ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE’S STUDENT NEWSPAPER
Vol. 109. Issue 3
Thursday, September 20, 2012
CRITICAL THINKING: ARE WE GETTING ENOUGH IN THE CLASSROOM?
WOMEN’S SOCCER TALLIES THIRD TIE FOR SEASON
Accepted class of 2016: most diverse, largest applicant pool on record Sarah Giampietro Staff Writer
he first-year class of 2016 is the largest and most diverse to ever attend Elizabethtown College. The class of 2016 currently holds the record for the most accepted students,
with 517 incoming first-years. The acceptance rate, in general, seems to be holding fairly steady, with 69 percent of applicants accepted this year, compared to 65.8 percent accepted for the 2011-2012 school year. According to the New York Times, the average acceptance rate among all colleges in the United States is 66 percent.
“This class comes from the largest application pool in the history of the College,” Paul Cramer, vice president for enrollment, said. He added that the class is also “the most ethnically diverse ever, with 13 percent of its members SEE STATISTICS PAGE 3
“Etown Photo-a-Day Field hockey climbs national rankings Challenge” launches through social media Instagram contest for various prizes; goal to encourage students to “explore campus, reflect on what makes you, you”
Photo: Katie J. Brumbach
Senior Emily Butler beats Susquehanna University to the ball during a game on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Despite the fact that this is Butler’s first season playing on the women’s field hockey team, she has already proven to be a dominant player on the field. The Blue Jays entered their 2012 season nationally ranked at No. 14; their first ranking since 2009. With this title came an increased confidence that has led the team to consistent wins against higher-ranked teams.
SEE FIELD HOCKEY PAGE 12
Res. Life appoints community fellow Photo: Lindsay Bergman
Jill A. Norris News Editor
n Aug. 27, Elizabethtown College started a contest via Instagram called “Etown Photoa-Day Challenge.” The contest will last for 30 days, ending on Sept. 25, and eight winners, who have posted at least 10 photos, will be drawn at random for various prizes.
These include a free 8 x 10 print from the College Store, $10 in Jay Bucks, a free carrot cake and more. The purpose of this 30-day challenge, according to the contest’s official website, is to welcome students as they readjust to being on campus and to capture the first 30 days of the semester in photos. SEE PHOTOS PAGE 2
Jill A. Norris News Editor
h e n s tu d e nt s t h i n k of the Office of Residence Life, the things that come to mind are resident assistants, area coordinators and that little white house next to Royer Residence Hall. However, the community fellow of Residence Life plays a large role for students living outside of the dorms, in independent living units (ILUs). These ILUs are better known as the Hackman Apartments and Schreiber Quadrangle and are represented this year by senior Nick
Clemens, Elizabethtown College’s new community fellow. Rather than being a resident assistant, Clemens works as a communications liaison between Residence Life and those living in ILUs. “One of the things that I enjoy most about this position is the opportunity to make sure that the voices of the ILU students are heard,” Clemens said. “Sadly, there are a lot of times when people have difficulty communicating with Residence Life. If there is ever a time where someone falls through the cracks and feels that they haven’t been heard, I’m able to go in there and make sure that they hear about it from my mouth and not just an email from the student.”
One way in which Clemens ensures efficient communication with students living in the ILUs is by sending out a monthly newsletter. These letters are released on the first of every month and include general information that is important for all students. Despite not receiving his official contract until the end of summer vacation, Clemens was confident that he would be hired for the position. He had to apply for the job, much like resident assistants do, but through a slightly different process since the jobs differ in tasks and duties. According to Clemens, one of SEE FELLOW PAGE 2
Accelerated master’s degree in business administration added to CCEDL program Melissa N. Nanna Staff Writer
lizabethtown College’s adult accelerated degree program has recently added a master’s degree in business administration to its program. This is the first graduate degree the Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning (CCEDL) has offered. The MBA program is created for business professionals with
at least three years of management/leadership experience. For students who already hold an undergraduate degree in business administration, the program will take about two years to complete. The adult accelerated degree program was created by Dr. John Kokolus, the dean of CCEDL, in 2001 as a way to make college possible for adults. The usual 15-week college courses can be difficult for adults and can take
years to finish. The accelerated program consists of five-week courses that meet once or twice a week, allowing students to finish in a reasonable amount of time so they do not give up on education. The program permits adults to take courses while still being able to maintain a full-time job and personal life. Students take one class at a time, which allows them to focus on what they are learning. The original program of four
staff members and around 90 students is extremely popular and continues to grow. Currently, there are 16 staff members and approximately 600 students. Barbara Randazzo, assistant dean of enrollment management for the Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning, stated, “The program is small enough that students get personalized attention; they get an Elizabethtown experience, and that is very important to us.”
Photo: Matthew P. Butera
Some of the MBA program classes are held in the James B. Hoover Center for Business.
SEE DEGREE PAGE 3
PHOTOS PAGE 1
Jays participate in 30-day campus Instagram contest
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Talarico initiates blog for professors, faculty, to learn benefits of social media Jill A. Norris News Editor
ocial media has a growing influence in nearly every thriving career and business nationwide. Now, those affiliated with Elizabethtown College, and even those from the community beyond, have 24-hour access to a blog with answers to all of their social media questions. The blog is titled “The Social Life at Etown.” Donna Talarico, integrated m ar ke t i ng m an a ge r of t h e Office of Marketing and Communications, initiated the new blog as a way of teaching professors, colleagues and faculty how to benefit from the rapid growth of social media. “Last semester I did two presentations for the campus community called ‘I’m Brushing My Teeth Right Now and Other Social Media Myths.’ Also, I did a presentation on LinkedIn for Career Services,” Talarico said. She admitted that while there was a lot of positive feedback and interest from those who attended her presentations, there were many who could not be present for her demonstration because of time conflicts. “I wanted to try again this semester to host open trainings or workshops related to social media, but after I talked with my director, Liz Braungard, I decided a blog would be a better and always available resource that would reach more people,” Talarico said. “Once I got the green light, I built it and wrote the initial posts.” Inspiration for the blog also came from an increased social media presence affiliated with the College, as well Etown’s redeveloped website. “The more I can educate people [about] social media, the more sharing we’ll see and the closer we can become,” Talarico said. Because there are certain negative connotations that have developed simultaneously with the concept of social media, Talarico hopes that her new blog will help enlighten cynics. She wants people to understand
that it is not the distasteful phenomenon that it is commonly perceived as. “There are still a lot of social skeptics out there, or those that use it for personal use, who have yet to realize its power for networking ... and creating a mini-following within a specific area of interest,” she said. Talarico hopes that she can change the way people think about and use social media sites and can “create a culture of sharing on campus.” She has already started sharing photos of this year’s first-year orientation via the College’s Facebook page, for which she was thanked by various college employees who were not able to attend their initiation into Etown. Talarico confessed to utilizing blogs about social media for both professional development and personal enjoyment. “That’s one and the same for me,” she stated. However, she feels that, although there are other websites dedicated to solving the common challenges with using social media, she plans on producing a unique subject matter aimed toward Etown. “Where it does differ, is that it will mainly be
tailored to the Etown community and how the use of social media can contribute to our common goals,” she said. “And since it’s about Etown, I guess you could say it’s automatically unique!” She hopes that her blog will inspire those affiliated with the College to feel more comfortable using social media in addition to helping people operate them properly. “It is my hope that people take an interest in the blog, and if everyone who reads a post or two leaves the site with an idea and proceeds to use it, then I think we’ll start to see more sharing internally and externally,” she stated. Since the blog is just starting out, Talarico does the bulk of the work, but also operates closely with Dan Yabut, digital design manager for the Office of Marketing and Communications, and Chris Meck, web/database programmer for Information and Technology Services. Talarico is in charge of writing and scheduling content, monitoring for comments and promoting the blog in general. However, she welcomes guest contributors and bloggers to offer input and feedback.
“The Social Life at Etown” blog, managed by the Office of Marketing and Communications, shares advice, ideas and more about social media.
Clemens to represent ILU students FELLOW PAGE 1
the biggest differences between being a resident assistant and being a community fellow is that he no longer enforces policy. “I don’t write people up,” he said. “I am in charge of making sure that residence [halls] and ILUs are still linked to the office of Residence Life and that they feel connected to the school. Sometimes you can feel a little distance when you’re in that different housing.” As community fellow, Clemens also works closely with area coordinators to help resident assistants with various tasks in maintaining suitable and peaceful residence halls. While in past years there have been two community fellows, this year Clemens will be serving alone, a task that he feels prepared for. “My area coordinator, Alex Rojas, has done a great job working with me and making me feel comfortable and everyone else that is in new positions,” he said. The lack of a second community fellow is part of a new system that Residence Life is working with. “The model that [Residence Life is] moving to is focusing on learning, not only in the classroom, but also in your residence area. Wherever you Courtesy Photo are on campus is an opportunity to learn more about others and learn more about yourself. We want to give students better Nicholas Clemens is the new Residence opportunities no matter where they are on campus,” Clemens Life community fellow. He is the first to serve alone. explained.
The photos shown above were tweeted by various Etown students after already having been instagrammed. The final day of the competition is Sept. 25, when eight students will be named the winners of the “E-town Photo-a-Day Challenge.”
In the Sept. 13 issue, the article entitled “Jays use films to kick off, celebrate Latino Heritage Month”should have indicated that the Office of Diversity will not screen “My American Girls” on Oct. 1. Instead, the film “Which Way Home,” will play on Sept. 19 in Brinser Lecture Hall at 6:30 p.m. followed by a discussion led by Dr. Montserrat Linares-Farras.
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Housing issues caused by higher-than-expected retention Alyssa F. Broda Staff Writer
s Elizabethtown College students moved into their new homes for the semester, some took issue with their living situations. In addition, upperclassmen were encouraged to pursue off-campus housing and many were left in transitional rooms. “It is the upperclassmen retention numbers, not the size of the freshman class, causing the excess of students,” Allison Bridgeman, director of residence life, said. The number of students who transferred or withdrew was much lower than expected. The school predicted fewer sophomores, juniors and seniors to return, based on data from previous years. In general, Elizabethtown’s student return rate is much higher than other colleges. “It is great [that] students love Etown, but we need to find a way to accommodate all students,” Bridgeman said. A significant part of the problem is that the first tuition bill is due by Aug. 1 of each year. It’s not until then that the school determines how many students are returning. Residence Life is now considering requiring a housing deposit due in March to determine how many students are serious about returning to the College the next year. Many other schools use a housing deposit system, usually charging around $100. Students would have to pay a portion of the housing bill ahead of time to indicate their intention of returning for the next year. This would not be an additional charge, but rather just an early payment. Because of the large number of students returning this year, many upperclassmen were released from their housing contracts in August. Additional off-campus apartments
Photo: Katie J. Brumbach
The Office of Residence Life confirmed that contrary to popular belief, this year’s recordsetting first-year class was not the cause of over-crowding on campus. Instead, the lack of transfers and withdrawals among current Etown students caused the problem.
were secured by Residence Life. While many students were excited to pursue this opportunity, they found it difficult to find housing so late in the summer. Some were even upset that they were not released earlier in the school year. However, the application to live off-campus is much different during the academic year. Bridgeman explained it is the Enrollment Management Committee who decides how many students can be released for the following year. The Enrollment Management Committee is responsible for tracking historical data to
create projections and target numbers for upcoming years. Residence Life works in conjunction with the committee to release the allocated number of students. It is not until Residence Life determines how many students are returning that they see the lack of room on campus for returning residents. Last year, the Enrollment Management Committee allowed a generous number of students off-campus in preparation for the first-year class. However, there ended up being more space available in on-campus housing than desired. In response, a smaller number
of students were released from their housing contracts for this school year. Bridgeman understands the difficulty of trying to find off-campus housing so late in the summer. It is something they will be working to avoid next year by getting a better understanding of the number of returning students earlier in the year. Not only does Residence Life want to prevent releasing students from on-campus housing late in the summer, the office also wants to limit the number of first-years moving into transitional housing on FirstYear Move-In Day. Upperclassmen retention caused first-years to be assigned to RA offices or Ober first-year rooms shared with five other students. Although those students are able to move around once students transfer or withdraw throughout the semester, the letter they receive stating their housing still lists five other roommates they have instead of two. It is stressful for the student and Residence Life, as moving these students out of transitional housing is their focus the first few weeks of school. “We want students to be able to breathe,” Bridgeman said. Another aspect of the issue is the large senior class. Next year, when the size of the senior class drops significantly from 500 to 350, there will be a noticeable difference. With the combined goal of creating a smoother transition for students moving offcampus and incoming first-years, Residence Life will be discussing the possibility of requiring a housing deposit within the next few weeks. Without knowing the number of returning students, Residence Life is unable to estimate the number of students who will need on campus housing for the future years.
CCEDL offers accelerated MBA First-year class surpasses previous records DEGREE PAGE 1
Students in the program have many different types of work experience, which results in a beneficial learning environment. Julie Walton, an alumna of the program and admissions and marketing coordinator for CCEDL, said, “I really enjoyed [the program]. It was very interesting going back to school, because it is a different environment geared toward adults, so you are doing a lot of papers, presentations and discussions. Students in the classroom brought their experiences from life, from their job and it put a different perspective on whatever topic we talked about. So that made it very interesting and very interactive.” There are several different ways for students to t ake courses. One way is to take in-class courses, where classes meet once a week from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Another option is to take online classes, which do not require any in-class meetings, but do require students to post on the Blackboard website. Online courses work best for students who travel often or cannot leave their home. Blended
classes are also offered, which means the class meets once or twice throughout the five-week course in a classroom while the rest of the class is online. C o u r s e s f o r E t o w n’s Accelerated Adult Degree Program are offered at four different locations. This allows students to choose a location most convenient for them. Courses for the program are offered in both Lancaster and Harrisburg, in addition to York and on the main Etown campus. The program offers seven majors of study : business administration, accounting, information systems, corporate communications, criminal justice, human services and human ser vices-behavioral and addictions counseling. Students can work towards an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any of these majors. Admission requirements for the program include a high school degree or GED, 23 years of age (if younger, permission from the dean of the Continuing E duc at ion D ep ar t ment is needed), at least three years’ work experience and strong enough writing skills to be successful in an accelerated program. Applicants must also have sufficient time to devote to their coursework, as they
generally spend 15-20 hours a week on coursework. Randazzo stated, “Adults make a huge commitment when they go back to school. It is very timeconsuming on their families, on everything about their lives, but for them the pay off, the end result, is the achievement of the goal they have always wanted.” Another great aspect of the program is its flexibility: courses are offered three times in the spring, twice in the summer and three times in the fall. If a student cannot take a class because of commitments at work or in their personal life, they can skip the class and pick it up five weeks later. This dif fers f rom nor ma l college courses, which are 15 weeks long and have stringent attendence policies. The program will accept credits from accredited schools. They understand that many adults have previously earned credits from other schools. The administration is willing to do whatever they can to bring in the credits for their students because the program values students who have worked hard for these credits. Financial aid is also available to adults in the program, who can meet with an admissions counselor to discuss it.
STUDENT SENATE Keelyan J. Sheeley Secretary of Student Senate
uring our last Student Senate meeting Thursday, Sept. 13, there were a few discussions of which the student body should be aware. First, the Judicial Committee, chaired by senior Nicholas Clemens, is working to get all of the student groups registered and ready for the school year. If you have any questions about your group, you can email the senate account. As mentioned in last week’s article, Sean Post, senior class president, met with Dean Marianne Calenda, dean of students, and Allison Bridgeman, director of Residence Life, about many issues that occurred in regards to Residence Life over the summer and during move-in.
STATISTICS PAGE 1 coming from underrepresented populations.” This figure is not yet as large as the College would like it to be, but is a marked improvement from four years ago. The first-year class not only has the most diverse and largest student population, but also, “two-thirds of this class were involved in service prior to their arrival at Elizabethtown,” Cramer said. While the class of 2016 was more ethnically diverse, it did not show the same marked increase in gender diversity as other classes have. Only 36.2 percent of accepted students were male, a figure that has decreased for the last three years; 34.2 percent of the first-year class was male in 2011, and 37.5 percent in 2010. Every year, the College strives to make itself known in as many areas as possible. Over the years, there has been a great increase in the number of applicants. “The rise in applications is a clear indication of the growing reputation of the C ollege. Everything, from the success of our graduates, to the scholarship of our faculty, the exposure of our staff, and the achievements of our current students, helps to expand and extend the already strong reputation of Elizabethtown,” Cramer said. As some college students know, deciding on a major is one of the harder decisions during the first year at college. This year, “95 percent of the first-year class identified an intended major on Photo: Matthew P. Butera their application,” Cramer said. Of 95 percent of the incoming first-year class those 490 students with intended applied to Etown with an intended major, majors, more of them chose to breaking yet another record. 490 out of the 517 major in business administration students that make up the class of 2016 have chosen to study business administration. than any other field.
Each class prepares for upcoming events, various issues resolved
Post gathered a list of concerns that were brought to his attention to discuss with them. The meeting had a positive outcome, giving an explanation for why certain things happened. One example is that the school’s system, Jenzabar, was down for a period over the summer which made operation extremely difficult for Residence Life, as rooming assignments had to be done by hand. Another complication was the communication aspect, and they are working this semester to greatly improve on that. If you would like more details on this, you can contact Post through the senior class email. All of the class senates are working very diligently
on projects for the student body. The class of 2013 is working hard on the senior class gift. The class of 2014 has been extremely busy with the planning of this year’s Jr/Sr formal. The classes of 2015 and 2016 are working together on an event for both of their classes, the Formal Jay. This is a formal dance that will be held this month in the KĀV. Look out for details about this exciting event. If you have any issues that you would like to bring to our attention, you can speak to any of us or email us at SENATE@etown.edu. You are also welcome to attend any of our meetings, held every Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in Hoover 212.
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High Library features photography exhibit by associate English professor Dr. Matthew Willen explores textures of weathered, foreign conditions with expressive work in infrared photography collection to motivate diversified world perception Kaitlin M. Koons Asst. Copy Editor
eginning this week, a unique and artistic exhibit will be on display in the High Library: a collection of abstract photographs by Associate Professor of English Dr. Matthew Willen shot in Nova Scotia during the summer. The collection, entitled “Certain Visions,” will be on display Friday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Oct. 19 and will be located on the walls and in the display case between the entrance doors. Willen spent the majority of his summer vacation in Nova Scotia, a Canadian province comprised of islands about 50 miles off the eastern coast of Maine. Living in a rustic cabin with hardly any of the modern comforts and luxuries that most of us enjoy every day, Willen spent his time fixing up the cabin, kayaking in the icy, fog-shrouded waters around the islands, meeting new and wonderful people, playing mandolin at village pubs and documenting his experiences with a Canon digital camera. The camera, which Willen used to take the photographs featured in his exhibit at the High Library, was converted to infrared prior to the trip and sported a cracked lens. This apparently unfortunate damage to the camera turned out to be a happy accident for Willen, who initially attempted to remedy the cracked lens by smoothing it over with Vaseline. The Vaseline acted as a kind of filter for the lens, eventually producing fascinating images that Willen described as “ethereal” and “mystical.” Additionally, because of the camera’s conversion to infrared, it was able to detect infrared radiation in the surrounding landscape, turning realistic, colorful scenery into eerie, high-contrast, dreamlike images. This was just the kind of serendipity that Willen needed to produce an entire collection worthy of his initial goals for the project. “I wanted to do something more subjective and expressive,” he said. “I’m always trying to see things differently.” Setting out for Nova Scotia with virtually no idea what he wanted to create, he brought pencils, sketchbooks, pastels, notebooks and the camera, not knowing which direction his creative exploration would take him but
Assistant professr of English Dr. Matthew Willen will have an exhibit of his abstract photography on display at the High Library Friday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Oct. 9. which includes the photo above. The collection, entitled “Certain Visions,” features Willen’s artistic adventures as a photographer shooting in poor weather conditions in Nova Scotia.
preparing himself for anything. “You don’t know what will happen, but it’s having the faith that something will happen,” Willen said, reflecting on his mental and emotional approach to the creative process. In addition to this most recent project, Willen has also completed a two-year photographic documentary project called Focus Westfjords, a profile of the Icelandic people, culture, towns, lifestyles and landscapes of Iceland’s westernmost peninsula. These photographs depict the realities of living in Iceland’s fishing villages, from the harsh, beautiful land and sea to the colorful cast of characters who inhabit it. Despite the beauty, charm and majesty of these realistic photographs, Willen felt that he needed to approach a new subject from a different angle, moving swiftly from the realistic to the abstract. Instead of documenting the way the people of Nova Scotia live, as he did in Iceland, Willen decided to approach the Nova Scotia landscape through a cracked, blurry, infrared and equally perceptive lens. Willen wanted photographs that were subjective, not objective. He wanted them to be expressive, not descriptive. And he wanted to see things through a different lens, one that saw things less for what they looked like and more for the feeling they evoked in the observer. The question perpetually on his mind was, “How do I get my photo to look less like a photo?” It might sound counterproductive, but sometimes, as the old adage goes, less is more. Some of Willen’s best photographs came from shooting in bad weather, especially in fog, rain and heavy clouds. He often took the camera out on nightly kayaking excursions around the islands, capturing the fathomless darkness of the water below and the glossy, overcast sky above. Landscapes are also a common feature of the collection, demonstrating just how dramatic and expressive an infrared photograph
can be. In infrared film, water is cold and pitch-black. Green foliage is bright white. Lifelessness is black, life is white. Objects lit and heated by the sun will possess a milky glow. These components, in essence, are what make the collection endlessly fascinating to view. It is a deliberate choice on Willen’s part, to allow viewers to see the world differently. The photographs place great emphasis on the power of negative space to command an image and the ability of wild, unexpected shapes to become predominant forces in the images. They stress the interplay of darkness and light, of focus and blurriness, of life and space. This unique and compelling photography collection is not to be missed. While the photographs themselves will hang in the library entrance for students, faculty, staff and community members to enjoy, the exhibit is not limited to the photographs alone; also included in the exhibit will be descriptions of the process by which Willen went about completing the project, especially explanations about infrared radiation and how shooting in infrared works. Not only does Willen wish for viewers to enjoy the images, but, “I want them to learn, too.” Willen is currently teaching an English course titled The Literature of Travel and Exploration, a class which he says parallels his experiences nicely and allows him to more fully enjoy the course material. He is an explorer at heart, and his artistic expressions of these experiences reflect his adventurous, inquisitive nature. Willen is currently working on transcribing his handwritten journals from the Nova Scotia trip into a memoir, a valuable and insightful companion to his photography project. He hopes to use these two modes of expression – both writing and photography – to successfully translate his physical experiences into engaging material that can be shared with and enjoyed by others.
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Wolf-Spencer ‘changes faces’ in new theatre stage makeup class Kristin D. Peachey Staff Writer
utting on makeup is part of the daily routines of many women in our culture. All you need is a few brushes of foundation, a swipe of mascara here and there and a dab of lip-gloss and you’re ready to go. But what about actors in the theatre standing beneath the bright lights of the stage? Assistant Professor of Theatre Richard Wolf-Spencer said the basics are just not enough. This semester, Wolf-Spencer is teaching a new course in the theatre department simply titled Stage Makeup. According to Wolf-Spencer, stage makeup is extremely important in terms of producing a show. It is a valid design element that, in addition to costuming, helps bring an actor’s character to life. He felt that teaching this course was the best thing he could do to enhance Elizabethtown College’s theatre program in the hopes of teaching young designers such an important craft. Wolf-Spencer’s passion for theatre began in his home state of Washington where he was a clarinetist in the eighth grade band. The high school students put on a production of “The Music Man,” and the eighth grade band was recruited to help add depth to the pit band. From then on, Wolf-Spencer was in every musical and play production at his high school. Although he started off studying history in college and finished as a communications major, Wolf-Spencer still maintained a solid interest in theatre. Some of his favorite classes included hands-on and performance courses such as choir, theatre, basic acting and design. However, his history classes often catered to his creative nature as well. “I had history teachers that would have us read novels from a certain period and plays from a certain period and integrating these other fields of interest into the history class, which for me and my interests in the arts and playwriting fit my style of learning,” Wolf-Spencer said. In addition to his undergraduate work, Wolf-Spencer has a master’s degree in theatre arts from Washington State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatrical design from the University of Idaho. According to the Etown website, Wolf-Spencer gained a great deal of experience in the field before coming to the College in 2010. For four years, he was a theatrical design and technology professor at Emory and Henry College in Virginia. He also spent eight years as the resident technology director and a theater technology instructor at the University of Idaho and the Idaho Repertory Theatre. Wolf-Spencer also has many years of experience working with incoming road shows at the Beasley Performing Arts Center
Photo: Selene S. Jones
Richard Wolf-Spencer, assistant professor of theatre, will utilize his backstage experiences for the class. His goal is to enhance students’ stage makeup skills.
in Pullman, Wash. Despite most of Wolf-Spencer’s training and professional experience being in theatre design and technology, he has a great knowledge and understanding of how stage makeup plays an important role in an actor’s portrayal of his or her character to the audience. As an undergraduate student, Wolf-Spencer took his first class in basic stage makeup and gained experience doing fundamental stage makeup on himself through his acting roles. “The first job of a stage makeup designer is to enhance the features, which you wouldn’t do in just going out every day,” Wolf-Spencer said “You’re going to apply your foundation and maybe some eyeliner and maybe a little rouge, things like that, but we actually have to enhance the basic features and add contours to the face.” These enhancements to actors’
natural features are necessary because of the stage lighting, which washes out natural shadows, making the actors appear less three-dimensional. Keller Robinson, a senior theatre technology major, is already excited about the course after simply learning the fundamentals of makeup application. “To be honest, I have never worn makeup a day in my life, so I [thought] this would be an opportunity to learn,” Robinson said. After having served in almost every other aspect of technical theatre, she hopes to become a more well-rounded technician. In spite of the importance of basic stage makeup, WolfSpencer also hopes to teach his students techniques that go beyond the fundamentals. “The next step in makeup design is actually changing that look so that the actors can look like someone else or something else,” Wolf-Spencer said. While acting in high school and college, Wolf-Spencer considered himself to be a character actor, which required him to drastically change his look for the roles he played. This allowed him to learn techniques for using prosthetics and special-effects makeup to transform himself into characters such as a grandfather or odd character types. He fine-tuned these skills through taking a special effects and mask-making course while studying to receive his master’s degree in fine arts. First-year fine arts major Noelle Hostelley’s theater experience has mostly been through acting, but ever since she worked as an assistant director for a middle school show last year, her interest in backstage work has grown. After having first-hand experience turning middle school students into bird girls for the Dr. Seuss-inspired show “Seussical the Musical,” Hostelley is looking forward to achieving a better understanding of how actor transformations are done using stage makeup. “Toward the end of the semester, we get to do a fantasy project where we get to recreate a person into something else, and I think that’s going to be really fun,” Hostelley said. Through hands-on learning and daily in-class projects, WolfSpencer hopes to produce a group of well-trained students to work on future school productions and pass their knowledge on to other students. Although it can be difficult to stand back and allow students to work on their own, he gets excited when he sees students learning through experimenting and by seeing “that light bulb go off.” After all, Wolf-Spencer is most inspired by his students. “When I look around and I see up-and-coming theater artists and designers, it just reminds me every day that this art form is not going to die out,” Wolf-Spencer said. “Yes, we have film, we have television, but this art form is not going to die out.”
Columnist discusses new experiences, adjusting to life in Ecuador Marie A. Loiseau Columnist
fter dedicating my first two columns to exceptionally interesting parts of my trip, I figured I should take a step back and discuss some normal things I’ve encountered on this adventure. That is not to say, of course, that these things are not interesting—they are. They’re just everyday, commonplace affairs and normal parts of the BCA experience; I didn’t even have to leave Quito to find them. It all began July 21, when my plane touched down in the center of the city. A three-day hostel stay and BCA orientation followed. The reality of the whole thing finally hit me: I wouldn’t be returning home for five months. While this realization made me want to find a dark corner and assume the fetal position, the presence of other gringos, people experiencing the same fear, excitement and indigestion that I was, comforted me like family—not strangers I had known for mere days. The orientation’s conclusion came and my nerve-induced nausea had almost disappeared. Then, however, I was once again catapulted from my comfort zone. BCA Director Daniel Bryan and Assistant Director Martha Pérez threw us to the dogs before night fell on the fourth day. Or, in other words, they introduced us to and sent us home with our host families. Honestly, I endured violent tremors and thought I was going to vomit when it all went down. I survived the ride to their house without hurling (thank god) and was feeling like just another member of the Moreno
Photo: Marie A. Loiseau
Loiseau compares the University’s small pond to a more tropical version of Etown’s Lake Placida. She has spent two months enjoying the view it provides her on the days she has classes.
Photo: Marie A. Loiseau
A breathtaking view of the University of San Fransico de Quito’s campus. Just one of the many landscapes Loiseau has viewed during her study abroad experience.
family within hours. Fast forward about a month: the first day of school. Talk about a kindergarten flashback; thoughts like, “What if the other kids aren’t nice to me?” filled me with anxiety and I wanted to cry when my host mom bid me adieu after breakfast. Despite my trepidations, however, I have yet to be insulted, cry or even trip on campus. University life is going smashingly, in fact. The University of San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) offers a load of cool classes, like those about nutrition, Cosmo vision and wine tasting, classes that you can’t find at Elizabethtown College. The campus is lush, surrounded by beautiful mountains and it even comes complete with a small pond. I like to think of it as my tiny, palmy, and way greener version of Lake Placida. Plus, I was able to arrange an awesome schedule in which I only have classes 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thus, I have long weekends for traveling and can spend my Wednesdays delivering babies at the nearby maternity clinic. Yes, you did read that correctly. I have spent about two months here. My routine is developed, I can navigate the city and my Spanish is steadily improving. Some of those fellow BCA folks that were strangers upon my arrival have become some of my favorite people. My host sister initially intimidated me; last Sunday she spent hours making sushi, my favorite food, for dinner. Bolting and unlatching my house’s million locks used to take me forever, but now I’ve got it down to a process taking only a few seconds. I’ve even become accustomed to throwing toilet paper in the trash instead of the toilet. I guess you can get used to just about anything. I’m already considering the many things I will miss when I return to the States: the sweet smell of fresh bread flowing from bakeries on every street corner, the amped-up pace of city life, greeting others with a hug and casual kiss on the cheek, the general openness within the family, the monthly BCA allowance and the amazing Andes mountains that bring Edmund Burke (a shout-out to the English majors!) to mind everyday. While I won’t miss the whistles and calls of male chauvinists or eating a week’s worth of carbohydrates in every meal, there are so many more things I will miss than things that I won’t. And for those things that I won’t miss? At least I can say I gave them a try.
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Dear Sarah, My roommate is kind of a slob. I love her dearly, but she does NOTHING around our room. I’ve tried to drop her some “not so subtle” hints, but she’s not picking up. I don’t want to hurt her feelings. What should I do?
Sincerely, Living in a dump Dear Dump-ster Diver (see what I did there?), Listen: for some people, “subtle” is a flashing neon sign of a pig splashing in mud, with “WE LIVE IN A PIG STY” spelled out in balloons. Hinting is great for birthday presents and test questions, but not so much for meaningful communication with those whom we spend our time. I suggest, very casually, bringing up a roomie meeting, just to talk about some things as the school year starts up. Pick a time and a day that’s good for both of you, maybe make some popcorn, and just talk it out. Don’t be all up in her business, don’t point fingers at anyone, just explain what you look for in your living space, what you are aiming to bring to the table as a roommate and allow her to do the same. Just be chill, and then you and Honey Boo-Boo can go and get an Egg Jay or whatever you do as roomies. Talking about it will seriously save you a lot of trouble in the future. Also, if you do this and things still aren’t getting better, go to your RA and get this stuff written up in a formal roommate agreement. Or do the neon pig sign idea. I know a guy.
Dear Sarah, I recently confided something extremely personal and private, that I’ve only ever discussed with a professional counselor before, to a very close friend. They swore up and down that they would never tell another soul. I discovered she told her boyfriend about it and he keeps bringing it up. I’ve tried to get him to stop but he won’t. All it does is makes me cry when my friend apologizes. Is it ok for me to just not want to be their friend anymore?
Signed, Hurt and Confused
september 20, 2012
Nautical fashion sets sail for fall season related sites. Here, you can find a ton of information on how to dress well on the cheap. Later in the day, I found sophomore occupational therapy major Kristen Brosie strolling to the BSC, iced coffee and breakfast in ello fashionistas and fashionmisters! I’m back for the third hand. After seeing her crisp outfit, I knew she had to be the second issue showcasing the great fashion displayed on campus. person profiled in this week’s issue. Surprisingly, the entirety of her Clearly the humidity has broken and a little glimpse of fall has outfit is from the affordable, yet stylishly-preppy American Eagle. crept its way into my camera’s viewfinder. Finally, students are (If you don’t have a pair of their jeans please, please, please go out breaking out their chunky knits and combat boots, and I’ve started and treat yourself. They make your butt look FANTASTIC and my first knitting project of the season. But don’t get too excited, are super affordable when things go on sale.) The simplicity of Kristen’s white my baby Jays. While I’m button-down almost pretty sure it’s safe to say makes the salmon-y most of us are itching for pink pants appear as fall, these past few days a neutral, giving the have still had some pretty leopard-print sanhigh temps, so mixing dals just the right pieces from both seasons amount of attention. is essential. I also love how she Senior political sciadded a leather belt. ence major Nick CleIt really makes the mens walked into our shoes look intenmarketing class wearing tional and part of the this gem of a nautioutfit, as opposed to cal outfit. It’s no sejust throwing on a cret I have a passion pair of sandals. In for ever ything sailor addition, the Vera inspired; I can never Bradley backpack leave Forever 21 withperfectly matched out buying something her look, providstriped and wear a ship’s ing a cohesive color wheel necklace given scheme and overall to me by my parents perfectly preppy air. every day. But enough Honestly, the outabout my obsession and fits featured in this back to Clemens’ outweek’s issue of style fit. From the J. Crew watch are probably hoodie to the stark, grey my favorites ever. I feel Keds and the Old Navy as though they reflect shirt in between, I wish my personal style the I could style myself in a most out of any I have feminine version of this Photos: Hannah C. Blecker featured both this and outfit every day. Oh, Sophomore Kristin Brosie (left) and Senior political science major Nick last semester. That’s and have I mentioned Clemens (right) exhibit crisp style while walking around Elizabethtown. not to say that I’m not that Nantucket reds (the Clemens’ attire has a nautical edge to it, while Brosie channels a preppy absolutely in love with shorts) are potentially look in pink. all the looks I feature; the best pants a man can wear?! Anyway, I’m just all-around in love with the Kennedy- it’s just that I can really identify with the tailored lines and clean styles featured here. But now that I’ve had my fun I’ll probably be esque vibes emanating from this look. Just in case you think you can’t afford J. Crew, remember told by my editors (love you guys!) that I have to lay off the prep what Sean Duetsch told us last year: college students get 15 for a while. I’m not mad about it though – this week’s outfits percent off all purchases, even redline clearance, with the flash of have been more than enough to hold me over until the next an ID card. To find more discounts, check out Pinterest and other time I can feature classic, neat style.
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New comm. professor encourages tenacity
Dr. Matthew Telleen speaks about history, choices in academia
Dear Hurt, Yes, it is totally okay not to want to be friends anymore. Your feelings are valid, and you have every right to decide who deserves to be in your life, and how closely and how long. It’s acceptable to feel you need to distance yourself from people. It is equally acceptable to say to your friend: “I would really appreciate if you didn’t bring Dirk McJerkFace (not his real name, I assume) to hang out anymore, as he doesn’t respect me or my feelings” and explain why. It is also equally acceptable to say to your friend: “I really need some time apart from you and our friendship, maybe for a little bit, maybe for a while��� and explain why. The only thing that isn’t acceptable is to simply boot people out of your life sans explanation. Talking could help you two come to an agreement. An end to your friendship could make the both of them realize how deeply they’ve hurt you, and could also make you learn some really important stuff about yourself. I do think that this is something that you should think over, but do you, you know? Keep those questions rolling, my dears! And don’t forget to check out the questions I’ve answered at etownianadvice.tumblr.com! Maybe drop me a line yourself on Tumblr or Twitter @etownian advice!
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Selene S. Jones Staff Writer
ew assistant professor of communications, Dr. Matthew Telleen, recently told me something that I will never forget. It applies to everyone who seems unsure of what path to take in life. “Try what you think you’re going to like, and if it doesn’t work out, there are other options,” he said. Telleen tried multiple majors before becoming a teacher. Telleen first went to college for print journalism in his home state of Minnesota. Combining his major and his love of sports, he aspired to become a sports writer. He was convinced that this was exactly what he wanted to do. During college, he was a sports writer for the local newspaper, covering stories on high school sports. Eventually, he realized that this was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He quickly became burned out and felt as though he was writing the same thing over and over again with no ability to be creative. After he graduated, Telleen moved to Palm Springs, Calif. for a year. He then spent a semester abroad participating in a work abroad program for recent graduates. Then he moved to London and spent six months working there. After the six months ended, he went back to Minnesota, where he began working in corporate communications. Internet companies were hiring at the time, so he received a job working at a small technology company that designed software for airlines. After spending time in the corporate world, he decided he want to go back to school. So, he decided to attend law school at the University of Minnesota. Going into school, he didn’t have the
expectation of becoming a lawyer, but intended to use it as a graduate degree. Upon graduating, he practiced family law for over a year in St. Paul, Minn. He decided that after all of the stress and
ment was a huge factor in coming to Etown. In other workplaces, he felt as though people were not as accepting of having a new person on the team and made him feel lower, wanting him to know his place as the s o-called “new guy.” Here, he feels welcomed and part of the College community. He also likes how the college is a liberal arts institution because it gives students a good education, regardless of their maj or. It ma kes the students wellPhoto: Katie J. Brumbach rounded and enNew assistant professor of communications Dr. Matthew courages them to Telleen has much experience to share with Elizabethtown. try something new His work so far at Etown reminds Telleen of his own college that they might not experience and he is excited to join the communications have tried before department and Elizabethtown College in general. they had the class. emotions from dealing with family law, A few things people do not know he wanted to try something new, which about Telleen is that he is a huge sports is when he began teaching. Law school fan. He follows both college and profeshad helped him realize that he enjoyed sional sports, especially basketball. His learning, teaching and relating to other favorite team is the Minnesota Timberpeople. After practicing law, he started wolves. He also enjoys following sport teaching in town. He taught at a small statistics for basketball and baseball and school for a few years and then decided is spectacular at pop culture trivia. to go back to school for his Ph.D. AfterIf you want to meet Telleen, or have ward, he and his family moved to South any questions for him, (be it regarding Carolina, where he taught at a university law and journalism or not), you can for some time and then saw the oppor- find him in his office on the second tunity to work at Elizabethtown College. floor of the Steinman Center. Working at Etown reminded TelA little advice he has for all Etown leen of his own college experience. He students, is that there are going to be enjoys the staff in the communications misturns. We just have to enjoy the jourdepartment and loves the fact that they ney and see where the wind blows. Even were excited to have a new department if something does not go the way you member. The communications depart- had thought, just try something new.
september 20, 2012
THOUGHT & ACTION
WHAT IS IT REALLY? AND ARE WE GETTING ENOUGH? Image: Brianna E. Wiest
Stephen M. Welsh Staff Writer
’ll be honest: I had to Google what “critical thinking” meant before I began writing this article. It’s a term we’ve all heard, but most of us probably don’t know what it means. In the simplest of terms, critical thinking is “the mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion.” I realize we pay an atrocious amount of tuition to be at this school, but do professors give us our money’s worth? Are they effectively teaching us to be critical thinkers, or are they training us to regurgitate answers in order to get an A in their class? Let’s be honest for a minute. We’ve all had experiences with students who have little to no critical thinking skills in terms of being able to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations, but somehow they boast an impressive GPA. This brings up an important distinction that must be made. Critical thinking skills must be separated into two categories: classroom critical thinking and authentic critical thinking. Many people mistakenly categorize individuals into “book-smart” or “street-smart” people. I would argue that there is simply a distinction in the area in which a person is a critical thinker. There are many students with the ability
to “skillfully conceptualize, apply and analyze” facts they have learned during class in order to get a good grade, but these students often lack the ability to apply what they have learned in class to their chosen career path. It simply doesn’t translate. On the other hand, there are many individuals who have the ability to “skillfully conceptualize, apply and analyze” information they have gathered outside of the classroom into life decisions, but these individuals may only be average students. When I was a Freshma- I mean first-year student here at Etown College, my declared major was biology-allied health. Throughout the time that I was enrolled in biology classes, I can attest to the fact that introductory biology classes required little to no critical thinking skills. Students with the ability to spit back memorized answers succeeded. Students without this ability failed. I was in the group of students who failed. During my time as a biology major I can remember countless conversations with individuals who had excellent critical thinking skills in the context of applying what they learned during class to tests, but who had absolutely no ability to apply what they learned in the classroom to real-life situations or determine what they wanted to do with their major. “What do you want to do with biology?” I would ask a fellow student whom I knew to have an excellent grade in the class. “No idea,” was usually the response. What is the point of having a good grade
What I know now: reflections on the first year of college Andrew S. Herm Staff Writer
have yet to master college. I’m two years and a month into my collegiate career, and I’m still trying to learn how to survive in an environment that is simultaneously foreign (Lancaster County) and home (Etown). With each semester that goes by, I feel as if I learn something more about myself and my place in the bigger picture; I learn where it is I fit in here, and, more importantly, I attempt to figure out where I may end up landing in the real world. For all the strides in the right direction I take and all the positives, there will be at least one damn-Iwish-I-could-go-back-and-change-that moment. Then enter the first-years who are viewed by me, someone who is only two years their senior, as the epitome of a clean slate, a fresh start, another shot. If you will, I’d ask for you to stop rolling your eyes, because I know I’m not an old man; I know I can still go in any direction I please with life, but there are some things I feel as if I needed to know as a first-year. You don’t have to like your roommate. You don’t have to be best friends, you don’t have to expect to share anything in common. If pillow talk exists, that’s phenomenal, but it’s okay if bedtime denotes sleeping, not an outpouring of one’s soul to the stranger who’s lying in the same room as you. It’s a test and life lesson wrapped up in one: do you have what it takes to peacefully coexist with someone you’ve never met before? That’s what you need to do: occupy the same space with another person, avoid causing egregious offense, and all the while work toward being a considerate human being. You don’t have to be friends with anyone in your dorm building. The summation of your existence in your dorm could be that that’s where you spend a majority of your sleeping time. Those people don’t have to be your new best friends just because of proximity, because that may be easier than having to make the five minute expedition across campus to Schlosser. You need to find the people with whom you want to be; you need to find the people with whom you can be you, and the ones who want you to be you, not the way that’s most convenient for them. Take the first week, month, semester trying out different groups of people because sadly, who you end up as and
in your major if you have no ability to apply what you’ve learned to situations outside of the classroom or decide what to do with all of that stored knowledge? I should clarify that I don’t mean to take a jab at biology students. I’m currently a business major and I would just like to clarify that business classes can be just as far from requiring critical thinking as introductory biology classes. If you own a stack of note cards and a pen, and have the ability to suck up to certain teachers, you’ll probably pass the class. My point is, regardless of what classes you’re enrolled in, you’re bound to find some that require zero critical thinking and 100 percent memorization. Let me be extremely clear. I have absolutely no answer for the question of how to instill critical thinking skills among students, but I recognize that it’s a problem, and I offer it into your hands as a reader to mull over. Examine yourself. Do you typically get good grades in class, yet never apply any of that knowledge to situations outside of the classroom? Make an effort to look for scenarios in everyday life that you can relate to concepts you’ve learned during class. Professors aren’t totally to blame, as they’ve probably been taught the same way in which they are currently teaching you. I would also encourage you to ask yourself why you’re pursuing the major you’re in. Evaluate what areas of your study you’re particularly good at and search for career paths that contain those skills. Why do you spend valuable money every year on tuition that could be spent on other nice things, such as a new sports car? Finally, ask yourself if this school is instilling you with the skills you need for your future career.
what your experience here is likely to be dictated, partially or more so, by your friends. Get involved. For the love of anything you hold near and dear, get up this instant and sign up for something: a club, a job, a trip. The sooner you get involved, the sooner you’ll be out there actively participating in campus life, both contributing to the school and meeting the people who may end up being your best friends. With that being said, this past week Dr. Matthew Willen, associate professor of English, said something that is just as crucial to your experience here: “Life is short. You gotta learn to say no.” Truth. Don’t be a yes-man/woman. Get involved, yes; help people out with their club or activity, yes; allow yourself to be pulled every which way because you can’t say no, no. Getting involved is, in my opinion, crucial to your development as both a student and a person. You deem what is worthy of your attention and energy. It starts with you. When looking at where I am now academically and socially, I think everything can be traced back to my experience with regard to these points. For you, it can and probably should be different. Whatever it is that happens or happened for you as a freshman, I hope it’s what’s best for you.
Photo: Katie J. Brumbach
Last “Bourne” film disappoints Daniel M. Lattman Staff Writer
his past Wednesday, I took the time to go to MoviE-Town to see the final installment of the critically acclaimed Bourne series, “The Bourne Legacy.” I was a huge fan of the first three movies that starred Matt Damon as a former CIA assassin that the government was attempting to eliminate. The first three movies in the series featured countless action-packed scenes with exhilarating special effects that left critics and viewers alike hanging on to the edge of their seats. I had high hopes that “The Bourne Legacy” would be a fitting end to a movie series that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was not. I also had high hopes that Jeremy Renner, the actor who replaced Matt Damon for this final installment, would be able to successfully fill Damon’s shoes. Sadly, he did not. So let me begin by saying that I would not recommend seeing this film. From the opening scene to the closing credits, it failed to differentiate itself from any of the previous three. It featured the same cat-and-mouse theme as “The Bourne Identity,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.” The movie was suspenseful, and it did have its fair share of breathtaking scenes with tremendous special effects, but this is something we should expect in any Hollywood action movie coming out in this day and age. I thought the level of intensity was consistent, but perhaps too consistent, which resulted in a complete lack of storytelling and character development throughout the entire film. It really is a shame that the series had to end on this note. I did not think that this movie was even close to as good as any of the previous three, and it was absolutely not a fitting ending to the series for several reasons. In my personal opinion, I think they should have called it quits after the third film. This movie seemed like it was forced. I appreciated the intensity, the special effects and Renner’s highflying acrobatics and athleticism, but I think that there are more well-polished, experienced actors fit for this particular genre of film. There were lots of surprises and things you would not expect at certain times throughout the movie. The only problem is, Renner’s character is running from the people who made him what he is. Sound familiar? Probably because it is literally the exact same storyline as the previous three films. You cannot simply replace Matt Damon for the final film in the series. It made it seem like they were just starting the series over when in actually, they were. All in all, “The Bourne Legacy” was the exact same movie with a different actor. I was confused throughout the entire film as to what was going on because it completely lacked a plot. Scenes kept changing, leaving many questions unanswered. The ending was a disappointment as well. It really was not even an ending; the movie just kind of stopped. If you are going to force a fourth film in a legendary series, do not completely butcher the ending. All that did was ruin the series for me. All in all, this film was the exact same film with a different guy. I was not a fan, and I do not recommend seeing it. All ranting and raving aside, I will end by saying that if you are a fan of the previous three Bourne movies, save yourself the frustration and refrain from seeing this movie.
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september 20, 2012
Major dilemma: pursue a passion or what will help obtain a better job? Christian V. Sammartino Staff Writer
n the spring semester of my sophomore year at Elizabethtown College, I attended a “Tea at Three” program on migrant education. After the event, I spoke with the presenters about the dynamics of education in America. One of the individuals asked me what major I was pursuing and I responded that it was an English Literature major. He told me jokingly that “I must not really want a job.” That encounter poses a large question which I think is applicable to many students at Etown: should we pursue our passions and dreams or choose a major based upon the objective of obtaining a career? It depends upon our perception of the world and the factors we use to evaluate life in order to solve our problems. Let us consider a few variables such as the current economy. The American economy and job market is sluggish. Employers are making cuts to remain competitive and are looking for employees. This trend is reflected in the unemployment numbers for recent college graduates, which is at 8.5 percent, according to an article written by Patrice Hill of the Washington Post. Forbes Magazine contributor Troy Onick suggests that unemployment also depends upon what major a student chooses. For example, Onick identified that 11.1 percent of arts majors are unemployed. While this data is startling, it should not necessarily dissuade students from pursuing their passions. However, students
should carefully contemplate what they value. Elements such as the cost of your education, your passion for your intended profession and your overall identity should factor into the decision. “I believe choosing a major is dependent upon the amount of debt that you accumulate while in college,” Etown alumnus Alexander Liebergall said. “You do not want to be in debt for the rest of your life. With that said, it is still important to pick something that you are passionate about. You do not want to be stuck in a dead-end job that you are going to hate and regret. Financial security won’t always buy you happiness.” Your level of passion for your major and for the career you will pursue after you graduate should be substantial factors in your choice. The level of those internal motivations will propel you to overcome the challenges you will encounter. Students should also consider the components of their identity, such as what they want to express about themselves. Consider your level of happiness if you choose a career path that limits the expression of your identity and your passion. Then consider if the benefits of working a job that suppresses those elements provides benefits that are worth sacrificing the prime years of your life. In the end, choosing a major depends on the criteria you use to measure your experiences. Each person on this campus Photo: Katie J. Brumbach may have different equations to solve the same problem. The Sophomore Stacey Kreston works on a painting. With the state most important piece of the puzzle is making a balanced deciof the economy, college students sometimes have to choose sion which validates all of the elements of your life. between pursuing what they love and what will get them a job.
Professors weigh in on pending election, recent conventions Dr. E. Fletcher McClellan Dean of Faculty
ince the national party conventions met this past month, most polls show President Barack Obama with a small lead over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Obama appears to be in a strong position in key states such as California, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio. In order to capture the presidency, Romney will need to keep the Republican base in the South and Great Plains states and win nearly all the swing states, including Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin and Colorado. It mystifies conservatives that Romney is in the position of having to come from behind. From 2007 to 2010, Americans lost 40 percent of their Photo: Katie J. Brumbach net worth, placing them on a par with where they were in 1992. Unemployment remains stubbornly over eight percent. Voters are clearly not better off under Obama, yet they are supporting the president. What is going on? One explanation is that President Obama is simply running a better campaign than Romney. Early this summer the Obama campaign got a jump on the challenger by running a series of ads portraying Romney as an out-of-touch corporate raider who put personal gain and profits ahead of working people. More recently, Obama had better messengers at his convention (Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama) than did Romney at his (Clint Eastwood and chair). Another reason is that, though voters may be disappointed with Obama, they are genuinely concerned about what might happen under a Romney presidency. Romney’s economic plans – tax cuts for the rich and deregulation – sound distressingly similar to the policies under President George W. Bush that led to the Great Recession. Congressman Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, wants to voucherize Medicare and slash Medicaid. An unchecked Republican Congress will seriously consider anti-abortion bills that create separate categories for rape and “forcible” rape. A third rationale is that, when voters evaluate the performance of an incumbent president, they do not objectively calculate the difference between how things were at the start of a presidential term and how they are now at the end. Rather, they operate on a sense of whether things are getting better or worse. Voters know that President Obama did not bring about the near-collapse of the financial system or the deep recession that followed. Though much maligned, Obama’s economic stimulus program stopped the hemorrhaging of the economy and helped launch nearly 30 consecutive months of private job growth. An alternative explanation put forth by conservatives is that Obama’s support is based largely on emotional attachment by minorities who identify with his rise to power and by whites who are reluctant out of guilt to fire the nation’s first African-American president. Though there may be some truth to this charge, the matter is more complicated and requires more analysis. First, voting out of racial, ethnic or religious loyalty is nothing new. White majorities have dominated Southern politics for over a century. Catholics overwhelmingly supported JFK, the first Catholic president. However, now that minorities are becoming majorities in states such as California and Texas and are subsequently gaining a greater foothold in national politics, racial and ethnic voting is viewed by some as a threat to American values. Second, appeals to racial and ethnic identity and interests are not confined to Democrats. This year Republicans have made not-too-subtle references to racial stereotypes by calling Obama the “food stamp president” and making the bogus allegation that the Obama administration is eliminating the work requirement for welfare recipients. Third and lastly, the story of a boy from a racially-mixed heritage, brought up by a single mother and grandparents, climbing the ladder of opportunity through education and achieving the nation’s highest office is not a story that belongs to one group. Rather, the Obama narrative transcends race and validates the ideal of the American Dream. Though the Obama presidency has fallen short thus far of the wildly optimistic expectations that he helped raise, it has produced genuine achievements — expanding health care coverage to 30 million Americans; making unprecedented investments in education reform, clean energy and the infrastructure; cutting taxes for 95 percent of the population; rescuing the automobile industry, and paving the way for sustained economic growth well into the future. It is a record that thinking voters recognize, want to preserve, and reward with a second term of office.
Dr. W. Wesley McDonald Professor of Political Science
y most earthly measures, President Obama has no business being reelected,” admits liberal columnist Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, “No president since World War II has won reelection with the unemployment rate north of 7.4 percent. Of the presidents during that time who were returned to office, GDP growth has averaged 4.7 percent during the first nine months of the election year — more than double the current rate.” Armed with these grim statistics, Governor Romney should be sailing to certain victory this fall. Instead, he trails in most national polls. Why? One explanation is that those who have suffered the most under Obama’s economic policies are also the most enthralled by him. African-Americans, Photo: Katie J. Brumbach Hispanics, women and 18- to 29-year-olds overwhelmingly support Obama. Nevertheless, unemployment rates for African-Americans are 14 percent (if you separate out 18- to 29-year-olds it soars to 22.3 percent), Hispanics 10 percent, Millennials 12.7 percent, and women 12.6 percent. These figures don’t take into account those who stopped looking for work or the underemployed. Many jobless and poor are still enthralled by Obama. They remain committed to the first African-American president in whom they invested enormous hope and pride just four years ago. The promise of “hope and change” trumps their hapless personal situation. Realizing the challenge, the Republicans tried at their Convention to convince minorities, young voters and women to abandon their emotional attachment to Obama.. The GOP message was carefully crafted to not only tout their candidate, Mitt Romney, as a competent economic manager and a likeable fellow, but to put American voters into a frame of mind where they could give themselves permission to vote against Obama. As Clint Eastwood put it, “When somebody doesn’t do the job, you gotta let them go.” He is not a bad man, Sen. Marcus Rubio elaborated, but “a bad President.” While Obama is likeable, Romney argued, he is not the right man for the job. This election has become, as Obama correctly stated in his Convention acceptance speech, a “choice” between two vastly different visions of America’s future. The Democrats, as the party of government, favor collectivist solutions. In one of their Convention video presentations, the narrator intones, “the government is us” and “the government is the only thing we all belong to.” The Republican Party, by contrast, contends that even the most economically disadvantaged benefit when the size and scope of government is limited. To win, Romney must make, then, a persuasive moral case for constitutional government and the free market. He must articulate the fears of law-abiding and taxpaying voters alarmed by rising debt and job-killing government regulations. According to studies, nearly 50 percent of the population receives more in government benefits than it pays in taxes. Most are likely Obama voters. Obama panders to them when he derides achievement. Successful people don’t deserve rewards, he proclaims, because “Somebody else made that happen.” Mediocre people, be happy; Obama feels for you. If you fail, you are not to blame. The system failed you. Obama’s re-election would be a sad commentary on what we have become as a nation. A risk-free society where mediocrity is celebrated is a terrible prospect. Talented, hard-working people are discouraged when their labor goes unrewarded. When Obama calls for the rich to pay more taxes, he is pandering to the envy of the least successful. You won’t have to envy productive people any longer because the taxman will punish these over-achievers. The flow of government goodies can continue indefinitely. Why worry about the cost of government? After all, the rich can pay. They always have. The problem with redistribution schemes, though, is that eventually the government runs out of other people’s money. No wonder Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged” (1957), has re-emerged as a best-seller. Her depiction of an economically disintegrating society seems eerily real. The American people long for strong leadership. Unfortunately, neither candidate ideally fits the bill. Obama dishonestly deceives the American people with pleasing bromides. Romney, on the other hand, like Ford, Dole and McCain, is running a lackluster, risk-adverse campaign, offering few bold alternatives or specifics. Is Romney the ideal candidate for these times? Probably not. But, Obama’s robust leftist policies have not worked and cannot work. While Romney is admittedly uncool and uncharismatic, he at least understands the basic laws of economics and how to manage a business. That fact alone makes him the better candidate.
september 20, 2012 campus security
Commuter voices concern over lack of safety as a result of current parking policies
Kaitlin M. Koons Asst. Copy Editor
ost of us have probably heard or observed that there has been a decent amount of concern over parking restrictions for students on campus. The restrictions are frustrating for everyone involved, especially in that moment when you’re walking to your car and from 20 feet away you can already see that angry orange envelope stuck in your wiper blades. If I write nothing else meaningful and important in this article, let there be at least one thing: every student deserves to feel safe on campus. That goes for any student on any campus, regardless of age, gender, race or sexual orientation, and regardless of whether they live on campus or commute. As a commuter student, I’ve been growing increasingly frustrated with this parking issue. Not only are the current parking restrictions inconvenient, but more importantly, they’re also unsafe. I’m quite peeved by the fact that these parking policies seem to assume that commuters have no nightlife on campus. And really, how can we? We can’t park in the Church of the Brethren lot on weekends, and our only other options are the Leffler Chapel lot and Brown lot, both of which are located a considerable distance away from any dormitory or public building. If we’re coming to campus for an evening event, like a dance or a club meeting, or if we’re just coming to hang out with friends, we have to travel – on foot, and probably alone – through a fairly dark and sparsely-populated area of campus. There have been many times when I’ve felt anxious and unsafe when having to make this dark journey from the parking lot to my destination on campus. I know what some readers will say next: “You can call Campus Security and ask for an escort.” Yes, that is possible, in theory. But in reality, it’s not convenient. When I’m pulling into the parking lot to head to an event, meeting, or work, I usually don’t have time to wait for someone from security. Plus, that’s taking a resource away from the Security Office, a resource that might be put to better use elsewhere on campus. If every commuter student who comes on campus for a nightly event called for an escort, the Campus Security office would be empty. Recent construction around Lake Placida has also posed many problems for commuter students at the College. Many of us are concerned about the speed bumps that were installed in the Leffler Chapel parking lot, which feel like they’re going to crack your axel even at five miles per hour. Last Friday morning, both lanes of College Avenue were obstructed by construction vehicles, which rendered traffic immobile, and the entrance to the Leffler Chapel parking lot was blocked. Traffic was backed up to Alpha Drive. This
was the exact situation that led to my most recent parking ticket. I parked on Alpha Drive and was fined because I couldn’t get into Leffler. I could have waited who-knows-how-long for the construction vehicles to drive off, or I could have driven all the way to the other side of campus to park at the Church of the Brethren lot; but then, in either situation, I probably would have been an extra fifteen minutes late to my morning class, either by the time the road was cleared or by the time I could walk all the way back to Hoover from the lot. And after 4 p.m. on Friday, the Brethren lot is off limits to students, which means I would have had to go back and move my car again anyway. Parking in Leffler Chapel lot is also occasionally limited. Any time there is a community or public event at the Chapel, first priority is given to the visitors and attendees of these events, which then limits commuter parking to the Young Center lot, an area not nearly large enough to accommodate the number of students who commute to school. It takes extra time to walk from the Young Center lot to a class, time that we aren’t prepared to allow and time that we just don’t have when commuting to class in the morning. You might say, “Leave earlier.” But how do we know when a problem will arise? How do we know of the days on which to leave earlier? We can’t always be prepared for every unexpected circumstance. Unlike residential students, our punctuality and attendance is directly affected by car trouble, traffic, construction, and many other situations that residential students don’t have to contend with on a daily basis. Frankly, I think the majority of the policies are asinine, considering the multitude of displeasing circumstances. I’m now an assistant copy editor for the Etownian, and the Etownian office is in the BSC. Copy editors are required to work nightly hours. But even though the parking lot directly behind the BSC is virtually empty at dusk, I’m forbidden to park there because of my commuter status. Similarly, I’m an employee of the Office of Development and the High Library. The parking lot located behind these two buildings is also nearly empty at night, but even when I’m working a late shift, I’m restricted from parking there. Although I’m an employee of the College, I was denied application for a staff sticker that would allow me to park in these designated areas; so even when I took a proactive approach to try to park in conjunction with the policies, I was turned down. The bottom line for commuters is that the car has to go somewhere, and wherever we leave it, we have to eventually retrieve it. If we don’t feel secure in doing that, then something has to change. Let me be clear: I respect Security and the job that they do. I don’t blame the guy who’s scribbling down my make-and-model information onto the orange envelope. I blame the policies, and the policies need to be rewritten.
PUT YOUR RECORDS ON Alexa N. Viscardi Columnist
Genre: Indie Folk My Rating: Raw and talented, Avalanche City combines genius lyrics with inventive instrumentation to produce an album that is a surefire pick-me-up. n case there was any doubt, I listen to a lot of music. Typically, I have to listen to a band or a song more than once in order to get a feel for the sound. When I came across Avalanche City, though, from the first note I knew this was going to be one of the bands I liked right off the bat, no questions asked. Entirely self-taught singer-songwriter from Auckland, NZ Dave Baxter started Avalanche City as a solo music project. Baxter taught himself to play a number of instruments, including the viola, piano and glockenspiel, while also teaching himself to sing, using a recording device to play back his songs and critique his own work. Baxter used an abandoned country home north of Auckland as his first recording studio, allowing his music to fill the high-ceilinged rooms. His first album, “Our New Life Above the Ground” was the result. It was entirely written, performed, recorded and produced by Baxter and released in April 2011. The album was free to download from his website for roughly four months, and nearly 11,000 downloads later, Baxter is
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On the Turntable: Avalanche City
thrilled with the success.“I just wanted people to have it,” Baxter explained. “I’d worked so hard making this album and if I’d sold it, it would have only reached a few hundred people. I just cared so much more about people having it, listening to it, sharing it with their friends and hopefully identifying with the songs.” Man, I wish more people felt this way about their music. Songs “Go” and “Love Love Love” from Avalanche City’s “Love Love Love” EP were immediate favorites for me due to their upbeat lyrics and irresistible rhythm that I can’t help but tap my foot to. The ukulele used in the majority of his songs gives them such a sunny, care-free vibe, and Baxter’s vocals are superb. Avalanche City currently performs live with a full band but remains a solo project from the mind of Baxter. His lyrics ring with sincerity and are full of heart and imagination. Avalanche City has an exciting, creative future ahead, and the music is sure to spark inspiration in listeners.
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september 20, 2012
Team taps offensive power against Wilkes, scores four goals Jason R. Kelley Staff Writer
Photo: Robert I. Graham
Two Blue Jays battle against the goalie to head the ball into the net. Etown is hopeful they will be able to keep up their offensive momentum they had against Wilkes for the rest of the season.
he Elizabethtown College men’s soccer team showed their dominance this past Saturday as they defeated the Wilkes University Colonels 4 to 1 on Ira R. Herr Field. Due to an early goal by the Colonels, the Blue Jays were chasing instead of playing; however, that quickly turned around. Etown senior Adriano Maneo, center midfielder, got the first chance to even the score with a corner kick. Striking the ball perfectly, Maneo hit his teammate, junior Kyle Volk, who used his head to get the ball through. The Blue Jays bench erupted as the ball passed the keeper. “I practice that shot a lot and it’s one of our best plays,” Maneo said after the game. “I put the ball where it needed to be and my teammate knew where it was going.” The Jays had much success from corner kicks this Saturday. The Blue Jays did not stop there as junior Luis Devia scored the Jays’ second goal of the game two minutes later. He dribbled past two opponents, leaving a shot from 18 feet out. This was Devia’s first goal of the season, and it gave the Jays a 2-1 lead. A fire was sparked for the rest of the game as Etown started to dominate Wilkes with ball possession and key passing. Smart play was the key to victory for the Jays, as they knew where and when to be at the right time. In the 44th minute, the Jays struck their third goal of the game as first-year Shane Votto connected with first-year Cal Graziano on a nice lead pass, setting up the successful strike on goal. The Jays were in the driver’s seat the rest of the game as Wilkes could not manage to find the back of the net. Nearing the end of the first half, Wilkes
seemed shocked and confused as the Jays kept the shots coming. Etown added another goal as the second half got underway. This goal was to demoralize the Colonels and set the tone for the rest of the game. In the 47th minute, the Jays got another chance at a corner kick. First-year Martin Fevre sent a laser into the middle of the box, as he connected with junior Zach Lee for another header for a goal. Etown looked very smooth on their corner kick attempts. “We felt confident going into the game,” Maneo said. “We knew it was a game we had to win and should win. I’m happy with the way we played.” Despite the early goal against them, which Maneo claims was “lucky,” Etown was able to bounce back quickly. “The first half we were a little sloppy. We allowed an early goal, but that didn’t stop us from coming right back at them. We’re really starting to mesh as a team and find all the missing pieces.” Etown’s goalkeepers looked very sharp despite the goal early on; both sophomore Justin Signora and first-year Rodrigo Barrera had two saves for the Jays. The Jays faced 16 shots, while the Wilkes goalie faced 15. The Blue Jays improved their overall record to 2-3-1 and have a lot of momentum going into their next game. Etown traveled to face the Neumann University Knights in Aston, Pa. on Wednesday. “I am very confident,” Maneo said. “They are a good team but we can beat them.” While the Blue Jays didn’t lose to Neumann, they didn’t win either. After two overtime periods, the score remained tied at 0-0. Although both teams had many opportunities to score, the two goalies were up to the task. Barrera tallied six saves in the tie. The Jays face off against Misericordia University this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Etown.
Benefits, disadvantages of adding football program weighed Alexis L. Morris Sports Editor
Since then, many changes have occured at Etown. For one thing, the Church of the Brethren completely released any governance roles at the College in 1993. Now only 8 of the 42 s September moves along, thoughts turn to dreams of Board of Trustees positions must be members of the Church. crisper autumn weather, complete with crunchy leaves and Obviously the influence of the Brethren heritage is not as strong pumpkin-flavored treats. For me, fall brings about one of my now as it was in 1899, although peace and nonviolence are favorite times of year: Homecoming. Although I have always still extremely important values that the College tries to fully had a blast with Elizabethtown College’s Homecoming celebra- integrate into campus life. Still some may argue that football is too violent of a sport. To refute that argument, I ask, have you tions, I still miss the traditional homecoming football game. In the Middle Atlantic Conference, Albright College, Dela- ever seen a men’s lacrosse game? There isn’t tackling, but the ware Valley College, Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham University, men hit each other with sticks. I would say the violence level King’s College, Lebanon Valley College, Lycoming College, Mi- of the two is pretty comparable. Regardless of whether football is too violent or not, the sericordia University, Stevenson University, Widener University and Wilkes University all have football programs. Although we next issue is the expense of college football programs. To get a do not have a program at Etown, many students often wonder football program, Etown would need to make serious investments into improving our current athletic facilities and adding why we don’t have a football team. A reason that we often hear for Etown not having a football additional facilities. Also, a coaching staff would need to be team is because of our Brethren heritage. According to Athletic hired, including strength and conditioning coaches. Our athDirector Nancy Latimore, “In the early years, I assume that foot- letic training staff would need to be augmented in addition to ball didn’t fit in well with the College’s mission, and emphasis on the rehabilitation resources. With the ever-increasing demand peace and non-violence.” And yes, it is true that the Church of for money from our academic departments, our other campus the Brethren does have many peace-oriented values, but these facilities and our campus residences, those extra funds could values are not necessarily applicable anymore. According to be hard to come by. On the other hand, those costs could be quickly absorbed the College’s website, in Etown’s beginning years, any type of athletic competition was frowned upon by the administration. with the addition of the football program. The NCAA’s most However, by the 1920s, students were vying for a change, and in recent Division III Intercollegiate Athletics Programs Report 1928, Ira R. Herr was named the school’s first athletic director. — which was released in 2010 with data compiled from 20042009 — specifically looks at schools in two groups: those with football programs and those without football programs. According to the report, “median total expenses for football schools have increased by 67 percent since 2004; total expenses for nonfootball schools have increased by 94 percent over the same time period.” Also, the growth of the expenses per student-athlete is only 49 percent for football schools, while non-football schools face an 81 percent increase for the same statistic. While the report does acknowledge that football is, without a doubt, the costliest sport, these costs would be offset by revenue generated from the program. However, the MAC does not charge for regular season games, and ticket sales are a large revenue for the football games. How would our football team then be able to raise some of TO RECEIVE those lucrative funds? Another issue at hand is the current sports programs at Etown. How would they fare against the superstar football team? While it is fairly obvious that 650 N. Prince St • Lancaster • 717-509-HITS football would draw attendance, attention and resources away from other www.lancasterbarnstormers.com
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teams, there are no statistics to support such a claim. “It is also a very expensive sport to sponsor, so it takes a big chunk out of any athletics budget, making fewer resources available for all the other sport programs,” Latimore said. “One of the reasons that all 20 of our Blue Jay sport programs are successful is that we are able to support all of our programs reasonably well. We aren’t investing an inordinate amount in one program.” The issue certainly is one with many pros and cons, and no decision can be made without careful consideration of the benefits and disadvantages. Personally, I think it would be a good investment for Etown to add a football program to its
“It is also a very expensive sport to sponsor, so it takes a big chunk out of any athletics budget, making fewer resources available for all the other sports programs. One of the reasons that all 20 of our Blue Jay sport programs are successful is that we are able to support all of our programs reasonably well.” ~ Nancy Latimore
repertoire of teams; however, this implementation should not occur until far into the future. We cannot add another team until we can improve our athletic facilities, particularly with the addition of a field house. However, if those changes are not made within the foreseeable future, Etown will find itself being passed up for other institutuons by quality students looking for a more traditional homecoming celebration.
september 20, 2012
S T R SPO BUzz
THIS WEEK’S TOP SPORTS HEADLINES in Etown athletics... Junior Traci Tempone has captured the Middle Atlantic Conference Runner of the Week title for the second week in a row after winning the Misericordia Cougar Classic. She was nine seconds ahead of the second place runner, and with such a commanding performance, Tempone is looking favorable to repeat as the MAC champion in October. Sophomore Taylor Alwine was awarded the Commonwealth Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week award after contributing to two Etown wins with a goal and two assists. The field hockey team continues their climb in the national polls, with their most recent ranking coming in at 14. Sophomore golfer Ryan Laudemen finished in a tie for second place at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational last weekend. His par 71 score was his career-best performance for the Blue Jays.
in the NCAA... By now it’s old news that the University of Notre Dame has joined the Atlantic Coast Conference; however, college football analysts are staying busy discussing the chances of Notre Dame joining the ACC in football as well. As ESPN analyst Gene Wojciechowski put it, “From a football standpoint, Notre Dame is the British Empire during its waning days. The sun has all but set on ND’s status as the nation’s preeminent program.” Although this change certainly will not come within the next five years, Wojciechowski puts the joint of Notre Dame football and the ACC coming within the next 12 years.
in the pros... On Tuesday, it was announced that Yunel Escobar, a shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays, was suspended for three games after wearing a gay slur on his eye black during a Sept. 15 game against the Boston Red Sox. The pay that Escobar will lose during his suspension will be donated to a team-affiliated charity and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. I wonder what Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbedjo would say about this incident. Ayanbedjo has become a large public figure in the fight for same-sex marriage, especially when a Maryland state legislator recently publicly criticized Ayanbedjo’s stance and asked the Ravens to prohibit their players from making such statements. It’s no secret that the entire NFL and its fans are extremely upset with the replacement officials who have been botching recent games. However, players could be putting up with them for a few more weeks, for a five-week schedule has been issued in the event that labor disputions are not resolved. NFL referees have been on strike since the beginning of the season.
Women split at Old Friends Crossover Katherine G. Pebley Staff Writer
he Elizabethtown College women’s volleyball team continues to live up to the goal of erasing the bad memories from last year’s losing season with hard work and the determination to get to the Commonwealth Conference playoffs. Head Coach Randall Kreider believes the season is much different this year because they have a different roster, they work harder and they are seeing better results. “One of the keys to this year is how we’re a family,” Kreider said. “We can do this athletically, but it’s also about how we manage personalities and come together as a group.” Last Friday, in the Old Friends Crossover in Bethlehem, Pa., the Blue Jays first fell in a close match with the Moravian College Greyhounds and then rallied to defeat the Susquehanna University Crusaders. Both teams were in the same conference as the Jays at one point, so the teams have been playing each other for 15 to 20 years and there are no secrets between them, according to Kreider. During the match against the Greyhounds, first-year Tori Brokaw and Juliana Mowen led Etown in kills, both women earning double figure kills for the first time as Blue Jays. Junior Carolyn Lukiewski had the match high with 23 digs, while sophomore Taylor Beck had 10 digs and first-year Mary Clyne set for the team with 32 assists. The scores from the match with the Greyhounds were 25-19, 18-25, 11-25, 25-14, 13-15. Moravian made out with a close win at 3-2. The victory over the Crusaders was a rougher match, lasting two hours and eight minutes. Sophomore Kelci Scannapieco and senior Holly Bubb led the Jays offensively, Scannapieco recording 11 kills and Bubb, 10. Clyne continued her assists from the last match, raking up 12 before first-year Steph High stepped in to get 28 more assists for the Jays. The result of the length of the game was high dig numbers for Lukiewski, High and first-year Shannon Deck, with 38, 25 and 12 digs, respectively. The scores against the Crusaders were 25-23, 21-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-11. The Jays won the match 3-2. Senior Lindsay Palm knows that the team is more determined to win every game because of last year’s losing season. Lukiewski agreed, stating, “It’s nice to play competitive teams. And this year is a change: a change of attitude, a change of girls and a change of our work ethic.”
Palm continued, “If we stay focused and continue our work ethic, this season will really come together.” “We’re still building to our peak,” Lukiewski said. “And it’s good that we haven’t reached our peak yet in the season.” Their goal is to reach the Commonwealth Conference playoffs. “That’s really the first step,” Kreider said. “We would really like to see this team, our seniors, get there. They deserve that.” The Jays just had a match at Etown on Wednesday against a Commonwealth Conference opponent, the Arcadia University Knights. “They’re an interesting team this year,” Kreider said. The Jays easily handled the Knights in the first two sets, winning both 25-13. Arcadia made a legitimate attempt at a comeback
in the third set, but Etown was still able to tally the third and final win, 25-20. This win keeps the team’s undefeated conference record alive. This is Kreider’s 11th season as head coach, and the win against Arcadia gives him 208 win in his career coaching the Jays. “It feels good,” Kreider admitted, “but it’s always been about the players. It’s nice to remember all the players who have contributed to those wins.” Up next for the team is the Days Inn Blue Jay Classic Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 at Etown. The women will take on the York College Spartans Friday at 3:30 p.m., the University of Rochester Yellowjackets 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Hamilton College Continentals 11:00 a.m. Saturday and the Bridgewater College Eagles 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
Photo: Athletic Communications
Senior Lindsay Palm flies above the net to spike the ball. The Blue Jays had been strong in the conference thus far, winning both matches against Commonwealth opponents.
Jays no strangers to overtime; team ties three games this season Sam Ceron Staff Writer
were unable to capitalize. In the 15th minute, the Jays came close on a corner but sophomore Kendra Mancino could not get a oming off a one-goal draw foot to put it through to the goal. A in double overtime with rival few minutes later, first-year forward Franklin & Marshall College last Samantha Small fired a shot from Wednesday, the Elizabethtown Coloutside the box, but Goodman got a lege women’s soccer team put their hand on the ball for a fantastic save. unbeaten streak on the line against The clearest opportunity for the the Eastern University Eagles. Blue Jays was right before the half when first-year Deanna Slater received a through ball but the Eastern defense was too much for the for ward. Wit h seconds to go in the first half, Eastern received a free kick right outside the box, and it was Goodman who rifled it past Blue Jay senior goalkeeper Jess Manchak to put the Eagles up one goal to zero at the half. Photo: Robert I. Graham In the second First-year Kaceyanne Cerankowski sprints past two defenders.According to Head Coach half, the Jays came Jason Petronis, Cerankowski is one out of a group first-year players making large impacts out with the inon the field.
In the last two games, the Blue Jays have averaged almost 30 shots per game, and they did not let up in their game on Saturday as they racked up 23 more shots with 10 of them testing Eastern’s senior goalkeeper Alysia Goodman. Throughout the first half of the game, the Blue Jays were able to cross the ball into the box; however, they
tention of scoring early. First-year Kaceyanne Cerankowski had a great opportunity right away, but once again, Goodman came off her line for the huge save to preserve the shutout. That wouldn’t last long, as in the 59th minute, first-year Trisha Clark received a pass from senior Laura Wingert, and shot it right past Goodman to tie the game at one goal apiece. In the 68th minute, Cerankowski snuck past three defenders and crossed it in, but nobody was in the box to put it home. Exactly like their previous meeting a year ago, both teams could not capitalize in 90 minutes, so the game went into overtime. In overtime, first-year Eryn Henderson got a great through ball and went one-on-one with Goodman; however, Goodman came up big with another save for the Eagles. Eastern got a great opportunity from a corner as the ball bounced out of the box to Ashley Graybill but went just wide. Mancino got an opportunity from outside the box for the Jays but it went over Goodman’s head and out of play. First-year Lauren Fredericks also had a shot on goal, however it went just wide. Junior Alyssa Koplin believes the team executed the game plan well. “We played really well and had
control of most of the game through finding one another.” As the team moves into the conference, Koplin believes the team will improve after each game. “We are getting better every game and are learning new things about our team as we move forward. Each game is important in learning what we need to fine tune to get ready for the tough competition in our conference,” she said. The Blue Jays look to stay unbeaten as they head into Thursday’s matchup on the road at Moravian College. Head Coach Jason Petronis took a lot of positives from the game as the team moves forward and closer to conference play. “I think we played well, we continued to improve and play well as a team. We just need to put the ball in the net,” he said. Petronis will not change his game plan against Moravian. “The team is looking good; we are getting more comfortable with our team,” he said. With many younger players stepping up, Petronis has given them major roles early in their Blue Jay careers. “Trisha Clark is a special player and playing center mid. Samantha Small is also a big contributor to our lineup out wide. Kaceyanne [Cerankowski] is also another player who is playing significant minutes,” he said.
page 12 field hockey
september 20, 2012
Jays prove to be tough opponents for nationally-ranked teams FIELD HOCKEY from page 1
Elly M. McCarthy Staff Writer
he Elizabethtown College field hockey team continued their streak of knocking off nationally-
ranked teams with a win over No. 13, Lynchburg College this past Saturday. The No. 14 Blue Jays entered into the ranking themselves for the first time since 2009 thanks to the first Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll of the 2012 season. After starting the season with a win over No. 10 Franklin & Marshall College, the
Photo: Katie J. Brumbach
The field hockey team waits to be introduced at their game.The team’s close-knit mentality contributed to their national ranking this season.
Jays fought hard for each win; five of their last six games were decided with two goals or less. Sophomore Kendie Hudson said of the Jays’ ranking, “Being number 14 in the country is an accomplishment but it’s not the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is being number one in the nation and winning the national championship. We are taking it one game at a time and we want to continue to keep putting wins on the board.” This past Saturday’s game did just that with a win coming off the goals of sophomores Taylor Alwine and Andrea Keady. The Jays dominated early on with a corner at 5:28 from senior Casey Fletcher to Alwine for her first goal of the season. The Jays kept the pressure on throughout the first half, holding Lynchburg to only two shots in the first 17 minutes. In the next two minutes, Lynchburg earned three corners, but again the Jays’ defense prevailed, headed by seniors Sam Earle and goalie Lindy Hamp. Hamp kicked away one of the two shots taken during the corners. Hamp said, “Our defense has an incredible connection. We’re able to communicate and work
together in the most efficient ways to keep the ball out of our circle. As a goalie, I can absolutely count on them.” Etown kept the pressure and extended their lead to 2-0. Alwine carried the ball to the right corner and slammed a pass across the field. Keady was able to get her stick on the ball amidst the Lynchburg defense and deflect it past Lynchburg goalie Hannah Myers. Keady’s second goal of the season also gave Alwine her second assist of the season. Etown’s defense would continue to play at the highest level, but Lynchburg was not going to remain scoreless throughout the game. At 28:04, one of the ten shots Lynchburg had on goal found its way into the left side of the cage just outside of Hamp’s reach. The remainder of the game, although scoreless, was not uneventful. Lynchburg continued to pressure the Jays with a few corners in the second half. It was not until the last minute of the game that Lynchburg truly threatened to score. Throughout the game the referee’s whistle was unheard by the players, which lead to an early Lynchburg pen-
Runners grab first place at Misericordia Cougar Classic Julie M. Creveling Staff Writer
lizabethtown College’s cross-country teams continued their stellar performances at the Misericordia Cougar Classic on Saturday, Sept. 15. They took first place out of 14 teams, with a total of 36 points. Overall, the Blue Jays had seven women and eight men finish in the top 20 for their separate races. The teams’ total time was 2:16:51.42. Lebanon Valley College was only 0:03:90.56 behind, placing themselves in second. First-year Jasmine Boyle described her expectations for the races prior to their meet: “We are looking to improve individual performance, as well as team, and race smarter throughout the course.” That is exactly what they did. Both the men and women continued to push themselves to reach the goals they made during practice. Junior Traci Tempone placed first for the women’s race, running six kilometers with a time of 23:14.84. Fellow Blue Jays junior Eileen Cody and senior Tar yn Shank placed fourth and sixth, respectively. The men had to run eight kilometers but did just as well. Junior Stephen Welsh and senior Aaron Focht placed second and third, respectively. The men were 00:10.52 seconds apart with times of 27:01.23 and 27:11.75. Welsh described how he and Focht worked together throughout the course. They began running with each other in the first few miles and pushed each other to finish the race as strong as they could. However, Welsh believes “there’s always some room for friendly competition.” Nevertheless, Welsh did not forget to point out that in
the end, they are all on the same team and seeing his teammates succeed is only an encouragement. The Jays’ schedule continues Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Dickinson College Long-Short Invitational. The following Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. the Jays can be found at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio. The Jays will host their
“Right now our expectations for the rest of the season are to keep the positive energy up and really help to support one another and push each other to run faster, and as always hope to do well in postseason meets to make regionals and nationals.” ~ Jasmine Boyle
first meet on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. with the Battle for the Buggy in Hershey, Pa. Boyle has an optimistic view of what the rest of the season will be like: “Right now our expectations for the rest of the season are to keep the positive energy up and really help to support one another and push each other to run faster, and as always hope to do well in post-season meets to make regionals and nationals.”
Sept. 20 Women’s: @ Moravian
Sept. 21 Penn State Harrisburg Invitational York Rochester
Sept. 22 PS-Harrisburg Invitational Messiah Hamilton Bridgewater Men’s: Misericordia Women’s: @ Haverford
alty and in the last minute of the game sophomore Kaylee Werner received that same penalty, leaving Etown down a player. Lynchburg was ready to capitalize and pushed forward against the Jays. With seven seconds left, Lynchburg made one final desperation shot, where they were fouled as time expired. When a foul occurs within the circle as time expires, the shooting team is allowed a non-timed corner and can continue shooting until a goal is scored or the ball is cleared by the defense. Lynchburg’s corner took less than 10 seconds to complete as the ball was passed to the left side where senior Nadine Yunginger sprung out to clear the ball and end the game. Yunginger said, “I knew I had to stop the ball and quick. They are a good team and we had to fight for every goal. It’s not surprising we had to fight to the last second to win. Sam [Earle] was there the whole time motivating us and calming us down. We would not have been able to stop them without her leadership on defense.” The Jays kepty their winning streak alive with a 2-0 win over King’s College Sept. 19.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Alexis L. Morris Sports Editor
Sophomore Kelci Scannapieco is killing the Blue Jays’ competition — literally. In her first season of playing with Etown, Scannapieco is third on the team in kills with 74. In their most recent win against Susquehanna, she led the team with 11. Her height has been a huge asset to the team, and alongside senior Holly Bubb, the two are quite a blocking pair. Scannapieco has registered 38 blocks for the season, while Bubb has 29.
Photo: Robert I. Graham
Major/Concentration: Corporate Communications Hometown: York, Pa. Favorite musician/band: Kings of Leon Favorite athlete/sports team: Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers and Phillies; Duke Blue Devils Favorite Jay’s Nest item: Pierogies Biggest fear: Heights Favorite movie: “Dumb and Dumber,” “The Goonies,” and “Wedding Crashers” Favorite place to visit: Grandma’s house
Hardly anyone knows that ... I have the two most adorable dogs in the entire world. In 10 years, I want to be … happily married with a steady job in public relations. Favorite Etown memory: All memories made with my crazy friends! Greatest Etown accomplishment: Making Dean’s List Greatest volleyball accomplishment: Making the All-State team and being named Player of the Year my senior year of high school I started playing volleyball at age ... 13.
Sept. 25 York @ Widener
Sept. 26 Men’s: @ Susquehanna Women’s: @ Misericordia