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The Etownian


Vol. 109. Issue 10

Thursday, November 29, 2012







Cable’s final buzzer shot wins first College partners season victory for men’s basketball with universities

for homelessness awareness events Alyssa F. Broda Staff Writer


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The Jays’ win over Susquehanna University marked the men’s basketball team’s first victory for the 2012-2013 season, leaving the program with a 1-3 overall record.

lizabethtown College, in addition to Millersville University, Franklin & Marshall College and the United Way of Lancaster, provided activities to raise awareness for National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week, Nov. 10 through the Nov. 18. Phalanx, Etown’s men’s a cappella singing group, performed on Nov. 15 at the Ware Center in Lancaster. Phalanx taught the children to beat box and allowed them to join the group on stage. The Center for Community and Civic Engagement


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Marathon Dance Club raises money, awareness for pediatric cancer

Sarah M. Giampietro Staff Writer


new group called Elizabethtown College D ance Marat hon club has begun for students to work together toward raising aw are ne ss and mone y for the Angel 34 Foundation for pediatric cancer. Although Elizabethtown College seems to have an ever-growing number of clubs on campus each year, this club is different than the usual fitness or religious clubs that are formed. Because the group was just formed, they are still working on brainstorming different ways to raise money. The club was founded by a student who transferred from Purdue University to Etown and was inspired by the dance club at her previous school. She and a few close friends joined together to start up the dance marathon group because they believe it is something fun to do while also helping others. “It will further support the college’s motto ‘Educate for Service’”, vice president and sophomore Caitlyn Whirt said. Along with Whirt, first-year Beonca Brown, treasurer, and sophomore Joe Hernandez, historian, are the other leading members of the club. Since they

are new to the school, they are still in need of two more members to fill the president and secretary positions. When the leadership roles are filled, the organization will be able to plan faster and think of more

Since THON is well established, we are looking to it for the means to create and start up a mini-Thon here [at Etown].

~ Caitlyn Whirt

ideas for ways to host events and fundraisers. Inspired by Penn State’s THON, they are planning to create a miniature version of their club in the College community. The club’s main goal is to work together to raise money for pediatric cancer p at i e nt s by g at he r i ng t he community to help fight for the cause. A smaller goal of theirs is to first gain more members so there are more to help. SEE DANCE PAGE 3

provided crafts and snacks for the children attending the concert. Lancaster County Day School took pictures for the Faces of Homeless exhibit for additional awareness of homelessness in Lancaster. P h a l a n x ’s c o n c e r t generated four boxes of food for the Lancaster County Council of Churches Food Bank and the Water Street Food Bank. In addition to donated items, the concert raised $711 to benefit the Council of Churches and the Coalition’s Heading Home Fund. SEE HUNGER PAGE 2

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Club Red, disaster relief group, offers assistance to victims of Sandy Melissa N. Nanna Staff Writer


lizabethtown College’s Club Red began this last spring semester by senior Sarah Creme. The club is under the guidance of the American Red Cross, an organization that responds to natural and man-made disasters in the U.S. These types of disasters include hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and hazardous material spills. People affected by these disasters count on the Red Cross to help them out in their time of need and provide shelter, food and health services. The Red Cross counts on donors or groups such as Club Red to help fulfill its mission. Creme decided to start the club after she did an internship during the summer of 2011 at the Red Cross national headquarters in Washington DC. During the internship, she fell in love with the mission of the organization

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Club Red, a new group started by senior Sarah Creme, works with the American Red Cross to offer support to community members affected by natural disasters.

and the work that the Red Cross was doing throughout the nation. Creme is also an AmeriCorps scholar. Because she is an AmeriCorps scholar, Creme

had to pick a primary organization as her focus for volunteering. SEE RED PAGE 3


Foreign affairs experts host Ware Seminar on current crisis in Syria

Erin E. McLaughlin Staff Writer


he 2012 Ware Seminar, Conflict in Syria, was held on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the Susquehanna Room at Elizabethtown College. The Judy S. ‘68 and Paul W. Ware Colloquium on Peacemaking and Global Citizenship sponsored the event.

Each year, the Judy and Paul Ware Colloquium provide a seminar that focuses on international issues of timely importance. This year’s seminar was designed to invite all students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to attend the seminar where they were educated on the current crisis in Syria. The Seminar also allowed those interested to voice

their opinion about whether the United States Military should become involved in the Syrian Civil War. Three panelists led the 2012 Ware Seminar. Each presenter has an expertise in foreign affairs with wide backgrounds in Middle Eastern affairs. SEE SEMINAR PAGE 2

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Phalanx group hosts charity concert for food bank, home fund

Center of Community, Civic Engagement support participating charities The Heading Home Fund provides funding for projects that increase permanent and affordable housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness as well as aid projects that support a “housing first” approach. According to the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness, evidence indicates the most successful way to end homelessness is to immediately move an individual or family into housing without the use of a shelter. A “housing first” approach focuses on finding permanent housing as quickly as possible. Also highlighted at the event was O’Crocs Window of Awareness, an art installation to raise awareness about homeless children in Lancaster County. The piece of art, featuring decorated Croc shoes was part of an O Magazine sponsored contest won by The Sole Challenge, a non-profit organization in Lancaster. Kevin Lehman of the Lancaster Creative Factory created the outline of a house, which held 100 pairs of Crocs. The shoes will then be donated to the Lancaster Creative Factory after the display. The National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is sponsored nationally by the National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness and the National Coalition for the Homeless. In 2010, the National Coalition for the Homeless formed the first National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Planning Committee. The committee formed at the request of the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness to develop the local plans for the Coalition to support this event locally. Because the universities are a national sponsor, the committee reached out to local schools in Lancaster County. This year, the committee featured representatives from Lancaster County Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Early Intervention, one of the lead agencies for the Coalition’s Heading Home Fund. In addition, United Way of Lancaster County, Etown, Courtesy Photo Millersville University, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster County Day School, Lancaster Bible College and Harrisburg Area Community College The concert put on by members of Elizabethtown College’s Phalanx a cappella group raised four boxes worth of food and $711 for the Lancaster County Council of Churches Food Bank and the Coalition’s Heading Home Fund. all helped in the effort.



Ware Seminar features Davis, Ozkanca, Craig as panelists for Conflict in Syria discussion The experts that were invited to the College to sit on the seminar’s panel include Dr. Joyce Davis, president of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg; Dr. Oya Ozkanca, assistant professor of political science and director of the international studies minor at the College; and Ambassador John B. Craig, ambassador-in-residence at Etown’s the Center for Global Citizenship and past United States assistant to the President and senior director of Combatting Terrorism under George W. Bush Speaking at the College for the 2012 Ware Seminar gave Davis, Ozkanca and Craig the opportunity to spread awareness and properly educate the audience on Syria’s endeavors and the implications on the rest of the world. Those who attended the public seminar included students, staff and faculty members of the College as well as members of the community. Each of the three panelists presented different aspects and positions to properly inform the audience of the situation in Syria from varying points of view. Craig gave a brief political history of Syria and Davis examined the current events in Syria and discussed the consequences of outside intervention. Ozkanca further explained how Syria’s actions are affecting the immediate neighbors of the country, specifically the impact on the country of Turkey. The main goal for the 2012 Ware seminar was to raise the awareness of this international issue within the College community and to discuss the spiraling situation in Syria. Craig explained the significance of the Ware Seminar’s discussion of Syria. “The seminar provides the opportunity for the College community to discuss issues involved in deciding whether the United States should get involved militarily in Syria to stop the fighting and change the regime,” Craig said. The 2012 Ware Seminar consisted of two parts. First, the panelists each made their presentations and then, they opened up the discussion on Syria to questions and comments from the audience. By the time of the open discussion, the panelists presented a large amount of factual information to help the audience understand and examine the current situation in Syria and form an educated perspective and an accurate personal opinion on the subject. The Judy S. ‘68 and Paul W. Ware Colloquium on Peacemaking and Global Citizenship was established in 2005. The goal of the annual seminar is to increase the engagement of students with international affairs and to encourage the College to adopt an interest in international affairs while better explaining how international conflicts, specifically those occurring in Syria, affect the United States. The Ware Seminar combines the College’s international education goals with those of creating meaningful life work with the College’s Brethren heritage commitment to peace, non-violence and human dignity. The event was held in the Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall. For more information about the 2012 Ware Seminar or the conflict in Syria, contact Kay Wolf, administrative assistant of the Center of Global Citizenship at

Organization aims to further clarify Medical Amnesty Policy to students, discusses annual Adopt an Angel drive Kristen N. Lacaillade Executive Cabinet Vice President of Student Senate Courtesy Photo

Dr. Oya Ozkanca is an assistant professor of political science and director of the international studies minor.

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John Craig served as the senior director for Combating Terrorism under George W. Bush.

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Dr. Joyce Davis is the president of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and has worked for National Public Radio.


wo weeks ago, Senate held its Town Hall Meeting to discuss old business, with the main order of business being the discussion and promotion of the Medical Amnesty Policy that has been newly implemented on Etown’s campus. This policy, which has been mentioned time and time again, is not yet clearly advertised to the campus community as explained by students who attended the meeting. Senate is working on effective and informative ways to assure that this policy is easily understandable and utilized to its potential. Hand in hand with Jamie Valis, director of student health and wellness, Senate plans to hold several fun and engaging activities and information sessions to assure that students not only understand the policy’s purpose, but are clear about how to implement it in the case that it is needed. Any suggestions on how to best advertise this policy of much importance to the campus community by students, staff or faculty of the college are welcomed to the Student Senate email account. Senate’s annual Adopt an Angel drive continues to take place from now until the end of this week. If you chose to participate in this year’s program, gifts for your chosen angel are due by the end of this week to the lovely employees in the Mail Services window. Please be sure to let them know you are dropping off Adopt an Angel gifts so that they are able to put them aside for your assigned child for the holidays. Senate would like to thank all who participated in this year’s program! If you are still interested in Adopting an Angel or want to learn more about helping out this holiday season, email SENATE@ by the end of this week. As Senate rounds out the end of the fall semester, we would all like to wish each and every student good luck in the last few weeks of the semester. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it’s never too late to contact the Center for Student Success to get yourself back on track or to take a small mental health break. Many activities will be available through numerous departments as de-stress outlets in the upcoming weeks, so be on the lookout for those fun and relaxing events. As always, Senate welcomes student questions, comments and concerns. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have an issue on campus you would like to see resolved. Our suggestion box and email are great ways to get in contact with us or simply mentioning your concern to a Senator would be a great way as well. Good luck over the next few weeks Blue Jays!


November 29, 2012



ITS announces future Print Release Stations

Jill A. Norris News Editor


s many students, faculty members and staff members are focusing on the completion of the fall 2012 semester, others are concentrating on the upcoming spring 2013 semester and new projects scheduled to begin then. Print Release Stations will be one of the new initiatives scheduled to begin in January. They are intended to improve the lives of students by allowing them to electronically send documents to the Print Release Stations and later retrieve their printed

papers at various points on campus with a swipe of their ID card. These stations will be located in the Masters Center for Science, Mathematics and Engineering, Nicarry Hall, Brossman Commons, and the High Library. “We are still in the process of testing the functionality of print release stations and we are hoping to have them available for the spring semester,” said Brian Helm, director of client services for Information and Technology Services (ITS). ITS will provide the campus community with additional information about the Print Release Stations once further testing is completed.

Photo: Katie J. Brumbach

The new Print Release Stations, scheduled to be running by the start of the spring 2013 semester, will allow students to print documents from their dorm rooms.

Club Red works with nonprofit organization, LendA-Hand, to aid community Creme, with her friends senior Caitlin Cecco and senior Elyse Archambeault, looked at some of the work that the Red Cross was already working on and together the girls figured out what they could do to help out the College and the surrounding community. Since the Red Cross is known for its disaster relief, the club helps with whatever they can. The group has worked with a nonprofit organization called Lend-A-Hand, which also works with disaster relief. Lend-A-Hand has over 3,000 volunteers who help the uninsured rebuild their homes damaged by wind, water or fire. Club Red has helped the organization rebuild homes damaged by the flood in Sept. 2011. They worked mostly in Lebanon, Pa. in a few different houses, where they did a lot of removal of items that had been damaged by the flood. Recently, the group helped in the rebuilding phase by painting and sealing homes that were damaged. Last year and again this year, Club Red hosted a family safety night at the local fire house. This involved children in preschool to fourth grade. The children were able to play in different rescue vehicles and see different gear firemen, police and EMS personnel wear. They also ran a smoke trailer where the trailer filled with smoke and an alarm went off. The firemen then showed the children how to exit properly and quickly without being harmed. The goal of this event was to teach the children what to do in case of an emergency and to teach them not to be afraid of emergency personnel. Another recent event the club held was an event called Girl’s Night Out, where they held a free Zumba class. At the event they sold Mary Kay, Thirty One and Premier Design Jewelry and a portion of the sales they received go to help the group make comfort kits. Club Red is still collecting travel size hygiene items


Ed. majors assemble “iPad for Aden” fundraiser to improve communication skills of local child with autism

Jill A. Norris News Editor

According to senior Rachael Smith, one of the students coordinating the fundraiser and its events, the group has raised nearly $100. While the initial focus of the fundraiser embers of the senior class majoring in early childhood was to gather money for an iPad, case and communication and special education have begun their service learning apps, one member of the group has recently donated an iPad project that will benefit students with special needs. of their own. While this reduces the threat of not meeting This semester, the students taking Special Education 342 their goal, the students are still working toward providing have organized the fundraiser “iPad for Aden.” These seniors are Aden with a case and communication apps that will help selling gift cards to Pita Pit to raise money to purchase an iPad, his education. an iPad case and communication apps for Aden, a young boy “Having an iPad allows for Aden, and other children from the community with autism. Gift cards are being sold for with autism, to communicate with their friends, family $20 and $5 of each card sold is donated to the group’s iPad fund. and teachers,” Smith stated. “Many children with autism The students participating in this service project are working are not verbal or do not have functional communication with Dr. Leigh Shannon Haley-Mize, assistant professor of and this allows them the opportunity to have a voice in education. Dr. Mize also works with Aden at his home and their life.” school, which is how the decision to make Aden the sole Smith encourages Etown students to purchase these Pita beneficiary of the fundraiser was made. Pit gift cards, as well as get involved in any other charitable organization for numerous reasons. “It is our school motto: ‘Educate for S er vice.’ G e t t i n g i nv o l v e d i n many causes and ser vice opportunities is important, not just to support the cause, but as a student. It honestly gives you different points of view on these situations,” she stated. Students interested in d onat i ng to the cause or purchasing a gift card should Courtesy Photo contact Smith at SMITHRJ@ Communications Applications for iPads and other modern technologies can teach children with autism how to communicate with others more efficiently.


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to make kits for people affected by natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. The Club is also still collecting comfort kits and monetary donations from students and people in the area. The kits that Club Red makes are then given to the Lancaster Red Cross office and

The biggest goal for the club is to link the college community to the local Etown community.

~ Sarah Creme

then are distributed on a local level until they are needed on a national level. When asked what the club’s biggest goal was, Creme said, “The biggest goal for the club is to link the College community to the local Etown community.” The club has grown in number since it first began last year and is looking for new members. Members do not have to attend all events that the club runs. They work on different projects that appeal to all kinds of people. The club members are very willing to sign up for events and help out on campus and in the community. The club’s plans for next year are just beginning to form. They want to work to bring the College and the community together. Creme said, “ I’m sure there will be CPR classes, hands-on rebuilding days or some kind of community volunteering in the future.”


Jays model charitable organization after THON, raise funds for Angel 34 Since many other schools h ave st ar te d a t r a d it i on of mini-thons, the Dance Marathon is continuing the trend by working the same way THON does. “S i n c e T H O N i s w e l l established, we are looking to it for the means to create and start up a mini-thon here,” Whirt said in reference to how THON inspired their idea to start a club at Etown. In comparing the minithon with Penn State’s THON, both revolve around the same concept of raising money for a certain organization. However, Dance Marathon has chosen a different organization, Angel 34, to support in the fight against pediatric cancer. Another difference between the two clubs is the fact that since Dance Marathon is just coming together, they still have many connections to make and a lot of work ahead of them. The Etown organization hopes to grow into a major club on campus and prosper into something big in the future. They are striving toward becoming at least half the size of the group THON is and form a tradition for everyone to participate in over the years. Being new this semester, their priorities are to gain a decent number of members to form events and to make themselves more widely known throughout the community.

As far as fundraising goes, they have been brainstorming different ways to raise money, but have not done so yet, as they are just starting. After the process of gaining full-time members and ideas has been carried out, the group will have a clearer direction on how they plan to raise money. They have already begun going through a lot of planning, but now the group just needs to concentrate on what their next steps are moving forward. “We are looking to hold many different fundraisers and to gain donations from the community, businesses, and at the event”, Whirt said. When the events are planned and set in stone, the club will be able to see how their plans have gone through and what results have come from the fundraisers. Dance Marathon seems to be moving in a positive direction and once they stabilize and meet their needs, they will be able to focus more on events. This organization has a great cause, and once they become a completed community, their hard work will pay off by becoming a wide-spread group to spread awareness and obtain donations for those in need. The club is open to and in need of new members. If you are interested in becoming a part of Etown’s Dance Marathon Club, contact Caitlyn Whirt at for more information.

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Department, Office of Diversity, Dean sponsor lecture, dance demonstration by Piscataway Indian Nation singers, dancers Kaitlin M. Koons Asst. Features Editor

the native tribes themselves) and widespread disease. However, the Piscataway population has now risen to 25,000 in Maryland, and the Nation is state-recognized by the Maryland governn Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m., the sociology and ment. Tayac has now devoted his life to locating anthropology department, in conjunction with the and connecting with young native descendants Office of Diversity and Dean of Faculty, sponsored a lecture and reminding them of their roots, encouragand dance demonstration by the Piscataway Indian Na- ing them to maintain their native cultures, tion Singers and Dancers. Founded by Mark Wild Turkey traditions and beliefs in the modern world. His Tayac, grandson of the late Chief Turkey Tayac and son of goal is to reestablish and retain native culture current Chief Billy Redwing Tayac, the group has traveled and to educate the public on traditional culture the world – from Canada to Mexico to Europe – educating through fun, entertaining and informative peraudiences of all ethnicities and ages about the origins, tra- formances. Central to the Piscataway culture are ditions, songs, dances and beliefs of the Piscataway people. the practices of dance, song and storytelling, all The group has approximately 20 performers who visit col- traditions which pass cultural history on from leges and universities, museums, government agencies and generation to generation. schools across the United States and abroad, and they have Opening with several traditional songs, Tayac received numerous awards for their demonstrations. In and the three performance group members sang celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Elizabeth- to the heavy beat of a central drum, each keeping town College welcomed Tayac and three talented members his voice in time with the others and each takof the Piscataway Indian Nation Singers and Dancers to the ing turns striking the drum between them. “The College for a dance and lecture in the KAV. drum represents the heartbeat of life,” Tayac said. “We are descendants from a very strong and beauti- He explained that in traditional music, the beat ful people,” Tayac said in his introductory address. He of the drum is meant to mimic the sound of the explained that the Piscataway Indian Nation, in its 17th- heartbeat, symbolizing the force that keeps us century prime, possessed a territory in the Chesapeake Bay all alive and well. The heartbeat is a symbol of area that was the largest of any other nation on the east life, love, pride and a sense of community. The coast, dominating all of Maryland, portions of Delaware drum is an essential element of the traditional and New Jersey and even tracts of land in Pennsylvania songs and dances, especially in the “pow-wow,” and eastern Ohio. The Nation has existed for nearly 15,000 or “gathering of the people.” years, evidence of their presence in the landscape dating For both the songs and the dance demonstraback to prehistoric times. The expansiveness of their tertions, the Piscataway performers were dressed in traditional garb, Photo: Kaitlin M. Koons shining with bright color and adorned with beads and feath- The Piscataway Indian Nation Singers and Dancers have travelled all over ers. The outfits were elaborate, the world, performing traditional songs with a drum in the background exotic and intrinsically beautiful. that represents “the heartbeat of life.” Dances were sometimes perchosen at random to step into the dance circle and particiformed as a group, but most were individual, pate in the dance, portraying what an authentic group dance showcasing the talents of a particular per- might look like. Tayac described the rabbit dance as one that former. According to Tayac, dances are the can go on for up to four hours, and it is meant to serve as Nation’s way of celebrating, giving thanks a time of quality bonding, especially among young people, and building community. They strengthen where the participants can get to know one another, build the people’s pride in their community, family strong bonds, make meaningful connections and possibly and nation as a whole. Many dances are dedi- even develop a romantic relationship. cated to honoring a specific animal, such as Other dances included the men’s grass dance, which is the “crow-hop” dance, the snake dance, the made to mimic the movement of wind through tall grass; eagle dance and the rabbit dance, which were the hoop dance, an elaborate, complicated and fascinating all performed for Etown’s audience. feat of dance and interwoven hoops that represent cultural Animal dances are special, Tayac said, elements; and of course the fierce and exciting war dance, because they honor the creatures of the meant to represent a young man going into battle and demEarth for the things they give to man (food, onstrating “the highest acts of bravery,” as Tayac described Photo: Kaitlin M. Koons clothing, guidance and protection) and it. War dances demonstrate pride in one’s individual and they emphasize their important roles in the culture identity, strength and sportsmanship. ritory and the borders of their homeland, Tayac said, is people’s stories of Creation. The eagle is a revered animal Piscataway teachings often include an emphasis on “walkdefined by how far-reaching the use of their native language in Piscataway culture; they believe that the Creator sent the ing in harmony” with oneself, with others and with Mother was in these areas. eagle to the people for protection and guidance, and also to Earth. They stress the importance of a cultural identity, After their decline in late 17th and early 18th centuries, ensure that the people remained on the right path. The rab- maintaining a pride in that identity, and passing on the the Piscataway populations were greatly reduced due to in- bit dance is one of the only dances in the Piscataway culture traditions and beliefs of the identity to future generations. vasion from foreign explorers and settlers, conflicts between that involves a large group of people, and it is referred to But above all else, Tayac said that no matter who we are, the natives and the Europeans (as well as conflicts between as a “social dance.” Members of the College audience were “We are all members of the human family.”


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Ware Seminar features Ozkanca, Craig, Davis to share expertise Selene Jones Staff Writer


he Susquehanna room was filled Tuesday night on the Elizabethtown College campus as students, faculty, staff and locals came out to the 2012 Ware Seminar that was specifically focusing on the topic of the current conflict in Syria. A panel of three distinguished individuals, Dr. Oya Ozkanca, Ambassador John Craig and Dr. Joyce Davis hosted the lecture and offered their expertise on the conflict in Syria as well as other current world affairs. The Ware Colloquium on Global Citizenship and Peacemaking was started by Judy Ware and her husband Paul. The couple decided to create the program to widen others’ horizons to a bigger world and the issues that are taking place. The program is split up into three parts in which each part is held at different times and covers different topics and issues; the first part of the program is a lecture that is held every year in the springtime and global leaders are brought to the lecture to cover a certain topic. The second part is seminars, like the one this past Tuesday, which are held in a smaller area, like the Susquehanna Room, pressing global issues. The final part takes place throughout campus through peace and conflict studies by developing a program for peer mediation. Judy is an alumna of Etown and is a member of the Board of Trustees. Ambassador John Craig began the seminar as the first presenter of the night. Craig served as a U.S. ambassador to Oman from 1998 to 2001. He then was appointed by former President George W. Bush as an official assistant in the area of counter terrorism. Currently, he is now the ambassador in residence at the new Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking. He first began by stating which topics each of the presenters were going to be covering in the seminar that led up to present day Syria and

its conflicts. The topic he was covering was the history of Syria. “History is extremely important when dealing with the Middle East,” Craig said. “We forget that while political history is only really about 65 years old, so most of the people involved in the events going on today have been alive throughout the whole real political, modern political sphere of the Middle East.” Craig covered events from Syria separating from Iraq in the beginning and never having their own identity, to the creation of the Ba’ath Party, which was founded in 1947 for the development and creation of the United Arab Nation, and finished with Syria beginning a peaceful revolution in 2011 when Assad’s regime extremists introduced guns and weapons. Syria has had a very complicated and hectic history over a matter of 55 years. After Craig completed his presentation, he handed the floor over to Davis. Davis is was the founder and president of the World Affairs Council in Harrisburg and a member of the World Affairs Council of America. She is an internationally acclaimed author, who has lived and traveled around the globe, and specializes in foreign affairs and media, particularly terrorism, national security, and Islam. She also is a member of the Board of Trustees at Elizabethtown College. At the seminar, she covered the second topic of the “different factions that make up the opposition in Syria and what the dynamics are with them and how they are pursuing this conflict and opposition with the government,” as Craig stated. During her presentation, Davis touched on subjects of each of the divided rebel groups in Syria, such as the Islamist Rebels, the Free Syrian Army, the Tawhid, which was one of the largest Saudi groups, and the KURDS, which is a democratic union party that controls the north. “One of the most traumatic things I learned about Syria was the mob,” Davis said. This was a country that was waiting for some kind of explosion because of what happened to so many people in a short span of time as the

Muslim rebels were trying to throw off dictatorship and get more representatives and has been ever since.” The division between groups causes conflicts like the above statement frequently. Ozkanca has been teaching at the College for six years and is the assistant professor of political science. She is also the director of the International Studies minor program and specializes on transatlantic security and international relations. She was the final presenter of the seminar, covering the issues Syria has with the conflict and the toll it takes on the region. “Towards the end of the 1990s, Turkey and Syria [have] come to the brink [of] a war because of water dispute; the Turkish government was planning on building a dam to produce electricity from it,” Ozkanca said. Additionally, the largest border between Turkey and Syria is a flat geography, making it hard to defend and making the Syrian region even more unstable. The disputes between these two countries make Syria’s conflicts arise more and more. “Each of us has a specific role on bringing you up to date on the conflicts in Syria,” Ambassador Craig stated. “The purpose, of course, is to give you the opportunity to take a look at the conflicts, which we’re dealing with.” Each of the panelists did just that. They explained in depth the severity of the issues that have been occurring for years , which most of us were not aware of. In a matter of an hour, they brought us up to date on the important events that occurred in Syria’s past up until today and what we never knew. The topic appealed to all, and the seminar brought people from both on campus and off, intriguing all who went with the issues that we rarely hear about or actually listen to. It also related to the students, the community and the College, because each person who attended was there for different reasons, but all came with the same interest in the topic. “As a student,” said junior Eileen Kroszner, who was also present for the seminar, “I will be able to relate this seminar to material I am learning for my peace and conflict studies minor.”

November 29, 2012 on campus


Seniors ‘STRIVE’ for post-grad success Kristin D. Peachey Staff Writer

Human Resources, presented the final event of the semester entitled Understanding HR Benefits on Nov. 12. Florey proow do I manage my finances? Where will I live after I vided students with the basics of comparing health insurance graduate? How will I find a job? These are all questions and retirement plans, while also explaining how these benefits beginning to creep into the minds of seniors as they move relate to salary. Senior Johanna Goslin attended this and many closer and closer to graduation. Fortunately, Career Services other STRIVE events. “I was very worried about understanding has designed special events, just for seniors, to address many the HR benefits because I had never heard of some of them,” Goslin said. “STRIVE events explained them and helped me unof these pressing issues. Three years ago, ideas were developed to create a program derstand what I could potentially be signing up for with a job.” Senior Nicholas Clemens also learned a great deal from this to help seniors transition to life after college. Director of Career Services Jane Nini was one of the creators of the new program. event. “I know now that there’s a lot more that factors into a job “[The program] was designed after surveying seniors and work- decision than just the salary or pay,” Clemens said. Although STRIVE is over for the semester, there are several ing with a focus group to determine the top areas of concern to seniors,” Nini said. Then in the spring of 2010, the program, events to look forward to in the spring. On Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. Senior Transitions: Realized, Identified, Visualized and Enacted in Hoover 214, the first STRIVE event of 2013 will take place. A representative from Tabor Community Services will pres(STRIVE), made its debut. Each semester, STRIVE offers several workshops for se- ent Housing After Etown. Tabor helps residents of Lancaster niors to attend. The majority of the events take place in the County find solutions to housing and financial problems. At the workshop, students will have the opportunity to learn about the process of renting and buying properties. Job Fair Success will be presented by Erica Smith, Group Talent Acquisitions Manager at Enterprise, on Jan. 28. at 6 p.m. in the KAV. Smith will give students an insider’s perspective on what recruiters look for at job fairs. Then on Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. in Hoover 214, Understanding Your Student Loans will be presented by Chris Mowl, the College’s assistant director of Financial Aid. The Young Alumni Career Panel will take place Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. in the KAV. This event will allow seniors to hear from recent alumni who are using their talents and skills in fulfilling careers. The final STRIVE event will take Photo: Katie J. Brumbach place Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. in the KAV. STRIVE was created three years ago to help seniors with their trasition into attaining A representative from Tabor will jobs and successfully beginning their careers. Each semester, STRIVE offers many return to Etown to present Budgetworkshops where seniors (and other students as well) can learn about a variety of ing 101. Goslin hopes to learn new financial management skills at this professional topics. event. “I am looking forward to the evening, where on- and off-campus speakers come to share budgeting workshop because I’m not good at budgeting my their knowledge on subjects such as budgeting, renting and money,” Goslin said. Clemens also plans on attending. “I think budgeting and human resources benefits. “The programs are practical and managing my finances will be very important after college and address a mix of professional and personal topics,” Nini said. Refreshments, such as pizza and drinks, are also offered to it is something I will increasingly think about,” Clemens said. As their time in college winds down, Nini hopes seniors will those in attendance. STRIVE also offers a mock interviewing program each year. realize the obstacles ahead and take advantage of the informaStudents are able to sign up to be interviewed by professional tion STRIVE has to offer. “At some point, each graduate will job recruiters. The mock interviews last about 45 minutes, and need to evaluate HR benefits, think about housing options, after the interview, the recruiter records comments on how the develop a budget as well as transition to either employment student performed. Students then meet with a career counselor or graduate school,” Nini said. “STRIVE is designed to assist from Career Services to review their results from the interview students to face these challenges.” Goslin and Clemens see the importance in attending these and discuss how they can improve in professional interviews. events and hope other seniors will take advantage of the inSo far this year, four STRIVE events have taken place. The program kicked off this semester with Interviewing Success. formation being offered to them. “STRIVE events give a lot of This workshop took place several days before the mock inter- information about job hunting and ease the transition from viewing program to help students prepare for not only their graduation to entering the workforce,” Goslin said. “We [seniors] have reached the point when we must be serimock interviews, but for future professional interviews as well. After the interviewing workshops, the next STRIVE event ously considering what our plans are for after college,” Clemens was Social Networking and Your Job Search, presented by said. “Regardless of whether those plans include searching for Elizabethtown College’s Integrated Marketing Manager Donna an advanced degree or employment, we need to consider the Talarico. Talarico presented on utilizing social networking sites, basics of living post-graduation. The depth of knowledge availsuch as LinkedIn and Twitter, to keep in contact with profes- able to seniors at these events is unparalleled. STRIVE is an efficient and effective way of informing us about the important sional connections and search for online job postings. Nancy Florey, the College’s associate vice president for decisions we will increasingly be making.”


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Ask Sarah

Sarah M. Knight Illustrator

Dear Erry’one, Welcome back! I hope you guys had a nice Thanksgiving break, and that the cornucopia of complex carbs and tryptophan has steeled your nerves for the long, cruel winter ahead. Let’s be real: Thanksgiving break is only a taunting, tantalizing taste of freedom before we are sucked back in to the abject bleakness of these few final weeks (what do you mean “overly dramatic?”). Personally, my will to trudge on is as long gone as Nana’s pumpkin pie, so the last thing I’m going to do is get all preachy-preachy about keeping calm/carrying on. It’s nose to the grindstone time… wait no, ew. Why is that a phrase? Something about tool sharpening, I believe…. Anyway. Nose. Grindstone. Put in that hard work as it will actually apparently really benefit you one day – weird, I know. And if that means going a little cray cray on the caffeine, hey, I am not one to judge. Speaking of which: Why are there no medium sized cups in the Blue Bean? I can’t be the only one wondering this. Anyway, I realize that our schedules get pretty busy between breaks, so I can almost potentially understand the distressing absence of questions from my lovely readers recently. I know y’all are reading, I have spies here watching as I try to insert knowledge into the brain spaces of young ones. I cannot, however, run this show by myself. I need questions to answer, people! I can’t go to the Etownian staff, they’re all too perfect to need help! That leaves you, dear readers. Otherwise, I just have a big open space to fill up with my caffeineaddled ramblings and hastily created memes. Remember: drop box in the mailroom,, or @etownadvice on Twitter.

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Expanding the friend rolodex, making cultural connections abroad Marie A. Loiseau Columnist


’m working on expanding my friend-base. I aim to create friendships with people residing in all corners of the world. This will allow me to become both familiar with other cultures and reap the benefits of traveling with free lodging. While I already had connections in Quito, I can now also cross Cuenca, Ecuador off my list. Cuenca is a city in south, central Ecuador – about 8 hours (almost directly) south of Quito. I had been acquainted with this Cuenca chick before last weekend, but she has definitely advanced to friend status. Johis Inga, a 22-year-old Cuencana, studied in my Pennsylvanian high school four long years ago. If I’m being honest, I really didn’t remember anything about her. However, she noticed on the ever-trusty Facebook that I was currently living in Quito and proceeded to invite me for a weekend. She seemed eager to have me visit – as I was the first person hailing from the United States (from, more specifically, the town in which she herself had studied abroad) to come to her home country. Unfortunately (not really that unfortunate), BCA trips had packed my calendar; thus, I had to put off the Cuenca expedition. But, finally, after many weeks of bopping around Ecuador with my BCA peeps, I found a free weekend to head south.

I set off on an overnight bus two Thursdays ago, not knowing what to expect upon the bus’ arrival. Would she be super weird? Would her family feed me cow brains? Would they invite me to stuff ? I had no idea! Sleep came and went as the bus went south, south, south. I was awakened by the aisle lights at 6:30 a.m. as we pulled up to the station. Three hours later, after getting terribly lost, Johis found the station, and, with infinite apologies, took me to her house. As it turns out, I had zero reasons to feel anxious. We were first greeted with kisses from her new Schnauzer puppy, Rafa, and then by her wonderfully hospitable mother, emerging from the kitchen with mountains of breakfast options. In addition to showing me around the city, introducing me to friends and treating me to ice cream, Johis and her family spoiled me with an evening at a nearby spa. She, her sister, her mom and I piled into the car (oh, how nice it was to travel without needing a bus!) and headed to “the pools.” My visions of a crowded, full-of-freezing-water hole in the ground were soon erased; in their place sat an elite, clean, steaming pool, requiring a hair cap and a pre-entry shower. We suffered together in the blazingly hot sauna, and then enjoyed the biting agony of hopping to and from the hot and cold pools. As is Ecuadorian custom, her family spent a lot of time

together. Both her sister and father were home for the weekend; they live away during the week, working hours from home. Thus, they packed the family activities into the two days they all shared together. Many family meals were eaten at Johis’s grandparents house; her grandma, grandpa, aunt and cousin all resided within the same house; they lived just three minutes down the road from the Inga’s house. Johis’s seven-year-old cousin, Augustine, found me (with my blondish hair, white skin and inability to eat crabs correctly) quite intriguing. He kept shooting me glances and giggling giddily as if I were wearing a strange costume or something. Ecuadorians love fattening their guests— it’s like the most key ingredient to good host etiquette. They fed me crabs! And homemade pizza! And French fries! Hunger was not a problem during my stay. If anything, I was uncomfortably bloated the entire three days. Staying with the Inga family was infinitely lovely. They included me in all of their plans. They had a puppy that reminded me all too much of Georgie, my darling Westiepoo waiting for me back in Lancaster. They live in suburbia, and I woke up to the songs of birds sitting outside my window rather than the roaring of cars and airplanes of Quito. They invited me back, saying I would always be welcome there. I aim to clear a weekend and return as soon as possible.

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November 29, 2012

Sweeping beading patterns, white outs: funky trends to watch out for at spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Elizabeth L. Brennan Columnist


ith the holidays drawing nearer, you may find yourself compiling a wishlist of presents you expect to receive by the new year or browsing the Internet for spectacular post-Black Friday deals. To ensure you are getting the most out of your holiday shopping, I’m giving you a preview of what you should be wearing in spring 2013. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week event is a bi-annual event in which the world’s top designers decide, as Heidi Klum would say, what is in and what is out. This event is held in only the most fashionable cities in the world – New York, London, Milan and Paris – in that order. Fashion Week in February determines what will be trendy for the fall/ winter season and September determines the spring/summer trends. In the fashion world, winter is coming to a close and if you want to keep up with them, here are the trends to look forward to in the new year. Wear your sunglasses, because it’s going to be a white-out! Nearly every designer dressed their models in white ensembles, unanimously making white a must-have for spring. This trend ranges from an entire outfit comprised of white to one white piece to a white patterned piece. The potential with this trend is tremendous – there’s no wrong way to do it! Stock up on white pants, shirts, dresses, shoes, anything and everything. If white really isn’t your thing, wear it in accessories or pick a pattern with white accents; this way you’re not covered in white, but you’re still participating in the trend. Another trend to expect for spring 2013

is detailed, intricate beading. Similar to the baroque trend of fall/winter 2012, this trend is all about sweeping, elaborate patterns. However, it’s different from baroque in a few ways. First, these magnificent patterns need to be created with beading only. Second, whereas baroque is about gold patterns on black or white, this trend can be any color (or colors) on any other color! Marchesa used detailed beading patterns to shape a brightly colored dress, Oscar de la Renta used beading to bring more dimension to a minimal pattern and Timo Weiland used beading simply to add youth and fun to a piece. Bringing this trend to Etown will be a piece of (carrot) cake! If the piece has minimal beading, feel free to play it up. If you have a shirt with the slightest bit of beading, wear bright colored shoes and funky sunglasses to bring more fun to the outfit. Don’t go overboard, however! You’re not trying to look like the 1970s lost love child. If wearing a grander or more intricate beading piece, go simply on the rest of the outfit. Wearing a black beaded dress for a night on the town? Pull your hair back, put in simple studded earrings and slip on black heels. The last major trend for spring 2013 is peek-a-boo pieces. You might already own a piece! This trend has been lurking around since late 2011, containing itself to the shelves of Urban Outfitters and PacSun. A peek-a-boo piece is one in which fabric is missing in an isolated spot, thus showing off skin or a secret layer beneath. For spring 2013, the hottest way to wear this trend is to have small peek-a-boos. A dress with only half an inch of midriff showing or a shirt with only your shoulder blades


Oscar de la Renta’s collection for spring 2013 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week featured an upcoming trend in white ensembles, nude accessories, intricate beading patterns for formal wear and colorful beads to create a youthful look. Other designers who utilized these trends include Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka and Ralph Lauren.

showing is correct usage of the peek-a-boo. Another new update on this trend is the allowance for multiple peek-a-boos. This can be accomplished with the peek-a-boos revealing a lace or sheer layer beneath the garment. This trend is a little tricky for a few reasons. First, the peek-a-boo needs to be strategically placed; you cannot simply punch holes into an outfit and call it fashionable. The peek-a-boo needs to be showing off something interesting about your body, like

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your rib or the small of your back, but there can be only a tiny portion of it showing. The other more obvious reason this trend is tricky is that you need to know how to dress your body. If you have a large bust, you should avoid peek-a-boos in the chest area; conversely, smaller-busted women: try it out! If you’re a little curvy, buy peek-a-boo pieces that display the side of your body so the material frames you. Experiment with it. The safest way to try this trend is definitely the reveal of half an inch of midriff.


November 29, 2012 politics

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States threaten secession, residents fear for country’s survival under Obama


disaster relief

Photographic project manifests into Hurricane Sandy fundraiser Austin M. Whitlock Asst. Photography Editor


Stephen M. Welsh Staff Writer


or those of you who are completely incapable of following the news in recent days, you should be aware that the United States is facing another Civil War. Residents from more than thirty states filed petitions to secede from the United States upon learning of President Barack Obama’s reelection. The idea of states seceding from the United States simply because their presidential candidate lost the election is an embarrassment to those states in question. In case you did not read my opening statement carefully, I was being facetious. No states will secede from the United States. These threats can be likened to a three-year-old announcing that he is running away from home forever and desires no support from his parents. The parents both know the child will come running and crying back home for a bowl of Apple Jacks or something equally as crucial for survival. The amount of support each state receives from the government would be impossible to replicate as an individual governing entity. Texas is one state containing residents who desire to secede from the United States. Perhaps I am too cynical, but when I heard Texas desired to secede from the United States, I pictured George W. Bush standing on a bale of hay announcing that he could be the state’s new king. Considering residents in Utah have also filed for divorce from the United States, perhaps Mitt Romney will step up to be the president of the state known for its large Mormon population. I am being sarcastic. The point I am trying to make is this: regardless of who won the election, there would have been sore losers across the United States. There were even a handful of celebrities in 2000 who announced their exodus to a different country if George

W. Bush had won the election. Very few of them had the courage to follow through with their threats. Actually, most of them stayed around even through Bush’s reelection in 2004. To be honest with you, I am more encouraged to move out of the country simply because of Obama supporters, not necessarily my dislike for some of the principles that Obama espouses. Much like hipsters’ hate for bands who are popular mainly because of the irritating fans, I find myself disliking Obama simply because of the arrogance of his supporters. I

Much like hipsters’ hate for bands who are popular mainly because of the irritating fans, I find myself disliking Obama simply because of the arrogance of his supporters. am sure he may be a nice guy, but if he could hear some of the things his supporters said out of ignorance, he would probably reward them with a firm elbow to the face. In my experience there are equally as many uneducated yet vocal supporters of President Obama as there were of Mitt Romney. Many times the information these people spew out is phenomenally untrue. As long as they read an article online or saw it

on television, they believe it to be fact. If CNN announced they had found Bigfoot, these people would probably believe it. If Mitt Romney had won, these individuals would truly believe the nation would be in such a dire state that they would no longer be able to live here under Romney’s rule. I would not put it past them to announce secession from the United States as the only viable option for their state’s future. The problem with the aforementioned people and the ones currently desiring secession is that they place too much stock in the power of individual human beings. I like to believe that I place as much trust in people as they deserve. One man cannot alter the course of this nation’s future beyond hope or repair. Presidents lack the ability to change this country as much as most people believe they can. Obama is not this nation’s great hope; he is one man. At the same time, Mitt Romney would not have been the downfall of this country. I sometimes think we look at the President as the sole individual responsible for rebuilding or destroying this nation as a whole. If the economy is in a rut, everyone is up-in-arms at the White House. If the country is prospering, the President alone is to thank! This announcement of secession by many citizens of the United States is an embarrassment to our country and those fighting to keep it safe. I encourage you to evaluate and possibly consider revising the entire view you have of the President of the United States of America. You will find yourself realizing the amount of power and influence the president really has or doesn’t have. No nation’s success or downfall is contingent upon one man’s influence.


hile Hurricane Sandy may have left Elizabethtown College and the surrounding areas mostly unscathed, other areas of the East Coast, such as New Jersey and New York, were battered with gale-force winds and torrential downpours, leaving parts of these places underwater and some homes destroyed. In the face of this adversity, many campaigns sprung up to help alleviate the pain of the destruction, one such example being the HONY & Tumblr Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser. HONY is short for Humans of New York, a photographic project created by a man named Brandon who lives in New York City. His original goal was to create a photographic consensus of the city by photographing over 10,000 different people and then plotting their locations on a map. However, as he began the project, it began to take on a different form. Brandon began to take down quotes and notice quirks about the people he photographed, and they began to appear alongside the photographs. The HONY Facebook page has garnered over 430,000 likes and people all around the world are now able to get a glimpse of the unique people of New York City. As the hurricane came through and threatened parts of the city, the HONY project was not deterred. Rather, a partnership between HONY and the immensely popular blogging site Tumblr began. The aim of this partnership? To raise money to help aid citizens in need throughout New York. Through the abilities of HONY to show firsthand the people affected by the storm and Tumblr’s vast database of users, the two groups were able to raise over $300,000 in 11 days. Tumblr goodies and rare HONY prints were used as incentives to raise more and more money. All of the money raised went to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which is a very highly respected family-owned charity which has been endorsed by NYC citizens and officials. It had been a goal from the beginning that all donations would go to help those in need and, through the foundation, that was made possible. When Brandon of HONY dropped into the Tunnel to Towers Foundation office, he met Tony, the man behind the bulk of the relief effort. Tony quickly began asking questions like, “Are you making money off this?” After Tony was assured that 100 percent of the money raised was going to the foundation, his smiling portrait made it up onto the HONY Facebook page alongside all of the other New Yorkers. Alongside Tony’s photo was text explaining why the Tunnel to Towers Foundation is being trusted with the money: through them, 100 percent of the donations would indeed go to providing resources for those affected by the storm. Many lives were devastated by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy that those of us in Lancaster only got a glimpse of. We were fortunate to have a caring and coordinated college staff to take the proper precautions in order to ensure the safety of the students. While we were hanging out in our dorms and catching up on homework, many tireless individuals were working to rebuild the lives of those affected by the storm, such as the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. It is through unique initiatives like the HONY & Tumblr Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser that we are shown how a few individuals can make a difference, and in turn give us the same ability to help others. This fundraising project serves as an example of the power of human nature.

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Etown’s social norms: a sophomore’s look into campus culture Hannah C. Blecker Fashion Columnist


efore Ann Romney’s visit to Elizabethtown College, I was scrolling through Twitter passing the time until the speech began. I couldn’t help but laugh at one of Etown junior Beth Pearson’s tweets: “I keep thinking of how Secret Service probably won’t understand Etown norms – why is there an unattended bag? Why is there an unlocked bike?” Since then, I’ve been thinking more and more about what it is that makes the College its own special little bubble. My roommate, Daisy Curtin, is in one of Dr. John Teske’s psychology classes and he originally posed the idea for this article, which Daisy brought home to yours truly. So as we all make it through the home stretch of classes and final exams, let us take a minute to reflect on the little things that make Etown so Etown-y. 1. The (predominantly) trusting nature of the student body.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in the Marketplace and have seen either parents or friends of a current student balk at the notion of simply leaving wristlets and iPhones as place savers in the dining rooms. The reactions usually go from “oh, you’re joking” to “wait, I think they’re serious” to “alright, let’s hope this works out.” While there is the occasional swiped laptop or cell phone, it is normally safe to say that you could probably leave your first born laying around and no one would dare go near it unless they were saying hello. 2. Hating clubs that use blue slips. We’ve all been there: glancing in your mailbox to see that familiar shade of deep blue. You can almost taste mom’s cookies or feel that new pair of shoes … hey, wait! I actually don’t care about the first meeting of the (insert any club name here)’s Club. In fact, I will angrily toss it in the recycling bin and will never support anything that club does simply because they got my hopes up. 3. Relationships with the cleaning ladies/men. Every Wednesday and Friday I am, without fail, in my bathroom when Judy is scheduled

to clean it. I don’t know why I can’t remember the cleaning times, but the point is I don’t. Ever. But Judy, she never complains. No, she just moseys along and cleans the laundry room while I’m finishing up my shower. Not only does she accommodate to my schedule, but whenever I look visibly ill or even sad, she smiles her big, grandmotherly grin at me and I think, “You know, it’s gonna be okay.” Remind me to do something special for her this holiday season … 4. That smell. You know it. Chocolate. Cookies. Brownies. Don’t we all (secretly or not so much) love walking outside thinking it will be an average day when VOILA it smells like only the best dessert to ever exist? There’s something about chocolate days that makes getting motivated a little bit easier and the day a little bit better. I reminisce of spring of last year, tanning on the Dell with the aroma of Dove chocolate surrounding me and wish I could go back to skipping classes and reading magazines in the April sunshine. Year-round though, I think it’s true: when it smells sweet outside, life gets a little sweeter itself. Now those other days … don’t even get me started.


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November 29, 2012

movie review

‘Skyfall’ lives up to expectations, continues successful Bond franchise



25 must-buy gifts for this holiday season Daniel M. Lattman Staff Writer


he holiday season is right around the corner and everyone is trying to figure out what they should get for their family and friends this year. Luckily for you unsure shoppers out there, you have me to help you make those tough decisions this year and keep all of your loved ones happy until next year. So, without further adieu, I give you my gift guide for everyone featuring 25 great gift ideas to keep all of those closest to your heart as happy as possible. The iPad Mini or the iPad 2- Anything with that little “i” before it makes for a great gift. These are two of the hottest Apple products out now and would make anyone a happy camper. Gift Cards- If you ever fear you are going to buy the wrong gift, you can’t go wrong with a gift card to a store you know they love. Make sure you are generous. Clothing- It may seem generic, but everyone STILL loves clothes. I promise no one will complain, and if they do, send them to me. Keurig Coffee Machine- Here’s a no-brainer. Everyone needs their coffee. This is a great gift idea for mom and dad or any college friends. Personalized Gift- Stores such as Things Remembered allow you to create personalized or engraved gifts for loved ones and friends. There are lots of nice options and everyone appreciates the customized craft. Shoes- Guys like ‘em, girls like ‘em, enough said. Cologne/Perfume Sets- Get me one of these and I will be your best friend. This is always a safe gift choice. Tickets- Here is another no-brainer. Tickets to a play or an upcoming football game will make the recipient a very happy camper. Kindle- If you can afford it, get it. Everyone raves about them and they are a gift that provides convenience for a long time. Books- Following the Kindle if you can’t afford it. Everyone appreciates a good read so books are always a safe option. DVD Set- Everyone has that one show you see them watching ALL the time. Buy them a season of that show on DVD. Scene-It- This is a really cool game. There are many different versions and they are very entertaining to play with family or friends. Don’t believe me? Buy one as a gift and see for yourself. Camera- Very generic, but very useful and equally as satisfying in this day and age. Headphones- There are some pretty great new, state-of-theart headphones out there. They make a great gift for anyone to plug into their iPod. Albums- Didn’t you hear? Downloading music illegally isn’t cool anymore. Go get your friends or family members an album by their favorite artist. I trust they will enjoy it. Game Consoles- You can get these cheaper than you think, and there is a lot of variety as well. Pick out the one you see best fit for your friend, or buy one more family-oriented like the Nintendo Wii for the next time you go home. iPhone- If someone you know and love does not have one of these yet, now is the time to catch them up. You can get some of the older models for under $100. Food- Edible Arrangements and similar stores make some cool treats. Chocolates are never a bad gift either. Jewelry- No one minds a nice watch or bracelet. Lessons- If someone you love is passionate about something, get them lessons to improve on it! For example, guitar or singing lessons. Pillow Pet- These things are apparently very comfortable and equally as popular. Homemade Gifts- If you are short on cash, everyone will appreciate the effort of a homemade gift. Massage- You will make a lot of people very happy by buying them a massage. Decorations- Something to put up around the house is always appreciated. LOVE- Because it’s the gift that keeps on giving. There you have it, folks. That is my list of holiday gift ideas for your friends and family. I hope I can help make your loved ones happy during this joyous time of year, and if I don’t ... Just kidding; I will, because making people happy is just what I do. Happy Holidays everyone!


Adam N. Moore Staff Writer


highly anticipated movie with its fair share of action, suspense and even love has hit the big screen for the third movie in the franchise’s recent history. The film pits characters of similar pasts against one another to battle to the death. If you are imagining the new “Twilight,” you are sadly mistaken. James Bond, starring Daniel Craig, is back on the big screen for the first time since 2008’s “Quantum of Solace” in the 23rd movie of the series, “Skyfall.” Craig returns for his third appearance as the infamous MI6 Agent 007. The film opens with Bond in Istanbul tracking down a hard drive that contains a list of all the MI6 field operatives undercover across the world. The mission to obtain the drive is unsuccessful as Bond is shot and the hard drive ends up in the hands of cyber terrorist Silva, played by Javier Bardem, who is determined to take down his former acquaintance M, played by Judi Dench, and the rest of the British Intelligence Agency. After spending time in hiding, a tethered and out of shape Bond is called back into action to stop Silva and his motley crew of criminals. The new Bond not only pits Craig’s character against the emotionally unstable Silva, but also against the test of time as Bond battles with his age and injuries he’s sustained over his career. Craig’s version of Bond, known for being grittier than former Bonds such as Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan, is again extremely fun to watch. The character of Bond continues to develop from the younger man who was seen in 2006’s “Casino Royale” to the mature, seasoned agent in “Skyfall.” The biggest part of Bond’s development is his relationship with M, the often cold, blunt head of MI6. Although M seems to disapprove of Bond’s

actions in the previous films, she plays a more maternal role in this film. The developed relationship between M and Bond vastly differs from those of the past Bond films where the role of M was held by a male figure. However, even better is Bardem’s performance as the former MI6 agent Silva, whose dark past, sadistic methods and mastermind planning make him a formidable opponent for the seasoned Bond. While acting is certainly significant to any movie, no Bond film would be complete without action, and there is certainly a ton of it. Possibly one of the greatest action sequences of any Bond film in recent memory takes place at Bond’s home of “Skyfall Estate” in Scotland, where we learn that Bond grew up as a child. Even better are the numerous homages made to the former Bond films throughout “Skyfall.” These include the return of Bond’s famous form of transportation in the 1964 Aston Martin and Bond’s gadget supplier Q, played by Ben Whishaw, who returns to play a greater role in the film. The more experienced Bond in “Skyfall” appears to be developing into the suave, martini-drinking James Bond of old, played by those such as Sean Connery. There are a multitude of other “Bondisms” throughout the new edition of 007, which Bond-lovers of all ages will appreciate. “Skyfall” is a thrilling, action-packed film that harkens back to earlier Bond films, while still managing to feel modern and unique; as have the past two Craig movies. Fans of James Bond or action movies in general will certainly enjoy “Skyfall” and look forward to more Bond films in the future. It was recently released that Craig has signed up for two more Bond films, so we can look forward to at least a few more suspenseful and on-the-edge-of-your-seat films played by arguably the most badass Bond ever.

“Skyfall” is a thrilling, actionpacked film that harkens back to earlier Bond films, while still managing to feel modern and unique; as have the past two Craig movies.


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November 29, 2012 hot topic

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Ethics, morals, the law: should capital punishment be enforced in certain cases? Andrew S. Herm Staff Writer


f you’re one of those folks who haven’t been eyeball-bleedingly busy (not me!) over the past few weeks, you may have the time to occasionally sit down, relax and turn on the American horror story that is the news. Because I’m not one of those people — I spend most of my downtime dabbing my eyes to make the bleeding stop — I need to rely on other sources of media for my information regarding the outside world; I turn to the Internet and what an awful experience that is. Unlike the 6 o’clock news on TV, where you know there is nothing good coming your way, the evil and grime of the world is able to sneak up on you on the Internet. They use pictures of kittens and live-stream puppy cameras to distract you, then, before you know it, war, famine, death, and AIDS are unmercifully stomping you into a coma in front of your monitor. Now, while prancing through the minefield that is the Internet, I stumbled upon this gem that you may or may not be privy to: Hubert L. Michael Jr., murderer, has had his execution pardoned for at least two weeks after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling because of issues pertaining to his deteriorating mental health. Understandable, right? He has his life sentence extended so the prosecution can thoroughly investigate every odd end of the case. We don’t want to kill an innocent man. The good news is that he’s had since 1993 — the year of the kidnapping, alleged rape and murder of 16-yearold Trista Eng at the hands of Michael — to decide whether he is in proper psychological order to be executed. In 1994, Michael pleaded guilty to the murder and accepted the death penalty. In 2004, he changed his mind. Now, 18 years after the fact, it is yet to be determined whether Michael will be the first person executed in the state of Pennsylvania since 1999.


This leads us, as human beings, to the discussion surrounding capital punishment: yes or no, right or wrong? I don’t know; you don’t know; and we, as human beings, don’t know the answer to those questions. It’s that teethgrindingly simple. No one is perfect, so no one can be a completely objective judge. There can be no suspension of our own individual moral codes and feelings as they pertain to a subject of this magnitude. In my eyes, the most morally reassuring argument against the death penalty is the belief in everyone’s deserved second chance. Because we are not perfect; in some cases, we’re able to see that killing someone else won’t bring back a loved one or that we can’t fill the void in our lives with the death of another individual deemed guilty. That’s powerful because it shows you that good can triumph over evil, in a way: we can forgive in the most extreme circumstances. A less morally high route also suggests that there are worse punishments than death. Let the convicted suffer in prison for the rest of

their lives. On top of that, it costs upwards of six figures per year to maintain the equipment used for lethal injections –– Pennsylvania’s preferred method of killing people. The flip side of the argument calls for the guilty party’s head on a platter: we want them dead, and we want it now. You, the accused, screwed up; you had your chance and blew it. Morbid but just in some people’s eyes. I’ve tried to look at both sides of the argument and from a legal and moral standpoint, I can’t be objective enough to say that one side is a clear-cut right or wrong. The one heavy-handed decision I can get behind, however, is capital punishment used against those who hurt children. If you, as an individual, are able to bring yourself to a point in life where abusing, attacking or harming children to any serious degree — but at the same time, within reason, as a smack on the head for being an idiot kid isn’t the same as having your teeth knocked out — your right to live on the same planet as me, in my eyes, has been forfeited.

PUT YOUR RECORDS ON On theTurntable: Cider Sky

Alexa N. Viscardi Columnist


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Genre: Indie Pop

ou know, good music turns up in the strangest places, which is why I was surprised to find Cider Sky’s song, “Northern Lights” in the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn (part 1)” movie, but hey, any press is good press. Now, I won’t abuse the good name of this column with my feelings on “Twilight,” but I do want to give the producers an air-five for including Cider Sky’s debut track, similar to when Death Cab for Cutie’s “Meet Me on the Equinox” was selected for the 2009 “Twilight” film soundtrack. Cider Sky is composed of Canadian singer-songwriter Simon Wilcox and London-born songwriter Shridhar Solanki. Wilcox, who is a multi-platinum artist, has collaborated with such musical talents as The Kooks, The Spill Canvas, The Ready Set and Breathe Carolina to name a few. “Northern Sky” was the first song that Wilcox and Solanki wrote and recorded as a duo, and they didn’t even know the song was going to be included in the Twilight film until they saw a post about it online. I’ll bet that was totally awkward but epic at the same time, which is sort of how the Twilight Saga rolls. In all of the glitter-and-teen-wolf-fur that is the Twilight Saga, Cider Sky’s musical prowess isn’t to be ignored. Wilcox and Solanki’s vocals complement each other to create equilibrium like fire and ice: Wilcox, as a female vocalist, can reach the soaring high

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notes, and Solanki balances her vocals with his warmer, deeper tones. Their instrumentation, including piano and chimes, as well as the electronic touches they add to their songs, give a distinct, supernatural quality to their sound. Lyrically, Cider Sky’s songs are pure poetry, as in these opening lines from “Northern Lights:” Every time, I close my eyes I can touch the colors around me Suddenly, I realize Everything I thought was impossible Is here And my heart sings In a world so incredible And everything Burns much brighter Cider Sky’s latest EP album, “King,” which was released this time last year, is a six song compilation of sparkling indie gems that are sure to please any indie music-lover on your list this holiday season.

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November 29, 2012

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Team sweeps FDU, drops Blue Jays kickstart indoor season close meet to Dutchmen with Ursinus’ Bow-Tie Invitational Seniors working to lead team to success in first meet Katherine G. Pebley Staff Writer


Photo: Thom Swarr

Junior Megan Leppo is in midstroke during one of her distance races. Leppo and sophomore Frank Capria have both been tremendous in the distance freestyle events. Both took first place in the 400 and 800 freestyle in Elizabethtown College’s recent meet at Lebanon Valley College Nov. 21. This success led to Capria being named as the Middle Atlantic Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week this past week. Capria also won the 200 IM, and teammate senior Shaun Martin took a close second in the race. Other victories for the men’s team came from senior Ryan Hannon, 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle and Martin, 100 breaststroke.The men’s 200 medley relay team, composed of seniors Chris Nelson and Nathaniel VanderWerff, Hannon and Martin, narrowly edged out LVC. For the women, senior Jenny Malik won yet another 50 free, and sophomore Becki Lane won the 100 free. The women’s 200 freestyle relay took first with the team of Lane, Malik and firstyears Colleen Barry and Rachel Engelhardt. Despite the success, the men and women fell 105-97 and 117-88, respectively. On Nov. 17, the Blue Jays traveled to FDU-Florham and pulled off a dominating performance; both teams picking up a conference win. Leppo, Lane, Malik, sophomore Tara Deisher and first-years Bonnie Lisk and Ashley Dispenziere all picked up first place wins for their respective races for the women.VanderWerff, Martin, Capria, Hannon, junior Michael Rentschler and sophomore Jamie Cohen were victorious for the men. The final score was 127-66 for the men and 155-47 for the women.

he Elizabethtown College Blue Jays will take on the Ursinus College Grizzly Bears on Saturday, Dec. 1, in indoor track and field at the Bow-Tie Invitational. The meet will be held at Ursinus in Collegeville, Pa. and will start at 9:00 a.m. This is the first meet of the indoor season for the Blue Jays. However, there is not another meet until after winter break. This meet is set up to see where the team is, according to senior mid-distance runner Jake Blanton. “For the distance runners, it is to see how our fitness is based off of our cross country season,” Blanton said. “We are expecting to compete to the best of our ability and have fun doing it. Whether we get our result or not, it works out because it is so early in the season. We will have plenty of time to work harder and move forward.” Blanton explained that the team isn’t doing anything special to get ready for this meet; they are just continuing to show up to practice to work hard with a great attitude. “I can see everyone getting better each day,” Blanton said. “I can’t wait to be out there this coming weekend supporting my teammates and seeing what they can do.” Senior jumper Jenna Niedermayer said the team is going to regular practices and trying to get some sleep during the crunch time that all Etown students are going through. “I expect our team to come out ready for some competition at this meet,” Niedermayer said. “We’ve been training since September and we have a bunch of rookies and returning athletes alike who are ready to feel the thrill of some competition.” Looking to the rest of the season, Blanton doesn’t doubt his team. “I have every bit of confidence in our team and we expect to compete and work as hard as we can to get better and be there to fight for the Middle Atlantic Conference championship at the end of the season,” he said.

The indoor season is shorter than its outdoor counterpart. Including the Bow-Tie Invitational, the Blue Jays will compete in seven meets before the Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Championships. Last year, the men and women took third place at the championships. The MAC championship will take place in March 2013. Along with Etown and rival Messiah College, the conference teams that participate in indoor track and field are Albright College, Alvernia University, Delaware Valley College, DeSales University, Lebanon Valley College, Manhattanville College, Misericordia University and Widener University. “There is tough competition in our conference,” Blanton said, “but we know we have the talent and the drive to overcome that and take home the title.” Niedermayer said, “Our goal is to win the conference title, plain and simple. It is something we have yet to achieve as a team in my previous three years and that would be the crowning jewel.” Blanton hopes that as a team they will support the individuals who get the opportunity to compete at a high level and potentially qualify for and race at the NCAA Division III Nationals, which will also take place in March. Niedermayer would like to qualify for nationals this season with as many of her teammates as possible. There is a NCAA Last Chance Meet for those athletes who did not qualify for nationals after the conference championships the week in between. Head Coach Joel Hoffsmith is confident in his team to perform well this season. “We have a large core of top athletes: [senior] Luke Rotenberger, [junior] Matt Reever, [junior] Lucas Dayhoff, [junior] Kevin Brady, [junior] Brian Layng, as well as other top male athletes,” he said. “On the women’s team we have [senior Jenna] Niedermayer, [senior] Ashley Lockwood, [junior] Traci Tempone, [junior] Eileen Kroszner, [senior] Taryn Shank and other top athletes that lead the team.” This invitational is the only indoor track event before winter break. Blanton believes that the time off does put a bit of a damper on training. “We get so used to running and training together as a team with a group of individuals who make you push and work as hard as you can so, for most people, running by yourself in the cold, snowy weather is harder,” he said. Blanton believes training with the team is so easy because they push each other regardless of year or performance level. Niedermayer agreed that the personal training during winter break is difficult because of the change. “Imagine training for almost three months with a team then being back in the comfort of your own home, the holidays with family, freezing temperatures outside and no one but yourself to train with,” she said. “Winter break is a test of your personal character and dedication.” Niedermayer added, “I’m excited for my fellow seniors and I to get this season to get under way, and I look forward to setting more personal bests for myself before my collegiate indoor career ends.” “I am very excited to see what our team can accomplish in the first meet and the rest of the season,” Blanton said.

Photo: Thom Swarr

Senior Jenna Niedermayer launches over the high jump in an indoor meet last year. A star jumper last year, Niedermayer is expected to perform well again this year.


November 29, 2012 wrestling

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Wilkes hands Jays loss, looking strong for Invitational Saturday Eleanor M. McCarthy Staff Writer


he Elizabethtown College wrestling team was unable to best a second straight nationally ranked team in their most recent meet against No. 13 Wilkes University on Nov. 16. After their narrow win over No. 16 Johns Hopkins University only a few days prior, the Jays were looking for another upset. As in their match against Johns Hopkins, the win came down to the final match of the night, unfortunately the team was unable to pull out a back-to-back win. The Jays did not put themselves in a good position at the beginning of the night. They strayed from the convention of starting the match with the 125 lb. weight class and opted for the heavier 133 lb. weight class. First-year Chad Lammer was defeated by major decision (12-4) allowing the Colonels to grab the lead. Fellow firstyear Jesse Meaney brought the Jays back with a 4-2 decision at the 141 lb. weight class. Etown would fall behind once again with losses in both the 149 lb. and 157 lb. weight classes. First-year Mike Lammer lost in Wilkes’ second major decision 14-0. Sophomore Jordan Moser was forced to stop due to an injury at 4:19 minutes in the match. The Jays would not go down easily though, rallying back with four wins in the next five matches. Sophomore Woodie Hermann started the Jays’ comeback streak with a win in the 165 lb. weight class. Junior Julian Meaney grabbed the second win in as many matches at the 174 lb. weight class. Sophomore Phil Landis pinned Wilkes’ Dave Oberrender in 1:56 minutes in the 197 lb. weight class and sophomore Jeremy Rieth won at the 285 lb. weight class. Rieth’s sixth win in six tries gave the Jays their only lead of the evening at 19-18. The Jays ended the meet with the traditionally first 125 lb. weight class match. The final match would again determine the meet’s win-

ner, but unfortunately, junior Kyle McNulty was unable to surpass for their finals, the wrestling team will be practicing and preparing the Wilkes’ competitor and lost 19-5 bringing Etown’s run to an end. for their upcoming meet. Walker said, “It is always difficult to manThe Jays’ next and final meet before Winter break will be the age a tough academic schedule while preparing for a competition, New Standard Corporation Invitational hosted by York College but luckily we won’t have to do that during the week before finals of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Jays will once again like we have in the past. The guys are looking to end this semester face Division III nationally ranked competition in No. 8 Ithaca on a high note, and they will hopefully be prepared when they come College, No. 20 York College, No. 30 Johnson & Wales University back for the second semester.” and No. 21 the College of New Jersey. Head Coach Eric Walker The Jays will work to overcome their academic and athletic said of their upcoming competitors, “Our guys are really excited battles this Saturday and hope to come out as the victors in the to be going up against some stiff competition before break. New Standard Corporation Invitational at York. We are working hard and I have seen a lot of improvement from many of the guys. We will see where we stack up against these ranked teams and improve from there.” The Jays will also face the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Millersville University, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the Apprentice School, Delaware Valley College, the College at Brockport: State University of New York and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Photo: Athletic Department While everyone on Junior Phil Landis fights to put his opponent into a headlock. In the recent match against Wilkes campus will be preparing University, Landis pinned his competitor in less than two minutes.

men’s basketball

Team achieves first win of season with Cable’s last-second shot Jason R. Kelley Staff Writer


lizabethtown College men’s basketball team hosted their first home game of the season this Sunday against Susquehanna University. This was a big game for the Blue Jays as they tried to bounce back after the close defeat to Lebanon Valley College and get back on track in their conference play. With only eight seconds left in the game, Susquehanna’s Jake Eskin hit a jump shot to tie the game 64-64.

However, Etown senior Ben Cable was determined to end with a victory in regulation time, and he sped down the court to hit one more shot before the final buzzer sounded. The Blue Jays secured the 66-64 lead with one second left. The score stayed relatively close the whole game; the score at halftime had Etown up 27-26. Cable led the Jays with 21 points. The Blue Jays traveled to LVC last Tuesday in search of their first win not only of the conference but of the season. The Blue Jays were fired up

heading into the game knowing that this was going to be a big test for them as a team. Sophomore Lee Eckert really came to play as he produced his first double-double of his career. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough fire power for the Blue Jays to come out with a win over one of their conference rivals losing 72-65. At halftime, the score was 37-32 with LVC on top, but the Blue Jays started the second half off strong with a 10-4 run and brought their team within three, making the score 54-51.

Etown’s defense needed a key stop to gather all their momentum, but could not produce turnovers which led to an LVC three-point shot. The Flying Dutchmen’s Matt O’Brien hit the shot, effectively giving the momentum back to LVC. “I felt we could have done more to win this game,” Eckert said. “My team played hard the entire game but unfortunately we couldn’t get the baskets we needed to fall.” The Blue Jays were always in striking distance of LVC but could never get the momentum to fully swing in their favor. Ben Cable could not find his hot streak, going one for seven in field goals. This didn’t stop the Blue Jays as the rest of the starters, and the bench, picked up the slack. “Our bench really helped out this game which was key,” Eckert said. “We just need to keep up the points coming from the bench and the starters will take care of the rest.” Eckert finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Talking after the game to sophomore Phil Wenger, the guard felt

distraught after the loss. “We played well as a team and our big men came up huge for us,” Wenger said. “This was a game we needed, but the season’s not over yet.” LVC played like they had something to prove as they were picked seventh in the conference directly behind the Blue Jays. “Conference games are going to be big for us, so we need to capitalize on all the rest.” Wenger got his first moments of playing time this season, which proved to be a smart move by Head Coach Bob Schlosser as Wenger finished the game with eight points. Even though the Blue Jays did not come out with a victory, they are still confident that their season will be positive. From the players’ attitudes toward the coach and each other, it is obvious this squad has great chemistry which will really help them in the latter half of the season as they near the playoffs. After talking with the players and seeing their emotions after the game, the team was not tired or scared, but determined to show the Etown community what they are made of.

Photo: Athletic Department

Senior point guard Joe Renzi keeps the ball out of his defender’s reach. Renzi and other key players are fighting to turn the team’s season around after an unsuccessful start.


November 29, 2012 women’s basketball

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Team practices hard to rebound after first conference loss Samuel Ceron Staff Writer

Valley College, who is also picked to win the conference. LVC scored first and remained in control the rest of the game on their way to a 62-38 victory over the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays faced many contested shots due to the stingy defense that LVC played, as they were held to less than 29 percent shooting. The Dutchmen also dominated most statistical categories such as points in the paint, outscor-

ing the Blue Jays 24 to 6, bench points 16 to 9, and points off turnovers 14 to 11. Junior guard Kendra Beittel believes that there are a lot of positives that the team can take oming off a six-point loss to rival Franklin from their first conference game. “With new & Marshall College at the Terry Greene players in the mix this year not everyone was Memorial Tournament, the Blue Jays women’s as familiar with LVC. Having already played basketball team was looking to start off the seathem once this season, going into the second son in conference play on the right foot. Unforgame we will be more familiar with them and tunately, they ran into ninth-ranked Lebanon how they play as a whole. We will be able to do more drills and such specific to LVC at practice prior to playing them again,” Beittel said. The Blue Jays are off to a 1-3 start with their sole win being their season opener, which was a one point over Susquehanna University 69-68 Nov. 15. So far this season, the Blue Jays have been outscored by an average of more than 10 points per contest. With some new players in the starting lineup this season as well as head coach Sherri Gorman in her first season at Elizabethtown College, there have been some adjustments, but Beittel trusts the team’s transition has been a great one. “I think we have adjusted fairly well. With any new coach there are going to be changes, but I think as a whole we have done a pretty good job at adapting to those changes. The returning players are all very comfortable playing with one another so adding a few new into the mix really was not that difficult,” BeitPhoto: Thom Swarr tel said. One of the few bright spots so far in the Sophomore Emily Young reaches over a Susquehanna opponent to grab a loose ball. early season has been the scoring abilities of Although the season has gotten off to a shaky start, the team is looking to improve.


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Tempone speaks on successes Alexis L. Morris Sports Editor


first-year Rachel Forjan. The York Catholic High graduate is second on the team in scoring, with 13.3 points per game and leads the team with 17 three-point shot attempts, seven of which she made. Forjan also has confidence in her teammates that they can turn around from their early season start. “The Lebanon Valley game was a very good learning experience for us. Even though the score did not show it, we did some things very well as a team. The coaches were very positive about it.  LVC is a very good team and the things that we did well against them gave us some confidence. This game also highlighted the things we need to work on harder at practice.  Being a first-year on the team with a new coaching staff, I had no idea what to expect. The girls on the team were very welcoming and encouraging,” Forjan said. Another bright spot has been York University sophomore transfer Taylor Santor who has made an impact in distributing the ball as she leads the team with eight assists. The Blue Jays next game is against Widener University, who is currently 3-0 for the season. The team has confidence that they will bring their style of basketball and come out with a victory. “We will prepare for Widener the same way we prepare for any other team. On any given night, any team can beat anyone in our conference. We come prepared, and ready to play every game with the same intensity whether the team is 3-0 or 0-3,” Beittel said.

011 Middle Atlantic Conference Women’s Cross Country Champion. Threetime MAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week in 2012. Three-time NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships competitor. When discussing junior cross country and track runner Traci Tempone, the accolades keep piling up. A key member of Elizabethtown College’s women’s cross country and track teams, Tempone has played a huge role in the team’s continued success. The women won their sixth MAC Championship this year, and Tempone contributed largely to that win, as well as to the team’s trips to the regional meet the past three years. Early on, Tempone was a soccer player although she described herself as uncoordinated. “I tried a lot of different sports,” Tempone said, describing her journey to find the right athletic avenue. It was not until one of Tempone’s friends decided to leave the soccer team to try cross country that Tempone followed suit and started her running success. “I didn’t really know what it was at first,” Tempone said of the sport. “It was more social at first.” However, Tempone soon settled into this new sport. She has stuck with it over the years because she likes how the sport really pushes individuals as well as the team to achieve more and break past their limits. Plus, the coed atmosphere was a refreshing difference. “It keeps girls from being girls,” Tempone said of the benefits of practicing with men and women. When it came time to choose a college, cross country was definitely a factor. “I didn’t want sports to be too big of a factor,” Tempone said. However, as she went through the search process, her final schools had the academic standard she wanted. Then cross country became a much bigger part of the process. The team at Etown was appealing to Tempone because they really seemed like a family. Also coach Brian Falk truly believed in Tempone and his other runners.

Those factors have stayed true so far throughout Tempone’s career. Tempone noted how the team works hard together and how that strengthens their team bond. She remarked that if the team travels for a race, that experience is always a fun bonding time. However, Tempone does have her complaints about the sport. While team workouts are good for bonding, the running isn’t always fun. Her least favorite workout, which incidentally is Falk’s favorite workout, is when the team goes to Stony Creek to run. The team has to drive to get there and their route is much longer than other workouts. “I get bored,” Tempone said simply. Tempone prefers the “shorter” long runs, her preferred distances being 5k or 6k. During a race, Tempone prefers to keep a steady pace. “I don’t like to start out fast,” she said. “I average about the same splits the whole time. It gives you a boost each time you work past a group. It makes you think you’re speeding up.” In high school, Tempone didn’t follow this strategy and instead started really fast at the beginning of each race. With her steady pace, Tempone is also a successful long-distance track runner. She enjoys running track because she knows exactly when and how fast her mile splits are. “You can get in a good grove and know you’re in it,” she said. Despite her love of cross country, Tempone does miss a few aspects of traditional sports. Unlike in other sports, during a race, Tempone doesn’t know how her teammates are performing. She misses knowing what’s going on and cheering for her teammates during a game. Still, Tempone plans on continuing to run throughout her life. In the future, she hopes to run a marathon for a cause with her friends. She also wants to become a more well-rounded athlete and do more swimming. Tempone also hopes to return to her soccer roots and play club soccer. As for her remaining time at Etown, Tempone has two more track seasons and one cross country season left. If her past success is any indicator of her future, her name will be one for Etown’s record books.

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Dec. 1 Bow-Tie Invitational New Standard Corp. Invitational Men: Messiah Women: Messiah


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Senior men’s basketball player Ben Cable has been a major offensive force for the Blue Jays this season. Already averaging 11.5 points per game, Cable scored a thrilling buzzer beater shot to grab a win over Susquehanna University this past Sunday. Also a key three-point shooter for the Jays, Cable has nine three-pointers on the season.


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Major: Computer Science Hometown: York, Pa. Favorite athlete/sports team: Kobe Bryant, Jimmer Fredette Favorite Jay’s Nest item: Turkey pretzel melt Favorite movie: “Coach Carter” Favorite place to visit: “The Dog Pound” for West York HS basketball games Hardly anyone knows that ... I have a big family: 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

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In 10 years, I want to be … out of college debt. Favorite Etown Memory: Playing against my brother Luke vs. Susquehanna Greatest Etown accomplishment: Being a part of the Wild Bansheez’s historic title run in the 2012 intramural softball league Greatest basketball accomplishment: Winning League Championships in high school alongside my older brother Jordan I started playing basketball at age ... six.

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Dec. 5 Men: Lycoming Women: Lycoming

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