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Dolla dolla bill: Bailey demystifies budget adjustments Rachel A. Marsteller News Editor Elizabeth A. Shea Staff Writer


t is an undisputed fact that the American economy has experienced a rough few years, which has resulted in price increases for many services. Unfortunately, this means that tuition prices have continued to rise, increasing Elizabethtown College’s fees to $41,750 for the 2010-11 school year. In an e-mail sent out this week, President Theodore Long stated that this is a 4.5 percent increase, one of the lowest in the past 15 years. However, when looking at any increase, it is important to be aware of what the increase supports — in this case, the College budget. At this week’s Student Senate meeting, the discussion revolved around budget changes for next year. During the meeting, Vice President of Finance Rick Bailey presented “Where Do Tuition Dollars Go?,” during which he explained budget increases and tuition. “We look at number of things when thinking about adjusting the comprehensive fee, such as our own projections overall for the College as a whole going forward, all components of expenses, and we conduct comparisons with other institutions, see where their comprehensive fees are and where they are headed,” Bailey said. “We also look at the changes in the CPI (consumer price index), specifically the education index, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. All these components are considered and discussed at the faculty assembly, senior staff and the board of trustees.” It is necessary to determine where funding will be distributed best and what funds can be used to support

the necessary changes. Safety expenses are always top it has been emphasized that this year’s tuition increases priority, along with supporting the campus’s mission are lower than past years’, sophomore Betsy Michaels and the maintenance of facilities. When it comes to the views the increase in a different way. distribution of funds across campus, 61 percent goes She stated that although this year’s increase is only toward compensation and benefits. Thirty-four percent 4.5 percent, she looks at increases as a total from when goes toward financial aid. Costs of goods for both the she began school at Etown. This year’s increase marks a book store and dining services are 5 percent. Utilities total of an 8 percent increase in the two years that she and other expenses related to facilities takes up 12 to has been here. Also, scholarships do not continue to 14 percent of the budget. adjust with tuition after Tuition payments only cover students have passed their Etown By the Numbers 80 percent of the costs of first year, another fact running the campus. which makes this increase Total cost for 2010-2011: $41,750 Sophomore Jill Patrick harder for most students. Tuition cost: $33,250 stated that although she unAccording to Vice PresBasic room and board: $8,500 derstood tuition increases to ident for Enrollment Paul Increase in tuition: 4.5% support the budget, it seems Cramer, financial aid is President Long’s salary: $254,555 like a rather substantial innot a part of the budget President’s expense account: $94,930 crease, especially for families that has “left-over” money. Provost’s salary: $140,000 supporting multiple college Rather, the resources proRick Bailey’s salary: $130,875 students. She also said that vided are distributed as Dean Calenda’s salary: $93,510 she expects her sibling’s tubest they can to those in Student activities budget: $3.5 mill. ition will increase, but she need. The percentage alInformation compiled from 2007 tax exemption form. doubts it will be as substanlocated to financial aid this tial an increase. year is higher than in years Although students agree that tuition should fund past. Of the current tuition prices, 34 percent is being set projects that better the campus, it is apparent that rising aside for the distribution of financial aid in order to help tuition rates are taking a toll on all College members, current students, in contrast to 33 percent last year. especially those responsible for financing their own “Regarding returning students, Elizabethtown reschooling. A key question is what we can do to reduce evaluates all students who apply for need-based aid on costs. The answer is simple: discover ways to conserve an annual basis,” Cramer said. “For those students who resources, including electric and gas costs, which ac- demonstrate significant increases in need, the College is count for about $2 million per year. committed to adjusting financial aid packages to allow Another concern regarding tuition and budget in- those students the opportunity to continue and complete creases centers on scholarship distribution. Although their studies at Elizabethtown.”


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Awareness week aimed to counter eating disorders

Medical Group. These individuals would compile a history of the student’s eating disorder, including the student’s weight. Patients do not have to see their weight if it is detrimental to their health. here is a difference between eating disorders and disordered eating,” Sandy A blood test would then determine electrolyte levels. According Spayd, director of student wellness and campus health, said. Sometimes college to Wagener, an eating disorder can dangerously affect levels of students experience “disordered eating,” eating in different routines and not eating electrolytes. If needed, an electrocardiogram is performed to check the heart for irregular rhythms, which is sometimes healthily due to stress. Feb. 21 through Feb. 27 is National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week. a symptom of eating disorders. The student would then According to, the purpose of NED Awareness Week be referred to Counseling Services to follow up on is to reach out to those suffering from eating disorders and encourage them to seek any emotional issues. “I’m not too familiar about the College giving help. Another mission is to reduce body image issues because eating disorders are information about eating disorders,” sophomore Dan life-threatening illnesses. Eileen Wagener, college health liaison, put into perspective how someone from Silver said. “It’s difficult for athletes to get some of their Elizabethtown College who comes into the health center with an eating disorder is meals. They eat at odd hours and can develop bad patterns.” helped. Typically, one with an eating disorder would schedule an appointment with continued on page 3 Marge Natividad, nurse practitioner, or another physician from Penn State Hershey


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The Etownian is a weekly n ews p a p e r p u b l i s h e d Th u r s d ays d u ri n g t h e academic year.

Vocalign CD release Etown’s co-ed a cappella group gears up to release their first CD. Find out more about the process involved in this project.

Features, page 5

As If!: 1995 While we were all braving elementary school, the highs and lows of 1995 passed us by. Whatever!

Centerfold, pages 8 & 9


Man breeds

A popular band coming to Etown held the number one song on the top 20 countdown.

Have you ever dated any of these categories of man? Find out in the ever-popular romance column.

Campus Life, page 10

Opinion, page 11


Brittany V. Diautolo Staff Writer



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February 25, 2010

in the community


Jayd-ed edge

Rachel A. Marsteller News Editor

Shorty competition A man who is only 22 inches tall left his home country of Nepal Sunday in a quest to be recognized as the world's shortest man. Khagendra Thapa Magar is traveling to Europe to campaign for the Guinness World Record title. He applied to the London-based group for a place in the record book in October, soon after turning 18, but said he has not received any response. Magar's family initially filed a claim when he was 14, but it was rejected because he was not an adult; there was a chance he might grow. The current record is held by He Pingping of China, who is 29 inches tall. Webcam spying A suburban Philadelphia school district used the webcams in schoolissued laptops to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit. The school district can activate the webcams without students' knowledge or permission, the suit said. Plaintiffs Michael and Holly Robbins suspect the cameras captured students and family members as they undressed and in other embarrassing situations. Lindy Matsko, a representative of the high school, later confirmed to Michael Robbins that the school had the ability to activate the webcams remotely, according to the suit, which was filed Tuesday and seeks class-action status. High heel beating Police arrested two women who allegedly burst into a Waffle House on Valentine's Day and beat a man with a high heel. Police charged a 29-year-old woman and a 32-year-old woman with battery and criminal damages to private property following the shoe incident. According to a police report, officers reporting to the Waffle House along U.S. 80 found an unidentified victim who suffered cuts and scrapes on his face that appeared to be made by the "spiked heel from a shoe." The victim told officers that he and his girlfriend were at a booth when a pair of sisters — one of whom is the mother of his children — sparked an argument.

Amtrak train station receives facelift Joelle E. Atkinson Campus Life Editor

is now muddy, pebbly and covered with construction debris will be paved, and more spaces will be added to accommodate more rail-riders. In addition, new ho would want to wait for a train and brighter lighting will be added to in a creepy, abandoned-looking both the station and its parking lot. building?” senior Myles Lund asked. One of the most exciting projects, esIt is no secret that the Elizabethtown pecially for junior Heather Robertson, is train station is a less-than-stellar facility. the renovation that will restore the station Trudging through the grass to get to the building to its former glory. platform can be a muddy journey, and “A space to get out from the elements the hallowed walls of the once-beautiful will be much welcomed,” Robertson said. station can make it feel rather like a The construction will improve not scene out of a horror movie. However, only the outside but the inside as well, renovations began several months ago allowing for it to someday be operato help make the train station more tional once again. passenger-friendly In addition to the and to provide a train building, a safer and more enbus shelter will be joyable commute. added as another Lund, however, option for hiding is not too far off. from the chill of the The train station winter months. was built in 1915 “Certainly the conon the campus of struction will make it the Masonic Vilbetter because a better lage. The station had facility will promote been abandoned for more commuting via nearly 25 years bepublic transportation fore a federal grant for Etown residents and Amtrak allowed working in Harrisfor the station to be burg and Lancaster,” revitalized in 2005. Photo: Melanie R. Giardina The project, how- The Elizabethtown Amtrak train station is undergoing renovations to bring the Lund said. “A restoraever, was only a tem- station more up to date and to make it compliant with the Americans with tion and construction porary fix. The now- Disabilities Act by installing an elevator.The project was started in Sept. 2009. project will help to beautify a more infunctioning station has visible signs of wear and tear. From another will be added. The main por- dustrial section of town.” Sophomore Shannon Brown hopes its dingy dark walkways to its eerie stair- tion of the track work will be expanding to allow for six trains to run on the new that with the construction will come a stawells, the station can make travelers feel somewhat uncomfortable at the start of tracks. In addition, canopies will be put tion where you can purchase your tickets into place to allow travelers to seek shelter before entering the train car. their journeys. “Making it a manned station might All of that is changing as new con- in the rain and in snowy months. Also, an elevator will be installed to comply with help being able to purchase tickets last struction has begun on the run-down station. Ground was broken in Septem- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) minute when you decide you want to go ber of 2009. It began with a fence around laws and to allow for an easier commute home the night before,” she said. The project is scheduled to be comone of the most populated parking areas for those traveling with luggage, strollers and other cumbersome items. The winter pleted at the end of the spring of 2011, to secure construction equipment. As the project began, the borough said, months have been devoted to most of the and one of the borough’s latest updates reported: “Work is progressing on sched“We understand that parking is in high track, electrical and clean-up work. It is the aesthetic factors that will have ule, and we look forward to significant demand at this station, and we will do our best to continue providing this to wait until spring. The parking lot that progress in the months ahead.”


service to the maximum level possible during construction.” After the first month, the project was well underway. Much of the first phase of the work was on set-up — putting construction trailers into place; fencing the storage yard; and laying and excavating for electric, water, and sewer lines. Also, a portion of the new drainage system was installed, and work was done inside the facility, as well. Toxic materials were stored there for the time being but were removed within the next few months. When construction is completed, the current platform will be suspended and

upcoming opportunites

Book Club Opportunity This year’s keynote speaker for Scholarship and Creative Arts Day is Roya Hakakian, an award-winning author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker. Hakakian’s most well-known work is her memoir, “Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran.” Hakakian details her experiences as a Jewish teenager during and after the Iranian Revolution, which led to the rise of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The Scholarship and Creative Arts Day Committee is sponsoring two book discussions, one for students and the other for faculty and staff. Free copies of the book are available on a first-come first-served basis in Wenger 276. The faculty/staff discussion will be held April 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Folklore Coffee House. The student discussion will be held April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the High Library. At both events, food and drinks will be provided free of charge.

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Eating Disorder Awareness Week highlights struggles Silver, who is on Etown’s basketball team, explains that some athletes may feel they don’t deserve to eat after a bad game, or sometimes they eat a lot before bed due to having no time during the day, which are both unhealthy choices. There are many types of eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder which causes people to starve themselves and lose great amounts of weight. It is a serious disease that is potentially life-threatening. There are four main symptoms of anorexia: resistance to maintaining body weight above a minimally normal weight, intense fear of gaining weight or being “fat,” denying the seriousness of low body weight, and cessation of menstrual periods in women. Approximately 90 to 95 percent of those with anorexia are women, but males do experience this and other eating disorders. Binge Eating Disorder (BED) consists of recurrent binge eating without using compensatory measures to counter it. Those with BED

frequently eat large quantities of food in short periods of time, feel out of control over their eating behavior, feel ashamed or disgusted by their behavior, and eat when they are not hungry or in secret. This eating disorder is estimated to affect 1 to 5 percent of the population, and 60 percent of those suffering from BED are women.

Bulimia nervosa is also a serious sickness characterized by a cycle of bingeing and purging. There are three main symptoms: regularly taking in large amounts of food while feeling no control over one’s actions; regularly vomiting; taking laxatives or diuretics, fasting, and participating in obsessive exercise to compensate for binges; and extreme concern with body weight and shape. About 80 percent of those with Eating Disorders Statistics bulimia are female, and they usually appear to be • 1 in 5 women suffer from an eating disorder. of average body weight. • Eating disorders affect up to 24 million in America. Wagener detailed the • 10 to 15 percent of those with eating disorders are difficulty of treating an male. eating disorder and ex• Approximately 10 percent of female college students plained that long-term suffer from an eating disorder. therapy is usually nec• About 50 percent of those who have been anorexic essary. In severe cases, develop bulimia or bulimic patterns. however, the patient • 51 percent of 9- and 10-year-olds report feeling betmay need to be hospitalter about themselves if they are on a diet. ized or seen in an inpa• The average American woman is 5’4” and weighs tient facility specializing 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” in eating disorders. and weighs 117 pounds. According to Spayd, Statistics gathered from and when a student presents

e t a n e S s t e p Snip At last week’s Senate meeting, Vice President of Finance Rick Bailey explained where our tuition dollars go. Also in attendance were Paul Cramer, Vice President of Enrollment, and Dave Dentler, Vice President of Administration. The PowerPoint from their presentation will be up on the Student Senate Web site this week. At today’s meeting, Joe Metro, director of Facilities Management and construction, will discuss facilities questions and update the students on ongoing projects. The presentation will be held at 4 p.m. in Hoover 212. Students, faculty and staff are welcomed. Junior/Senior tickets will go on sale Friday, Feb. 26 in the KĀV. This year’s Junior/Senior features the theme “Old Hollywood” and will be held in Camp Hill. Tickets are $55 per person. Log on to for more details! Contact with questions.

an eating disorder here at Etown, a “multipronged” plan is established. “The student needs to be comfortable with information being shared between health care, counseling, and possibly the athletic department,” Spayd explained. However, Spayd clarified that it is the student’s decision to make a change. Eating disorders negatively affect not only the patient, but also the patient’s family and friends. Approaching someone who may have an eating disorder can be difficult. “They usually feel invisible and disconnected from those around them. Let them know you see them and want to know what they have to say,” Spayd said. “It’s their choice, and they need to want to change, not just because you want them to.” Spayd points out that when considering eating disorders, we shouldn’t forget the prevalence of overeating and being overweight. Eating disorders affect all shapes and sizes. For more information on eating disorders, visit The WELL, in Thompson 100. You can also visit the Web site, www2.etown. edu/thewell/, and participate in an eating disorder screening.

living on campus

SDLCs offer alternative living spaces S. Alexandra Ward Assistant Photography Editor


very late January and early February since 1992, Elizabethtown College has accepted applications from its upper class students for Student Directed Learning Communities (SDLCs). This year, Etown is reviewing applications to fill 11 houses on the streets surrounding campus with students who best demonstrate servicelearning, one of Etown’s most fundamental Photo: Melanie R. Giardina principles. The students must also demon- The BEACH House sits on the corner of Arch Street and S. Mt. strate how service-learning can positively Joy Street. This SDLC focuses on helping those who cannot help themselves through programs such as Meals on Wheels. affect the community as a whole. For those students who meet the requirements, like the There are 11 SDLC houses, and “all [of them] are up for grabs. Everybody puts in applications approximate 54 who applied and are awaiting decisions, every year. Everyone has to reapply or apply, and we an SDLC may be something to consider in the future. The bigger question, though, is whether or not there go from there and see who the strongest applicants are,” Allison Bridgeman, director of Residence Life, will be new SDLCs in the upcoming 2010-11 year. explained. “We really want students to reflect and Bridgeman’s answer is yes. “There were two SDLCs that were consecutive for prepare for the application.” And it’s not an easy apseveral years that decided not to reapply for this year, plication process. “The application process was quite extensive,” junior so there definitely will be new programs,” she said. Although Bridgeman could not comment on what Lauren DeMezza said. “There was a lengthy application new programs may exist next fall because the selection that we divided among the four of us.” The application presents students with questions process has not been completed, she did indicate that like: “What does service learning mean to you and your this year there were “two or three new applications that housemates, and how does it impact your level of in- are bringing something new to the table. It’s always volvement in a community?,” and “What is the mission cool to consider something new.” SDLCs are designed to help students provide service of your program?,” along with about 15 other questions. The application also requires a detailed description to the College and to the larger Pennsylvania community. of the students’ plan for the upcoming year. In addition, Whatever the new programs might be, they will provide “each house must have an adviser and a letter of support community service through service learning standards. Previous SDLC programs have designed projects as a part of the application. It can be a faculty or staff member of their choosing,” Bridgeman said. “Once stu- that include but are not limited to: contributions to and dents complete the application and turn it in, they come involvement in Meals On Wheels; community physical in and do an interview presentation. In an hour, students awareness; and volunteering in nursing homes, women’s have a chance to do a presentation, like a PowerPoint or shelters, and schools. The most important part is that “the SDLC program a movie, and we have a panel of people who then rate is something that’s really unique about Etown and not that interview and who can ask questions.” For those who don’t mind filling out the lengthy and something that every college or university has,” Bridgevery thorough application, there are further requirements. man said. “We’re really lucky to own these properties and “You must have at least sophomore status, a GPA of to have students have the opportunity to do something no less than 2.5 and no judicial background,” sophomore [in service] that is student-directed and that they are empowered to do.” Kelsie LeVan, who is applying with DeMezza, said.



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student achievements

Aspiring filmmakers create Houma recovery documentary Nancy C. Briscoe Assistant Copy Editor


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ducate for service, Elizabethtown College’s celebrated motto, is often overlooked when we think of what an Etown education offers. It’s a little known secret that hidden between the everyday grind of projects, papers and weekend parties, plenty of Etown’s students are making time to give back. Like annual service events such as Into the Streets and the Martin Luther King Jr. day of service, it has become a tradition for Etown students to volunteer a week of winter break to travel south to Houma, La., where they immerse themselves in rebuilding the mess Hurricane Katrina has left behind. This year 26 Etown students and staff signed up with Lend A Hand, a disaster relief volunteer program, and set off during the week of Jan. 9. Among the group were two Etown sophomores, Chelsea Decker and Sean Duetsch, with big plans: a documentary. “It st ar te d out as s omet hing small,” Decker said, “but it somehow became more than just a little project.” B oth communications majors practiced in the fine arts of interview skills, camera operation and audio production, Decker and Duetsch recognized the framework of filmmakers in themselves. With borrowed communications equipment and $250 to cover transportation, lodging, and food for the service trip, the no-budget film was ready to roll tape and record. After a two-day bus trip, the 26 volunteers were split up and sent to work on six different homes in Houma. Channeling their inner Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor,

the crews worked on home improvement projects, on campus. Decker is currently constructing including replacing cabinetry, re-tiling floors and a Web site to display pictures from Houma and provide information on the documenputting up drywall. While the repair crews hammered away, the budding tary. Meanwhile, Duetsch has been working filmmakers were given free reign to tape the groups’ on video teasers, three of which have already progress and conduct interviews. Duetsch explained that been posted on Facebook. “We’ve got to give them something,” Decker the trip’s student coordinator, junior Amy Haun, and Director of Civic Engagement Nancy Valkenburg were said. “[We want to] keep coming out with new “willing to help us to any length.” Decker added, “[They] stuff until it actually happens.” The documentary is slated to be finished in would stop at nothing.” Decker and Duetsch put in long hours on the trip, April, and they are hoping to premiere it on camoften waking up before the rest of the volunteers and pus in either the Brinser Lecture Room(Steinman going to sleep hours after the group. “We always had to 114) or Gibble Auditorium. The Houma experience impacts the lives of volbe five steps ahead,” Decker explained. Some of the homeowners were present while the teams unteers and those in need of disaster relief each year. tinkered, and Decker and Duetsch jumped at the oppor- Though Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, there are tunity to capture their experiences on film. After hearing many people in the wetlands still in need of help. Just powerful testimonials, they quickly realized there were like those at Etown who have put the College’s motto into practice, you, several unspoken stories begging to be told. too, can give back “Pictures only go so far, especially in relation to the and find yourself homeowners,” Decker said. The two knew that, even “Among Saints.” by capturing a glimpse of what these people had been through on film, they could make a great impact. Now that they have returned to school, the duo’s work has just begun. They acC quired over 24 hours worth of footage, which they must now go through and piece together. So far, they’ve completed approximately 15 minutes of the documentary, dubbed “Among Saints.” It will ultimately be about an hour long. Decker and Duetsch aim to highlight the homeowners’ stories as smaller vignettes in a bigger picture of a day in the life of Etown’s volunteers. “These are the people [student volunteers] who do the work, and their stories don’t get told,” Duetsch said. Besides squeezing in this full-time project between schoolwork and extracurricular activities, the Left: Sean Duetsch prepares to film.Above: Chelsea two have also been working on generating buzz Decker stands with Lois, a Houma homeowner.

local heroes

Meet the brave members of our snow removal squad Craig J. O’Neill Staff Writer


any who grew up in Pennsylvania can recall the blizzard of 1996. Although this recent snowfall was not nearly as bad, the media has dubbed this blizzard “Snowmageddon.” The snow was so substantial that our campus closed down for not only one day, but two. Luckily, snow-shoveling crews on campus made sure that our paths were clear and we didn’t go hungry. Mark Zimmerman lives in Harrisburg and has been working for Elizabethtown College as a carpenter and snow remover for over 15 years. Inset: a view of Wenger Hall from the Dell directly following the second blizzard that hammered campus last Tuesday. This storm, combined with one that hit the previous weekend, left around 30 inches of snow on the ground for students to contend with. However, Etown’s snow removal squad made campus passable almost immediately after. Photo: Peter S. Northrop

Zimmerman praised his department’s team work and emphasized, “No two storms are identical, and we’re pretty good at adjusting our snow removal plans to suit each storm. When you get back-to-back large storms like we had the past two weeks, it sort of dominates your life. For the most part, everyone approaches the storms with a good attitude. While we were flattered at Dr. Long’s comments that our ‘efforts’ were ‘heroic’ and appreciate the recognition, many of us see it as just doing our job.” Zimmerman recognizes that the snow removal team relies on others. “Eric Turzai and his staff do a wonderful job seeing to our nutritional needs to keep us going,” he said. The motivation for the snow removal squad is clear: provide ways for students to safely traverse to the BSC and academic buildings as quickly as possible. According to Zimmerman, these commonplace activities are signs that the team has done their job well.

Sherrie Kaminski worked the night moval places on equipment and shift in Facilities Management (6 p.m. keeping oneself going. to 6 a.m.) for two evenings last week. “Some of the more difficult aspects “By the third day I was a bit worn are long shifts coupled with abnordown, to say the least. Some of the mal sleep patterns. The volume of stress of snow removal comes from these snows was very hard on equiphaving to be constantly alert to all ment, and keeping things up and on that is happening around you and the front line was an issue,” he said. making sure that things are safe,” “Now that the storms are history, we she said. “It is not often that we get are working on a long list of repairs. this much snow at one time. It was One of the more difficult aspects of nice to see the students out sledding snow removal at Etown is the need and building igloos.” to remove snow from lots with cars in Kaminski anticipated long days them. All in all, I feel we got through and nights when she saw the fore- these storms fairly well. It is important cast. Her job is well defined in to occasionally stop and take in the snowy conditions: make places unique beauty of a snowy landscape, maneuverable and func tional. then [get] back to the grind.” “As a landscaper, it’s almost ineviCorrection: table that when it On Feb. 11, the Etownian printed an article titled “International students already adjusting to snows, we go to American life.” The article incorrectly stated that work,” she said. Elizabethtown College hosts 100 international G ro u n d s Sp e students from 40 countries. In reality, Elizabethtown cialist Todd Sieber has 50 international students from 20 different p oi nte d out t h e countries.The Etownian apologizes for this error. burden snow re-


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travel column


West Mexico provides diverse settings along the Pacific Lindsey A. Evans Correspondent Abroad

by the traditional palm-thatched cabanas right on the beach that had looked so tropical on the Web site. Having spent a y first view of Baja California Sur, few hours in the airport, I had a rough Mexico, was a desert full of awk- sense of the group of 16 students with ward cacti doing the robot. More senses whom I would spend the next month: would be invoked later — the sounds of an environmental science major from pingpong reverberating off the palm- a small school in Maine who picked up frond roof where slumber party secrets drinking matte in Venezuela; a kayak were shared the night before, a lunch instructor who is studying environmenof tortillas, rice, and shrimp savored tal law at University of California, Santa with the last cup of cinnamon-laced hot Barbara; and a boy from South Carolina chocolate — but the double-paned glass who has done genetic research on fruit of the airplane window blocked out all flies but loves sailing. For the first field exercise, we became but sight in that first moment. accustomed to the choppy pace of our My first exam of the year was a swim test, and the classroom a mangrove- pangas (small boats) and took price ringed inlet. As part of the School tags off new snorkeling equipment. for Field Studies, Although the town of Puerto San Carlos this program is set is practically paved with the colorful up to do ecologi- scallop shells, our survey found no live cal research in the ones. The planted “artificial shelters” framework of a study were more successful, and we were exabroad experience. The tremely excited by the beautiful writhSchool for Costal Stud- ing octopus revealed when the first ies here in Mexico spe- can was opened. The glistening head is cifically focuses on the smaller than a chicken egg but roughly interactions of sea, shore that shape. The fluttering gills on the side of her head have a grace that prima and people. Our first impression of the donna ballerinas try in vain to copy.  station was “just like camp.”  Each leg moves independently, but she I climbed the ladder to place scoots rapidly across the table.  Our small groups eagerly opened our my sleeping bag on a bunk, too tired by the own cans, pushing aside the yielding alufour-hour drive from minum to see who had made this soda La Paz to be charmed can its home. My first can had a baby


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Left: Lindsey Evans inspects a tide pool on the Pacific Coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Above: A view of the camp where Evans is staying.

striped sea bass almost two inches long. I’m not sure how he made it through the opening, but he wriggled gratefully when we plopped him in the by-catch bucket. There is an exclamation on the other side of the small lab that drew our attention.  Watching the small plum-colored octopus arch over her pearly egg strands was touching, and I was glad to know that she would be returned safely.  What

huge diversity there is in even the polluted part of the bay! It can be seen in yesterday’s sea treasures arranged on my front porch: iridescent abalone, scallops in sunset hues, the pale ribbed twist of a snail, the jagged staircase of the inside of a conch. The sky above Magdalena Bay turns shades of citrus, clementine orange and grapefruit pink as I wonder at the inhabitants of its darkening waters.  I am going to enjoy getting to know them.

student group accomplishments

Vocalign completes debut studio album “Half Past Two” Peter S. Northrop Features Editor


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t’s been quite a semester for the music groups here at Elizabethtown College. Only two weeks ago, Flint released their first album, “On Top of the World.” Now Etown’s co-ed a cappella group, Vocalign, is finishing up their debut album, “Half Past Two.” The recording process has been a long, labor-intensive one, but ultimately very rewarding. “Recording this album was definitely an experience for me as well as the rest of the group,” said senior Derek Shanely, Vocalign’s current president. “We recorded one or two songs every weekend during the fall semester in order to have the tracks finished by early December. I spent, on average, 10 hours a week producing the album, whether it was using the studio on campus or at Fresh Valley Studios in Reading.” Producing the album is the hardest part of the process. It involves balancing out every single aspect of a track so it all harmonizes and s ounds good to-

The current members of Vocalign sit on the High Library steps.

gether. Because of this, Vocalign will release “Half Past Two” at their spring show during T.G.I.S. weekend, despite the fact that they finished recording in December. Of course, Shanely wasn’t the only one involved in the process; it’s something that the whole group came together for, even members who had graduated. “Altogether, we had 16 current members and six alumni record, including co-founders John and Emily [Wise] Barborek,” Shanely said. “Recording a CD was a unique experience,” sophomore Lauren Foster said. “As a vocal percussionist, I actually had to record each sound separately for some tracks and then have [Shanely] mix them together in a drum-set-like pattern.” “It was a lot of work, and also a lot of fun. Derek and I worked together to figure out how we wanted things to go, and were able to be creative with it,” Foster said. “And then, singing as a soloist was a bit different. I had to really know the song and be able to sing sections over and over until we were able to get a good version.”

Each song’s soloist had a difficult time singing by themselves in a tiny recording closet. As first-year Ryan Stadel described it, “It was crazy hard singing everything alone. Plus it was so dark in the room [that] it was hard to get used to.” But all this work appears to have paid off. One of the tracks on “Half Past Two” is a cover of the song “Lighted Up” by Gabriel Mann, an artist living in Los Angeles. Upon hearing their cover, Mann actually contacted Vocalign to tell them how much he loved it. This album is the culmination of a long journey for the members of Vocalign. In the past year alone they sang in front of 8,000 people at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., and performed at Hershey’s Christmas Candylane, in addition to having one of their songs being featured on radio station The River 97.3 FM sometime in the coming month. “Half Past Two” will be released May 2 at Vocalign’s T.G.I.S. show. This is not merely an album for the current members of Vocalign, but for all the members over the years. As Shanely put it, “This album is dedicated to the original members of Vocalign. Without their support there would not be a co-ed a cappella group at Elizabethtown College.”


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Matthew A. Wagener Layout Editor Who should win: Jeremy Renner/Colin Firth. Both Renner and Firth offered powerful performances depicting not-so-cliché characters. Renner, as an eccentric adrenaline junkie who happens to diffuse and disassemble bombs in Iraq, excels at masking repressed vulnerability with alpha male bravado. On the other side of the spectrum, Firth plays a gay professor in 1962 who must conceal a broken heart after his longtime lover dies. Who will win: Jeff Bridges. Along with characterizing the role of an on-the-rebound has-been, playing a character who can sing well usually equals Oscar gold. Bad Blake, Jeff Bridges’ character in “Crazy Heart,” fits both trends. The Dude abides indeed. Who should win: Carey Mulligan. Following a 16-yearold English student who is captivated by a much older man’s charms and exciting lifestyle, “An Education” is a modern coming-of-age story. Mulligan, who is eight years older than her character, gives a performance full of naivety, sincerity and poise that invites deserved comparisons to Audrey Hepburn. Who will win: Sandra Bullock. How does the star of “All About Steve” upset two of the Academy’s most respected broads in Mirren and Streep? Simple: star in the most profitable yet modestly-budgeted film of 2009 that’s customized to please Middle America. Plus, Bullock is the “Miss Congeniality” of Hollywood who’s about to be officially crowned. Who should win: Christoph Waltz. Nicknamed “The Jew Hunter,” Waltz presents a performance that is simultaneously charismatic, flamboyant and absolutely evil. Oh yeah, Waltz also recites dialogue fluently in French, English, German and Italian — usually in the same scene. Who will win: Waltz. Waltz is a lock. However, at 80 years old and with no Oscar in hand, Christopher Plummer’s portrayal as Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy has a slight chance of spoiling Waltz’s victory dance. Who should win: Mo’Nique. Like the Best Supporting Actor Award, this category’s winner has been fixed for weeks. If it weren’t for co-star nominations in this category, either Farmiga or Kendrick might have stood a chance against Mo’Nique’s horrifying turn as an abusive mother. Who will win: Mo’Nique. Mo’Nique, No’Problem.

Who should win: Kathryn Bigelow. Having devoted the past 15 years to perfecting “Avatar,” Cameron (and Academy voters) may have forgotten how easy it is to direct actors and scenes when they are completely computer-generated. James, you can gain custody of Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, Art Direction, Editing and Sound Editing and Mixing and still be the king of the world. But stay away from Direction this year; that belongs to your ex-wife, Ms. Bigelow. Who will win: Bigelow. Having swept all of the end-ofthe-year awards except for the Golden Globes, Bigelow will best her ex and become the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director. What should win: “The Hurt Locker.” Named after military slang meaning a period of immense, inescapable physical or emotional pain, “The Hurt Locker” demonstrates the ways that war can be a drug. The movie is filmed like a compilation of vignettes featuring U.S. soldiers engaged in detonation roulette; the characters are developed and familiar, and suspense is built perfectly. The film leaves your palms sweaty, heart pulsing and mind pleasantly exhausted. What will win: “The Hurt Locker.” Despite there being 10 nominees this year, only two films are truly vying for the Best Picture Oscar. Although “Avatar” has claimed the Globe and box-office sales, “The Hurt Locker” will prevail á la previous lower-budgeted, lesser known-winners “Slumdog Millionaire” and “No Country for Old Men.”

February 25, 2010

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Preview And the nominees are... Best Actor

Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart” George Clooney, “Up in the Air” Colin Firth, “A Single Man” Morgan Freeman, “Invictus” Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side” Helen Mirren, “The Last Station” Carey Mulligan, “An Education” Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious” Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Best Supporting Actor

Matt Damon, “Invictus” Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger” Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station” Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones” Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress Penélope Cruz, “Nine” Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air” Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart” Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air” Mo’Nique, “Precious”

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker” James Cameron, “Avatar” Lee Daniels, “Precious” Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air” Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Picture

“Avatar” “The Blind Side” “District 9” “An Education” “The Hurt Locker” “Inglourious Basterds” “Precious” “A Serious Man” “Up” “Up in the Air”

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Who should win: Jeremy Renner. This Jeremy Renner guy blew everyone away with his portrayal of the crazy, waraddicted Staff Sergeant William James. Renner somehow managed to be cool, calm, sprightly and downright terrifying all at the same time. The effect was stunning. Who will win: George Clooney. He took a neurotic workaholic guy who fires people for a living and made him seem slick and stylish in that typical George Clooney way. He may have brought a little too much of his actual personality to the character — but he’s so aggressively cool that I honestly don’t mind.

Who should win: Gabourey Sidibe. Good lord, this girl’s acting absolutely floored me. In “Precious” she played an illiterate sexually and physically abused teen trying to clean up the explosive mess her life had become. Yeah, complicated, right? She pulled off the role expertly, though. Not only that, but this is Sidibe’s first major role. All this combined makes her a crazy-perfect choice for best actress. Who will win: Sandra Bullock. Because God hates good acting.

Who Should Win: Christopher Waltz. Oh. My. God. Did you SEE this guy? He was chilling, insane, funny and scary, all in a whirlwind power-drunk Nazi madness. He changes from almost adorably askew to choking broads at the flip of a dime. So. Good. Who will win: Christopher Waltz. No. Seriously, if he doesn’t win this, then there is no justice in this world. At all. Who Should Win: Vera Farmiga. She’s like the Lauren Bacall of our time. She’s sharp, witty, sexy, and ultimately very cruel. Watching her banter with Clooney was easily one of the best cinematic experiences of the year. Who will win: NOT Mo’Nique. She’s won far too many awards for far too mediocre a performance. Stop repping her. If she wins this award, I will hurl myself into the icy deep of Lake Placida. Who should win: Kathryn Bigelow. It takes a lot of talent to make a war movie that isn’t political in the slightest. Bigelow’s shooting is precise and devastating. She gives us a cold, sharp portrayal of war as it is — with no idealistic political message or silly emotionality attached. She introduces you to characters and then wipes them out immediately with the quietest peck of a .50 caliber bullet to the chest. You couldn’t get a more gritty or accurate taste of what life is like in Baghdad. Who will win: James Cameron. Because he basically owns all of Hollywood. Who cares if he just made a sci-fi version of Pocahontas?

What should win: “Up in the Air.” I think I’ve gushed over this movie enough for you to get the idea. Brilliant acting all around, beautiful shooting and an awesome message make “Up in the Air” something that will last quite a long time. I’d almost call it our generation’s “Casablanca,” but purists would probably shoot me for that. What will win: “Avatar.” Well, you don’t just make the highest-grossing movie of all time to not win a bajillion Oscars, best picture included. Image:; Photo: Aimée M. DiMichele

February 25, 2010

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• A student called Campus Security after walking outside and finding his car vandalized. When Campus Security officers arrived, they found the car covered in soap, shaving cream, peanut butter and soup, with profane messages written along the exterior of the windows. The messages personally attacked the driver of the car, using his name throughout the carnage. However, the perpetrators made one mistake: they vandalized the wrong person’s car. Instead of being hurt, the car’s owner was simply baffled to find someone else’s name all over his vehicle.

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A disorderly person was found in the A-wing of Ober Residence Hall on Feb. 18. Campus Security received a call from an anonymous former student stating that a drunk person was wandering around the building. Campus Security called the RA on duty, and the situation was resolved.

Campus Security received a call from a female resident at the Schreiber Quadrangle on Friday, Feb. 19, stating that she was being harassed by a raccoon outside. Apparently, the animal followed the student back to the Quads and began making sounds outside of her building. Although the incident occurred at 1 a.m., the student feared that the raccoon may be rabid and could attack someone. However, it was discovered that, like everyone at the Quads, the raccoon was simply intoxicated and looking for a booty call. No alcohol violations were considered, seeing as the raccoon was well over the legal age to drink in human years.

Two students are being considered for alcohol violations after beer was found outside the car in which they were sitting. Campus Security spotted a duffel bag outside of the car with the outline of a beer case inside it. After observing the bag for 20 straight minutes, Security approached the individuals inside the car, who claimed ownership of the alcohol in the bag and admitted to officers that they were under 21.

An SDLC was busted this weekend for holding a party with a keg. Campus Security responded to the house because its fire system was bumped, setting off the alarm. When the officer approached the house, he witnessed 50 students storm out. Once inside, he spotted what appeared to be a beer pong setup in the basement. A keg was found in the basement near the pong table. (Revised) Rules of the SDLC: 1. Don’t pass out with your shoes on. 2. Never leave a drink half full. 3. Never, ever touch the fire alarm.

Old Hollywood Junior/Senior Information April 24, 2010 The Radisson Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill, PA Hors d’oeuvres, dinner, & dancing 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. Meal choices: filet mignon & crab cake, pecan encrusted chicken, penne rustica Ticket Sales Price: $55.00 Accepted payments: cash, check, credit card or student charge Friday, February 26, 2010 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the KĀV Monday, March 1, 2010 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the KĀV Wednesday, March 3, 2010 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the KĀV Lodging Reserve your room by: calling Radisson’s worldwide reservation number (800) 333-3333 or calling Radisson’s direct property number (717) 763-7117; mention Elizabethtown College or book online. A credit card will be needed to reserve and check into your room. Rooms will be blocked off until March 25, 2010. Each room comes with (2) double beds or (1) king bed and sofa Sleeper Rates Single: $112 Double: $112 Triple: $117 Quad: $122 Check in @ 3 p.m. & check out by 11 a.m. Questions? Contact


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You never know what you could get with Chatroulette Patricia A. Cangelosi Copy Editor

However, many people use the site just out of curiosity or for legitimate conversation. “I tend to come up with really crazy things ver heard of Chatroulette? I hadn’t, but from what I to say to people, to see how they’ll react,” understand, the craze recently hit Founders and has Newberger explained. “It’s also a testing spread across the campus like wildfire. It’s a Web site (cha- ground to figure out what you can and that sets up users with each other randomly can’t say to girls.” One of the most demoralizing to chat via webcam and/or instant messaging. On the left of the screen are two boxes: the bottom things that can occur is when he is one labeled “You,” and the top one labeled “Stranger.” nexted by a girl, which becomes apOn the right side: “Click play to start the game!” The parent immediately because the upper game commences with a stranger’s appearance on the screen goes blank. “It’s kind of sad when that happens,” upper screen, and if both users want to talk, they begin a conversation. If one of them does not want to talk, he he said. Newberger found out about the site from friends or she can click “Next” to move to another randomlyselected stranger. At any given moment, 30,000 to 40,000 who live on his floor in Founders, where they often gather in groups to play Chatroulette. Their users are on the site. main motive is to seek entertain“You see a variety of “You see a lot of weiner.” ment. According to Newberger, people on there, from Avery “Skip” Newberger many conversations on the site high school kids to creepy First-year begin with, “Where are you from?,” old men,” first-year Avery “Where do you go to school?,” or “Skip” Newberger said. Newberger has been using the site every day for even, “What are you doing tonight?” However, not all Elizabethtown College students are so about two weeks and discovered that it has a less-thaneager to jump into this unpredictable game. Junior Amy innocent side. “A lot of things you see are really inappropriate,” he Haun thinks the whole concept sounds awkward “because said. “You see girls doing sexual things, and you see a lot I would only webcam with someone I know … I wouldn’t want someone I didn’t know judging me based on what of weiner.”


they see on camera. And I don’t talk to people I don’t know online unless we have a common friend.” Junior Paul Brenner agrees. “I would choose to talk to Etown people or people from high school but not a stranger,” he said, adding that he does not have a webcam, anyway. My roommate was intrigued when I told her about Chatroulette, and she talked me into trying it with her. We sat down in front of her computer nervously, and clicked “Play.” Our first stranger was the chest (we never did see the head) of a young man named Angel from New Jersey. He wasn’t too interesting, so we Nexted to a 30-something with glasses and a bushy beard (Next), a red-haired girl (Next), a bald guy who performed a drum solo (not too bad … but Next), male genitalia (… Next), and, finally, Jeff. Jeff is a 23-year-old from Alberta, Canada, with whom we chatted for about an hour. He expressed his undying gratitude that we were not obscene men, explaining how he’d developed a twitch in his finger from frantically hitting “Next” 10 times in a row. We shared a pleasant conversation about school, sports, travel and jobs. So for those who want a friendly chat, don’t be deterred completely from Chatroulette! It might take a few (or a lot of) Nexts, but the right stranger is out there somewhere.


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February 25, 2010

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Themed events invigorate nightlife, excite possibilities Thomas L. Pagut Staff Writer


theme can bring an entirely different feel to any social gathering. Proms, school dances and parties have been known to use them to change the atmosphere of the event. Recently, many students on campus have been holding parties that incorporate a theme. Senior Laura Kuserk has held murder mystery parties, and Elizabethtown College’s senior nights have been known to have themes. One such senior night was held at Bube’s Brewery. “The manager wanted to make a connection with our class so we would visit more often. When we found out Jan. 29 was going to be a beach party theme at the bar, we all agreed it would be a great idea to have a senior night,” senior Sheri Hihn, president of the 2010 class, said. “Having themed parties gives a different feeling of going to a bar. It’s the middle of winter, and we are cold [...] We want[ed] to start the semester off with a good senior night. Being at the beach-themed party was a good change of pace. Most of the students

forgot it was winter — that is, until we walked outside to leave for the night.” Senior nights are controlled outings for students over 21 to get off campus. The students are provided transportation to encourage safe drinking practices. “When I think of the beach, I think of having a good time and being outside with my friends all day. So why not bring it inside on a cold winter night?” Hihn said. “It does feel good to get sand between your toes once in a while. It makes me think of the song ‘Toes’ by the Zac Brown Band.” Kuserk believes that having a theme for a party makes it much more fun and exciting than typical college parties. She has held two murder mystery parties with her friends and says they have tons of fun. “You get to dress up as a character, and you get a completely different personality,” Kuserk said. “Solving a mystery is a lot of fun, too. It’s just something special that you can look forward to doing with your friends.” Having a murder mystery theme changes the atmosphere of the party

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SafetySuit brings new sound Huntley C. McGowan Assistant Layout Editor


or the first time in four years, a major concert will be held at Elizabethtown College this spring. The band SafetySuit will appear Saturday, March 20, free of charge, in the KĀV at 10:30 p.m. “I found the band just before they signed with Universal Motown Records,” senior and SWEET Sounds Chair Chelsea Kempchinsky said. The recently signed band includes four members: Doug Brown on guitar and vocals, Dave Garofalo on lead guitar, Jeremy Henshaw on bass and Tate Cunningham on drums. SafetySuit has been rising on the charts and has played with big-name bands such as 3 Doors Down and Hinder. The band will also be featured on VH1’s “Best Cruise Ever” from April 15-19 when they travel from Tampa to Grand Cayman onboard the Carnival Inspiration. The hosts of the show, 3 Doors Down, along with Lifehouse, Shinedown, Carolina Liar and Finger Eleven, will be the nonstop soundtrack to this great adventure. SafetySuit encourages all fans to tune in to hear the bands featured on VH1 and to learn more about some of your favorite artists. “SafetySuit reminds me of 3 Doors Down, which is one of my favorite bands, so I’m really looking forward to hearing them play,” senior Johanna Jones said. SafetySuit’s music video “Stay” made the number one spot on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown. The band has played at venues such as the Reading Sovereign Center and appeared at a local Lancaster-area club, the Chameleon Club, this past January. “I am very excited because the guys of the band are so down to earth,” Kempchinsky said. “They will be headlining their own tour, most likely in the next year.” According to the band’s Web site,, the musicians have been together for a number of years. “The four of us in the band have been friends forever,” the band said on their Web site. “The key word is ‘safety.’ We feel comfortable around each other. We’re in a safe environment, and that makes us feel free to be who we are. And, if we can inspire that moment or that feeling in our fans, we’ve succeeded.” “I’ve seen them on VH1 and love them,” sophomore Jackie Halliday said. “I’m a huge Shinedown fan, and SafetySuit has very similar qualities, so I think they’ll be great.” Their CD “Life Left to Go” was released May 13, 2008, and they are concluding their January tour with Parachute, during which they traveled from New York to Los Angeles. While on tour with Parachute, the band has been recording new songs for their upcoming album. SafetySuit encourages fans to visit their Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as follow them through the iPhone or iPod Touch application for updated news Image: and information.

completely. You have to assume a role and spend the entire night playing somebody else. “For the murder mystery parties, you get a character [who] has certain friends and enemies. Plus, it’s fun to ‘blackmail’ your friends if you have dirt on them,” she said. Ku s e r k a n d h e r friends “decided to start doing murder mysteries because it was something we all wanted to do for a long time, and once we had one, we decided to keep it going. It’s like a tradition now.”

“Last year I was at a party off campus called an ABC party — Anything But Clothes. I wore a recycled shopping bag. You know, one of those made of cloth,” junior Scott Bozworth said. Junior Mike O’Connell attended a crime-themed party. “I wore my banana suit. I know, what does a banana have to do with crime? Ever seen a banana peel on the ground? Yeah, that was my idea,” he said. If you would like to suggest a theme or have any ideas for the next senior night, please contact Image:

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Housewives run runways Lindsay D. Goldsmith Beauty Columnist


ou may or may not be aware of their existence, but there are rare breeds of mystical creatures living in communities all over the country. T h e s e s p e c i m e ns never appear to age and cause retail havoc wherever they go. They come from Orange County, New York City, Atlanta and New Jersey. They are ... The Real Housewives. Many of us have been entranced by watching their lives on the Bravo channel, but what most people don’t know is that starting cat-fights and causing drama isn’t all these ladies can do. Many of them have their own lines of clothing, jewelry and makeup. Orange County: the land of never-ending summer, bright colors, sun-streaked hair and huge wa l lets.. Many of these creatures reside here. Lynne Curtin is an Orange C ou nt y housewife who not only looks gorgeous, but also makes amazing jewelry. Lynne Curtin Designs is a line started with beautiful leather cuffs decorated with Swarovski-Crystal-laden fleurs-de-lis. Though now popular all over the country, especially in New O r l e ans , t h e f l e u rde-lis was originally

the symbol of French royalty — and anyone would certainly feel regal wearing one of Curtin’s pieces. Curtin has since branched out to include necklaces, rings and earrings with a variety of symbols, including crosses and peace signs. If you want to check out this fabulous jewelry, go to Gretchen Rossi, another Orange County gal, will soon release her own cosmetics line, Gretchen Christine Beaute. It’s focused on old Hollywood glamour, so check that out, too! Junior/Senior makeup ideas, anyone? New York City is known as the city that never sleeps — and neither do the women who live there! R amona Singer is the blonde firecracker who keeps the drama going every season. She now has her own line of jewelr y. True Faith Jewelry is a Christianbased line that also has gorgeous designs for people of all beliefs. Singer designs pieces with hearts, flowers and stars covered with pavé crystals and precious stones, such as topaz. This jewelry will make you feel just like a princess! Kelly Bensimon, a New York housewife we all love to hate, also has her own high-end jewelry line, Kelly, that has a

true bohemian feel to it. The line launched at Bloomingdale’s, aka heaven for shopaholics worldwide, in 2007. We go now to Atlanta, Ga. This is a place where the culture, food and shopping are all just divine. Sheree Whitfield and Lisa Wu-Hartwell are two housewives who not only buy nice clothes but create them, too. Whitfield’s line, She by Sheree, is a sassy-meetssophisticated collection of day-and-evening wear pieces for women. Whitfield’s line is not currently available for purchase but will be in the future, so look out for it. Wu-Hartwell’s line, Closet Freak, has a vibe that would be more suited to a free-spirited, funloving fashionista than a more traditional beauty. The line has not yet been released for retail purchase, but keep your eyes open for it, ladies, because this collection is amazing! Now, sadly, the New Jersey ladies haven’t come out with any clothing, cosmetics or jewelry lines — yet. We can always hope! Maybe Teresa Giuidice will design a line of clothing for children so her kids are not the only ones wearing matching outfits every day, or maybe Carole Manzo will come up with a bracelet to ward off Danielle Staub for her and sister Dina? Who knows, but I can’t wait to see!



February 25, 2010

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Scheduling disrupts good life Male scientific theory Sanjay Paul Chair of Department of Business


ou live a life of glamour. You are constantly hobnobbing with the rich and famous, traveling to exotic places and attending social functions where people with trays offer you things to nibble on. Who are you? Exactly. A department chair. But your life of excess is tempered by one duty: course scheduling. Every semester you must figure out how to fit 50 classes into the College’s weekly calendar. You have to decide whether international management gets taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — and to make sure that corporate strategy is not offered at the same time. Now, this sort of thing wouldn’t normally be a major problem, except some years ago, the College switched from a three-credit curriculum to a four-credit curriculum. While some departments made the change to classes with four contact hours (or 200 minutes) a week, many did not. As a result, the calendar did not undergo much modification, leaving those departments that teach four hours per week to try to squeeze their classes into an uncongenial calendar. So, you are faced with the problem of trying to accommodate your 200-minute classes into a calendar that is largely designed for 150-minute classes. Worse, some of your colleagues have a

distinct preference for teaching only two days a week. “I have a distinct preference for teaching only two days a week,” said one, leaving those who teach on the Mon-Wed-Fri schedule thinking dark thoughts about banning their errant colleague from the faculty lounge. But you cannot schedule 50 classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There aren’t enough time slots, nor rooms, and besides, students might balk at attending classes from 5 a.m. to midnight. So you rely on old-fashioned collegiality to distribute classes throughout the week. Your goal is not only to ensure that your colleagues are happy, but also that your students will have a smattering of classes to choose from on all five days of the week. For if the students are unable to get their required classes in time, all hell will break loose. They will come to you brandishing petitions, they will drag a reluctant dean into the fray, and they may even prevail upon their harried parents to make phone calls. As a department chair, you do not want to get phone calls from harried parents. Actually, you don’t want to get any phone calls at all (especially from Bryan Greenberg, but that’s another story). So you work on the course schedule, hoping that collegial instincts will prevail — and nobody will be banned from the faculty lounge. In the meantime, what about that life of glamour? By the time you get done with course scheduling, you will have no time left for any hobnobbing. Those munchies on trays will have to wait.

religious perspectives

Reaching beyond TV screens Jonathan S. Gamble Staff Writer


ear American Media, To you, my name will be “The Muslim Not In Your Television.” I’m not in your newspapers. I’m not of your fears, either, but you keep putting me there. We exist, you know. But you don’t care. You gave them martyrdom when you lumped us all together. 9/11 was harder on me than it was on you. I wore a burka. You didn’t. I wore a hijab. You didn’t. The people on the subway to Penn Station kept seeing bombs in my backpack, kept seeing triggers on my fingers, kept seeing a sword in the crescent moon. I stopped sitting down because people beside me would stand up. A thousand stares were a thousand planes flying into my center. You helped strip off all my culture. Our mosque was graffitied, and on the back page in the lower left hand corner in print too small for respect, all you said was: “QUEENS, NEW YORK — Yesterday, nearly two months after Islamic terrorists killed

2,973 Americans, the first mosque was defaced. Investigators have not discovered any suspects.” You forgot to mention that they never found any and never did try hard. You never interviewed the imam. Sometimes I wonder if you even know what that is, or a minaret, a hadith, Sharia law — the greater jihad is the inner jihad. You let the Swiss get off easy, too. They spray-painted my Prophet bending over a pig. And you cannot know how much that hurt, how many bottles of stain remover it took the whole congregation that Friday morning before prayer to remove it. You forgot that my son came home one afternoon to tell me that he didn’t want to be a Muslim because the children at school wouldn’t play with him anymore. You married the word “Islamic” with the word “terrorist.” You let them elope without telling Her parents. The rings you put on their fingers have oppressed Her more than you think I have. “Is there anyone present who

does not believe that this Woman and this Man should be together?” You never bothered to ask me that question. “Islamic terrorist” — so easy for you to say. I watch it stain your lips and your papers like cheap spilt wine. All I want is for you to come into my house in the morning and see me watch my husband shaving his beard before leaving for the airpot on business. I want you to see my son look at my naked hair and head like it doesn’t matter to me anymore. I just want to have you over for a Lebanese dinner and give you three cups of tea and watch the Super Bowl with you, and tell you how much I would love democracy if you’d only let me try. Before you finish reading this, I’ll have finished reading the letter my mother sends me every month saying, among other things, that she misses me and that I should come home once Salaam is in college. I used to tell her that this is our home now. Sincerely, The Muslim Not In Your Television

Samantha T. Phillips Assistant Opinion Editor


his is to be read in an Australian accent … resembling that of the late Steve Irwin. Let us embark on an investigative journey into one of the most mysterious and elusive creatures in our world today: the male species. After a lifetime of observing these primitive mammals, I have learned that within their general group there are several subspecies that are defined by their distinct and unique mating calls, hunting styles and fashion sense. While some are often successful in their attempts to “get some,” others fall short. But, as “Planet Earth” says, “fortune favors the brave.” Let’s begin with the more timid breed of male species. We have named these specimens “the nice guys,” or nicemus guyima. What sets the nice guys apart from the rest of the herd? Well, let’s observe them in their natural habitat. Here we are in the college cafeteria, a gathering place for many of the species to gawk at the breasts of unaware females. The nice guy looks like the everyday college male, but the difference is that instead of slobbering over miniskirts and shoveling the fish of the day into his mouth, he will be a human tissue to his female friend who was recently dumped by her boyfriend. If you’d Image: like to see a nice guy for yourself, visit that black hole that we call “the friend zone.” He’ll be the one holding the purse of his hot female friend, shrugging his shoulders and saying something like, “She thinks it would ruin our friendship.” One of the greatest hurdles in my research is attempting to discover what prevents nicemus guyima from acquiring the attention of females. All evidence points to the horrifying doctrine, “Nice guys finish last.” There is one subspecies that continues to baffle geneticists and defy the laws of science. I have personally named them “the bros,” but the scientific community knows them as meat-headia — yes, those adorable Natty-Light-guzzling apes who frequent house parties. They are usually found grunting in the Body Shop while secretly listening to Taylor Swift on their iPods. The bros often band together in large gatherings, discussing how much they can bench and which Pussycat Doll they would still be willing to sleep with if they found out she was really a man. Another instinctive habit of bros is to form protective packs in times of crisis — for example, when someone has insulted one of their mothers. They will circle Image: the abuser like wild dogs and attack without mercy or warning. The eternal bond that forms from excessive alcohol intake and too much testosterone is known by scientists as “a bromance.” It is crucial when studying these particular specimens to stay as far away as possible. They can smell fear … and menstruation. Perhaps even more terrifying than the bro is the intellectual douchebag. They drink coffee! They wear argyle! Lock your doors and hide your women! The intellectuals, or hipsterutor, constitute a phenomenon that developed after the extinction of the ‘80s punk rock scene and the evolution of the nerd. More often than not, hipsterutor are nerds who found their cool somewhere between their first bag of weed and their purchase of black-rimmed Buddy Holly glasses. They romance females with philosophical theories and collections of fashionable scarves. They inhabit coffee Image: shops and indie-rock concerts and often shop for pants in the girls’ aisle. I have attributed their success with women to the fact that their closets often resemble racks from Forever 21 and the girls are hoping to steal a cute new outfit. Although these are only a few of the subspecies I have categorized in my research, thousands are out there, waiting to be discovered. Among them are the sensitive guy who weeps at the sight of a sunset, the stoner who swears “Happy Feet” synchs up to a Pink Floyd album, and the cape-wearing warrior who brings a plastic sword and his set of Magic: The Gathering cards to social events. A species that I had once thought so simple and mundane has proven to comprise a diverse population from the terrifying to the fashionable. Yet, amongst the strange intricacies of the human male, there are glimmers of hope. Diamonds in the rough. Normal, thoughtful, good-looking men eager to find a woman to care for and grow old with. I mean, look at Tiger Woods! … Or maybe we’re all screwed.



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Brian Wilson Class of 2013 “I would take a trip to Indiana to the Fox Double Reed Factory.”

Thomas Crain Class of 2013 “I would be lazy on the beach!”

February 25, 2010

letter to the editor

Dropouts encounter workplace hardships Ronald P. Heasley Director of Information and Technology Services


would like to respond to the article in the last issue of the Etownian titled “Dropout success: passion opens doors.” I note that this was included in the opinion section of the paper, and certainly the author is entitled to his opinion. It sounds to me like the author is advocating that some students drop out of high school. He says, “It is very easy for a high school dropout to get hired as a mechanic, a construction worker, or basically any kind of physical labor job or technical job (provided one already has the knowledge and feel for those fields).” While one can point to a handful of people in technical jobs who have been successful without a high school diploma, I want to share some information to counter these ideas. The average high school dropout earns less. According to a fact sheet published by the Alliance for Excellence in Education (, “Each year, approximately 1.2 million students fail to graduate from high school, more than half of whom are from minority groups.” In an “IssueBrief ” from October 2007, the Web site notes that “Most high school dropouts see the result of their decision to leave school most clearly in the slimness of their wallets. The average annual income for a high school dropout in 2005 was $17,299, compared to $26,933 for a high school graduate, a difference of $9,634 (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2006). The impact on the country’s economy is less visible, but it is nevertheless staggering.” This well-researched report also says, “Research by Cecilia Rouse, professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University, shows that each dropout, over his or her lifetime, costs the nation approximately $260,000 (Rouse, 2005). Unless high schools are able to graduate their students at higher rates, more than 12 million students will drop out during the course of the next decade. The result will be a loss to the nation of $3 trillion.” The average high school dropout is eight times as likely to be incarcerated. An organization known as Fight Crime: Invest in Kids ( published a report in 2008 titled, “School or the Streets: Crime and America’s Dropout Crisis.” This report states that “High school dropouts are three-and-one-half times more likely than high school graduates to be arrested, and more than eight times as likely to be incarcerated. Across

the country, 68 percent of state prison inmates have not received a high school diploma.” Very few people will be successful in the technology field without a high school education. The author of the Etownian article writes about young adults being successful developing apps for the iPhone. It is true a small number of people are making significant money developing iPhone apps, but an article from the Guardian ( notes that “Some 90% of apps don’t make profits for those who create them.” A technology-savvy high school dropout may be able to sit in his or her basement and make some money, but this is very risky. Most of them will not be able to make a career from their skills. An entry-level position in our department requires at least a two-year college degree and a couple of years of experience in the information technology field. We had over 100 applications for a recent opening in the ITS department. Many of the applicants had four-year college degrees, and some of them had Master’s degrees. We want employees with the skills to make presentations, develop budgets and training guides, and write reports. We would never hire a high school dropout for a permanent position in our department. If a person wants to work for the best companies in the field of information technology like Microsoft, Google or Apple, he or she must have at least a four-year college degree and, in some cases, a Master’s degree or a Ph.D. Here are the requirements for a Software Engineer at Google: • BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent, Ph.D. in Computer Science a plus. • 3+ years of development and/or test automation experience. • Excellent coding skill in C, C++, Java, or Python. • Good scripting skills in at least one common language (Perl, Python, Shell). • Highly proficient in a Unix/Linux environment. • Deep knowledge of Internet technologies. ( In conclusion, a passionate and talented high school dropout with a knack for technology may be able to get a temporary job or summer work in a technology position but is very unlikely to make a career in the field of information technology. There are a handful of exceptions, but there are millions of dropouts who have not been successful. Passion may open some doors, but dropping out of high school will close many more doors than it opens.

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‘Underneath the smiles,’ spirit dwindles Zakiya Fulton-Anderson Class of 2013 “I would go to Disney World so I could hug Mickey and Goofy!”

Clara DeAngelo Class of 2012 “I would go somewhere warm and camp in a tent with my friends” Make sure to check out the Sound Off poll and the opportunity to comment on articles on our Web site:

Alysa D. Poindexter Staff Writer


lizabethtown College is known for its emphasis on community and integrity, the numerous clubs, friendliness, its buffet-styled cafeteria and, oftentimes, the carrot cake given after each personal tour of the school. But every college campus has room for improvement. Even though our campus is filled to the brim and still expanding with clubs, activities and events, it seems that something is missing. While this is only my second year at Etown, I have noticed there is another layer to the campus’ warm and inviting personality. Underneath the smiles on the Admissions photo brochures lie the real lives of the real students. I have heard many students discuss the conditions of certain parts of the campus, and many still complain that there is not enough to do. There are a lot of different things being discussed, so underneath our pride in community and integrity, what is missing? In 2002 and 2005, Etown participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement, which compared our results to other comprehensive baccalaureate institutions and to the top 10 percent and 50 percent of

participating colleges. In the 2005 survey, when it came to the comparison of a supportive campus environment, there was a difference for all of the schools. Sixty-eight percent of first-year Etown students felt supported, while a little more than 62 percent of seniors felt engaged extracurricularly. Although these numbers are large in comparison to other schools, the size of our school has to be taken into account as well. This raises the question of what happens between the first year and the last year at Etown. “People don’t care about their neighbors,” first-year Amy Park said, “and Etown is missing school spirit.” Park’s comment aids in piecing together a missing aspect of our school society. Our school prides itself on community, but do we only set that standard in public? According to Park, behind the closed doors of campus dorm rooms, this quality does not carry out. School spirit is also a major characteristic of any school. If we are missing this, maybe we need to gain more confidence in what our school has to offer. We don’t just need spirit in sports, but spirit in academics, clubs and an excitement overall for those who

attend the College. Such excitement would encourage more students to get involved on campus. After my first year, the excitement of campus life did die down. Just because you are no longer a first-year student does not mean you cannot still hold that excitement for experiencing college life. “[There should be] an outing area like a bowling alley [on campus] because this will cause more social bonding between individuals,” junior Shaday Festus said. Festus explained that a new and exciting venue such as a bowling alley would get students out of their dorm rooms to experience the campus more often. “I would add more pool tables and ping pong tables,” first-year Derek Shive said. Shive believes that something so simple would allow students to interact and have something to do. A larger amount of ping pong and pool tables, he said, would decrease the amount of waiting time. Etown is definitely on the road for change. From the voices of some students, school spirit, increased student interaction and entertainment equipment would help fill in the missing elements on campus. These views will only aid in the ever-growing personality of our campus.


February 25, 2010

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privacy concerns

Webcam use violates student rights, privacy

Melanie R. Giardina Photography Editor


hat ensues during a typical day in your room? You might get up, prepare for a shower, check your e-mail, talk to friends … the list is endless. Your room is your personal space; most people keep their private possessions and experience their most private moments in their room. Imagine looking up to see that the webcam light is on without your consent: your school is using a webcam to spy on you. According to, that is exactly what happened in Lower Merion School District, in Philadelphia’s historic main line suburbs. The administration was not only using the laptops given to students during school but also in their homes. Talk about big brother watching. This is a complete invasion of privacy. The only reason anyone was made aware of the use of the webcams was when an administrator from the school accused a student of bad behavior while in their own home with video evidence, notes Needless to say, the school is now facing multiple lawsuits. In this circumstance, these families are entitled to retribution. The fact that the school failed to tell students and their parents violates their civil liberties. My laptop is open on my desk almost

24 hours a day. Who can say what the administration would find if it turned on those webcams – students changing or having private conversations with family and friends. In a world in which we are repeatedly told to watch what we make available online, it shocks me to think that a school district felt it was acceptable to watch their students and save any incriminating tape to further disciplinary measures.

through a tiny camera placed far away from the incident? Finally, another question remains: Since when does a school have the right to punish and spy on students when they are not on school property, without prior consent? The answer is that they can’t. After a student leaves school, it is exclusively the parent or parents’ right to discipline him or her. High school is also an awkward period of time for most of us. I would hate to know that my school had a copy of my first kiss or even an image of me leaving on my first date. A line needs to be drawn. To me, any school that allows a practice such as this one is crossing that line. What happens on school grounds falls under a school’s authority, but watching unaware students in their home is completely unethical. A class action lawsuit against the school has been brought on by all the families of the students who Image: were given these laptops, according Also, having used a webcam myself, to They should have no problem I wonder how much you can really see collecting damages, as the school was comthrough a computer. I do not exactly know pletely out of its jurisdiction and rights. what images the school district thought Even at a young age, we all have the they could see clearly, but webcams do right to privacy. For anyone to believe not always present accurate pictures. that they have the privilege to invade an Can school officials really say they saw unsuspecting person’s home without any inappropriate behavior without a doubt cause is truly a disturbing idea.

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Dr. Keith Flaherty - for heading the first clinical trial of PLX4032, a drug that has shown success in treating certain patients with melanoma. The drug was only successful in treating patients whose deadly skin cancer was caused by a particular mutated gene. At high dosages, negative side effects have been shown to exist, and the drug cannot act on the brain. This type of treatment, however, could give researchers insight into designing cancer therapies based on genetic profiles.

edly being rude to drivers. According to, 550 letters of complaint have been received over the past 18 months detailing violent, vulgar and racial comments between drivers and collectors. Patrons’ complaints also cited instances in which change was thrown at them, they were grabbed or collectors insulted their mothers.

a $1 billion embassy in London. According to, the high-security building will take the shape of a glass cube and be surrounded by a 30 meter moat. The most expensive embassy to date’s cost will be only a minute portion of the anticipated $13.8 trillion national debt by year end.

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February, 25, 2010

men’s basketball

Blue Jays lose to Lycoming in Commonwealth semis Sara E. Crimmel Sports Editor Marc C. Weber Assistant Business Manager

Messiah 73-67 Wednesday night in a Commonwealth Conference semifinal game. The winner of Saturday’s game will earn an automatic bid to the n Wednesday, the fourth-seeded NCAA Division III tournament. Last Saturday, the Blue Jays Elizabethtown College men’s basketball team traveled to top-ranked Ly- were on the bubble, but an 81-69 coming College for a Commonwealth victor y over Arcadia UniverConference semifinal matchup. Despite sity (6-18) propelled Etown into a hard-fought game by the Blue Jays, the Commonwealth Conference the Warriors of Lycoming won 90-81. semifinal game, despite missing In his last appearance as a Blue Jay, Church due to injury. The win senior captain Mike Church led the gave the Blue Jays a 16-8 record team with an astounding 22 points. for the regular season and 8-6 in Junior Keith Fogel added 16 points, the Commonwealth Conference. Fogel led the Blue Jays with 25 while sophomore Kyle McConnell points, matching his career high, contributed 14 points. But it was Lycoming junior Will and junior Bryan Harrity, who Kelly who dominated the game, scoring stepped in for Church, topped his 30 points, including four 3-pointers, career high from Thursday night to lead the Warriors to victory. Senior with 23 points. Junior Joe FlanaEric Anthony chipped in 19 points, gan also reached double digits with 12 points and five rebounds. including two 3-pointers. Arcadia sophomore Khalief Despite being down by 15 points in the first half, the Blue Jays fought Trawick, senior Glen Gagnon, and back to gain a one-point lead for mere first-years José Ortiz and Renard seconds before two foul shots by An- Smith all scored in double digits, Photo: Ambre E. Biehl thony helped Lycoming regain the lead as the Knights shot a combined Sophomore Brian Allport (34) fights off two Arcadia players while fellow 31-for-61 from the field but went for good. sophomore Kyle McConnell (24) takes a foul shot. The Blue Jays defeated the On Saturday, the Warriors will travel just 1-for-7 from beyond the arch. Knights 81-69 to cement a spot in the Commonwealth Conference semifinals. The Blue Jays went into halfto Albright, where they will face the Lions in the Commonwealth Confer- time with a 36-25 lead, although Lycoming’s Kelly led with 19 points ence finals. The second-seeded Lions they only shot 41.2 percent from the they converted 11 Arcadia turnovers defeated the third-ranked Falcons of field. Etown maintained a lead because into 14 points. Etown led by as many and 11 rebounds, while first-year teamas 17 points in the second half, but mate Ishaan Davis scored 18 points off Arcadia cut the deficit to nine with the bench, including three 3-pointers 2:51 remaining. Precision free-throw in the last 33 seconds of the game. shooting in the final minute secured a The Blue Jays started off on fire win and a conference playoff berth for as they led 13-2 just four-and-a-half the Blue Jays. minutes into the game, and they never Senior captain Josh Houseal knew looked back. that the team had what it took to make Lycoming would not get within the playoffs. eight points of Etown until Davis hit a “As a team we feel that we are in a good buzzer-beating 3-pointer to set Lycomenough spot to go into the playoffs with a ing’s deficit at seven. bang and win the conference championLycoming pulled within single digits Catch Up | Get Ahead | Stay on Top of Your Game ship. We aren’t proud of the spot we are with 1:48 to go, but Etown held onto the in now, but we have to [make] do with lead with key free-throws from Fogel what we have. We are on a mission [to] and first-year Travis Mettler. The Blue take home the conference championship Jays made their final five foul shots in and go on from there,” Houseal said. “We the last 38 seconds of the game. know we are the best team in the confer“We started [the Feb. 18 game against Introduction to Science Introduction to Music American National Government ence, although [the] record doesn’t show Lycoming] with energy and intensity, Financial Accounting General College Physics I Organizational Communications [it]. We just have to go out and play our which got us off to a good start,” head Managerial Accounting General College Physics II Organizational Behavior game one game at a time.” coach Bob Schlosser said. “We handled Microeconomics Native American Experience Paranormal Phenomena Macroeconomics Elementary Spanish I Elementary Statistics The men’s squad had to play these their pressure well and had some key Survey of English Literature I Elementary Spanish II Experimental Psychology last two games with a win-or-go-home contributions from players off the The Ancient World Ethics Encountering World Religions mentality, but it is this mentality that bench such as Harrity and [senior capmade the Blue Jays thrive. tain] Chris Jones. Church and Houseal “We need to do what we’ve worked showed exceptional leadership.” Take classes at Lebanon Valley this summer — catch up or get ahead of the curve. Transfer credits from a quality liberal arts college. We offer four convenient for all year,” Church said. “That’s undergraduate sessions to fit your busy summer schedule. Graduate courses are making sure each person does what’s offered towards earning your Master of Business Administration, Master of Music necessary of them, and we will be fine Education or Master of Science Education degrees. Enroll today! CORRECTION because when the pressure comes, we 2 Week Session – May 17 – May 28 Summer Session I – May 24 – July 1 perform even better.” In the article “Jays swim to Summer Session II – July 5 – August 12 On Thursday night, the Blue Jays success, Riley shatters record,” the 10 Week Session – June 7 – August 12 earned a key 92-85 victory over a Etownian incorrectly stated that Undergraduate students may register for a maximum of 11 credit hours this summer. 19-5 (9-4 Commonwealth) Lycoming Visit our web site at for complete summer course descriptions and to senior captain Lindsay Riley broke register online. 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February 25, 2010

women’s basketball

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Lady Jays conclude season with two conference wins T

Julie D. Sebastian Staff Writer

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Sophomore Kelly Sauerzopf looks for a pass while Lycoming junior Kaitlyn Ober tries to block. The Lady Jays defeated the Warriors 86-54.

he Elizabethtown College women’s basketball team ended the season in great fashion with a close win of 67-63 over Arcadia University during a home game Saturday. In the senior day ceremonies, seniors Courtney Kofeldt, Jen Schiefer and Ali Jury were honored for their four years of hard work and determination as Lady Blue Jays. The girls brought the heat Saturday, keeping a consistent lead throughout the entire game. Within the first 15 minutes of the first half, the score was a close 11-4 with Etown leading. Kofeldt was on a roll, draining four 3-pointers within the first 5 minutes of the game. The Lady Jays ended the first half leading 39-25. As the second half began, the Lady Jays started off strong but soon became weary as Arcadia slowly began gained momentum. Junior Megan Strohman aggressively fought for possession of the ball, netting three pivotal 3-pointers. In a nail-biting ending, Arcadia almost took the lead with only a minute left, making the score 61-59. Two separate sets of foul shots all made by Strohman helped the Lady Jays stay ahead. As their last game of the season ended, the Lady Jays refused to give up, claiming victory against Arcadia 67-63. “The feelings for this game were bittersweet because it’s my last game, and I won’t be able to play with these girls again,” Kofeldt, a team captain, said The Lady Jays also dominated Lycoming 86-54 in a Commonwealth Conference game last Thursday. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the women sported pink Nike socks, pink shoelaces and pink headbands.

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Strohman and junior captain Kaity Snyder led the way for Etown with 28 points and 20 points, respectively. Jury chipped in with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The Lady Jays played an excellent first half, blowing past Lycoming both offensively and defensively. Sophomore Stephanie Ellwood racked up the first points of the game with an impressive 3-pointer and continued to play well. By the end of the half, the Lady Jays were unstoppable, leading 51-29. Entering the second half, the Lady Jays accumulated rebounds, steals and assists, racking up 10 points after only 3 minutes. Sophomore Kelly Sauerzopf took over the court with eight points and seven rebounds. “Our whole mindset was just go in there, play as a team, play our hardest and leave everything on the court,” Sauerzopf said. Midway into the second half, the foul count against Lycoming quickly increased. However, the Lady Jays pushed forward and brought their lead to 40 points as the second half came to an end. Sophomore Emily Mullen entered and completely gained control of the game, adding nine points within 5 minutes. The Lady Jays finished with a stunning victory of 86-54. “We’ve definitely come together more as a team,” Strohman said. “We fixed problems on the court such as passing and screening. I think throughout the season we became tougher — tougher in our skin and tougher together.” As far as next year goes, Strohman is hopeful. “We were right there with every team in the conference,” she said, “so hopefully next year we can pull out on top.”

Jays use DuCharme Invitational to prepare for MACs Shawn M. Cotton Staff Writer


he Elizabethtown College indoor track and field teams have worked tirelessly this season to put themselves in contention for the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championship title. With the conference meet only days away, the Blue Jays traveled to Dickinson College on Saturday to compete in the DuCharme Invitational, which they hoped would serve as a warm-up for the important upcoming weekend. The women’s team put in a strong showing at Dickinson, finishing fifth overall with a team total of 76 points. Junior Kristen O’Brien provided the Jays with their lone single-event win of the day. O’Brien ran the 5,000 meters in 20:15.45. First-year Jenna Niedermayer finished second in the long jump (16 feet, 9 1/4 inches) and third in the 55-meters (7.75 seconds). Niedermayer’s impressive time in the 55-meter run placed her sixth on Etown’s all-time 55-meter list. Junior Allie Gold finished third in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.12 seconds. First-year Ashley Lockwood finished third in the 300-meter run and turned in a time of 7.92 for the 55-meter to tie for eighth on the program’s record list. Beating Lockwood by one position on the Jays’ record list for the 55-meters was first-year Pam Jaraczewski with a time of 7.78 seconds. Sophomore Nicole Lipari ran 9.81 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles to finish sixth overall and move into eighth on the program's all-time list.

The men’s team also used the DuCharme Invitational as a trial run. Out of 17 teams competing in the invitational, the Jays finished second with 84.5 points. Only the hosting Red Devils scored more points with a total of 137, taking the overall team title. First-year Luke Rotenberger ran the 300-meter run in 37.71 seconds, making him the only Blue Jay to win an event that day. With a time of 16:32.61, first-year Matt Seeley finished second in the 5,000-meter run. Senior Wyatt Eaton jumped 21 feet, 1/2 inch to take second in the long jump. Sophomore Clayton Kaier took sixth place in the pole vault, clearing a height of 12 feet, 6 inches. He is now tied for eighth place overall in the program. “This was an important meet, being it was the last one before MACs,” assistant coach Chelsea Miles (’09) said. “Both teams performed extremely well, and it’s going provide a good boost.” “We have a very talented young squad this year,” added junior captain Teresa Beshore, “which bodes well for [the] next few years and will help our goal of adding indoor and outdoor championships to the current streak of cross country titles that we as a women’s program have won.” Both the men’s and women’s teams will travel to Lehigh University this Saturday, where they will compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Championships. “We are conf ident going into MACs,” Miles said, “but [we] will face some tough competition, [including] Misericordia and Messiah.”


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February 25, 2010 high school football • olympics • analysis


Jays finish third, advance three to nationals Janna M. Richards Assistant Sports Editor


ith their season coming to a close, the Blue Jay wrestling team competed in the Metropolitan Conference Championships this past Sunday, which was hosted by The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). The Jays came home with a third place finish behind Wilkes University and the champion and host, TCNJ. The team had a tough regular season, and head coach Eric Walker didn’t know what to expect of the men. “Going into the conference tournament, we were kind of limping in with several injuries to some key starters,” he said. “They did a nice job of mentally pushing through the pain and accomplishing what they set out to do five months ago.” One crucial wrestler, sophomore Tyler Erdman, worked hard in and out of practice to get ready for this conference match. “The past 6 weeks I have been rehabbing an LCL sprain with a partial tear,” he said. “I couldn’t train and do things the team did, so I would do sprints on the bike, hit a tire with a sledge hammer, climb a rope 20 times, and lift weights. I would give 100 percent into these workouts, and it helped because I was ready to go at the conference championships.” Top performances at the match came from Erdman and first-year Tye Boyer. Boyer finished the championship match with an 18-6

season record. During the quarterfinals, he pinned University of Scranton junior Tom Manning. In semifinals, he pinned Centenary College junior John Stillo, and in the finals he knocked off sophomore Anthony Dattolo, who was the top-seeded wrestler from Wilkes University, winning the 149 weight class by a 4-2 decision. Erdman, a 2009 All-American, finished the match with a 22-1 season record and 55-7 career record. He won with two technical falls and one major decision. The first technical fall came in a 22-6 match against New York University(NYU) first-year Adlee Fayyaz. In the semifinals, a major decision took place between Erdman and TCNJ senior Dan Franke, which resulted in an 11-3 decision. During finals, Erdman only needed 2:14 to earn his second technical fall (17-0) over Wilkes University first-year Scott Mantua to win the 125 weight class. Three Blue Jay wrestlers will travel to the NCAA Division III Championships March 5 and 6, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Erdman, Boyer and junior Bill Meaney. Meaney received one of three wild-card slots awarded in the conference, since he was runner up in the 197-pound weight class match. Boyer was honored as a Metropolitan Conference Co-Rookie of the Year along with Brian Broderick of TCNJ. Boyer “wasn’t expecting the [rookie of the year] title” but feels honored to have been awarded it. “It feels great,” he said. “I never thought I

would have won a conference title as a first-year.” Head coach Eric Walker was also honored at the championships as Coach of the Year. The award came as quite a surprise to Walker. “Normally it is given to [the coach of] the team who won the championship,” he said. In addition to Erdman, Boyer and Meaney, Blue Jay place-winners included first-year Jimmy Gentile and seniors Paul Connor and Mike Daub. Gentile received third in the 174-pound weight class after some tough matches. He advanced to the semifinals where he fell (2-0) to senior Frank Heffernan of Wilkes University. He then moved to third place after a medical forfeit and picked up a 16-5 decision over King’s College first-year David Foley. Connor took home third in the 184-pound weight class after

he lost the semifinals to junior Mike Denver of TCNJ, then recovered and earned a 6-4 decision in a consolation semifinal match against NYU first-year Sabino Galassi. He then won a 4-1 decision over junior RJ Klotz of Hunter in the finals. Daub took fourth in the 285-pound weight class after he advanced to the semifinals, dropped to the consolation bracket, and defeated senior Tom Fitzpatrick of York (12-5). He then edged King’s College senior Christopher Rash to a 4-3 decision. As for the three wrestlers traveling to Iowa, “my hopes are to walk away with three All-Americans [who would be among the top eight in the country],” Walker said. “My goal is to be a national champion,” Erdman said. “I will train and give everything I have to become that.”

Photo: Thom Swarr,

Sophomore Tyler Erdman grapples with a University of Scranton wrestler earlier in the season. At the Metropolitan Conference Championships on Sunday, Erdman won the 125-pound weight class for the second year in a row.

Tye Boyer


he Etownian is excited to announce that first-year wrestler Tye Boyer has been named Athlete of the Week! B o y e r, w h o w o n t h e 149-pound title at the Metropolitan Conference Championships on Sunday, was named Co-Rookie of the Year. Boyer shared the honor with The College of New Jersey’s first-year Brian Broderick, who finished second in the 174-pound weight class. In the championship meet, Boyer pinned University of Scranton junior Tom Manning in 2:24 in the quarter-


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Athlete of the Week finals. He also pinned Centenary College junior John Stillo in 2:55 in the semifinals. In the finals, Boyer knocked off Wilkes University sopho-

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more Anthony Dattolo, the top seed, with a 4-2 decision to earn his title. Boyer, along with sophomore Tyler Erdman (who won the 125-pound weight class) and junior captain Bill Meaney (who was runner-up in the 197-pound division) earned automatic bids to the NCAA D-III Championship meet. Boyer is currently 18-6 in his collegiate wrestling career. He is 10-2 in dual matches and 15-4 in the 149 weight class. The Etownian congratulates Boyer for being named Athlete of the Week and wishes him and his teammates the best of luck at the upcoming NCAA meet!


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Etownian Issue 15 February 26, 2010  

Etownian Issue 15 February 26, 2010

Etownian Issue 15 February 26, 2010  

Etownian Issue 15 February 26, 2010