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NGO conference inspires change in global community by ANDREW CALNON
l i z a b e t ht ow n C o l l e g e held a non-government organization(NGO)
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Women’s cross country team wins seventh consecutive MAC Championship title
org an i z at i ons ( IG Os ) , a s well as to learn about career opportunities associated with NGOs. NGOs are non-profit organizations that exist
Photo: David Sinclair
The women’s cross country team achieved their seventh consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference Championship title on Saturday, Nov. 2. Senior Traci Tempone led the team, placing second overall.
by AMANDA ROBERTSON Photo: Leah Nissley
The College held a non-governmental organization (NGO) conference for students and faculty members on Saturday, Nov. 2.The conference gave Etown students the opportunity to listen and learn from 10 different NGO organizations.
conference last Saturday, Nov. 2 in the KAV. The College offered this event to students and faculty in an effort to promote its motto, “Educate for Service.” This conference gave students the opportunity to learn about the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental
independently of any government representation. The term NGO was originated by the United Nations and most commonly refers to organizations whose motives challenge issues to promote a social cause or gain. SEE NGO PAGE 2
he Elizabethtown College men’s and women’s cross countr y teams both competed in the Middle Atlantic Conference Cross Country
Championships at DeSales University on Saturday located in Center Valley, Pa. “MACs is always a race that we look forward to as a team because it marks the beginning of championship season and an exciting time for ECXC,” senior Eileen
Cody said. The men’s team was aiming to walk away with five straight conference championships before moving to the Landmark conference. SEE SPORTS PAGE 11
Auntie Anne’s director shares expertise by KARLEY ICE
alerie Kinney ’00, the director of communications for Auntie Anne’s Inc., will be teaching the Advanced Public Relations course for the communications department at Elizabethtown College during the spring 2014 semester. Kinney decided to teach this course as an adjunct professor because she sees it as a great opportunity to give back to her alma mater
and share her knowledge and experience with students who might work in similar positions in the future. The Advanced Public Relations course is going to stem from the communications theories and practices that students already know, and Kinney will teach how to apply them specifically to a public relations professional’s career. SEE PR COURSE PAGE 3
Spring break trip changes location, serves less-fortunate Business by MARISSA PEDUTO
ver the upcoming spring break, Elizabethtown College students will have the opportunity to spend their time on a service t r ip to At l ant a, Ga. Faith and Action and the Chaplain’s Office are partnering with the Andrew P. Stewart Center, the Park Avenue Baptist Church and a number of other ministries in Georgia to help serve t h e u n d e r pr iv i l e ge d populations there. The trip will include 15 spots for students and cost approximately $275 per student. Amy Shorner-Johnson, assistant chaplain, is one of the people in charge of planning the trip. The past two years the trip has
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gone to Miami, Fla., but this year another group has booked the trip and is headed to Georgia. Like in Miami, students will work with children in an afterschool program designed for high risk students and students from lowincome families. The students will be working at the Stewart Center, which according to its website, is a faith-based nonprofit organization “committed to providing a rich environment where children, youth, families, volunteers and staf f can grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically.” The trip will span from Friday, Feb. 2 8 to March 9 including travel days. SEE SERVICE PAGE 3
by SARAH WERTZ
Photo: Amy Shorner-Johnson
lizab et htown C ol lege wi l l b e offering a new business course called Marketing for Non-Business Majors. It will be an introduction to marketing, with an emphasis on other disciplines such as economics, management and accounting mixed into the course. The found at ion of market ing , including product, price, place and promotion will be covered during the course. Other areas of study will include segmentation, positioning, goods vs. services and basic concepts and terms related to management, economics and accounting. Associate Professor of Marketing, Dr. Bryan Greenberg, will be conducting the course.
Senior Carly Shrader attended the spring break trip to Miami, Fla. last March. She is pictured with a student from the school the group volunteered with.
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Mock trial club participates, wins competition at Penn State by CAROLYN LUKIEWSKI
he Elizabethtown College Mock Trial Club participated in an invitational competition at Penn State University during the weekend of Oct. 26. The team went 5-3, coming ninth out of 24 competitors; Elizabethtown was also awarded the Spirit of the AMTA (American Mock Trial Association) Award, which is presented to the team that best exemplifies the
ideals of honesty, civility and fair play. The club is currently separated into two teams, with eight people on a team. The team that competed at Penn State University this weekend included sophomores Zoey Lee and Samuel Weaver, seniors Maiza Rahman and Samantha Miller, juniors Brett Williams and Zeke Zimmer, and first-year Adam Dixon. The competition was made up of four rounds, which were evaluated
by two judges. This means that while they only participated in four rounds, they had the chance of winning or losing up to eight ballots. The team competed against Drexel University, Rutgers University, Lafayette College and American University. While the club only participates in two invitationals this semester, they have additional scrimmages scheduled for before Thanksgiving against Towson University and Dickinson College.
In February, the team will compete in regionals, which is considered the first round for the National Tournament. Nationals will be hosted by the University of Central Florida during the weekend of April 11. Students can hold different positions on the team, such as the legal office for the defense or prosecution, and witness positions for either side as well. The team has class on Monday nights that typically runs one to two hours.
They meet Thursdays and will come together additional nights if they need to practice for an upcoming competition or scrimmage. A typical practice consists of one students practicing direct examination of another, while the remaining team members watch and take notes. After that, they all discuss what worked, what did not and what can be improved for next time. SEE TRIAL PAGE 3
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NGO conference generates discussion on development, peacekeeping, aid The NGOs that participated in the event were the Mennonite Central Committee, Partners of the Americas, Transparency International, Human Rights Watch, Grameen Foundation, Freedom House, CARE, BuildaBridge, Search for Common Ground, IREX and Brittany’s Hope. Dr. David Kenley, director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peace and associate professor of history, said, “These were chosen because they represented a wide range of NGO activity, and because we felt our Elizabethtown College students were qualified to work for these organizations. Many have ties to the College.” Representatives from these various organizations attended the conference and offered seminars, workshops and a career fair, which allowed participants to learn about how NGOs are inspiring change within our communities. The event started with a welcome and introduction, followed by sessions on development, good governance and peacekeeping. There was a lunch break and keynote address by Jan Pursell Lane, after which an internship and job fair and a poster session concluded the event. NGOs can be an important asset to students and their futures. Julia Crawford from the NGO BuildaBridge said that NGOs broaden the possibilities of students’ futures and help them envision what they may want to do as a career. Mai-Lynn Sahd from the NGO Brittany’s Hope said that there are always a lot of things happening in the NGO world, and that NGOs present students with many opportunities. “In all of us there is an ache to do something to feed our soul and build on our strengths,” Sahd said. Mike Jobbins from the NGO Search for Common Ground said that there are huge realms of organizations doing a large amount of work. NGOs are always a way to get involved internationally. Each of the organizations has a different message that it is trying to convey to its audiences, ranging from promoting healing to giving children a loving home to ending violent conflict. The representatives at the conference gave advice to students who were looking into pursuing a job in an NGO. Their main advice to students was to pursue an area that matters to them, continue working until that goal is met, forget their perceptions about the world and be open-minded.
They also encourage students to volunteer first, get to know the NGO culture and then pursue an area in which they are passionate. They further mentioned some important qualifications that students should have; if they are interested in working for an NGO, students should have strong writing and projectmanaging skills, crisp communication skills and a strong interest in the subject area. Most students attended the event to broaden their understanding of what NGOs and IGOs do and to ask the representatives about internship opportunities. Junior Justin Greiss mentioned that he didn’t realize how small some of the organizations were, especially because they have had such an influence in society. Junior Cole Turula mentioned that he learned a lot of different ways by which NGOs build peace, raise money and offer opportunities. Junior Steven Paul found that these organizations offered more opportunities than he thought were available. Senior Nina Wheeler said to students who were interested in NGOs to, “Keep an open mind to global experiences and understanding. I think there are a lot of Etown students who are thinking ‘inside of the box’ and thinking they are rooted here, and they don’t have to be. They can do anything they want if they have the creative mindset to accomplish it.” Students were appreciative of the College for hosting the NGO Conference because it allowed them to look into something with which they weren’t all too familiar. “I hope it encouraged our students to think about working for NGOs. On the other hand, I wanted the participating NGOs to see the benefits of hiring Elizabethtown students. I think we succeeded on both accounts,” Kenley said. If students are interested in getting involved with an NGO, go to its website or email a representative and ask what you can do to help. NGOs are always looking for people of different backgrounds to represent their organization, and they will find the right position for you based on various interests. “If you are looking for a richly rewarding career full of excitement and purpose, take a look at the good work of NGOs,” said Kenley. The College’s goal is to hold an NGO conference every three to four years.
Photos: Leah Nissley
The NGO conference offered students knowledge on different non-government organizations. Students were able to listen to different sessions on topics such as development, good governance and peacemaking. Along with the sessions, the NGOs held an internship and job fair for those students interested in pursuing a career- in the field.
It’s Never Too Early to Start Your Career Monday, November 11: Road Trip To Clark Associates 3 -7 p.m. Juniors & Seniors, take a trip with us to Clark Associates in Lancaster to tour their facility, participate in a kitchen demo and learn about career & internship opportunities!
Checkout Clark Associates website to learn about all the fantastic opportunities.
Open to all majors— Transportation provided!
Tuesday, November 12: International Etiquette Reception 4 - 6 p.m. (KAV) Are you travelling abroad or want to learn more about Global Etiquette practices? Come hear international students talk about the etiquette tips you should know if traveling to their country. Enjoy this interactive session and experience mock tails and food from various countries.
Thursday, November 14: Select Medical Site Visit 9:00 am– 12:00 pm Juniors and Seniors, come along with us & learn about the 2014 Summer Internship Program at Select Medical. Opportunities in Health Information, HR, Accounting & Finance, Management & Information Systems. Pre-registration required; First come, first serve-limited to 25.
Open to all majors—Transportation provided!
Career Services Drop in Hours: Need information on resumes and cover letters? Not sure how or where to begin your job or internship search? Hours on Mondays & Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.
Drop by and see us!
To pre-register or for more information, e-mail career services at email@example.com, stop by our office in BSC 201, or call us at 717-361-1206.
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Alumna to teach advanced public relations course in spring
Photo: Valerie Kinney
Kinney graduated from Etown in 2000 and will return next semester to teach the Advanced Public Relations course. She is the director of communications for Auntie Anne’s Inc.
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“We will accomplish this by analyzing and evaluating public relations case studies from diverse industries,” Kinney said. As a part of this course, students will also have the opportunity to make strategies for actual clients and see how public relations is involved in achieving the goals of an organization. Kinney wants students to gain an understanding of public relations as a management function that requires helping an organization or company consider all aspects of the business and also needs the fostering of strong relationships with stakeholders through using intentional communications avenues. “In preparing for graduation and securing a job in the industry, it is critical for students to understand how the discipline of public relations is much more than the tactics of writing news releases, producing company newsletters, hosting special events and managing the corporate social media channels,” Kinney said. The benefit of having Kinney teach this
course is that students will have validation that the scenarios and case studies they examine and work through have real relevance for a public relations professional. Kinney is also performing public relations tactics, which allows her to provide insight and talk about the latest trends in the career. Kinney graduated from Etown in 2000 with a degree in communications and a concentration in public relations. She also minored in professional writing at Etown and, almost 10 years later, Kinney went on to earn her master’s degree in communications management at Syracuse University. She previously taught a digital writing course for seniors at Millersville University in the fall semester of 2012. Kinney also worked for Pavone, an advertising and public relations firm located in Harrisburg, Pa. She has worked for Auntie Anne’s in several different communications
Jays take part in spring service trips Aside from volunteering at the Stewart Center, students will visit the Martin Luther King Memorial and the Centennial Olympic Park. Students will also take a tour of the World of Coca-Cola factory and spend an evening out on the town. The trip has been going on for a number of years now. It started because a group of students wanted to serve in
a location that fit with their faith background. “Faith-based service is going beyond just doing something good, or even doing something to make oneself feel good,” ShornerJohnson said. To her, it is about recognizing the humanity in everyone and recognizing that everyone is wrestling with difficult questions. Once this is recognized, she believes
students are able to “learn how they can advocate for other people and share love and hope in places that experience the opposite, as well as live their faith.” For more information or to sign up, students can contact Shorner-Johnson directly or visit the Chaplain’s Office website for the direct link to the application.
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positions over the past 10 years. “As the director of communications for Auntie Anne’s Inc., I oversee the strategic communications activities for the disciplines of public relations, websites, social media, corporate communications and customer relations,” Kinney said. Kinney discovered Auntie Anne’s through a social event, where she met a member of the company’s creative services team in an attempt to market the advertising and public relations firm in which she was employed. Three years later, she interviewed for a position at Auntie Anne’s and the firm also pitched marketing projects for Auntie Anne’s. “Auntie Anne’s Inc. is the franchisor of the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain, consisting of 1,400 stores around the world,” Kinney said. She further explained that, “In addition to its franchising business, Auntie Anne’s is also a manufacturer of gourmet fundraising products. Schools and other nonprofit community groups can raise money for their organization by working with one of the
Mock trial club wins award at sixth annual invitational
McFarland, Dudley present workshop at national conference by TYLER FREEZE
enior Rustin Dudley and faculty mentor Professor of Social Work Dr. Margaret “Peggy” McFarland presented a workshop, entitled “Mental Illness in the Amish Community: Providing Culturally Competent Services” at the National Association of Social Workers state conference on Oct. 12. McFarland commented that she felt honored to work with her student. “As a senior social work student, this was her research and not mine. As her faculty mentor, I presented with her, but she completed the research and took the lead,” McFarland said. McFarland felt honored that they were accepted to present, as Dudley is an undergraduate student. They went through a review process to be selected to present at the conference. “The process for being selected is to submit an abstract which is then reviewed by a peer committee of professional social workers. The presentation highlighted the need for social workers to be culturally competent when working with Amish clients because our code of ethics includes the idea that we need to be sensitive to our client’s culture and obtain education on how to best serve a variety of clients,” McFarland said. Dudley commented that the project and presentation helped her grow professionally. “Research is integral to our practice,” she said. “If we do not understand our clients, we may end up not providing them with effective services. It made me better understand that different populations do not necessarily respond to the same services in the same way and that we, as social workers, need to be cognizant of that.”
Both Dudley and McFarland were surprised to learn about the lack of knowledge a lot of social work professionals had about the Amish. “At the beginning of the workshop, we had participants share knowledge and stereotypes about the Amish, and we were surprised how little social workers knew about the Amish, especially if they were from other parts of the state,” McFarland said. Dudley mentioned that she got started on this topic by writing a term paper for a class in her sophomore year about how the Amish’s opinion of mental illness and the different treatment methods. She was advised to try to publish or present that paper, and, with the help of McFarland and some other professors, took that suggestion to heart and turned it into reality. They refined her paper until it was suitable for submission to the Board of Review for this conference. Dudley mentioned that she only made some minor changes between her paper and presentation. Mainly, she incorporated more relevant social work principles. Dudley and McFarland have been working together for some time now. “Dr. McFarland agreed to help me with presentation proposals, and earlier this year we applied to present that the 38th Annual National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas (held in July at Millersville University) and the NASW-PA Annual Conference,” Dudley said. Dudley and McFarland look to submit a paper for publication in the coming months. The two of them are also working on a project with a few other colleagues, both from Etown and other institutions.
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Greenberg to teach new business course for non-marketing majors Because many students have other requirements for their disciplines during the day, the course will be offered at night in order to accommodate the schedules of many students. The course will include lectures, activities and field trips. “Students often don’t think business relates to their major, but no matter what we do in life there are businessrelated considerations, even if
we’re working for a nonprofit, conducting scientific research, working in a medical or healing arts occupation, or are an artist or educator,” Greenberg said. He feels that when it comes to the job hunt, business education not only helps your candidacy for the job you are going for, but it also can help you demonstrate a solid understanding of the larger business, industry or economy
related to that particular job. “My belief is that the more well-rounded, the better, no matter the career a student is interested in. I want my marketing students to have a broad, liberal arts education,” Greenberg said. “Similarly, I’d love for our non-business students to have insight into the business side of things, no matter the career path they embark on.”
Photo: Amy Shorner-Johnson
The club won the Spirit of the AMTA (American Mock Trial Association) Award for exemplifying honesty, civility and fair play at their most recent competition.
Paula Knudsen, the mock trial coach, and Dr. Kyle Kopko, the director of the pre-law program, both mentor the team throughout the year. When asked what her favorite part of the mock trial process is, Knudsen said, “I enjoy watching the students grow and learn. Standing up in front of a lot of people and trying a new skill is challenging, but when the students conquer a difficult piece, such as an opening statement, it is so rewarding to see their confidence grow.” “I also enjoy watching the students work in teams and collaboratively work on solving the problems posed by the case,” said Knudsen. Dr. Kopko began his work with the mock trial program when he joined Etown in 2010. He is an Etown alumnus and was a member of the team throughout his four years, from 2002-2005. He served as a captain during 2004 and 2005, along with helping to judge competitions as an Ohio
State graduate student. Current captain of one of the mock trial teams Samuel Weaver competed in mock trials in high school as well as his first year at Etown. He enjoys mock trial’s argumentative and competitive characteristics: “I have always had a passion for delivering strong arguments. Mock trial, like our legal system, is adversarial in nature and built on developing and delivering a coherent and powerful case,” Weaver said. After college, he plans on either going to law school or graduate school for history. He speaks very highly of his experiences in mock trial, noting that it has improved his public speaking ability to articulate arguments and skills. The team of eight that did not compete in the Penn State competition will be competing at the University of Pennsylvania this coming weekend, on Saturday, Nov. 9.
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November 7, 2013
‘A Comedy of Terrors’ production opens in Tempest Theatre ‘Commedia dell’Arte’ style of performance uses improvisational techniques to create unique script by KAITLIN GIBBONEY
n Halloween night, mischief and mayhem stirred in Tempest Theatre. Starting Thursday evening, Oct. 31, the Elizabethtown College’s Tempest Theatre presented “A Comedy of Terrors.” This production was devised and written by Adjunct Faculty Member Terri Mastrobuono and the company of players and stage management. In the play, the scene opens on a little town in Italy and its happy residents on the day where the patriarch of the town, Pantalone Pallone, is counting his money. Suddenly, the peaceful day is disturbed when Pantalone discovers that he is missing a single coin! In a rage, he cannot be reasoned with and he punishes the members of his house, each with terrible consequences. His daughter Isabella is to be sent to a nunnery away from her love, Fabio. The Capitano and Capitainette are to be sent off to a newly created war. The servants, the Zanni, are to be without food, and Columbina is confined to the kitchen, cooking Pantalone’s meals all day without rest. Deeply unhappy with their present situation, the townspeople attempt to reason with Pantalone to rip up the document putting their punishments into law. However, Pantalone’s stubbornness wins and he refuses their pleas. Desperate for a way out of their terrible predicaments, Columbina calls upon the help of the mysterious witch dwelling in the forest, Ruffiana. Hesitant to assist the townspeople at first, she finally agrees to aid them in exchange for Pantalone’s journal, which contains secret information about her past with Pantalone. Mastrobuono said the play was written in the style of Commedia dell’Arte. “Commedia dell’Arte means ‘comedu of the artist’ — that is, art created and owned by the commedia company
itself,” she said. “It was the first time in the history of theatre that theatre artists produced their own material and could therefore request money for it. Bingo! Professional theatre is born!” Everyone in the production of “A Comedy of Terrors” including the players and those working offstage were involved in putting together the script. “Commedia companies discovered that more people would come to a show about life as they knew it,” Mastrobuono said. “Using everyday characters and themes of greed, love, betrayal, ambition and class, the commedia was able not only to offer audiences plays about themselves, but they were also able to make them laugh about their struggles.” This style of writing is known in some circles as “the mother of comedy” and has been used in works by both Shakespeare and Seinfeld, from the Renaissance to the modern day.
“We started off with absolutely nothing; by simply playing around with different ideas and acting on the spot, we created a 90-minute show.” ~Nathaniel Marlowe One of the performers, sophomore Nathaniel Marlowe offered his perspective on the creation of the show. “The process of creating the show was primarily playing with the scenes already given to us,” Marlowe said. “We had an outline of the basic plot of the show, but we had no idea
Photo: Katie Brumbach
“A Comedy ofTerrors” cast posed during a scene.The performance openedThursday evening, Oct. 31 in Tempest Theatre and will be shown Nov. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
what the final product was going to be. We used improv to write the script. Everyone who worked on the show contributed to the final product. We started off with absolutely nothing; by simply playing around with different ideas and acting on the spot, we created a 90-minute show.” Marlowe emphasized the focus on the story and physical comedy elements in the lighthearted style of Commedia dell’Arte. “Even though I played a stock character, this was the hardest show that I have ever participated in,” he said. “Commedia is all about physicality and movement. Acrobatic movements are incorporated into the show; if you screw up, you could endanger yourself and others.” In addition to the pressure of the physical movements of the show, the story presented
itself with its own challenges. “Although we had the freedom to write our own show, there was the pressure of creating something significant,” Marlowe said. “This took such a toll on me physically and mentally. You have to go beyond your A game if you want to perform in this type of show.” “I hope that people will expose themselves more to student art after seeing this show,” Marlowe said. “There is incredible work that students here create, but they have few outlets to present their work. We were lucky that we got to perform a 90-minute show several times for all sorts of people. Hopefully this will inspire students to present their artwork to the entire student body.” “A Comedy of Terrors” runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Tempest Theatre.
Fritz supplies performances, Marshall discusses transformative events with lighting, effects powers of conflict management by PAIGE PRESTON
here are many behind the scenes employees who add to the atmosphere of Elizabethtown College’s campus. If you have ever attended a production at Leffler Chapel and Performing Arts Center or the Koons Activity Venue (KAV) or worked with any of the campus theater groups, you probably know Barry Fritz or have witnessed his expertise. Fritz is the technical operations director for theater productions at Etown theater productions. Fritz grew up in Somerset County in western Pennsylvania and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He realized that he enjoyed being part of the theatrical atmosphere while working with lighting and sound crew in high school. Fritz decided to turn his passion into a theater major at IUP and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. After his college career, Fritz worked at several play houses such as the Ephrata Playhouse in Ephrata, Pa., the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, Pa. and the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, Pa. These jobs were involved strictly with theater shows, and he did not become a part of event-oriented shows until he started working at Etown. Fritz began working at the College in the fall of 1995. Today, he has a 15-minute commute to a college he believes is a great place to work. He enjoys the sense of family and community that the Etown campus possesses. On the Etown campus, Fritz has also been a faculty member and resident designer. In the fall of 1995, Fritz was an adjunct professor in the theatre department. He continued on as a professor until the spring of 2002. He taught several different stagecraft courses and labs during the time he was a professor. Fritz was also the alumni theater’s technical director and the resident designer for the scenic and lighting effects. During this time his favorite productions were “Under Milkwood,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Marat/Sade.” In 2001, Fritz was involved in the complete renovation of the theater.
Fritz was also an interim professor from 2007 to 2008 and taught Introduction to Theatre and Design. During these years, he served as the technical director and scenic lighting designer. As the technical operations director, Fritz provides support in many places across the campus such as Musser Auditorium in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center and also in the KAV in the area of lighting and sound at various events. Fritz’s job is event-oriented, which he enjoys, because the jobs are different every day and different every school year. Fritz works longer hours as the event approaches. The busiest days normally come at the end of each semester when organizations are trying to end the semester with a showcase. Fritz and his group are instrumental in supporting Special Events and Summer Programs, which are a series of summer programs, conferences and camps that take advantage of Etown’s facilities and Fritz’s skills. The two major events that Fritz is currently preparing for are the Emotion Dance Performance on Dec. 6 and 7 and the American Family Christmas Concert on Dec. 12. The Emotion Dance Performance showcases many different styles of dance. This allows Fritz and his team to use many different aspects of lighting to pair with the different dance routines. The American Family Christmas Show is a great way for the whole family to get into the holiday spirit with the great sound of holiday music. These are both annual events that happen on campus, and the technical operations department is ready to prepare for another set of great shows. When Fritz is away from work, he enjoys photography. He tends to shoot in black and white photography, which lends itself to his theatrical side of looking at the world. He also enjoys candle making and reading a great book. Fritz said that if he were to work anywhere else he would love the opportunity to work at Suburban Theatre.
by EMILY DRINKS
e need to see c on f l i c t n ot only as destructive, but also pregnant with possibilities,” Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall stated in her presentation on conflict management in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Marshall currently teaches Christian ethics at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Marshall taught at Elizabethtown College from 1999 to 2002 and was the original professor of peace and conflict studies. In her presentation, “Evaluating Expectations for Conflict Management,” she shared some of the goals of conflict management to address a deep wound, restore a community, restore a relationship and grow to become a better friend or group member. One of Marshall’s points was that conflict can be both harmful and transformative. She first addressed the way in which many individuals view conflict. Ruptured relationships, an onslaught of emotions, loss of sleep, job loss and violence are only some of the aspects associated with conflict. However, Marshall underscored the need to view conflict in a more positive light. “Conflict is not inherently a bad thing. It can be a construct for change,” Marshall said. She further stated that conflict is both
necessary for change and the first step in change. Conflict, Marshall said, originates with previous events, possibly from a different generation, that one or both parties refuse to forgive. Marshall stated, “We need to develop conflict transformation processes to heal historical conflicts.” One example given was work done with individuals who descended from either slaves or slave owners and live in a community still greatly impacted by racism. The conflict did not initiate with the individuals being worked with, but rather it was deeply rooted in their culture. Thus, the conflict needed to be addressed from a historical standpoint. Marshall outlined three aspects faced during conflict management: reasonable, faithful and challenging. The first, reasonable, means an individual constructively engages in working towards a solution to the conflict. For faithful, Marshall said the most common phrase in explaining it is to “trust the process.” Essentially, the individual needs to have faith that the conflict can be resolved through the process, whether they understand the process or not. Marshall’s final category was that resolving the conflict will be challenging. One of the most challenging parts is first addressing the conflict. “Avoiding conflict is not a possibility. It is ever present. We need to develop a healthy attitude about
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Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall’s lecture on Nov. 6 focused on the positive potential for conflict resolution.
conflict as well as a way to engage it constructively,” Marshall said. To resolve a conflict, Marshall outlined certain elements to expect, the first being that a conflict will not be resolved if not addressed. Additionally, those working in conflict management must anticipate and be able to adapt to the unexpected. The professionals Marshall often interacts with regarding conflict management will usually detail cases to her where an individual who was wholly opposed to the process opens up and actively works towards resolving the conflict; the professionals often will say in this circumstance, “I didn’t see that coming” or “it’s nothing I did.” Finally, conflict resolution is facilitated by recognition and empowerment. Marshall referred to these expectations as the two key elements in conflict management. Marshall used the word “humanization” as the goal of the process. Humanization occurs within the dis-
cussion when both parties of a conflict listen to each other, recognize the other’s perspective and both sides are empowered by sharing their point of view. “There is that moment of recognition … and a fellow feeling develops,” Marshall said. Marshall also shared what professionals working in conflict management do not expect. She advised never to expect conflict management to be easy or even for it to work. The context of the conflict must always be considered when developing a solution. Closely tied to this is that conflict resolution is never a linear process. Marshall again emphasized the ability to adapt to what an individual says is an important element of conflict management — don’t expect every group to clearly move from point A to point B. As Jonathan Rudy, global peacemaking scholar-in-residence stated at the end of the lecture, “[Conflict management] is not a formula … you don’t put it in an aerosol can and spray it around.”
November 7, 2013
Varamini hosts International Business Day by CATHERINE WILSON-MARTIN
plethora of business students filled the halls of the James B. Hoover Center for Business to bask in the knowledge and experience of 24 members of the international business community on Oct. 16. Elizabethtown College’s International Business Day is a highlight of the fall semester for International Business (IB) majors. The information and contacts it provides students with are invaluable, and it would not be possible without the planning of one man: Dr. Hossein Varamini, director of International Business. In fact, Varamini was the one who found all of the professional business professionals who serve on the IB Advisory Board. “I work to identify the right type of people to become members of the IB Board. I go to meetings near Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Lancaster and surrounding areas to identify IB executives who could bring their experiences to our program and share them with our students. These business people have offered internships and jobs to IB students and have served as mentors to them as well,” Varamini said. He acquired business executives from companies such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Between the 24 executives on the board, there exists over 500 years of IB experience. “The professionals always have great advice and continually expand my mind as to how International Business is used in the workplace,” junior IB student Katie Brumbach said. Organizing IB Day is not the only thing Varamini does for his students. He also developed the Collaborative Industry Partnership (CIP), a program which teams up students to do research, solve problems and consult with businesses throughout the semester. This project is the result of collaboration with the Pa. Small Business
Development Center and gives students practical experience in the business world. At the end of the semester, executives from participating businesses are invited to campus to hear the results of the work each team has done. They watch student presentations, in which the students make recommendations to the companies. “The results of the CIP projects have been very good.
“He genuinely wants us to succeed, expects us to succeed, and because of programs like IB Day, I know that I can and will rise to his expectations” ~Shayla Marshall Company executives have been happy with the recommendations, and our students have benefited significantly from realistic, practical experiences,” Varamini said. Developing programs such as IB Day and CIP is necessary due to the changing face of international business and globalization. Varamini believes making curriculum revisions alongside the development of these programs, as well as providing practical experiences for the students are important components of preparing IB students to succeed in their careers and graduate schools. “The IB program is a very strong program because of our students. They work hard and are highly motivated. They also take advantage of opportunities, which makes it easier for them to find internships
and jobs,” Varamini said. Varamini was also appointed to the Turnbull-Jamieson Chair of Business and Accounting. This award is in recognition of his work, and it provides funding for teaching business and accounting courses. Varamini teaches courses in two areas: finance and international business. “Every day I go to class and I say ‘this is my favorite topic to talk about,’” Varamini said. “I like finance classes, because my students learn a lot of new concepts and develop new skills. I facilitate real world learning, but IB classes let me get to know IB students really well.” Senior international business major Danni Qiao said, “He’s one of my favorite professors. He’s very passionate about teaching and he’s always eager to help.” Varamini is also the faculty supervisor for internships in business. In order for students to receive credit for their internship experience, Varamini must approve and monitor their learning activities throughout the duration of their internships. For his research, Varamini is mainly involved in working with his students. Through independent research and honors in the discipline projects, Varamini and his students conduct research, which results in published papers, and presentations at national and international conferences. Varamini works with all of his students closely to help them reach their goals. “He genuinely wants us to succeed, expects us to succeed, and because of programs like IB Day, I know that I can and will rise to his expectations,” sophomore IB major Shayla Marshall said. “I love working at Etown. It gives me the opportunity of working with young people who are interested in learning,” Varamini said. “Seeing them engaged in their learning, seeing them succeed after college and seeing them want to give back; each is always a rewarding experience.”
Travels Abroad: Discovering Etown in Unexpected Places A
by JAZMIN DEJESUS
fter carefully monitoring my money each week and spending multiple nights scrounging for remaining food in the fridge, I’ve noticed one thing about Elizabethtown College that I don’t have here in Cheltenham: cheap and easy food. Now, I realize this makes me sound like a lazy American, but sometimes, I find myself missing the Jay’s Nest and the Marketplace, simply because they offer a food option that lets me swipe my student card. There isn’t any sort of card system at the University of Gloucestershire, so I usually buy groceries for the week and make my own meals. I have to be honest and say I miss the meal swipes. How nice is it to be able to simply swipe into an all-you-can-eat cafeteria? I will say though, that having to fend for myself has provided some valuable life experience. Having to buy my own groceries week after week has taught me to manage money and food. Now I
know how my parents felt when they bought groceries for our family each week. I’ve learned that eggs and rice go a long way, as they can stretch out a meal. I’ve also learned that I don’t drink as much milk as I thought, as I’ve had to throw out it out — spoiled — more times than I would care to admit. Of course, I do eat out sometimes, but I try to do so sparingly. There are tons of restaurants in Cheltenham, and I have a particular weak spot for Paparrito’s, a taco and burrito place in town. Sometimes I find myself at Ruby Tuesday for some American food when I feel homesick. All in all though, while it can be annoying facing the fact that I’m growing up and have to take care of myself, I’ve learned some valuable lessons. Luckily, I still have another year of quesadillas and the pasta bar at Etown before I have to face the perils of grocery bills.
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McNabb presents art in form of woodworking at Bowers Artist presents ‘City Series’ work, leads discussion of importance of working to perfect one’s craft by EMILY VASAS
n display at Bowers Writers House sits a part of James McNabb’s “City Series.” A whole shelf is home to a city skyline in miniature, a new life for scrap wood. McNabb, a wood crafter and artist, presented his artwork through slideshows and exhibits at Bowers at 8 p.m. on Nov. 5. McNabb recently obtained a master’s degree in woodworking and furniture design from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is also co-founder of McNabb and Co. in Philadelphia, Pa. His work has been exhibited in New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana galleries, as well as in magazines like “Fine Woodworking.” McNabb discussed his artwork in conjunction with his progress in woodcraft over the years at the Bowers. McNabb is a self-described “artist, designer, maker,” saying that he has trouble defining himself as just one thing and that his definition of himself and his work changes over time. He began his academic career at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in woodworking and furniture design. RIT is renowned for technological training. “Somewhere in a corner lives the school of American crafts,” McNabb said. McNabb explained that his time at RIT offered him the opportunity to learn how to do amazing things with practical applications. Each student in the program learned how to work with traditional techniques and tools and apply them in a contemporary way, before moving on to more modern tools like computers and laser cutters. Students were expected to develop skills in the fundamentals of manipulating material. McNabb said that there was not much creativity involved in the early projects he worked on besides
developing hand-eye skills. The curriculum was structured such that once students mastered the basics, they were able to move on to more advanced coursework and more contemporary techniques. As he moved on in his coursework, the basic skills McNabb learned early on allowed him to imbue more expression into his work. While still in these early stages, McNabb focused on quality and longevity over design. He developed “iPedestals” wood blocks with iPod charger cords strung through them, for a more aesthetic way to charge the devices. He joked that these were actually the precursors to today’s charging stations. As he developed his technical skill, McNabb began to experiment with design. “I think that the value of something is in some of the details,” he said. To him, a well-designed piece of anything must share the same care on the parts people don’t see — the back, insides and undersides — to show its quality. He spent two years after graduating from RIT as an administrative assistant before deciding that it was not the way he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Instead, he went back to school and began working on his master’s degree. He did not want his skills to dissolve or for his work to sit in his parents’ basement covered with blankets. The master’s program he chose was rigorous, and McNabb spent as much of his time justifying the meaning of his works as he spent crafting them. He explained that the program forced him to learn to craft things differently and spend more time experimenting. He had to answer questions about his work and his chosen career field. Why make anything from wood? What is the importance of the craft? He believes all the importance in justifying his craft stemmed from wanting to offer something for everyone in his
Photo: Leah Nissley
James McNabb presented his art in the form of woodworking at Bowers Writers House Tuesday evening. As McNabb perfected his area of study, he had to constantly question and justify his craft to give his work meaning.
audience. “Anybody from any walk of life, whether they like something or not, can associate something to my work,” he said. His close association with his audience is why the “City Series” works so well. People go to the city to be the best at what they do, he explained. This makes the city itself a great subject to work with. The city is full of life and meaning, so no matter what someone’s views, associations with the city abound. McNabb is of the opinion that
people do not have to like cities to be able to associate with some aspect of them. The “City Series” stemmed from his attempts to appeal to everyone, as well as his attempts to create more spontaneous art. It is not furniture, and it is not finely crafted, but it is a way for him to work through stress or “worker’s block,” as he calls it. The “City Series” uses scrap wood from his and others’ previous projects to create something with universal appeal.
November 7, 2013
Letter to the editor expresses concerns about politician’s radical viewpoints by SANJAY PAUL
Photo: Katie Brumbach
Terri Mastrobuono’s “Comedy of Terrors” has immensely entertained audiences thus far in its running with its playful humor. The play will be performed again on Thursday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
‘Comedy of Terrors’ garners strong reviews by SKYE MCDONALD
C o m e d y o f Te r r o r s ,” w r i t t e n b y Te r r i Mastrobuono and company, was the first drama that I have seen at Elizabethtown College. I loved every minute of it! Since I have studied Italian for five years, I appreciated the ongoing Italian theme throughout the p e r f or m a n c e . T h e c om e d i c te chniques us e d dur ing t he show included a combination of slapstick and one-liners, coupled with comedic violence, cheesy romance and sexual innuendos that had me laughing pretty hard. In addition, the story itself was a unique one, linking aspects of medieval and modern themes, such as references to Apple technology, to an interactive experience that broke down the fourth wall nicely. One aspect of this play that I loved the most was the comedy duo of junior Lauren Cull and s enior Michael Wawrzynek, who played Capitano Grande Vendetta and Capitano Pesce d’Oro, respectively. Cull is small in stature and Wawrzynek is naturally tall, so it was funny to see the bloodlust Vendetta had for war and honor. One could never miss their charging onstage, shouting out orders and taking charge and Pesce d’Oro’s obsessing over breasts! But, as they made very clear, “they came in like Miley Cyrus on a ‘Wrecking Ball,’” loudly charging into every scene. Cheesy romance is always simple and delightful for the viewer. First-years Kerry Anne Serody and Nick Loschiavo played star-crossed lovers, Isabella and Fabio, very well. Serody was very dramatic in every scene, while Loschiavo played the role of a narcissist convincingly, adding to the comedic effect by entering every scene holding a mirror and fixing his hair. Medieval lines like, “Get thee to a nunn’ry!” were coupled with, “I’m going to get my own reality show!” which fit into the context of the show well. Along with cheesy romance was the classic bickering-like-
an-old-married-couple pair, Pantalone Pallone and Ruffiana, played by senior Stephen Boyhont and junior Taylor Luckenbill, r e s p e c t i v e l y. A s s t u b b o r n , middle-aged characters, they both went back and forth as if in a tennis match, shooting oneliners, cheap shots and subtle sexual innuendos at each other. Pantalone made comments about her stupidity and age, while Ruffiana retaliated with jeers about his greed and childish behavior. Dottore Grandissimo and Columbina, portrayed by s ophomore Luke Smit h and senior Katie O wens, both had their own techniques for comedic effect. Dottore rambled endlessly, providing unnecessary information, at which the cast would continually fall asleep or try to silence him. He talked about fruit one minute, then iOS technology the next. Columbina, on t he ot her hand, was t he provider of many sexual jokes regarding Pantalone’s “dough” while working endlessly in a kitchen. The Zanni, masked background comedians had a decent amount of one-liners and catchphrases. I laughed every time Zanni apologized for something she didn’t do. And the use of LED flashlights by the Zanni portrayed the change between day and night. “A C o m e d y o f Te r r o r s” parodied classics with its romance and elements of mystery and discovery. Uniquely, there wasn’t a set protagonist in the story; instead, every cast member contributed to the development of the plotline, which is refreshing for the viewer. This performance, with its ongoing interaction with various audience members and incorporation of modern-day news, such as topics like Syria, allowed for a different experience than one would usually expect. The play made for a happy Halloween, and I would definitely recommend this show to anyone who enjoys romance, violence, innuendos or just wants to be swept away by comedy and have an enjoyable evening.
ormer presidential candidate Rick Santorum is very familiar with the devil. Thanks to his warnings in 2008, America learned that Satan (the father of all devils) was insidiously attacking the “great institutions of America”—notably, its colleges and universities. Shortly thereafter, a search ensued at Elizabethtown College for signs of the bad man—and sure enough, Homer was caught, some sort of exorcism was carried out, and the College was pronounced Satan-free by Santorum. A certificate to the effect was granted to the College, the value of which soon became apparent. In 2008-2009, the country went through a severe economic crisis. Unemployment reached 10 percent, the stock market fell sharply and millions of homeowners found themselves saddled with loans they could not repay. Institutions of higher learning were hardly immune to the unfolding carnage. As family incomes and asset values plummeted, college tuitions came to be seen as forbiddingly
high and enrollments fell sharply. Institutions heavily dependent on tuition revenues faced battered budgets. Those with large endowments such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton had problems of their own. The drastic fall in the stock market had caused portfolio values to decline, leading to smaller endowment incomes. Gifts from donors, even very rich donors, became markedly smaller, if not scarce. How did the universities react to the grim situation? They cut academic programs, laid off faculty and staff and postponed construction projects. At Harvard, students could no longer count on hot breakfasts in their cafeterias. No more bacon and poached eggs, reported Vanity Fair—students would have to get by on cold ham, cottage cheese, cereal and fruit. Such were the trials and tribulations of colleges across the land. How about Etown—how did we manage during the crisis? Turns out, much better than most other institutions. To be sure, enrollments fell, tuition revenues declined and departments had to reduce their pho-
tocopying expenses and cut back on office supplies. But there were no faculty layoffs. No academic programs were cut. Breakfasts were left untouched. Some might be tempted to credit the College’s resilience to a responsive and responsible management, diligent efforts by the admissions department to restore enrollment levels, careful oversight by trustees and a general willingness on the part of everyone to deal with the crisis in a sober fashion. But that would be a mistake. C re d it for Etow n’s emerging relatively unscathed from the financial crisis should go to Santorum. Was it not he who warned us that the devil was afoot—and needed to be driven out from the campus? How many universities took heed of that warning? The great universities of the land, the fine liberalarts colleges that dot the country, the institutions of higher learning in central Pa. How many of them could claim to be Satan-free? Lesser mortals would have been content to deliver universities from the grip of the devil, but San-
torum did not rest on his laurels. His quest to root out the bad guy is an unending one, for he knows that ousting Satan from one sphere of public life will only lead him to seek refuge in another. One must be ever vigilant, thought Homer, as he bit into a scone at the Blue Bean. And Santorum was just the man for the job. After losing his presidential bid (a blow for the country!), Santorum had retreated from the public limelight. Homer surmised he had embraced a life of contemplation and thought and was waiting for the right moment to re-enter public life. And now he is back! He has produced a movie. Homer has not seen it yet, but he would be surprised if it did not garner at least a few Oscars. Santorum has been making the obligatory rounds of the cable networks. And true to form, he has raised the question, “Where in the world is the devil now?” Fortunately for America, he has provided the answer. Hollywood. The devil’s playground, he calls it. We can’t say we weren’t warned.
Excess noise disrupts Library’s atmosphere; productivity declines by CORY STOLTZ
ome Elizabethtown College students choose to socialize in the High Library. Rather than doing work, they like to be loud and laugh with their friends. There would be nothing wrong with this if these people were the only ones in the Library. However, this is not the case. Too many times, I find myself having trouble focusing because some students near me are carrying out a conversation. I do not believe that these students’ loud behavior is appropriate in the Library. I believe too many times people are very noisy and disruptive. The Library is a place where students go to get work done. It is not a place to go socialize with your friends. Many times, all of the study rooms are filled by students, so you are forced to do your work in the open floor. This requires students to be very close to each other while they work. I know from experience it is very hard to focus on your work when two people are engaged in a conversation. Even if the people having the conversation are not talking loud, it is still very easy to hear them. There are a hundred different places on campus for socializing and hanging out with friends. I just don’t understand why people think the Library is one of these places. The quiet study rooms are a privilege. We are lucky that the College offers such a luxury. I believe this luxury is often abused by students. The study rooms are meant to be utilized for group study sessions, where students can go in and focus on studying or doing an assignment together. Often, just one student will be in there when the Library is extremely crowded. It is a little unnecessary for one person to take up an entire study room, but at least they are doing their work and doing it quietly. The real problem comes when a group of students take up a study room and make a lot of noise. Students seem to have this idea that the study rooms are soundproof and no noise can be heard through them. This is not the case at all. I have been in a study room where the people in the room next to me were all laughing and being loud. I could easily hear them and everything they were saying and it made it really hard for me to focus. In general, students just don’t have respect for others in the Library. For example, I was in the computer lab the other day with about eight other people. Someone’s phone in the computer lab started ringing very loudly, and she answered the phone. For the next 15 minutes, she proceeded to have a conversation with her friend about nothing important at all. She did not seem to care that people were doing their work. Instead of having a page done in my paper, I found myself aware of what this girl’s plans were for the weekend, because she was talking that loud. Clearly, this alters your
Photo: Katie Brumbach
Students should be able to focus on their work in the High Library. Excess noise is disrespectful to others.
ability to focus on your work and get things done. It is just rude and inconsiderate. Austin Brady, a senior accounting major spends a great deal of his time in the Library because of his demanding work load. He explains, “People really think that the study rooms are soundproof or something. I can hear people in the room next to me, and it makes it hard to focus.” Brady went on to say, “I often have certain times I need work handed in by, so being distracted and not getting work done in the Library is not an option for me.” I believe the hindrance of getting work done by loud and inconsiderate students is just not right. There are times where the Library will be very quiet and no one is making any kind of disturbance. But this is how the Library should be. Libraries are intended to be silent and a place to focus on studies. College students have a hard enough time focusing when they are in the Library, they definitely don’t need people being loud and inappropriate as well.
November 7, 2013
ASK MATT by MATTHEW WALTERS Dear Matt, If you don’t want to live beside someone next year that you live beside now, how do you put that nicely? Or what should you do exactly?
Dear Student with Not-So-Nice Neighbors, If your neighbors are a concern, when you select your housing next year, you will more than likely not end up next to the same people again. So that’s a relief. I think the main challenge you’ll likely face is putting up with those people until you’re finally home free. How you deal with these next-door nightmares depends on three things: What kind of people they are, what kind of person you are and what exactly they’re doing to annoy you. Unfriendly neighbors may be challenging to approach in person. If they’re doing something that makes your life miserable, you should talk to your resident assistant about any concerns that you have—your RA is most qualified to help you in this situation. If your neighbors are reasonably personable, and maybe don’t even know that they’re making your life harder, consider talking to them. If your neighbor doesn’t know that blasting the volume during their late-night Call of Duty spree is robbing you of sleep, just let him or her know about it. The above solutions only work, however, if you’re the type of person who likes to confront and solve conflict. I have several friends who like to bottle up their issues instead of taking them on. While I personally would not advise this approach, sometimes the best thing to do is wait things out. I have had neighbors in the past who blasted “Pumped-Up Kicks” throughout the night so loudly that it knocked my “Pirates of the Caribbean” poster off the wall. And I just took it in stride. Ultimately, how you deal with nefarious neighbors comes down to their offense. Are they too noisy? Politely tell them to quiet down or invest in some headphones. Are they stealing from your cookie jar? Lock your doors and report those rascals. Are they just plain unfriendly? Look both ways before you cross the hall to avoid contact. Since you’re probably interested, I’ll close with my personal opinion on dealing with bad neighbors: grin and bear it. You probably don’t want to be viewed as naggy or annoying when you confront them, so don’t confront them at all. This is just one year of your life, with many more to come—you can bear the annoyance of bad neighbors for just one of those years, right? Spending less time in your room will alleviate the situation, too. I’m usually all for tackling conflict head-on, but this is one situation where accepting the circumstances might do more for your reputation, even if your sanity suffers for it.
Declaring your major doesn’t require a megaphone or crazy announcement to the world. It simply takes a lot of thought and personal reflection to decide upon.Take your time when picking your major, because your livelihood depends on it.
Declaring one’s major requires time, thoughtful decision-making process by ABIGAIL PISKEL
s we are growing up, we are always asked what we want to be when we grow up. Sometimes the answers we give are what we sincerely want out of our lives, but more often than not we change our minds. As we get older, our likes and interests change and that’s only natural, but when it comes to our college years, we have to give a definite answer. We are required to declare our major the second semester of our sophomore year. Now this may seem like it’s really soon, but is it really? Thinking about it, it is a lot of time. When we first come into college, we think we know exactly what we are going to major in, but we face a huge reality check once we start taking classes that pertain to our majors. Going back to our childhood, sometimes the answers we gave when asked what we are majoring in are the things that we end up sticking with, but there are also times when we find out that what we thought we wanted was not what we really
wanted at all. That feeling can be completely overwhelming because then you’re faced with the issue and question of, “Now what?” If you came into college not having any idea of what you want to do, then I think it is important to take the classes that sound appealing to you. This way you are likely to find something that will just click inside of you and you’ll know that that is something you could see yourself doing for the rest of your life. Our first few semesters of college should be all about exploring and trying new things, but a line needs to be set. Spending any more than those first three or four semesters trying to find yourself could really hurt you in the future. If you’re the type of person that really does want to never leave college, than more power to you and your bank account. I’m not saying that taking all of these random classes won’t count for anything, but if you spend all of your time exploring and not settling down on one thing, then you may not graduate in a timely manner.
Take that first year to find yourself, but try not to take too long. Now, what if you’re one of those people that have absolutely no doubts that what you are majoring in is what you definitely want to stay majored in. I think declaring any earlier than second semester sophomore year is not the greatest idea. Personally, I entered college knowing that I was going to be a communications major. I went through my first-year thinking it was great and I had no intentions of changing. Well now, I’m in the first semester of my sophomore year, and although I still don’t have any intentions of changing my major, I will admit that I had some doubts. Typically, once you start your sophomore year, you start getting into the courses that are going to count for your major and that can be really scary. If you’re like me, then you may have had some doubts and worries and thought that maybe you shouldn’t be doing this for the rest of your life, because it isn’t what you thought it was going to be. We’re in the middle of
the semester and after giving it some time, I realized that all of my doubts and worries were for nothing, because I chose my major for a reason. They say that patience is a virtue and I think whoever “they” are is right. Taking the time to think things through and really plan can make all the difference in the world. My mom always told me not to wish my life away, and I think by rushing into your declaration could result in settling for something that you may not always want. My mom also told me that I sometimes move slower than molasses in January, so taking your sweet old time is not the best idea either. Finding that middle ground is important, and I think that the rule of declaring your major the second semester of your sophomore year is finding that middle ground. Find yourself within your first year of college, and maybe even creep into your first semester of your second year, but remember that in order to start your life, you need to pick one path and be happy with it first.
Jays should utilize advisors as resource, not use as crutch Overdependence on advisors demonstrates apathetic behavior, undermines relationship by SAMANTHA WEISS
f all of the relationships that students create and cultivate during college, which is the most important? Is it with one’s roommate, a significant other or a friend group? I’d argue that it was none of these, but rather the relationship developed with an academic advisor. Why, you ask? The simplest reason: you must rely on this person to help you maneuver through college courses, grades and toward future plans and career goals. With more practice and knowledge in this area, an advisor is a valuable tool given to each student. Their jobs range from advising their students on what classes to take to ensure students graduate on time to being someone to talk to on a bad day. Few of the advisors on campus make it their sole objective to get his or her students through their classes with no other interaction. For example, my advisor knows my goals after graduation and my little brother’s name. She, like most of the advisors on campus, cares to hear about what is going on in my life, as much as my grades. Aside from that, everyone needs someone to trust and lean on while going through a period
of transition like college. It always helps if that person has been in your shoes, like college professors who once sat where you do now, struggling with the same decisions and problems that you are facing. Advisors are another resource on campus for talking about problems. They can provide real advice for roommate stress, how to spend your JayBucks or on the problems plaguing college students. Remember, they have been there. They understand and they can offer real solutions when you need them. Yet, it seems like students are either weary of leaning on their advisors or possibly, unaware of how useful they can be. Students are required to meet with their advisors once every semester before choosing the coming semester’s classes, to ensure they are en route to graduation and on track with their majors. The number of students who only visit their advisors once a semester is striking. Once the 10 to 20 minute conversation about what classes you need to take is over, many students wave goodbye to their advisors for the semester. “I’ll see you next advising session,” they seem to say. Test my assertion: ask 10 students the name of their advisor. At least one won’t know or will take more time than he or she should to recall their advisor’s name. Making sure students graduate on time is a
prominent goal of both the student and advisor’s behalf. However, the number of super seniors (excluding fifth-year OT students) seems to increase as more students fill schedules with classes of interest, only to realize that their major
“Remember that an advisor is a resource, not a crutch; students should still take an active role in arranging their schedules to reflect their interests and their goals.” or CORE requirements haven’t been met. If one meets with his or her advisor more than twice a year, advisors have more of an opportunity to catch problems like this and point them out to students. During advising, every advisor is
saddled with advising at least 20 students, on average. It must be easier to make a mistake or miss a class that a student overlooked when there are 20 or 30 students seeking the advice of an advisor. That said, advisors should never be a student’s excuse for ignoring his or her self-responsibility or monitoring his or her progress. Remember that an advisor is a resource, not a crutch; students should still take an active role in arranging their schedules to reflect their interests and their goals. Advisors are assigned to students to make one of the most important college decisions less stressful. Especially as a first-year, having another person to discuss one’s choices makes the transition from childhood to adulthood much easier for students. Advisors are provided by the College in the best interests of the students. The hope is that students can create a lasting relationship with their advisors that goes beyond choosing courses and writing recommendation letters. Your advisor wants to reach out and make your college career as successful and stress-free as possible. So, let them. Schedule lunch to catch up. Stop by their office during their hours to chat. Remember their name. Learn from the advice and experience they can offer you.
November 7, 2013
Community fosters interpersonal engagement despite cliques one in the first place. Is a clique necessarily divisive, always sacrificing consideration for outliers in order to maintain the exclusivity of its members? At Elizabethtown, I’ve found that I know at least one person in nearly each official or unofficial group on campus, and since most of the people are friendly, each group seems more accessible than I expected. While I have sometimes eaten alone and have seen some people eat alone during certain times in the week, I have never seen anyone eat alone every single day; now that is something distinctive about a college. In my mind, a fact like that has even more significance than a college’s percentage of students who study abroad or an institution’s regional distinction. It’s great to have close relationships, and I think that Etown has succeeded in fostering interpersonal engagement within its student population. The clubs and the unofficial cliques here have impressed me with their network of personal interaction, in which I, even as a first-year student, have felt included. Moreover, that network has, at least in my Etown experience thus far, shown itself to offer a more welcoming admittance to and a less divisive feel regarding cliques than I expected of such a small institution. In my experience at Etown, I’ve noticed that a great number of the campus groups ac tively recr uit memb ers. Moreover, whether or not the clique’s shared topic is the field of engineering or a passion for the stage, its members have outside
by TIANA FERRANTE
emember when we were toddlers who retreated to mother, clinging to her arm as she introduced us to some unfamiliar people? The typical reaction to strangers of a four-year-old reflects that, while humans have an innate desire to associate with others, we have a propensity to gravitate toward associations that offer close relationships within familiar settings. Once we leave our families to begin our college adventure, bonding within small groups, or cliques, and establishing close relationships can act as ways to partially satiate that need for the familiar, stable human interaction that is generally attributed to mothers early in children’s lives. Although the intensity of that desire may lessen as we grow to be independent of our mommies, it’s still present as we age, although in a subtler form than that of a toddler’s clinging to his or her mother. Instead of grasping for our moms in terror as we did when we were toddlers meeting new people, we college students can use cliques as a way to avoid the unfamiliar by latching onto one group in which we are most comfortable. If cl i qu e s re f l e c t t hat c r av i ng for stability when students are away from their families, why do they have such a negative connotation? Cliques can, to some extent, answer our natural plea to “belong,” at least if we are lucky enough to be accepted into
friendships that often override any sense of exclusivity. I’m not an engineer, and I have little interest in that field, but I hang out with several engineering majors. I’m not an Occupational Therapy (OT) student, but my roommate and several of the people with whom we eat lunch and hang out with are OT majors. In fact, sometimes it
“Basically, the cliques here at Etown remind me of a parade in which every student is marching. Deciding in which sections each student wants to march is subjective, but students can be certain of an inviting fanfare greeting them at each corner of the route.”
appears to me that half of Etown’s entire student population is studying OT. Yet most Etown cliques appear to be flexible enough to retain the clique’s intimate feel without excluding friends, who may have absolutely no connection to the clique except one member’s friendship. Admittance varies by group, of course; that is generally true for
any crowd. However, I have yet to find one here that doesn’t welcome new people to associate with it. Many of the cliques that I have encountered are basically value-based; students tend to interact with people who share their interests, and shared activity in that commonality is manifested as an established group. I think that having established cliques, like the “peer groups” to which every single student is assigned in their first year, can help students acclimate to college life. I have found it helpful to have a transition from high school to college that dissects the mass of new people into less intimidating groups, like the First Year Seminar groups. As a first-year student, I feel especially comfortable in my First Year Seminar group; being assigned to that “clique” from the very beginning, I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with a few people at first, which lessened the overwhelming crowd of new faces during my initial week at Etown. As the semester progressed, that group maintained its familiar feel, and only because I felt comfortable in that smaller group was I enough at ease to reach out and actively broaden my base of friendships. Basically, the cliques here at Etown remind me of a parade in which every student is marching. Deciding in which sections each student wants to march is subjective, but students can be certain of a fanfare greeting them at each corner of the route.
Music lyrics do not define quality never say “no” to their everso-talented daughters. What a businessman. ne of the deepest questions I have struggled to answer in Kevin Kline delivers the recent memory comes from a thought-provoking music final and most animated readvideo I saw several weeks ago. The video itself provided several ing the Youtube video, featurpossible answers to the question, all of which seemed plausible, ing some beautiful lines from but how was I to pick between them? I know that countless One Direction’s “Best Song people across the world have also grappled with this perplexing Ever.” All One Direction fans pregunta—that’s Spanish, by the way. Now, I must ask you, my who are reading this article, reader, this same question: “What does the fox say?” please cease your wailing Between the “frakakakakakakakakow”’s and auto-tuned howls and gnashing of teeth, and that may indeed come out of a fox’s mouth, Ylvis’ “The Fox,” is a perhaps consider a new ditestament to how the quality of today’s song lyrics has decreased rection in musical choices. overall. A Youtube video that came out around two weeks ago, My personal gripes aside, called “Morgan Freeman Reads the Fox by Ylvis,” highlights some Kline satirically reads the of the finer lyrical feats in our current music. In this video, the semi-romantic and wholly all-star cast of the newly-released film, Las Vegas, reads several uninspired “Best Song Ever” selections from familiar songs. with an excitement befitting Photo: Katie Brumbach Following Freeman’s monotonous reading of “The Fox,” its obviously appropriate title. Today’s music lyrics, while less impressive than those of past decades, are only one facet Robert De Niro reads the bridge and chorus of Miley Cyrus’ The entire video I have of music overall. If a song is catchy but has poor lyrics, it still deserves to be listened to. provocative “Wrecking Ball” with only a hint of enthusiasm. As described encapsulates this far as songs of unrequited love go, Miley’s fairly repetitive state- tragedy that has overcome today’s popular music: nobody can exist—you might just have to look a little harder. And for those ments about being “hit so hard in love” only “hit so hard” with write good lyrics. It’s terrible. Music is supposed to make you who say that they don’t make music like they used to, you can her listeners. Her lyrics are probably enough to make her dad feel something, but everyone is forced to listen to nonsensical still listen to all the music from years and years ago. No one is cry, and don’t even get me started on the music video. fox noises, regrets from someone who never should have left the forcing you to listen to what’s popular. The primary reason I listen to music is not for deep and Michael Douglas, the third of the four stars, reads an equally Disney Channel, a preteen girl’s unhealthy obsession with Asian reflective purposes. I, as do most people, listen to what sounds unenthusiastic portion of Alison Gold’s “Chinese Food.” Con- cuisine and a song about another song that the singer can’t even good. It’s as simple as that. I’m not a fan of One Direction, but sidering that the song was written and produced by Patrice remember. A century down the line, people will look back on I can understand why girls and guys alike appreciate their muWilson, the genius behind “Friday” and “It’s Thanksgiving,” we the early 2000s as a dark period in music’s history. can only expect supreme songwriting in “Chinese Food.” DougDo any of those ideas sound familiar to you? They’re certainly sic, including “Best Song Ever.” Even though the lyrics aren’t las’s dumbfounded facial expressions at the song’s inane subject not mine. I have heard many people complain about the qual- particularly inspiring, it’s easy to sing along to and pretty excitmatter say it all. But honestly, mad props to Patrice Wilson—he ity of today’s music, as if delivering an ultimatum about what ing to boot. Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” while not the most makes a living by fooling little rich girls into thinking they can qualifies as “good.” Sometimes we listen to music for inspiration eloquently-written song on the radio, shows a more thoughtful sing and siphoning the money from their rich parents, who can or emotional appeal, but more meaningful songs like that still side to the now-rebellious star. I can’t help but obnoxiously sing along to it whenever it comes on the radio. These songs are like Episodes I-III of the “Star Wars” trilogy—they don’t tell incredible stories, but they’re still wholly entertaining to listeners and viewers, respectively. “The Fox” is a different case, as it is intended to be a parody song. The absurd noises and bizarre Editorial Board Editorial Policy Awards subject matter for which the song has become 2013 Apple Awards Editor-in-Chief | Jill Norris famous for essentially parodying some of the less The Etownian is the student Best Newspaper <5,000 Managing Editor | Allison Rohland newspaper of Elizabethtown College. intelligible songs of today’s music. And whether or Student Division News Editor | Andrew Calnon All editorial decisions are made by the not you like the song, let’s face it; it is infectiously student editors. With the exception of Features Editor | Kaitlin Gibboney catchy. I’ll admit that I’m interested in learning all ASPA - Most Outstanding editorials, opinions presented here are Opinion Editor | Matthew Walters of the dance moves of the music video, too. Songs those of quoted sources or signed authors, Newspaper in the U.S. Sports Editor | Adam Moore like “Chinese Food,” however, are on a separate tier not of the Etownian or the College. For Photography Editor | Katie Brumbach questions, comments or concerns about ASPA - First Place of terribleness. I love fried rice, noodles and “chow Copy Chief | Sarah Kennedy a particular section, please contact the with Special Merit m-m-m-m-mein,” too, but I would never write Webmaster | Evan Todd section editor at [section-title]editor@ Asst. News Editor | Sarah Wertz a song about them. I am still thankful, however, etown.edu. Finalists for the Asst. Features Editor | Emily Vasas that such miserable songs come out every once If you have a story idea, suggestion, Online Pacemaker Award Asst. Opinion Editor | Samantha Weiss in a while. We could all use something to laugh at or if you would like to submit a letter Asst. Sports Editor | Brian Lukacsy to the editor, please do so to editor@ here and there. etownian.com featured as a Asst. Photo Editor | Leah Nissley etown.edu. If someone thinks “Wrecking Ball” is a fantastic national WordPress showcase Copy Editors | Noel Abastillas, Melissa Cameron, song that deserves its Top 40 spot, you’re allowed to Emily Drinks, Tiana Ferrante, Brighid Flynn, SCJ Excellence in politely disagree. Calling it a curse upon the musiStephen Hajcak, Nicole Lorber, Rebecca Stoczko, Colleen Taylor, Crystal Uminski Collegiate Journalism cal world or a reflection on the downfall of music Business Managers | Benjamin Frey, Conner Land as a whole is way too much. I will certainly cede to Advertising Manager | Trevor Bower Keystone Press Award you that quality lyrics are harder to come by, but Advertising Representatives | Abigail Riccardo Second Place for online conthe words are just one aspect of music, unless you’re tent Faculty Advisor | Kelly Poniatowski listening to some classy instrumental jams. Listen to what you want, and try not to resent all popular music, however much of a purist you may be. We all love music, but we don’t have to love all music.
by MATTHEW WALTERS
November 7, 2013
Heisman watch: QBs lead the race
in Etown athletics... The volleyball team (18-16) lost to the Stevenson Mustangs in the semifinal round of the Commonwealth Conference Championship yesterday. The loss ends the Blue Jays season as well as the career of program digs-leader Carolyn Lukiewski. The men’s soccer team defeated the Alvernia Crusaders on Wednesday 1-1 in penalty kicks to advance to the Commonwealth Conference Championship for the first time since 2010. The team will face the Lycoming Warriors on Ira. R. Herr Field on Saturday to crown the Conference’s new champion. The field hockey team defeated Lebanon Valley College yesterday, 1-0 to earn a spot in the Commonwealth Conference Championship game for the second year in a row. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9 at Wolf Field. The Blue Jays will look to win the first championship in program history after losing in 2001 and 2012.
in the NCAA... With Florida State’s dominant 41-14 win over the University of Miami on Saturday night, the Seminoles jumped over the University of Oregon into the number two spot in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings. Florida State still trails the two-time defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide for the top spot in the rankings. Two of the nation’s seven remaining undefeated teams will face fellow top-10 opponents. The third-ranked Oregon Ducks will travel to Palo Alto, Ca. where they will face the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinals. The sixth-ranked Baylor Bears will host the tenth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The Division I college basketball season kicks off this Friday, featuring 20 of the top 25 teams in action.
in the pros... The Philadelphia 76ers are the biggest surprise in the young NBA season. The 76ers’ predicted over/under win total for the year was placed at 16.5, but Philly has raced out to a 3-0 start. The Kansas City Chiefs enter their bye week as the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL at 9-0. They are the only team in the four major sports to start a season by winning their first nine games after finishing with the league’s worst record during the previous season. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles tied an NFL record by throwing seven touchdown passes against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night. Foles is one of only seven quarterbacks to throw for seven touchdowns in a single game, joining Peyton Manning who completed the feat in week one of this season against the Baltimore Ravens.
Photo: Melina Vastola
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has impressed the nation with his arm and speed in just his first season in a Seminole jersey. Winston already has 24 touchdowns on the season with only six interceptions.
by TYLER WEARY
hat bronze statue, known as the Heisman Trophy, has players diving for extra yards, throwing bullets to wide receivers and leaving everything they have on the field. The Heisman Trophy, named after the man who innovated the game of football, is given annually to a player who stands above the rest in collegiate football. There are three players that have specifically proved worthy of the prize, but the question is, who will continue to prove their worthiness and take home the ultimate prize? The man who won it last year has, once again, gone above and beyond expectation. Johnny Manziel is a sophomore quarterback for Texas A&M. He shocked college football this past year by taking home the Heisman as a first-year and has shown no signs of slowing down. Thus far, Manziel completed 184 passes out of 252, for a 73 percent completion rate. He is currently averaging 10.3 yards per pass, which says a lot about the power in his arm. Manziel’s eight interceptions this year cannot be overlooked, but were done so in attempt for game changing long yardage attempts. His long gain (LNG) of the season thus far is 95 yards. He is known for his gutsy passes and utilizing game changing opportunities. Not only does Manziel have the passing ability, but he is also good on his feet. So far this year, Manziel has rushed for 497 yards, scoring six touchdowns and averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Manziel has proved he can handle pressure and avoid the blitz with his tremendous speed. However, Texas A&M has suffered two losses on the year, which could affect Manziel’s chances of becoming a second-time Heisman winner. Jameis Winston, a true first-year, is also high in the rankings for the Heisman Trophy. This quarterback is ranked second in the experts’ poll of the Heisman winner and is arguably the best athlete in collegiate football. Not only does he play football for Florida State, but he plays baseball as well. This first-year
has shocked the football world, proving his worthiness as a possible candidate for being awarded the Heisman Trophy. Winston has passed for 2,177 yards, completing 23 touchdowns and achieving a 94 yard LNG. Only throwing four interceptions thus far, Winston is smart and has the instincts of a great quarterback. So far, Winston has completed almost 70 percent of his passes. Florida State has a 7-0 winning streak, an undefeated season so far. Winston has been a huge part of this success, leading the team all the way. Winston has scored no less than 41 points per game. Scoring this amount of points takes a lot of pressure off of the defense and his other teammates, allowing them to play loose and keep getting W’s. Finally, and most definitely not least, the leader in points for the expert’s Heisman winner is Marcus Mariota, a 6’4”, 211 pound sophomore for Oregon. Like Manziel and Winston, Mariota is also a quarterback, exceeding expectations. Mariota, a Honolulu, Hawaii native, is proving himself this year more than ever. Passing for 2281 yards thus far, Mariota has completed 64 percent of his passes for 20 touchdowns. His interception column must be highlighted though. He has not thrown a single interception in the eight games Oregon has played. He has the instincts and build of a true quarterback. Along with the impressive number of passing touchdowns, Mariota has run all over his opponents. Averaging 9.1 yards per rush, he has scored nine touchdowns taking the ball in himself. Mariota, like Winston and Manziel, is a young athlete proving his greatness. The race for the Heisman is close, with athletes such as Manziel, Winston and Mariota leading the way. It will all come down to the final games of the season. A Heisman winner has to be well-rounded in all aspects of the game and prove his leadership. These three men go above and beyond expectations in all categories of the game. The winner will be the one who excels throughout the rest of the season, and we will find out who that is on Dec. 14.
Volleyball season concludes with semi final loss to No. 1 Stevenson Lukiewski breaks program record for digs in career; Blue Jays end season with 18-16 record by ADAM MOORE
s the regular season came to a close, the Elizabethtown College women’s volleyball team prepared for the 2013 Commonwealth Conference Women’s volleyball tournament. Over this past weekend, the team hosted Cabrini College and Shenandoah University during the Elizabethtown TriMatch. During Saturday’s first match against Cabrini, the Cavaliers had their way winning all three sets with 2511 in the first, 25-21 in the second and a close 26-24 in the third set. Cabrini’s Cassidy Koenig consistently set Danielle Carrozza in the first set, giving Carrozza a matchhigh 17 kills. Koenig ended the match with 40 assists and the Cavaliers brought home the win 3-0. After a three set loss, the Blue Jays turned their Saturday around and raced past Shenandoah with a 3-1 win.
The opening set looked good for Etown with a 25-22 end score. However, the Hornets snuck past the Blue Jays in the second match to end with a score of 26-24. The Blue Jays were successful in the third and fourth matches, leading them to victory over the Hornets. Senior Carolyn Lukiewski broke Etown’s 10-year-old record of career digs bringing in 19 throughout the tournament. She started her firstyear off with 414 digs. In her sophomore year, Lukiewski was the team’s main setter and brought in 284 digs. During the last two seasons, she has collected over 1,000 digs and currently records 1917 in total. “It’s so nice to see hard work pay off and have my parents be proud of me,” Lukiewski said. “I feel responsible for helping the girls through their career both at the school and in volleyball. I love working with the girls in any way that I can.” “The most rewarding thing about this season has been watching us come together as a
team through tough times and winning streaks. Now, we play well as a team,” sophomore Mary Clyne said, who had four aces and 16 assists in the match against Shenandoah. Sophomore Steph High recorded 29 assists against the Hornets. Being the No. 4 seed in the tournament, Etown prepared to go up against No. 5 Lycoming College on Monday, Nov. 4 for their first Commonwealth Conference playoff game. The Blue Jays finished this four-game match with a win against the Warriors. The team’s win over Lycoming brought their record to 18-15 overall. Sophomore Megan McNaul served up nine of the team’s 17 aces in the victory to get the Blue Jays to the semi finals. McNaul also registered eight kills and 12 digs in the contest. Clyne set up junior Samantha Hicks on multiple occasions for kills to help propel the Blue Jay’s to victory. Junior Kelci Scannapieco registered her first double-
double on the season with 10 kills and 10 blocks. While rotating as setters, sophomore Steph High and Clyne combined for 42 assists on the even to help the Blue Jays to victory. Etown then moved on to the conference semifinals where they took on the No. 1 seed Stevenson Mustangs in Maryland. Unfortunately, the Mustangs were too much to handle for Etown as Stevenson defeated the Blue Jays in three straight sets. The nationally-ranked Mustangs dominated all three sets, winning 15-25, 15-25, 22-25. Scannapieco and sophomore Juliana Mowen combined for 12 kills for the Blue Jays in the loss. Stevenson, now ranked 20th in the country, moves their record to 34-2. The Mustangs will now host Messiah College in the Commonwealth C onference Championship. Messiah advanced to the champion-
ship game with a 3-2 victory on Lebanon Valley College. The loss brings the team’s season to a close with a record of 18-16.The loss also
brings to a close the career of Lukiewski. With a large nucleus of young players, look for volleyball to compete for a MAC championship next year.
November 7, 2013
Men’s basketball looks to rebound from past season
Captains Borzager, Schwalm, Wenger help team prepare for season-opening tournament by ADAM MOORE
he Elizabethtown College men’s basketball team is looking to improve on last year’s disappointing season which saw the Blue Jays go 5-13 in Commonwealth Conference play and 8-17 overall. Etown hopes to make it back to the playoffs after missing the postseason the two previous years. With a slew of returning veterans, the Blue Jays are primed to get back on the winning track. Head Coach Bob Schlosser looks to build off of the successes of last season as he starts his 24th year under the helm. With the loss of only three seniors, the Blue Jays are primed and ready to improve on last year’s wins total. Etown has 10 returnees from last year’s team and a handful of players that were on the program’s junior varsity last season. The Blue Jays will welcome back a few starters, including last year’s second leading scorers, senior swingman Joe Schwalm and senior center Andrew
Mantz, who averaged close to ten points per game, respectively. Junior captain Phil Wenger will also be returning to the starting lineup for the Blue Jays after a stellar sophomore campaign. Last season, Wenger ranked 18th in NCAA Division III with 2.65 steals per game and led Etown with 61 steals for the season. Etown will also return many contributors that came off the bench for the Blue Jays who are looking to make an even bigger impact once they hit the hardwood. Senior captain Ryan Borzager, who appeared in all 25 games for the Blue Jays last season, is looking forward to getting back on the court and making a run in his last season in a Blue Jay uniform. “We have a really solid group of guys this season that are committed to putting out all they have when they’re on the court,” Borzager said. “The two other seniors and I really want to go out with a bang.” The Blue Jays were recently picked to finish 10th in the Commonwealth Conference Coaches Preseason Poll.
Even though Etown was picked to finish dead last in the Conference, the team isn’t focused on what others are saying about them. “We can’t focus on that kind of stuff. We just have to work hard, and we’ll see results,” Borzager said. “I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people this season.” Defending conference champ Alvernia University is ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll after receiving eight first-place votes. Stevenson University and Messiah College round up the top three. The Mustangs and Falcons each received a first-place vote in the coaches’ poll. Juniors Lee Eckert, Will Schlosser, Joe Bodnar and Tyler Simpkiss will also be major contributors when the Blue Jays hit the court. These four players participated in all 25 games last season and are looking to play an even bigger role on the team. Schlosser will be relied on to help spark the Blue Jays on offense after a season which saw him drain 30 threepointers. Eckert will look to dominate
Photo: David Sinclair
The men’s basketball team will look to rebound after a disappointing season when they face off against Gettysburg College on Friday, Nov. 15.
on the boards after averaging just under six rebounds per game last season. The Blue Jays will tip off their 2013-14 season when they travel to Gettysburg College on Friday, Nov. 15
Men’s soccer looks to win first Commonwealth Conference Championship since 2006 season Berrara’s defensive play helps Jays advance past Alvernia
Photo: Eugene Clemens
With the 1-1 win over Alvernia on Nov. 6, the men’s soccer team clinched a spot in the Commonwealth Conference Championship game against Lycoming College on Saturday. The game will pit the No. 4 and No. 2 seeds against each other.
by MATT SHANK
he Elizabethtown College men’s s o ccer team f inished out the regular season with a 1-0 home win against Widener University on Senior Day last Saturday. The Widener Pride soccer team came into the game at Ira R. Herr Field with the MAC Commonwealth Conference’s worst in-conference record, 1-4-3, their only win having happened against Lebanon Valley College last Wednesday. The Blue Jays started the game with a high-pressure offense. Senior forward Zach Lee started out the game with a the first shot in the fourth minute, but it sailed high. Junior defender David Boretti got Etown on the scoreboard in the sixth minute on the second shot of the game. Sophomore defender Martin Fevre played a long ball into the box and Boretti got his head on it. The ball deflected off of a defender and over the head of Widener goalkeeper Jakub Valdner. The goal was Boretti’s fourth of the season, the second most on the team behind junior Andrew Sandridge’s six. Boretti also has the team high in assists with four. After the first goal, the Blue Jays kept up the pressure. Senior Luis Devia, sophomore Martin Fevre, and freshman Brent Batory put together a few chances for a second Etown goal, but at the half, the score remained 1-0. Etown outshot the Pride seven to two in the first half. Each team had two corner kicks. Etown could not get their offense going as well in the second half as they had in the first. Fevre and junior
Zach Hollinger generated shots in the 65th and 67th minutes, respectively, but they were saved by Jakub Valdner. Widener’s best chance to score came in the sixty-seventh minute when the Pride’s Alec DelConte had a one-timer in the box, but the shot went right into sophomore goalkeeper Rodrigo Barrera’s hands. Tensions between the two sides escalated in the second with a couple of hard fouls that resulted in three yellow cards, but despite a push at the end of the period, Widener was unable to grab a goal, and Etown finished their regular season with a one-goal win. Barrera, who had two saves, got his fourth clean sheet of the season. Widener outshot the Blue Jays in the second half five to three, but finished with seven to Etown’s ten. The Pride had five corner kick opportunities in the game, while the Blue Jays only had three. With the win, the Blue Jays improved to 10-6-2 (7-2 CC) on the season, clinching the No. 2 seed in the MAC Commonwealth Conference, behind only Messiah College in the standings. The preseason poll had Etown at third behind Messiah and Lebanon Valley. The win also added to Etown’s 19-2-0 all-time record against Widener, this being their fifth straight win against the Pride. The Blue Jays finished the regular season with the highest save percentage and the third highest shot total in the conference. No team other than Messiah finished the season with a lower number of goals allowed. Etown began its playoff run in front
of their home crowd at Ira R. Herr Field when they took on the Alvernia Crusaders in a game that would go down as one for the history books. Etown had defeated Alvernia earlier in the season 2-1 for their 300th victory in program history. The game opened up with both teams moving the at an intense pace. Junior Andrew Sandridge got the Blue Jays on the board first off a cross from Hollinger to put Etown on the board in the 26th minute for his 7th goal of the season. The two team entered halftime with Etown leading 1-0. The Crusaders wasted no time in the second half to tie the game up at one as Alvernia’s Tyler Arnold received a pass from teammate Tyler Reinoehl to beat Berrera for the equalizer. The two teams played out the rest of regular time scoreless. The two teams then played both overtime period to a 0-0 draw, forcing the teams to decide the contest with penalty kicks. Hollinger was the first to step to the penalty strike for the Etown and did not disappoint. Hollinger ripped a shot past Alvernia’s goalie to give the Blue Jays an early lead. Barrera then stopped two Crusader shots and just needed to stop Alvernia’s RJ Fisher from scoring to advance Etown to the championship. Barrera did just that, stopping Fisher with a diving save to the left to help the Blue Jays to victory. Etown will now take on the Lycoming War r i ors i n t he C om monwe a lt h Conference Championship on Saturday at Ira. R. Herr Field.
to take part in the Gettysburg Tip-Off Tournament. Etown’s first home game will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. when they take on Eastern Mennonite University.
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Men’s cross country places third at MACs The men’s team was aiming to walk away with five straight conference championships before moving to the Landmark Conference. However, they took third place to Widener University in first and DeSales University in second on Saturday. Sophomore Zach Trama finished fourth overall with a time of 26:52.12, and sophomore Matt Shenk finished fifth overall with a time of 27:00.63. Senior Stephen Welsh finished in 27:22.41 taking third for the Blue Jays and 14th overall. Sophomore Sam Cooper finished in 16th place overall with a time of 27:42.44, and junior Dan Gresh finished 19th overall in 27:48.48. The women’s team accomplished their goal of taking first place and leaving the Middle Atlantic Conference with seven consecutive championship titles. Lebanon Valley College took second place and DeSales University took third place. “We knew going into the race that Lebanon Valley College and DeSales University were going to give us a fight, but we stuck to our team strategies as much as possible, using some pack mentalities, and this definitely worked to our advantage,” senior Eileen Cody said. Senior Traci Tempone took first place for the Blue Jays and second place in the meet overall with a time of 23:10.41, following Kelsey Patrick from Lebanon Valley College, who took first place with a time of 22:16.30. Senior Megan Tursi finished in third place overall with a time of 23:39.91, junior Amelia Tearnan finished in 23:51.74 taking sixth place overall, and senior Amanda Kerno finished ninth overall with a time of 24:12.60. Cody came in fifth for Etown and 15th overall finishing in 24:41.86. “The breakout performance of the meet came from senior Laurie Jones who fought back from some setbacks earlier this season and finished within the top 20 of the meet,” Cody said. “I was really impressed with how well the team worked together to push each other. We have such an amazing and inspiring group of girls this year, and I’m glad we could win it together,” Tempone said. The Etown women were the only team to have more than two runners in the top ten, and they also had eight in the top 20. “We are capable of great things as we continue through championship season,” Tempone said. Along with the women taking first place for their last meet in the Middle Atlantic Conference, Head Coach Brian Falk received a well-deserved award for Coach of the Year for the women’s team. The women are currently ranked fifth in the Mid-east region and will join the men’s team when they compete again on Nov. 16 at the NCAA Division III Mid-east Regional meet.
Photo: David Sinclair
The men’s cross country team competed hard despite numerous injuries to place third at MAC Championships.
Women’s soccer advances to conference semi finals Jays to face Stevenson Mustangs
November 7, 2013
Field hockey advances to second straight MAC Championship game by ADAM MOORE
Photo: Athletics Department
The women’s soccer team will compete against Stevenson University today in a Commonwealth Conference semi final game at 4:30 p.m.
by BRIAN LUKACSY
he Elizabethtown women’s soccer team had a lot to celebrate last Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays began the afternoon by celebrating the careers of three seniors Amanda Fisher, Alyssa Koplin and Alex Topa. Etown finished the day by defeating Widener University 2-1 on the strength of two unanswered goals. With the victory, the Blue Jays clinched the second-seed in the Commonwealth Conference Tournament, avoiding a match-up with ninth-ranked Messiah before the championship game. “This season definitely had a rocky start in New Jersey. It took us awhile to really find our game but since we have, great things have happened,” sophomore Deanna Slater said. “We are accomplishing
“This season definitely had a rocky start. It took us a while to really find our game, but since we have, great things have happened.” ~ Deanna Slater our goals that we had set in the beginning of the season and we hope to stay on track.” Last season, the Blue Jays entered the Commonwealth Conference Tournament as the thirdseed, falling to Stevenson on the road in the semi-finals. This year the two teams will once again meet in the semi-finals, but the Blue Jays will have home field advantage this time around. “Getting knocked out by Stevenson last year was hard, and we aren’t going to let that happen again this year,” Slater said. “We are training even harder and preparing for this game. We know that this will be a good game and that we need to keep our heads in it and not let up even for a second.” Stevenson slipped into the third seed on the final day of the regular season by way of defeating Alvernia 1-0 and getting help from Lebanon Valley College, which defeated
Arcadia 2-1. Etown dominated Saturday afternoon’s contest with the Pride in every statistical category, but found itself down 1-0 20 minutes into the game. Widener produced the first goal of the game off of a rebound, one of only two shots on goal that sophomore Dana Robidoux faced all day. After Widener’s goal, the Blue Jays’ defense tightened up, allowing only six total shots and just one corner kick. The Blue Jays’ offensive dominance turned into something positive in the 38th minute, during which Slater found fellow sophomore Lauren Berry in the box for her team-leading 16th goal of the season. The game remained tied until late into the second half, as Widener found ways to hang around. However, a mistake by Widener in the 83rd minute cost them the game. A Widener foul inside the box resulted in a penalty kick for the Blue Jays. Sophomore Trisha Clark calmly placed the ball into the back of the net for her fifth goal of the season, giving Etown the victory. “We would absolutely love to play Messiah again. Since Etown and Messiah is probably the biggest rivalry in division three soccer, we want that last opportunity to play them,” Slater said. “We know that if given the chance, we could give them a very good game.” On Tuesday afternoon, the Commonwealth Conference released its All-Conference teams for the regular season. Four Blue Jays were recognized by the Conference as Berry, sophomore Kaceyanne Cerankowski and junior Kendra Mancino were all named to the All-Commonwealth Conference First-Team, and Clark was named to the All-Commonwealth Conference Second-Team. For Cerankowski and Clark, this was their second straight All-Conference honor. The semi-final matchup against Stevenson is set to kickoff at 4:30 p.m. today on Ira R. Herr Field. The Blue Jays finished the regular season 12-6-0, and 7-2-0 in the Commonwealth Conference. A victory over Stevenson would likely set up a rematch against rival Messiah in the championship game. In an earlier match-up this season, the Blue Jays defeated the Mustangs 4-3 in front of their home crowd. Etown hopes to have the same outcome today.
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he Elizabethtown College field hockey team has advanced to the Commonwealth Conference Championship Game for the second year in a row after defeating No. 4 seed Lebanon Valley College 1-0 on Wolf Field yesterday. Junior Kelsey Grant scored her first goal of the season off of a rebound midway through the second half to give the top-seeded Blue Jays a lead that they would not relinquish. Etown and LVC competed against one another in last year’s semifinal as well with the Blue Jays prevailing by another one goal margin, 2-1 to reach the Conference final for the first time since 2001. The Blue Jays and Flying Dutchmen met just eight days ago in Etown’s final Commonwealth Conference regular season game. The Dutchmen got the best of the Blue Jays winning 1-0. This was the only loss the Blue Jays had in conference play during the season, but Etown had the last laugh. The Blue Jays controlled ball possession for a majority of the first half. While Etown held a 7-4 advantage in corners, they were only able get two Photo: Athletics Department shots on goal in the half, with the Dutchmen’s goalie, senior Chloe Baro, saving both shots. Baro The field hockey team began its playoff run with a 1-0 victory over LVC yesterday on Wolf Field.The Blue Jays also denied junior Taylor Alwine’s shot off a corner will host the Conference Championship game Saturday. early in the second half to keep the game knotted up at 0-0. remainder of the game, as the Blue Jays went on to Etown’s junior goalie Marlena Johnson only had record their 15th victory of the season. to make one save in the contest on a Lyndee Sheaffer The field hockey team will be seeking its first shot late in the second half to keep the Dutchmen Commonwealth Conference Championship after off the board. Johnson, who has played every minute being defeated in their previous two appearances in in net for the Blue Jays this season, recording her 2001 and 2012. Etown will host the Messiah Falcons. sixth shutout of the year. The Blue Jays defeated the nationally ranked FalThe Blue Jays capitalized when Alwine fired a cons less than a month ago by a score of 3-1. Johnson shot from just inside the box line. The Dutchmen made 11 saves in the contest. It was the third time goalie saved Alwine’s shot, but the ball deflected that the junior goalie had double-digit saves on the toward the goal where Grant positions to the left season. of the cage. Grant was able to sneak her shot past a The game will take place at Wolf Field on Saturday diving Baro to score what would turn out to be the at 1 p.m. to decide who will take home the Comgame’s only goal. monwealth Conference championship and move Etown’s defense did not allow another shot for the onto the NCAA Tournament.
Athlete of the Week TRACI TEMPONE by ADAM MOORE Senior Traci Tempone ran to a second place finish in last weekend’s MAC cross country championships. Tempone’s success helped lead the Etown women to their fourth straight championship in Tempone’s career and seventh overall. Tempone’s accolades include four All-MAC 1st-Team selections, two USTFCCCA AllAcademic Selections, MAC Rookie of the Year and seven MAC XC Runner of the Week awards.
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In 10 years, I want to be … a teacher, a coach and a runner. Favorite Etown Memory: Going to Nationals in California Biggest fear: Eating spiders in my sleep Hardly anyone knows that... I have a severe hitchhikers thumb.
Greatest Etown accomplishment: The XC team winning MACs all four years Greatest athletic accomplishment: When we won track MACs last year. I started running at age... 12