Campers see their future selves in their camp counselors, page 2
“Iced tea and popcorn?” Campers reveal their inner quirks while at Communications Camp, page 3
The Growl Gazette Cafeteria food:
For better or for worse? By Brandt Snyder and Lyndsey Yencha Reporters
Misericordia University has quite a selection of food to offer, which is good news for those who enjoy campus food. The students and faculty were able to sample various foods in the Metz dining hall. The majority of people had positive feelings toward the entrées served. Mary Bove, a student in the Communications activities, declared that the food available was the best she’s had, but doesn’t compare to mom’s cooking. She states that it’s “better than High School, but not as good as at home.” Communications students Taryn Talacka and Sarah Snyder agreed with Bove about the food. Talacka explained that she believes that the food is “pretty good. It’s much better than High School.” Snyder stated that college food is yummy. continued on page 4
Above, a Metz employee serves the campers of the nine career camps a hearty lunch consisting of chicken parmesan.
Campers have high hopes for their future By Sarah Snyder and Taryn Talacka Reporters
Twelve campers attending the Communications Camp at MU are exploring different areas to pursue in the future. Some campers want to become journalists while others dream of producing. A few campers are still unsure of their aspirations. Mary Bove, 17, of Berwick High School acquired her inspiration from a local newspaper photographer in her hometown. “I got into photography about two or three years ago,” she said.
She dreams of one day working for Vogue magazine or National Geographic. Greg Smith, 17, of Smyrna, Delaware has a passion for broadcasting. “I thought that I might want to do it before high school from what I had seen. Then I took TV production during one of my classes last year, and I really liked it,” he revealed. He hopes to get a job working at a TV or radio station in the future. Hughesville High School student,
Brandt Snyder, 17, hopes to make an impact like directors such as James Cameron have made on him. “I want to make videos like this so I can inspire other people,” he stated. He wants to study Major Motion Picture Directing at a university like NYU. Sara Mahoney, 16, from York Catholic High School said, “I like to talk, and I thought it would be really cool to talk on the radio all day.” She wants to pursue a career in international studies continued on page 4
Beatboxing is a kick on campus By Gabriella Lengyel and Brittany Spaide
Lyndsey Yencha, 16, of Woodbine, Maryland can form things other than words with her mouth: She can beat box. Beat boxing is a form of vocal percussion. Noises start in the lungs and work their way up through the vocal chords and the throat. Yencha started to beat box in the eighth grade. “The first thing I beat boxed was the Mario Brothers’ theme song,” says Yencha. She continues her talent but has stopped doing it as often. When she hears noises she likes from other beat boxers, she tries to learn them. Yencha found inspiration from another beat boxer who appeared in America’s Got Talent. “She was a really good beat boxer. I mean she could sing and beat box at the same time.” Yencha explained that the contestant would sing a verse while simultaneously making beat
boxing noises. Many different sounds can be made through the mouth at once; Yencha can make three beats at one time. Some people she has heard have been able to make five. “The tone of your voice and the shape of your mouth affect the (noises),” said Yencha. If a mouth is closed the tone is louder. If it is open it is softer, said Yencha. She shares the interest with one friend-who she thought was not as capable as she. He would always try and show her his talent. Yencha said that once he tried to beat box and it didn’t go very well. “Spit went flying everywhere and he started choking,” said Yencha about her friend. He has not beat boxed in front of her since that quirky show. After hearing her hidden talent, campers and counselors attending Communications Camp 2010 were amazed.
Above, camper Lyndsey Yencha shows her fellow communications campers her dynamic beatboxing skills.
Campers view counselors as role models
By Sara Mahoney and Steven Shatrowski
The camp counselors at Misericordia University’s 2010 Communications Camp are true characters. Ann Gownley, a 22 years old Misericordia graduate of 2010, likes to mix ketchup and mayonnaise. She decided to mix-up her career by choosing a path in the communications field because she felt that there is always something new and exciting to do each day. An internship at WYLN, a local news station in Hazleton, Pa, led to Gownley’s first taste of oncamera reporting. She found that she would rather be behind-thescenes than in front of the camera. Gownley plans to pursue a job in the news industry in producing. Gownley has been a camp counselor for the past three summers. She enjoys helping students find their career paths and getting to know the campers. “The campers this year are fun and interesting,” said Gownley. In her free time, she watches the television show Gilmore Girls, hangs with friends and loves to be outside. Greg Vossler, a senior communications major at 22, loves the color green. “It’s the color of
money,” said Vossler. He aspires to achieve monetary success while working in the realm of sports broadcasting. Vossler has channeled his sports enthusiasm by serving as the sports producer and reporter for the Locker Room segment of MU’s news program, Cougar Cast. Vossler swims for MU’s men’s swimming team, works out in the campus gym, hangs out with his friends and loves to be outside during his free time. He watches sports on TV, especially the World Cup. April Dulsky, a junior communications and English major at 20, loves pink and dipping popcorn into Sprite. She chose the communication field to complement her writing skills. “I wanted to be a writer since I was really little, but I want to get my degree first” said Dulsky. Dulsky connected instantly with Misericordia on her first visit and has remained involved with the university ever since. “I loved the campus, the teachers, and the overall atmosphere” said the junior. Dulsky has written for The Highlander since her freshman year and looks forward to being the webmaster her junior year.
“The campers this year are awesome!” said Dulsky. In her free time, Dulsky loves to travel, go to music festivals, and watch her favorite TV show, Vampire Diaries. Amanda Jamieson, a senior communications major and editorin-chief of The Highlander at 22, loves pink and Hello Kitty. “I am not so much about the color as I am about the Hello Kitty,” says Jamieson. Jamieson, like Hello Kitty, is a generally happy individual. Jamieson is also a camp veteran and found the camp to be a positive experience. “Campers learn in four days what I learned in four years” says the senior communications major. Jamieson believes that her experience at camp as a camper helped her focus in on her future profession. She currently works at Slack Inc. in their Infectious Diseases in Children publication. This opportunity not only gave Jamieson further experience in the communication field but also reaffirmed her choice of a career in public relations. In her free time, Jamieson watches Disney movies, listens to John Mayer, and pursues all things Hello Kitty. continued on page 4
Campers dish their inner quirks By Mary Bove and Greg Smith Reporters
I have a sick obsession with the Golden Girls. Brandt Snyder Hughesville, PA
I make weird faces at cameras. Brittany Spaide Nescopeck PA
I dip pepperoni pizza in 1000 island and ranch dressing. Gabriella Lengyel Whorten, NJ
I can talk like a duck. Gregory Smith Smyrna, DE
I can beat box. Lyndsey Yencha Woodbine, MD
I am super obsessed with Twilight! Mary Bove Wapwallopen, PA
I randomly write poetry Sarah Snyder Jermyn, PA
I love dipping my popcorn in iced tea. Sara Mahoney York, PA
I like to dip my chicken tenders in ranch dressing. Steven Shatrovskas Shavertown, PA
I have never worn a pair of matching socks in my life. Taryn Talacka Dallas, PA
I am the only member of my family to be born in Pennsylvania. Pat Touhey Dallas PA
I can make my elbows touch behind my back. Brittany Camilo Elmira, NY
Counselors dig dorms
By Brittany Camilo and Pat Touhey
Counselors at Misericordia’s Communications Camp found dorm life at the university to be comfortable and enjoyable. Greg Vossler made his dorm homier by bringing in his big screen television. “I like the dorm’s likable atmosphere, very comfortable; with my living room and my private bathrooms in Gildea,” said Vossler. Greg, 22, who will be a senior next year at MU, lived in a dorm every year as a college student. He resided in Gildea Hall, a building that can hold three to seven students in a suite with up to four bedrooms per room. Misericordia holds an annual lottery to determine what rooms students can get. It uses a system in which the most accomplished students have the first pick as to where they wish to live. He explained that not only do GPA and the amount of
credits earned qualify students for certain digs, but seniority plays a major role as well. As a freshman, Vossler said, he put more emphasis on hanging out than actually working. It is not all fun in a college dorm, however. Vossler said that he now must spend at least two days a week to study. And games in the hallway such as soccer and golf are cut short by authority. April Dulsky, another counselor, is normally an everyday commuter. The 20-year-old Centermorland resident has driven to and from the university nearly every day during the school year. “I like living at home. I’d rather live there because I have more freedom than I would than if I lived in dorm. Many of my friends complain about curfew, but since I don’t have one I have just as much freedom,” said Dulsky.
Camp counselors cont’d continued from page 2
The campers have warm and fuzzy feelings about their counselors. Taryn Talacka, 15, of Lehman, PA has nothing but good things to say about the camp counselors. “They are really nice and helpful. They’re swell,” said Talacka. Fellow campers, Gabriella Lengyel, 17, of Wharton NJ
Lengyel describes her counselors as amazing. “Amanda is really funny and April reminds me of Haley Williams from Paramore. Greg totally reminds me of Michael Phelps,” said Lengyel. The campers say that they feel that they are lucky to have such dynamic role models despite their quirks.
Cafeteria food cont’d continued from page 1
It is almost unanimous among students that dinner was the best meal served with penne pasta being the favorite entrée, even though diverse types of dishes are served. Students also have a variety of drinks such as milk and juice to choose from. There is also a wide range of desserts and pastries that students can have during their meal times. Most students had high expectations in terms of the cleanliness of the cafeteria. Communications student Lyndsey Yencha was surprised to find the cafeteria quite clean. “Since it’s college,” Yencha states, “I assumed that it might be a little messy, but it turns out, it was extremely clean.” Misericordia’s cafeteria differs from lunchrooms in many ways. Students say they are normally
bland and have the same generic color displays while Misericordia’s cafeteria has a highly modernistic theme involving metal designs along the walls and curved chairs and tables. Signs above each specific area of food prove convenient for those looking for a specific meal. Students consider food at Misericordia to be top-notch. A problem with obtaining daily meals, however, involves cafeteria “red tape.” Students are normally used to having the ability to open up their refrigerators and pantries upon free will. At Misericordia a student must display a card in order to receive their food. Communications student Brandt Snyder joked that “using cards was a little awkward. I don’t have to use cards to open my pantry at home.”
By working at Misericordia’s communication camp, Dulsky realized that she made the right decision. “I miss my bed. It’s more comfortable. I have a room to myself,” she said. There were some advantages to sleeping in a dorm. The Highlander’s web editor liked the fact that she did not have to drive to campus every morning and drive home every evening. Another camp counselor, 21 year old Mike Terlesky, is a commuter. “I live five minutes away, and it makes so much sense to live at home than in a dorm, he said. He did, however, spend some late nights on campus. He had to sleep in a friend’s dorm. “Freshman dorms are smaller. I stayed a few nights with friends. The beds are nice. I’m not too particular.”
Campers’ high hopes cont’d continued from page 1 with a minor in Spanish or Communications. Brittany Camilo of Notre Dame High School is researching Syracuse and MU to study communications. “I want to tell the news. Not the sports, but the news in general. I always thought it was interesting and it looked really fun to do,” she confessed. Communication campers aren’t all fun and games. They strive to reach the goals they set for their lives after high school. Sara Mahoney, 16, from York Catholic High School said, “I like to talk, and I thought it would be really cool to talk on the radio all day.” She wants to pursue a career in international studies with a minor in Spanish or Communications. Brittany Camilo of Notre Dame High School is researching Syracuse and MU to study communications. “I want to tell the news. Not the sports, but the news in general. I always thought it was interesting and it looked really fun to do,” she confessed. Communication campers aren’t all fun and games. They strive to reach the goals they set for their lives after high school.