‘Roommates Revealed’ echoes the ‘Newlywed Game’ Michael A. McGraw Staff Writer


he staff of ECTV-40 is excited about its upcoming game show, “Roommates Revealed,” which is currently in the process of filming. The show will be modeled after the popular “Newlywed Game,” which brings newlywed couples into competition to find out just how much or how little they know about one another. ECTV’s version involves the same concept but uses pairs of roommates rather than couples. In “Roommates Revealed,” each contestant will answer questions based on how he or she believes his or her roommate will answer. The aim of the show, like “The Newlywed Game,” is to see if the roommates know each other as well as they think they do. There will be three rounds: multiple choice, short answer and fill-in-the-blank questions. In the multiple choice round, contestants will be asked two to three questions, worth five points apiece. The short answer round consists of two questions worth ten points each. Finally, the fill-in-the-blank round will be worth fifteen points per answer. At the end of the three rounds, the pair with the most points will be crowned the winners and receive a prize yet to be determined. At the end of last semester, “Roommates Revealed” and ECTV’s Graphics Director junior Jen Fimmano sat down with Director of Broadcasting Andy Williams and the ECTV Station Manager, junior Stephanie Couch stated that she would like to produce a show this semester. Williams and Couch had come up with the idea for a show based on “The Newlywed Game” and told Fimmano that they would be happy to have her produce it. From there, it was up to her to choose a format, find a host and actually plan out the show. According to Fimmano, “It was a lot of hard work, but I feel that the entire show is going to look great once we start taping.” “The Newlywed Game” originally aired in 1966 and is still running today. In it, there are three couples who split up and are asked questions, to which they reply as they believe their significant other would. The spouses are then asked the same question, and if the answers match, they earn points. The show became moderately controversial — many of the questions deal with topics of a sexual nature. The show reveals so much at times that it has been blamed for several divorces over the years. When asked if they would participate on the show, many students said that they would definitely consider it. “It would be interesting to see just how much my roommate really knows about me and if I know as much about her as I think I do,” sophomore Amanda Kowalsky said. Senior Kyle Huckle also thought it would be exciting to be on the show, saying, “I think it would be funny to answer some of the questions the way one of my roommates would. We’ve lived together for the past three years, so I can’t see us losing.” First-year Nick Thompson would not participate in the show. “I’ve known my roommate since we were little kids; I don’t feel like I need to go on a show to prove what I know about him. I might watch it though,” Thompson said. Of the people interviewed about the show, a majority said that they would appear on it as

contestants, while others believed that the idea is interesting and will be entertaining to watch. “Roommates Revealed” will be hosted by junior Tom Hagerty. The crew is made up of the COM 230 video application class as well as the ECTV Board of Directors. The producer is still looking for four more pairs of roommates willing to be on the last two episodes. Participants must attend tapings from 4 - 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and should e-mail Jen Fimmano at if interested.

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campus culture

Lack of school spirit hinders athletic appreciation Thomas D. Hagerty Guest Writer


he sporting events held at this campus have been quiet and empty for far too long, and the blame falls on you and me. Any athlete will tell you that while they play primarily for themselves, they compete as a representation of Elizabethtown College. Our athletes bust their butts everyday so they can go out and compete for Etown, and we show them no appreciation for it. What is a school if you take away the students, faculty, staff and community? Is it just a pile of books? I’ve seen other schools like Albright or Messiah draw huge crowds of students who love their teams to their athletic events, and I’ve seen crowds directly influence outcomes of games. I have lost sleep trying to figure out why we don’t draw the same size crowds, and I have yet to reach a conclusion. You may not believe it, but you can play a part in a Blue

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Jay victory. I’ve seen it happen: the Blue Jays are down, but the crowd brings them back, lifts them up and gives them the energy they need to come out on top. It’s a beautiful thing when it goes your way. We all think, “Oh, someone else will go to the game,” or, “No one goes to the games, so why should I?” The answer: because your teams need you, and it is fun. There are only a few students who regularly attend athletic events. If more people were there, they would have seen some spirited students in costumes ranging from Santa and his elves to gorillas chasing bananas (see photo). You don’t have to be a big sports enthusiast to enjoy the game atmosphere. Even if you have no clue what is going on, you can make a difference; just show up, clap and cheer on your classmates when other Blue Jay fans clap and cheer. Students are always looking for reasons to have a good time. Why not start in Thompson Gymnasium, Wolf Field or Kevin Scott Boyd Stadium? It’s time for us to step up to the plate — or at least the bleachers or sidelines — and show our teams that we see them working hard for us, and we love it. GO BLUE JAYS!

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Salary increases: how to do it? No day but today...

Sanjay Paul Chair of Department of Business

of them an extra $10,000 annually, and over the next three years, the salary gap for Ecity’s full professors will shrink. Oh, good. But then, you wonder, how about the other he big thing in academia is salary increases. (The other big thing is outcomes assessment ranks? What do I do about the associates and the assistants? Should I not increase their salaries — see Jan. 28 issue.) Suppose you are the president of a college, as well to get closer to the 95th percentile? You say Ecity College. You wish to make sure your turn to your budget manager. Nope, she says, you cannot do it. You don’t faculty are being paid well. After all, if they are not, their morale goes down, they start looking have the money. After you pay each full profor work elsewhere and they may even pass fessor $10,000, there is no money left in the motions in faculty meetings. All very unpleas- compensation pool for the others “What,” you cry, “not even for a middling ant — no president wants that. So, you compare data on salaries, your across-the-board increase? Say, two percent own college’s with those paid by similar col- for all faculty? How about at least a one-time leges. Fortunately, such a database exists — the payment of $500 for all?” Nope. The budget manager is clear: There is Chronicle of Higher Education provides data on salaries for more than 1,200 institutions. no money left, unless you want to cut funding But not all institutions are comparable; salaries for financial aid. “Ah,” you say, “let’s forget about the acrossat research universities are very different from the-board raise. Just do the $10,000 increase for those at two-year colleges. Ecity comes under Baccalaureate Institutions the full professors, and nothing for the other (also known as the AAUP IIB category). There two ranks.” But soon you begin to ask, why should are 425 colleges in this category, 43 of which are in Pennsylvania, and includes colleges such as we use the 95th percentile as the basis for Elizabethtown, Dickinson, F&M, Gettysburg, Ju- comparison? So what if our salaries are not niata, Lebanon Valley and Albright. A wide range. within the top 95 percent of salaries in our Data on salaries are reported by rank, so that comparison group? What if we use the 80th you can see how Ecity’s full professors stack percentile, or even the 75th, as the yardstick? up against other full professors, your associate Perhaps a more feasible goal might be: Ecity’s professors stack up against other associate pro- faculty salaries should be higher than those fessors, and your assistant professors stack up paid by 75 percent of institutions in our catagainst other assistant professors. You sit down egory. (You wonder briefly what your closest rival, Elizabethtown, uses.) to compare the numbers: You sigh. Changing the salar y yardstick SALARIES Associate Professor Assistant Professor will not be an easy sell. Full Professor $69,000 $57,000 Ecity College $82,000 Some faculty will regard it as tantamount AAUP IIB: $87,000 $70,000 $119,000 to treachery. How dare 95th percentile the president seek to reduce their salaries? But you see the problem with the current system: “Oh, crikey!” you say. Ecity’s faculty are underpaid. You want the average salaries at Ecity since the salary gap is largest for full profesto be close to the 95th percentile in each rank. sors (and smaller for the other two ranks), any But the disparities are large. Full professors’ adjustment made to reduce the gap will involve salaries are falling short by $37,000, associates’ giving the highest raises to your highest paid by $18,000 and assistants’ by $13,000. Clearly, faculty. And this at a time when nobody else Ecity’s full professors are hurting the most; they is getting any raise at all. You are the president. What will you do? Not have the most catching up to do. So, what to do? You decide to augment the full professors’ for the first time, you say to yourself, “Uneasy salaries by $10,000 each year. You will give each lies the head …”


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romance column

Top 10 worst Valentine’s gifts Samantha T. Phillips Assistant Opinion Editor 1. Nothing. Anything is better than this. If you have felt the wrath of a female who has been disappointed on Valentine’s Day, you know why. 2. The condom rose. Yes, that clever red condom wrapped neatly into the shape of a rose and taped to a plastic green stem. Don’t be fooled! It is not a delicioussmelling rose, it is a contraceptive! It is your boyfriend’s way of saying, “Hey sweetie, I hope we’re always together because I’m getting really tired of using my hand.” Dick move; literally.

Colin Lynch Class of 2012 “The best B Jay on campus.”

3. Body oils. No, I’d rather not have you lather me in fruity-smelling vegetable oil so that when you go to embrace me I slip out of your grasp and rocket towards the ceiling like those plastic tubes filled with water that you buy at the Discovery Toys Store. I’d also rather not look like the greased-up deaf guy from “Family Guy.” 4. Sex dice. I’m sure you’ve all been to Spencer’s and have seen that sultry little game of sexual gambling. Roll a five and get “nibble on your partner’s eyelashes!” Roll a three and you can “suck on your partner’s toe!” Thanks, but no thanks.

Chelsea Payne Class of 2013 “I’d follow myself around and check things off my bucket list.”

Tim Goldkamp Class of 2012 “One of those Japanese game shows where everyone gets hurt!”

5. A promise ring. That microscopic diamond that says, “I promise that one day I may or may not consider buying you another ring that is somewhat larger!” It’s the really expensive equivalent to a piece of paper stating “I.O.U. one engagement!” Diamonds are forever? How about diamonds are for right now until I meet that Brazilian exchange student who can open beer bottles with her cleavage? 6. The creepy animatronic teddy bear that sings “Do you love me!?” and does a little teddy bear jig. No, I don’t love you. I will probably be haunted by nightmares for weeks of that bear shaking its robotic arms and singing “Do you love me!?” while slitting my throat like the bride of Chucky. It’s probably Furby’s evil twin, traveling back through time like the Terminator to vengefully destroy all the terrified children who abandoned his kin. 7. “The choco-rose by Dove Candy! Get her chocolates and flowers, not a mix of the two, you douchebag!” says Peter Starr Northrop, my assistant relationship guru. 8. Anything over 50 flowers. Please don’t fill my apartment with daisies. As much as it would be cute for about 20 minutes, the stink of rotting flowers would soon take over, and I would realize the creepiness of this gesture. “A daisy for every time I thought of you today!” Okay, how about you subtract a future date for every time you say something creepy like that. And what the hell am I going to do with all these moldy flowers?

Jenna Maiorella Class of 2012 “My TV show would be about the different community service activities and trips on campus that college students participate in.” Make sure to check out the Sound Off poll and the opportunity to comment on articles on our Web site:

9. A poem, if you are completely incapable of writing poetry. “I love that you don’t think I’m gay / I hope that we have sex today” does not count as Shakespearean verse. 10. A star. You named a star after me? Listen here, Shane West, I would really rather not have my present be a distant ball of gas that I can only see for four days every 30 years and that may or may not explode into a supernova at any moment. Plus, Samanthalactica sounds like a really bad 80’s sci-fi movie. Images:,,,

February 11, 2010

literary corner

I don’t remember breakfast Jonathan S. Gamble Staff Writer


don’t remember breakfast, and soon my Grandma won’t remember me. “Are you afraid of dying?” I asked her when I was young and would run into things instead of avoid them. “Death doesn’t scare me, honey,” she said in the window-full beach house we rented every year. The sun shone on her tanned face to sparkle her eyes. As the words popcorned from my mouth, my mother paused in the kitchen and listened closely in discomfort. Children have the courage to ask the questions adults forgot were there. Grandma gave me her fearlessness. I’m at the age now that filters thoughts too much; it is borderline dishonesty. I want to ask her a different question. It would make my mother cry, but my fearlessness might come back. “Grandma, do you want to live when you can’t remember me?” That was a test-drive. That is the first time I said it out loud. It will hurt more when I ask her and I see “no” but hear, “I’ll never forget you, honey.” She thinks lies are comforting if they are polite and good-natured. I don’t remember my Grandpa fishing, smoking a cigar to keep the bugs away, but my dad told me he did. The people we never meet are the ones we hear about the most: Ben Franklin. I never met him. But I know more about him than I know about the neighbor next to my next-door neighbor. Isn’t that sad for Ben, for me, and for my next-to-next-door neighbor? Cold weather isn’t all that keeps people inside their homes, inside themselves, stoking their fires with all their own wood. “Can people be bugs, Dad?” a child would ask. I’m too old now. I don’t remember that song playing 27 times in a row. I don’t remember how many times she made me pancakes. I don’t remember anything about Hawaii because everyone wants to go there now that I had an awful time. I remember coming back from a couple beers in the living room of my Irish flat, crying as Barack Obama won the presidency and the water for my tea overflowed from boiling too long under cover. The rush, the hope, the black people crying on TV — the Europeans said we’re all Americans today. The next day I learned more about global warming in science class and wondered what Barack cries about when the cameras are sleeping and why he’ll never tell me and why people see weakness in that. I remember my girlfriend visiting me in D.C. and riding our bicycles to the Lincoln Memorial because my gay housemate checked me out enough that she became jealous enough to make me an apple pie; she likes bike rides after pie. She said my room was dirty and I said I cleaned it for her. She thinks that’s the cutest thing that makes her angry with me, I think. I remember skipping classes and taking a 12-hour train ride for a few days in Vermont, where she cooked me a steak and a pizza in one meal. We fell in love every visit, and one time we visited a fire escape looking out on the city in the middle of May when I had finals she forgot about for me. The wind wafted through the narrow spaces in between things to make baby tornadoes that never make the 6 o’clock news because they are the good things in the world. We talked about how crazy we are for having a 12-hour relationship and then threw pieces of paper into the tornadoes. They rose and fell — never landing or going to one place. The escape flew us up and let us come back down when we were ready, and that is what love lives on. In between the bar and the sidewalk is a small rectangle leeway that lets me think about the spaces in between things, how little time we spend in them, and why. The spaces between things are unnamed bridges we remember or don’t remember until they get old and we fall through their cracks. We do not spend time there because we cannot understand how two things can be one, really. All the bridges are high, and we’re all frayed of heights — of uncertainty. The floor was cement like the sidewalk, but the ceiling was wooden like the bar. I saw how the cold drafts from the sidewalk collided into the warm drafts from the bar when the doors opened and wondered how a bridge can be a beginning and an end.


February 11, 2010

athletic arrangements

Pro Bowl scheduling disappoints enthusiasts Brittany V. Daiutolo Staff Writer


t’s Super Bowl Sunday. Fans gather in swarms of different jerseys. Conversations of who’s going to win the big game and who’s going to dominate the Pro Bowl ensue. But this year, it’s different. The Pro Bowl was played before the Super Bowl, leaving many fans disappointed. Traditionally, the Pro Bowl is played the week following the Super Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. However, this year: it was played in Miami, Fla. According to, the move to Miami was only scheduled for this year, and next year the Pro Bowl will be back in Honolulu. The game’s Miami location attracted better ticket sales and more coverage, but it also drew heat from both fans and athletes. Some players were not too happy with the fact that the game was held in Miami. Despite the game having the best attendance in 51 years, according to, many players prefer the game in Hawaii due to its exotic location. Since the Pro Bowl was played the week before the Super Bowl, none of the selected players from the Indianapolis Colts or the New Orleans Saints were able to participate due to the risk of injury just days before the biggest game of the season. Of course, this was a fantastic idea. Nobody wants to see the star quarterbacks of the Super Bowl, Colts’ Peyton Manning and Saints’ Drew Brees, get an injury that sidelines them just days before the game. But how fair is it that the selected members of the best teams of the 2009-10 season weren’t able to play? There’s a reason the Colts and the Saints made it to the Super Bowl: the dynamic of the players on the team and how well they performed as a team. Surely, the selected players from the Saints (Brees, Jonathan Goodwin, Jahri Evans, Jonathan Stinchcomb, Jonathan Vilma, Roman Harper and Darren Sharper), and the selected players from the Colts (Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Jeff Saturday, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Antoine Bethea) according

to the same source, would have brought that dynamic to the field during the Pro Bowl. Having the Pro Bowl game at the same stadium as the Super Bowl seemed like a cop-out. Sure, they wanted to have better attendance than they would in Hawaii, but why not California? Arizona? There are plenty of states that have a warm climate at this time of year that would have attracted a boatload of attendees. It’s always nice to have the games in different states so fans from areas close to those stadiums can attend. Of course, many die-hard fans purchase tickets to the Super B owl and/or Pro Bowl no matter where it’s held, but for some that’s not the case. It would be much easier for someone from the West to attend a game in California than in Florida. Having both the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl Image: in Miami makes it much harder for some to attend. It seems that by trying to attract more attendees, the NFL ended up alienating fans. All in all, I think next year the players and fans of the NFL will be much happier with the Pro Bowl being held the week after the Super Bowl and in Hawaii. The fans from Hawaii will again have a chance to attend a game without having to fly across an ocean, because let’s be honest: with this economy fans were running to their computers to purchase tickets for a game across the country. Next year, the selected members from the two teams in the Super Bowl will again be able to participate in a game that they rightly should have been able to participate in this year. Brees and Manning, among the other 12 members of the Saints and Colts chosen to play but were unable to play, unfortunately missed out on an opportunity in which they should have been able to bask.

political policies

Supreme Court permits corporate funding Paul V. Mackey Staff Writer n Thursday, Jan. 21, the Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in the area of campaign finance reform. In a closely-watched five to four decision, the Court overturned some elements of its 2003 McConnell v. Federal Elections Commission ruling with regard to prohibitions on corporate campaign financing. This case was based on a suit brought by Citizens United against the Federal Elections Commission. Citizens United argued that their movie about Hillary Clinton that aired contained political free speech protected by the First Amendment and was not prohibited by the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act (BCFRA). Also known as the McCain-Feingold Amendment, this law included provisions that prohibit “any broadcast, cable or satellite” communications which can be clearly identified with a candidate within 60 days of an election. These communications cannot be funded by corporations. The majority decision of the Court, written by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and three others, found limits on corporate political speech to by Jill Hugus be unconstitutional. This ruling effectively


established corporations as having equal rights as individuals when it comes to political speech. The immediate impact of this ruling is that corporations, both for- and notfor-profit, can fund commercials and paid programing advocating political candidates. President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union Address and in a surprising break


from decorum, took great pain to rebuke the Supreme Court for what he viewed as a poor decision. Obama held that “last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections. Well, I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.” These remarks were met with stolid faces

as members of the Supreme Court were surprised by this criticism. Justice Samuel Alito, a member of the majority decision, mouthed the words “not true” in rebuttal to the President’s accusations. It is a fact that the Supreme Court decision does nothing to rescind section 441e of the BCFRA which holds that spending by foreigners is prohibited. What the decision could mean is that in the future, because the Court has extended the freedom of speech to corporations, they may be more likely to extend these same privileges to foreigners. Foreign corporations are prohibited from spending on elections because they are foreign and not for their status as corporations. Obama raises another interesting question about how democracy should work when he denies that elections should be “bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests.” In a democracy, the most powerful interests are the ones who receive the most votes, get seats and are elected. Obama later describes what he calls “American values,” one of which, for him, is that Americans “take pride in their labor.” Corporations are the result of the labor of the American people. Those that are successful and expand and have profits to spend represent the success and prosperity of countless citizens. These corporations form a “powerful interest” which President Obama, who approves them for embodying a value of all Americans — Democrat and Republican alike — would like to silence in the political arena.

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February 11, 2010

women’s basketball

Lady Jays suffer 68-73 loss, fall to 2-8 in conference Alexander M. Diegel Staff writer


he Elizabethtown College women’s basketball team lost a tough MidAtlantic Conference game to the Albright College Lions at home Feb. 7. The game featured a back-and-forth battle between the division rivals, but Albright

prevailed, 73-68. The Lady Jays fell to 6-14 overall with a conference record of 2-8. Albright improved to 7-13 and a 2-8 conference record. Juniors Kaity Snyder and Meg Strohman led the Jays with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Senior Courtney Kofeldt chipped in 13 points with six rebounds and two steals for a solid all-

Photo: Melanie R. Giardina

The Elizabethtown College women’s basketball team huddles up before Sunday’s game against Albright College.The Lady Jays lost the contest 68-73.

around game that was commended by Head Coach Yvonne Kauffman. The Lions were led by junior guard Jessica McGinness’ 22 points. Etown played well throughout the first half; the teams were all tied up at 16 with less than 10 minutes to go when Albright hit a 3-pointer to break the tie. A couple of turnovers later forced Etown down by 10 with two minutes left in the first half. Just when it looked like Albright might jump to a big lead before the half-time buzzer, Etown fought back. Senior Ali Jury hit a mid-range jumper followed by a steal and a fast break lay-in, and Etown was down only five at the half, 31-26. The Lady Jays continued their strong late-half play by grabbing a 33-31 lead early in the second half, when sophomore forward Stephanie Ellwood hit a 3-pointer. However, back-to-back buckets and converted turnovers given away by Etown saw the Lions quickly regain the lead 39-33, and they never looked back. When McGinnis’ fast break lay-in with 3 minutes left put the Lions ahead by nine, 66-57, it looked as though Albright might run away with the game. But, characteristic of the day, the Jays kept fighting, and got the game to within four again with 30 seconds left, 72-68,

after a Kofeldt 3-pointer. However, a free throw later the score was final, 73-68. Down by between four and 10 points for the majority of the second half, Etown never let Albright get out to a big lead like they did in the 20-point defeat at Albright earlier in the season. However, the Lady Jays never got the lead back, either. Etown had strong offensive moments, but too many times Albright’s guards were allowed to penetrate the Jays’ zone for easy lay-ups or drive and dish opportunities for 3-pointers from the wing. With 14 fewer attempts, Albright hit the same amount of 3-pointers (six) as Etown. “We should have done a better job on defense. We weren’t getting out on their shots, and we also weren’t aware of people getting behind us on our zone defense, so we gave up some easy shots there as well. We did a good job of going down and scoring, but then we did a bad job of letting them come down and score afterwards,” Kauffman said.“Our main thing is, we’ve got to win some games. We come close, we play decent, we stay with them, and we just can’t close it out and win. What we’re trying to do is put it together so that we can win some games.” Tonight, the Lady Jays will host fifthseeded Lycoming College in a Commonwealth Conference game at 6 p.m.

men’s basketball

Blue Jays knock off top-seeded Albright College Lions Huntley C. McGowan Assistant Layout Editor


he Elizabethtown College men’s basketball team shut down Albright College 74-67 in an important Commonwealth Conference game Sunday in Thompson Gymnasium. Many players contributed to the Blue Jays’ overall success during the game, including junior Keith Fogel, who scored 18 points. Also on top of the leader board was junior Joe Flanagan, who scored 14 points and had eight rebounds, along with senior captain Mike Church who posted 11 points and 10 rebounds. Leading the way for Albright was junior Zac Shaeffer with 18 points, along with sophomore Derek Hall, who scored 16 points and achieved a game-high 13 rebounds. This is the second straight conference game that the Lions have lost. The Blue Jays got off to a great start by hitting five 3-pointers in the first 12 minutes of the game. They took an early 22-11 lead over the Lions, and at halftime, the score stood at 34-30 with the Blue Jays on top. Church and Fogel walked into the locker room with nine points apiece for the Jays. For Albright, sophomore Kenneth Sullivan and senior Andre Murphy had six points apiece when halftime approached. With 16:18 left in the game, Albright took the lead 40-39 after a 3-pointer by junior Matt Ashcroft. With only 7:49 remaining, the Jays took back their previous lead 58-48 and scored 15 points within 5 1/2 minutes. With only 3:39 remaining, Albright junior Jeff Sparrow completed two free throws to make the score 62-61 — only a one-point deficit. Then Etown sophomore Kyle McConnell sank a 3-pointer to make the score 65-61 and put the Blue Jays back on top. Within the final minute of the game, the Jays sank 7-for-8 at the foul line and sealed a victory for Etown. When the game was over, McConnell had scored nine points in 25 minutes while junior Bryan Harrity scored eight points within 9 minutes. Due to the Lions’ loss Sunday, Albright moved back into

a tie with Lycoming College for first place in the conference. The Blue Jays come in third with a 6-4 record, followed by Alvernia University and Messiah College. During Sunday’s game, Etown shot 47.3 percent from the field (26-55), 36.8 percent from behind the arc (7-19), and 75 percent from the line (15-20), while Albright shot 38.5 percent from the floor (25-65), 26.9 percent from 3-point land (7-26), and 71.4 percent at the charity strip (10-14). Ball control played a large part of the game with Etown ending with 11 turnovers and Albright eight. Senior Chris Jones remarked that the season is going well so far for the Blue Jays. “We have had some conference

setbacks but are on the up with the win,” Jones said after the Albright game. “We played with a lot of heart and energy on both ends of the floor. It was a team effort from the people who played and the bench guys.” Looking ahead to what the rest of the season will bring, Jones is hopeful. “We expect to win out our next four games and get a great seed in the MAC playoffs,” he said. “Once that happens, anything is possible. We see ourselves winning the MAC championship and making the NCAA tourney.” Tonight, the Blue Jays will host top-seeded Lycoming College in a Commonweath Conference matchup at 8 p.m.

Photo: Melanie R. Giardina

Junior Keith Fogel takes a free throw during Sunday’s game against Albright. Fogel scored 18 points to lead the Blue Jays to a 74-67 win over the Lions.

February 11, 2010


super bowl XLIV

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Saints earn first Super Bowl win in franchise history Janna M. Richards Assistant Sports Editor


n Sunday, 106.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the New Orleans Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. The Colts represented the American Football Conference, while the Saints represented the National Football Conference. The stage was set for the two opposing quarterbacks to compete with the completion record set by Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLIII. Saints quarterback Drew Brees tied the record with 32 completions while the Colts’ Peyton Manning was just under with 31 completions. According to Sports Illustrated, the Colts were favored to win the game by four points, but that’s not how the game played out. The Colts came out very strong in the first quarter with a 38-yard field goal from Matt Strover with 7:29 left in play. The Saints offense and defense had yet to begin playing hard, and this led to a Colts touchdown by Pierre Garcon with a 19-yard pass from Manning with 36 seconds left in the first quarter, giving the Colts a 10-0 lead. Fans were quite excited at the idea of the Colts taking an early lead in the game and had no fear of the Saints taking the win away from them. In the second quarter, the Saints began to show some tough defense and an even tougher offense. Garrett Hartley was able to put points on the board for the Saints when he kicked two field goals during the second quarter. His first, made with 9:34 left in play, was 46 yards out and brought the score to 10-3. With the quarter coming to a close, he then kicked another field goal from 44 yards out and finished the second quarter 10-6, Colts ahead. In the third quarter, Pierre Thomas took a 16-yard pass from Brees with 11:41 to play, and Hartley kicked the extra point. The Saints were up 13-10, their first lead of the game. However, the Colts weren’t ready to give up that easily. With 6:05 left to play in the quarter, Joseph Addai scored a touchdown after a four-yard run. Stover got the extra point from the kick, and the Colts took the lead 17-13. Hartley completed a 47-yard field goal with 2:01 left in the quarter. The Saints remained in the lead with a 17-16 score. With the score so close, fans didn’t know which team would come out the champions until the fourth quarter when the Saints showed

offensive and defensive skills that won them the game. With 5:42 left in the game, Jeremy Shockey took a two-yard pass from Brees and scored another touchdown for New Orleans. The Saints then decided to go for a two-point conversion, and Brees passed to Lance Moore. The two points weren’t initially awarded to the Saints, but Head Coach Sean Payton challenged the call and after looking at the footage, referee Scott Green overturned the ruling, and the two points were awarded to the Saints, bringing the score to 24-17. The Colts’ last hope of a comeback was taken from them with 3:12 left in play when Tracy Porter had a 74-yard interception return after grabbing the ball thrown by Manning. Hartley again made the extra point kick, and the final score was left at 31-17. This year was the first time in franchise history that the New Orleans Saints won a conference championship game, let alone a Super Bowl. This was also the first time in a 16-year span that both number-one seeded teams made it to the Super Bowl from their conferences. The Super Bowl wouldn’t be complete without a Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, which began in 1967. By taking both fan votes during the game and input from a panel of 16 football writers and broadcasters after the game, Saints quarterback Drew Brees was named the Super Bowl XLIV MVP. Brees is the only player from the Saints to receive this honor and is one of the nine Super Bowl MVPs who is still active in the game. “I think this was the best Super Bowl we’ve had in years because it actually came down to the best two teams in the league,” junior Abbey Kramer said. “It’s the first time I was excited about the Super Bowl. Usually it’s about the commercials and the half-time hype, but this year it was really about football. Even though I was rooting for the Colts, I’m happy that the Saints won because the city of New Orleans deserved the title. I love Drew Brees and am very, very happy for the team; the win will help out the city a lot.”


Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning walks off the field after losing Super Bowl XLIV. Many analysts attribute Manning’s fourth quarter interception as the determining factor in the Colts’ loss.


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates after winning Super Bowl XLIV. Brees, who tied Tom Brady’s completion record with 32 successful passes, was named MVP of the game.


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etown athletics • pro sports • ncaa coverage

February11, 2010 high school football • olympics • analysis


Blue Jays prepare for MAC championships Paige M. Tanner Staff Writer


he Elizabethtown Blue Jays will be swimming their way to the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship meet (MACs) this weekend — Feb. 12th through 14th — at the CYC in WilkesBarre. This meet is the final event of the season, and one the team has anticipated all winter. The championship is the end for the seniors, but it is also a place to leave their mark and show their fellow Blue Jays what they can do. “Our main focus right now is to simply do our best and to provide an abundance of support for our teammates. Even though swimming is considered an individual sport, our team really comes together at MACs,” senior captain Dan Provence said. Even though single members do their personal best, the team is a big part of their triumph. “We keep each other moving,” Provence said. Provence has been swimming for Etown since his first year and plans to strive for his best at MACs to exceed last year’s expectations. Provence placed ninth in the 200 freestyle last year and 15th in the 100 freestyle. He was also part of the sixth-place finishing 200 freestyle relay, seventh in the 400 freestyle relay and eighth in the 200 and 400 medley relay. Last year, alumna Gretchen Geiger (’09) was awarded the David B. Eavenson Award as the Most Outstanding Female Swimmer with gold medals in

the 400 individual medley, the 100 breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke. Geiger was the first female Blue Jay to take home that award since 1997 when Jackie Zimmerman was honored with it for the second consecutive year. Geiger will be greatly missed with her spectacular results, but the Jays plan to do the best they can to fill those successful shoes. In the MAC competition, a swimmer can compete in only three individual events and up to four relays. The Jays have many swimmers who are qualified to participate in more than the allowed number of events. Senior captains Matt Drob, Linsday Riley, Hopkins, Provence, senior Kevin Smedman, juniors Stephanie Hellman and Courtney Kelly and first-year Shaun Martin all must choose their best events in which to compete. Ten of the 15 Blue Jay swimmers are familiar with the MAC format from having competed in previous years. Last year, Kelly placed eighth in the backstroke behind alumna Jenny Brizek (’09) and will be trying again to lead the Jays to victory. Riley, the 2008 MAC champion in the 50 freestyle, finished third in the 100 backstroke, fourth in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 100 freestyle last year and will be gunning to top her past success this weekend. Drob, too, will be looking to surpass his finishes in last year’s meet where he finished sixth in the 100 butterfly


Senior captain Matt Drob swims backstroke in a previous meet. Drob hopes to place in the top eight in either the 100 or 200 backstroke at MACs.

with a time of 55.24 seconds, just .18 away from tying alumnus Darren DiObilda’s (’08) record. At MACs, only swimmers who place in the top 16 of each event earn points for their team. The Blue Jays found themselves seeded well when preliminary rankings came out Tuesday night. Senior captain and Etownian sports editor Sara Crimmel and Kelly will look to lead in distance events, as they are both seeded in the top 16 of the 500 and 1650 freestyle. Kelly, who will need to decide which of numerous events to swim, is also seeded 17th in the 200 IM, 10th in the 400 IM and 9th in the 200 backstroke. Riley is seeded seventh in the 50 freestyle, fifth in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Hellman is seeded 16th in the 100 freestyle. Provence is seeded 16th in the 200 freestyle. Hopkins is seeded 13th in

the 400 IM and 16th in the 200 breaststroke. Amanda Martin is seeded 15th in the 200 butterfly. First-year Ryan Hannon is seeded 15th in the 100 backstroke. Drob is seeded 16th in the 50 freestyle, 11th in the 100 butterfly, 13th in the 100 backstroke and 13th in the 200 backstroke. “Having the numbers right there for me to see gives me the goal I want to strive for,” Drob said. “It is my last time ever competing in a swim meet. That means all of the energy I have should be put into the pool. Hopefully that provides me with some good results!” Provence said. The seniors of the team are excited to lead the Jays to great achievements, but it’s a bittersweet meet for them. “I don’t like thinking about it being my last meet; I just want to swim,” Hopkins said. Tonight, the Blue Jays will travel to Wilkes-Barre in preparation for their final weekend of competition.

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Athlete of the Week Mike Church

Sara E. Crimmel Sports Editor


he Etownian is jubilant to announce that senior basketball star Mike Church has been named Athlete of the Week! Church, who has been named the Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week for the weeks of Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, leads the team on offense, having scored 289 points in just 20 games, which averages 14.5 points per game. Church leads the Blue Jays in several game-high statistics, including points (22 against Alvernia Jan.

30 and Lebanon Valley College Jan. 13), field goals made (10 against Alvernia Jan. 30), free throws made (10 against Messiah Feb. 3), free throw


attempts (14 against Messiah Feb. 3), rebounds (19 at Delaware Valley College Nov. 24) and blocks (4 at Albright Jan. 16 and Delaware Valley College Nov. 24). In almost every game this season, Church has led the Blue Jays in either points, rebounds, assists, steals and/or blocked shots. During the Blue Jays’ win Sunday over top-seeded Albright College, Church posted his seventh double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and recording 10 rebounds. The Etownian congratulates Church for his success on the court and for being named Athlete of the Week!


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Sports Recap Men’s Basketball (14-6, 6-4) Etown 74, Albright 67 Etown vs Lycoming postponed Women’s Basketball (614, 2-8) Albright 73, Etown 68 Etown vs Lycoming postponed Wrestling (8-4, 3-2) @ Hunter (with York College) canceled Etown vs. Wilkes canceled


of Sports

Men’s Basketball Feb. 11: Lycoming Feb. 13: @ Widener Feb. 16: @ Lebanon Valley Feb. 20: Arcadia Women’s Basketball Feb. 11: Lycoming Feb. 13: @ Widener Feb. 16: @ Lebanon Valley Feb. 20: Arcadia 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 Men’s Track and Field Feb. 13: @ Susquehanna Invitational Feb. 20: @ DuCharme Invitational Feb. 27: Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Championships @ Lehigh University Women’s Track and Field Feb. 13: @ Susquehanna Invitational Feb. 20: @ DuCharme Invitational Feb. 27: Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Championships @ Lehigh University Wrestling Feb. 13: @ Messiah Feb. 21: @ Metropolitan Conference Championships (Ewing, N. J.) March 5-6: NCAA Division III Championships (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) EtownBlueJays .com

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Etownian Issue 13 - February 11, 2010

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