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The traditional end of semester course evaluations have received a new mode of completion, which allows students to take the surveys online and rate both the professor and the material. The new method has students logging onto My Haven and filling out a varying number depending on the individual course load. “I think that it’s better than filling them out by hand. It doesn’t take time out of class now,” said Marc Martin, a junior majoring in computer science. “Also, I don’t even think the administrators read them. So we shouldn’t have to take time out of class for something that is not important.”
Other students, however, do not share the same opinion of the change. “I don’t like it at all! I believe that the course evaluations should be done in class if they want them completed,” said Kailey Wagner, a junior majoring in public relations and advertising. “On my own time, I forget because I have other things I need to do and right now is a busy time of the semester to take my time to do that.” Prior to this semester, the evaluations would be done in the classroom and administered by a professor other than the course instructor. Which courses are evaluated depend on several factors, such as how long the professor has been with the university and whether or not they are a tenured member of the faculty. In order to complete the surveys, students must log into My Ha-
ven with the username and password used to sign into the university email and then look along the left sidebar for the section labeled ‘course evaluation’. From there, they will be presented with a list of the courses that require surveys to be filled. Each survey is identical and allows students to give feedback on the professor and the material that is being presented in the class. The final question is a comment box where students can leave praise or give suggestions on what could be improved. “I think it is a wonderful idea and it makes the process more streamlined, but I don’t think the all the students will take them,” said Sharon Stringer, PHD and communication professor. “I think that the only students who will complete them will be the students who either loved the course or hated it.”
Author ‘lifts’ students, faculty with life stories John Sosnowski Online Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting author Rigoberto González offered a high on Nov. 7 that Thirsty Thursday festivities can’t match. González shared memoirs of coming-of-age struggles and hopes with a full house in the PUB MPR as part of Lock Haven University’s Upwrite reading series. Design Managers: Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies proAriel Guerra gram, Lyrically Speaking, the president’s commission on email@example.com faculty, administrators, staff and students of color (FASSt) Cody Shaub firstname.lastname@example.org and Upwrite, the event opened with a reading from Lyrically Speaking member Jordan Rice. Ads Manager: Rice shared her original poem, “Divine Light,” an Nate Henderson inspirational piece which set the mood for the evening. After email@example.com a brief introduction by Lyrically Speaking president Layla Longer, González himself took the stage, and shared readings from several of his memoirs, such as “Trash”, “Lift” and This Week’s Writers: Lisa Conner, Josh Copeland, Chris “Witch” exploring different dimensions of the author’s difFravel, Chris Gill, Emilie Hettinger, Mary ficulties with self-esteem growing up as a poor, Mexican imJones, Brooke Kibler, Vicky Kramer, migrant. Samantha Shirk, Matt Stanton, Heather “His voice, his writing, it inspires. It pulls you down Treaster into his world, then lifts you up,” professor Laurie Cannady said. The readings also examined his relationship with his father, who left the family when González was 13. González Amanda Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org Lona Middleton email@example.com
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says that his father remains his “greatest muse,” and that their relationship empowers rather than weakens him. “I thought that his readings were really indicative of what a memoir should be: a combination of entertaining writing and true life stories,” said Aron Agerton, a senior majoring in English. “We all have difficult journeys,” González said. “I hope that [through my work] I can be someone’s role model.”
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Self-plagiarism: An accidental crime Emilie Hettinger Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org We often think of plagiarism as taking writing from someone else, but what about taking it from yourself? As ridiculous as it sounds, it is a real issue, especially on college campuses. Self-plagiarism, also known as duplicate publication, is using one essay, report, or other piece of work for two different purposes. While it may seem efficient to re-use previous work, without the proper citation, students could be facing serious consequences should they do it. According to writecheck.com, “The idea is that the writer should let the reader know that this
was not the first use of the material.” Many students either do not understand this, or don’t realize they are doing something wrong. “I never would have thought to consider something like that plagiarism,” said senior sports administration major Stephon Shrawder. “I had heard about this from one of my professors, but I didn’t really understand it,” said senior education major Jaron Cunrod. Even if students only use a sentence or a paragraph from a written work, they are still guilty of plagiarism. Self-plagiarism does not have fixed rules like regular plagiarism; people still debate what the boundaries are when it comes to re-using work. In college, if students plagiarize themselves, the punishments are likely to be the same as
if they were to plagiarize someone else. This would mean the offending student could face suspension or even expulsion. “This does not sound like something I would want to risk,” said junior sports administration major, Camdon Makay. This is not just a problem in college, but also in the professional world. According to writecheck. com, “Self-plagiarism may also fall under copyright infringement.” If students write something for a publication, the copyright may be allotted to them. If they were to use it again, they would be violating the copyright and would be held legally accountable. So before students re-use that old essay from high school, they should think about what the consequences could be.
Living with AIDS: Survivor shares story with students
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Centre County resident, Jenny, came forward Wednesday night to talk about the controversial subject of living with HIV or AIDS. For the first time, the 42 year old divulged her life story to a crowd that wasn’t her support group. Jenny grew up in a small town in Alabama. Her first husband contracted HIV unknowingly, and Jenny contracted it from him. Her husband passed away from the illness at the age of 23. Battling depression and social stigma, she moved to Birmingham to start over. There she met her second husband. “There needs to be a conversation that starts with ‘we have to have a talk,’” she said. “Nothing good comes after that.” But for Jenny, something good did come after that. Her then-boyfriend showed support and stuck by her. They were married for several years before deciding to divorce for other reasons. Jenny could not cope with her illness and the divorce. She fell back into depression and was hard into drugs and drinking but found a job working as a paralegal. When she wasn’t at work, she was partying and soon enough, she found herself doing lines of cocaine in the back room at work. Meanwhile, she was not taking her prescription drugs.
The cocaine usage and partying continued for about 10 years. “I existed. I didn’t really live,” Jenny said. “I did everything to destroy myself that I can think of.” Last Christmas-time, Jenny realized that at 40 years old she had accomplished nothing. After a mental breakdown, she decided it was time to pick up the pieces. She cleaned herself up, moved to Centre County, and went on disability. Jenny has been clean since Jan. 10. She is receptive to treatments and keeping up with her medication. Her T-cell count is on the rise and she is currently engaged. Jenny decided to speak to Lock Haven students as a start to dispelling the stigmas against people living with the virus. Despite the advancements made in research on and medicine for HIV and AIDS, there are still people who believe they can contract the virus from kissing or sharing a drink. “This is my way of trying to give a little bit back… People need to hear this story,” she said. “And it was something I really need to do for myself.” It was her first time disclosing this information with anyone who was not a close friend, family member or her support group. The group consisted of more than 50 people. *Jenny requested to keep her last name out of the article for fear her soon-to-be parents-in-law may see it. She and her fiancé have decided not to share this information with them yet.
Students showcase skills in talent show Devon Wiser Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The Global Honors Program will host their second talent show in Price Auditorium on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. The price of admission is three dollars.The Global Honors Program has organized the talent show in order to raise money for new flags to put in the Hall of Flags room in the Robinson Learning Center. This year there are a total of 12 acts to go on in the talent show, with performances ranging from singing and dancing to juggling. “The talent show has grown this year and I’m very happy to take this event and watch it turn into something bigger,” said Andrew Johnson, Student Associate Director in Training. Last year the talent show was held in the PUB Multi Purpose Room, but this year it will be in Price Auditorium due to its growth. “I’m excited. I wasn’t able to participate last year because something came up, but it’s a great group of people running it, so it’ll be a lot of fun,” said Christian Meeder, sophomore, whose act involves playing guitar and singing. “I’m excited and really nervous all at the same time, but I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to be performing alongside!” said Kara Frantz, sophomore, whose performance involves dancing to a 90’s pop song with a group of students.
The Global Honors Program is asking for donations from the community so that they can purchase prizes for the winners of the talent show. Last year’s prize was a Wal-Mart gift card and other gift cards were raffled to audience members. “The results of the talent show are determined by the audience. Audience members can text their vote and results will be displayed,” said Johnson. Meeder has had previous experience in the performing field. He sang a song that he wrote at his high school graduation, and last month he participated in another talent show called Rock the Haven. “It was an easy decision for me to be a part of the talent show- my freshman wanted me to do it. I am a Freshman Development Group leader in the Honors Program. I thought it would be a great bonding experience for all of us so I jumped on board right away!” said Frantz. Frantz hasn’t had prior experience to performing in front of large groups, but she says that she embarrasses herself in public frequently, so it should be the same. Last year there was a signup sheet for the talent show. This year there was an audition session in advance so that the program could further connect with all of the participating acts. “Please come support your fellow students! This event is also open to the community. Everyone is welcome to join and watch, so save the date!” said Johnson.
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Should you believe in God? Professors Steven Brust and Daniel Shaw will be debating religion in an event sponsored by the Philosophy Club. November 20 at 7 p.m in Ulmer Planetarium
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What are you addicted to?
“I can’t go anywhere without my cell phone,” said Bogdan Churevko, a sophomore.
“Thrift store shopping, flea markets and yard sales. I have to stop every time,” said Claire Jones, a senior majoring in music marketing.
“Lord of the Rings: The Third Age. It’s a video game on my old school playstation,” Josh Conklin, a junior majoring in communication.
Reporting on the Run
November 14, 2013
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11/3/2013 1:54 PM Sixth Street Female stated she was at an off-campus party and is the victim of an attempted sexual 11/1/2013 9:00 AM Fairview Report of a missing person: assault. LHPD contacted. Suites Roommate had been unseen for about 13 days. Under 11/3/2013 8:33 PM Bellefonte Ave Assist LHPD: requested Investigation. assistance with a disabled semi. Officer directed traffic 11/2/2013 2:38 AM Spring Street Two female individuals were while repairs were being made spotted ducking in and out of vehicles. Suspects claimed 6:57 PM Linden Street Assist LHPD with an open they were hiding from the 11/5/2013 door to a residence. Actors police due to being the age of were not present. No further 12 or 13 and it was 3 am in action. the morning. City officer took juveniles to station. 11/5/2013 7:21 PM Bentley Hall Boyfriend reported his girlfriend was sexually 11/2/2013 11:10 PM Fairview Concerned about well assaulted by a male student. Suites being of a student who Under Investigation. posted threats of suicide on facebook. Officers made 7:08 PM Campus Male called about a pending contact with person and 11/5/2013 person stated someone Village arrest he received from PSP for retail theft from Wal-Mart. hacked into his facebook account. No further action Instructed to contact the arresting officer. taken.
11/6/2013 12:20 AM Evergreen Assist LHPD with locating a 11/3/2013 1:16 AM 6A-Parking RAs reported there was a Commons possibly suicidal student. She female outside of Gross Hall was found and transported to highly intoxicated. Female LHER for evaluation. issued a citation for Public Drunkenness. 11/6/2013 2:00 PM McEntire Hall Report about a female dealing prescription drugs from her 11/3/2013 1:01 AM Smith Hall Possible alcohol incident. RA room. Under Investigation. overheard voices in the room talking about taking shots. 11/6/2013 7:37 PM SRC Theft of an Iphone. Officers searched room and no alcohol was found. No 11/6/2013 1:48 AM E Park Street Assist LHPD in securing two violations found. Case closed. male suspects who were firing a realistic BB gun in front of 11/3/2013 1:43 AM Gross Hall RA reported that he saw two Hanger 9. males acting suspicious. Area checked with no results. 11/7/2013 12:05 AM McEntire Hall Report of an odor of marijuana on the 7th floor. Search of the 11/3/2013 2:11 AM McEntire Hall Report of an intoxicated room yielded marijuana, female in RD’s office. seeds, and white pills. Under Citation issued for Underage Investigation. Drinking.
11/7/2013 2:20 AM McEntire Hall Female reported she was in an 11/3/2013 2:32 AM McEntire Hall While at an incident, a male argument with 2 other came into the RD’s office and he thought officers were there females and wanted no looking for him. He stated further contact with the. Officer informed everyone he was in an argument with his girlfriend and had her involved to cease contact. Referred to Student Affairs. phone and keys. RA granted male permission to stay in 11/7/2013 5:26 PM SRC Theft of a wallet being female’s room.Later reports removed from a backpack that were made of arguing and was in the men’s locker room. being loud. male refused to Employee reported a leave at RA’s request. Officer suspicious male and person responded and informed all was instructed to leave. Male parties of the consequences suspected of theft. Description: if he had to return. Male White male, 6 feet tall, 200 lbs left campus. No further action with dirty blond hair. taken.
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November 14, 2013
New Thor movie is electrifying Kathleen Ellison A&E Editor email@example.com The much-anticipated sequel to Thor has finally come to theaters. “Thor: The Dark World” has been dominating the box office since it came out this weekend. This fantasy action movie is directed by Alan Taylor and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston and Anthony Hopkins. In this action fantasy Thor must face an ancient enemy that even Odin has not fought. His quest to save Asgard and the nine realms will reunite him with the scientist Jane Foster and will test him like no enemy has done before. But when this darkness threatens to engulf everything he loves there is only one person to turn to: his brother, Loki. This newest installment in the Marvel movie series was marvelous. The fight scenes were amazingly well shot and the costumes were gorgeous, mixed with unique armor details. Overall the movie definitely has a satisfying tone similar to “Game of Thrones” of which Taylor also directed.
Meanwhile the grandeur of the special effects in this movie were simply breathtaking. They seemed to fit seamlessly into the cinematography and did not detract from the overall movie and plot. The scenes of Asgard were gorgeous, filled with light and majesty, which contrasted sharply with the desolation of the Dark World. The plot was wonderfully well balanced. It contained action, suspense, romance, sorrow and comedy. Moments of pure intensity were alleviated with tasteful humor, so overall the movie was not overwhelming. In particular the character of Loki infused the plot and dialogue with wit and sarcasm. Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki was perfect. He brought a depth to Loki that emphasized the complexities of his actions and moral. Likewise Chris Hemsworth was also outstanding as Thor. Although I felt his character, as well as the others, did not get enough character development in the movie. Regardless, the characters interacted well and kept the plot moving at a fast pace. Simply put, this movie was fantastic. It never failed to keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat. With beautiful visuals and an intricate plot this movie is well worth the price of a theater ticket.
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Top 5 amazing role-playing games
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Role-playing games have always enticed the minds of scenario oriented gamers. They have evolved through the years, but the good ones always contain the same aspects: an engaging story and unique, relatable characters. No RPG would be complete without those two aspects. Here is my list of the top 5 RPGs of all time. 5. Valkyrie Profile Based loosely on Norse Mythology, the player takes the role of Lenneth, a Valkyrie who is gathering and preparing the souls for the final apocalyptic battle against Ragnarok. Released in 2000, for the PlayStation and remade in 2006 for the PlayStation Portable, the story of this game is incredibly intriguing. As Lenneth, you travel the world, learning the tragic stories of the ones you gather, and leveling them up in the dungeons. The only downfall to this game is that it has a lot more cut scenes then game play. 4. Dark Cloud “Dark Cloud” is an RPG that contains ele-
ments of a city-building game that was released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2. In the game the player takes control of a young boy named Toan who journeys to defeat an all powerful Dark Genie, and to rebuild towns destroyed by the Genie. From dungeon crawling and fighting monsters, to rebuilding the towns to however you please, this game’s only downfall lies in the extremely difficult boss battles. 3. Final Fantasy VII “Final Fantasy VII” was released in 1997 for the PlayStation, and has had many other released for other systems since. The story follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who joins the rebel organization known as AVALANCH whose main focus is to stop mega-corporation, Shinra. However, he must deal with Sephiroth, the main antagonist, who plans to destroy the world. With a story that evokes a whole range of emotions in the player, this Final Fantasy’s only downfall lies in how drawn out the story of the game is, causing it to have some very boring parts. 2. Final Fantasy X Released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2, “Final Fantasy X” is due for a high-definition rerelease for the PlayStation 3 sometime this year. The
player takes control of Tidus, a young man pulled from his world and placed into the world of Spira, a place plagued by a monster who can only be defeated by a Summoner. Tidus joins a Summoner on her pilgrimage to defeat this monster, while he tries to find his way home. With an engaging story and a whole host of wildly different characters, Final Fantasy X’s only downfall lies in its long winded tutorials that the player must read in order to use systems crucial to the game.
1. Wild Arms 2nd Ignition Top on my list is the second installment of the Wild Arms series, a game based off of the Wild West. Released in 2000 for the PlayStation, this story follows three main characters, Ashley, a gunfighter who has just been recruited into a special military force, Lilka, a teenage sorceress and Brad, a former war hero. Odessa, a terrorist organization, is determined to take over the world, destroying the original ARMs, an anti-terrorist group, in the process. Ashley, Lilka and Brad form a new ARMs in order to defeat this threat. This game boasts many puzzles and a story full of unexpected twists and turns. The only downfall to the game is the choppy translation from Japanese to English, making dialogue hard to understand at times.
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Reasons you should watch “InuYasha” Samantha Shirk Staff Writer email@example.com I have never been a big anime fan. I’ve never had anything against it, or anything, I just never really sat down and watched it. However last semester I was hanging out with a friend, and she had gotten a video game based off of InuYasha. Needless to say, the game peaked my interest. I’m glad I chose to watch this anime because from the first episode, I was captivated. The Anime’s Story InuYasha is the story of a half-demon, who shares the same name as the anime’s title, and a fifteen year old girl named Kagome Higurashi. Kagome comes from modern day Tokyo, Japan whereas InuYasha comes from the Warring-States era in Japanese history. The two meet when Kagome falls down a well located in her family’s shrine that leads to the
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feudal era. A monster goes after Kagome in an attempt to steal the Jewel of Four Souls which ends up shattered by Kagome as a last resort effort to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. As a result of Kagome’s efforts, she and InuYasha are forced to travel together to reclaim the shards, gaining many allies along the way. The Characters A couple of things this anime is not lacking in are characters and character development. As mentioned previously, InuYasha and Kagome meet a number of allies along their journey. However, being a major character or a minor character in this anime doesn’t matter because these characters all usually have a very interesting story behind them. The anime thrives on making you truly feel for its characters. I found myself laughing really hard at some points and crying my eyes out at others, it’s almost as if you grow attached to the characters. The characters themselves also seem to grow and mature as the anime goes on, I can watch
one of the first episodes and one of the later episodes and really see a difference in them. The Artwork and the Music InuYasha is filled with lots of gorgeous backgrounds and fantastic action scenes. Everything is so detailed and the colors are so bright and phenomenal. One of my favorite things about this anime is the artwork. The art changes slightly as the anime progresses and different artists take over or the artist’s style matures but nothing about it ever changed to make the viewing experience any less pleasant. In fact, in some aspects it changed it for the better. The music also helped make the viewing experience a very pleasant one as it helped add to the emotional feel of the show. Each character has a different theme and some have two, one for the happier parts and one for the sadder parts. As for the battle scenes, an epic battle soundtrack accommodates the battles regardless if it’s the heroes winning or the enemy.
Comedian John Cassidy Guess the to perform at Lock Haven Movie Quote! Emilie Hettinger Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Comedian John Cassidy will be visiting Lock Haven University on Friday, Nov. 15 for a performance in Price Auditorium at 7 p.m. Cassidy is a professional comedian, magician, and balloon artist. He holds multiple Guinness World Records for his balloon sculpting speed. These records include, most balloon sculptures in one hour and most balloon sculptures in one minute. In addition to this, he has been a guest on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Weakest Link”, and “Live with Regis and Kelly”. Though he is known for his records, he is often sought after for his stage performance. He has performed across the US and internationally, presenting for family, corporate, and collegiate audiences.
Haven Activities Council will sponsor Cassidy’s comedy performance. HAC organizes a variety of activities and events for students to enjoy each semester. HAC decided to bring Cassidy to LHU after seeing him perform at the NACA (National Association for Campus Activities) Conference. “He brings so many areas of entertainment together and it’s a real joy to watch him perform,” said Kacie Shallow, HAC coordinator. HAC hopes Cassidy’s performance entertains and intrigues students. “As the student programming board here on campus, we are constantly looking for new and interesting acts to entertain the student body. John Cassidy does just that,” said Shallow. To find out more about Cassidy, visit his website at: http://www. johncassidy.com. For more information about the event, contact Kacie Shallow at: email@example.com.
“No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved!” Last week’s answer was: “Bringing Up Baby”
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November 14, 2013
Top 10 songs to listen to on a road trip Kayla Marsh A&E Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
you’re the hero of an action movie cruising down the highway with this song on full blast!
So with students heading home for Thanksgiving and Christmas break, we all are dreading that long drive home. So here are some songs to make the trip more enjoyable. 1. Send Me On My Way- Rusted Root A song that everyone remembers from the early 90s movie Matilda. This song will have you singing along even if you’re not sure exactly what the lead singer is saying. 2. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)- The Proclaimers How I Met Your Mother fans are already aware of the “awesomeness” of this song. Listening to this song while you drive makes you thankful that you don’t actually have to walk 500 miles. 3. Pompeii- Bastille This song is so uplifting it’s almost impossible not to include it. The incredible rhythm coupled with the background chanting makes you feel like
4. Wake Me Up- Avicii The newest addition to this list. The steady bassline and Aloe Blacc’s deep vocals makes the trip seem shorter as you pump your fist down the highway to the beat. 5. Graceland- Paul Simon The quintessential roadtrip song. Paul Simon is the king of roadtrip songs, and Graceland is the best of his many hits. This song tells the story of his many travels and makes you feel as if you’re sitting on a greyhound to Pittsburgh with him. 6. Highway 61 Revisited- Bob Dylan Dylan’s song is literally about the road of endless possibilities for people of dubious backgrounds. Many college students could easily relate to Dylan’s lyrics as they evaluate their life choices down on Highway 61. 7. Find My Way- The Gabe Dixon Band Steady beats and prolific lyrics are the way to go for a good roadtrip song. The Gabe Dixon Band
uses both to create a great song to help you find your way back home, or wherever your road may take you. 8. Some Nights- Fun This song is the epitome of the trials of young life. Some nights you think you have everything figured out, some nights you have no clue. This song will make you think about your life on your long drive home to mom and dad. 9. Born to Run- Bruce Springsteen The steady rhythm and the Boss’ rebellious vocals, makes this song the best to cruise down the highway with an “I-don’t-care” attitude. This song definitely gets you pumped for that long drive home. 10. Home- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros This song is literally about going home; whether your home is with your parents, your significant other or whatever, home is wherever you feel safe and loved.
A major network goes back to its roots with a live production Heather Treaster Staff Writer email@example.com When television first became popular, many of the programs broadcast were live shows. These shows attracted an elite audience and were difficult to maintain for many reasons: each time a production was held, a new cast needed to be hired; the scenery was never the same; and it was tiring on a writer’s mind to constantly have to come up with new, interesting material. On top of that, the productions were live. Live shows are risky because literally anything could happen. These are the reasons television has turned into what it is today. We see recurring casts in consistent settings, and everyone knows that most shows are recorded. However, NBC has chosen to relive the beginning days of television this holiday season. “The Sound of Music” will be broadcast live in the beginning of December. Starring Carrie Underwood (a Grammy winning
country artist) and Stephen Moyer (who is a lead in the series True Blood), “The Sound of Music” is sure to bring in an astounding amount of viewers. Most people have not seen a live broadcast like this one (our idea of live television is the results episode of ‘The Voice’ or Sunday Night Football), and it is believed that will interest many. Carrie Underwood defines it as “like going to a Broadway show, but in your living room.” On top of that, “The Sound of Music” is a hugely popular movie. It is the kind of movie that families can sit and watch together, while still both enjoying it. NBC.com says, “The Sound of Music” will be a faithful adaptation of the original stage musical, to retell the story for a whole new generation.” NBC also predicts that the live aspect of the production will add excitement. The Sound of Music will premiere on NBC Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.
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Why does LHU love Thanksgiving?
Lisa Conner Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanksgiving is one of the best Holidays of the year. There is nothing like the smell fresh apple pie and a turkey roasting in the oven. We all have special memories and our own family traditions that we follow. Thanksgiving is only two weeks away and it is time to look forward to your favorite part of Thanksgiving. Here is what you in LHU are looking forward to the most. “Home cooked food and pretending to be helpful in the kitchen.”- Faylin Johnson- Senior “Family trivia.”- Regan Gaenzle, Senior “The food.” – Haley Neumeister, Sophomore “Four day weekend with oodles of stuffing!” Brianna Bergey, Grad Student
“Pumpkin Pie!” – Cierra Guest, Junior
“Gathering with family and friends while eating delicious food.” – Leo Valmonte, Sophomore “Getting to see my extended family that I haven’t been able to see in years.” –Alx Singer, Junior “Spending time with family. I’m very thankful for them because they do so much for me.” – Bernadette Marco, Junior “Going to the beach.” – Michael Fry “I love spending time with my whole family and all the yummy food!” – Jess Reed, Junior Thinking about your favorite parts of Thanksgiving just might help you get through this next week. Even if you are not a big Thanksgiving fan just remember, Christmas is less than a month after.
“All of the food! Especially pumpkin pie!” – Bill Whale, Sophomore
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Condoms:safe sex or sports equipment? Brooke Kibler Staff Writer email@example.com Sex: is it intimate or a sport? To different people it means different things. Some of our friends may treat it as a sport, and others take it quite seriously. Bethany Hatheway, a sophomore criminal justice and psychology major, believes that sex should be taken seriously due to the complications that can arise from recklessly partaking in sexual activities. “It has to be taken seriously because pregnancy and STDs are serious business, but if you’re being responsible and using protection it can be treated as more of a recreational activity,” said Hatheway. Kyle Goodman, a senior English major, is single and treats sex with respect. “Sex requires trust, and trust is not something that should be taken with the utmost sincerity and seriousness. Plus, you’re sharing your body with someone, and anything that involves that much physical contact should be taken seriously.” Hatheway has been in a relationship with her boyfriend for almost a
year when asked how big of a role sex plays in her relationship. “It helps keep us close and it’s fun, but over breaks when we are not physically together, we are still really close, so sex isn’t necessary,” said Hatheway. To Goodman sex is very important in his relationships. “I personally view sex as the ultimate symbol of trust between me and someone else. Two people willing to have sex with one another says a lot about how much they trust each other,” said Goodman. In college we hear a lot about one night stands from our friends. But how long should you wait to engage in this serious, emotional activity? Goodman believes it is all about a comfort level. “If both people are honest with each other and their feelings about if they want to have sex with that person or not, then there is never an issue of it being ‘too early’ to have sex in a relationship,” said Goodman. While in college, we experiment and sometimes it leads to sex, which is one of the most intimate aspects of a relationship. When you finally feel comfortable enough with a partner, either with a long term relationship, or someone you just met, remember to practice safe sex. Protection is available at Glennon Health Center. Photo courtesy of www.jillstanek.com
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In 1990 LHU students were among many undergraduates that were in jeopardy of losing non-subsidized loans as part of their financial aid package. Due to lack of funding for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, students were left with few options to pay for their tuition. In 2013 LHU students are facing similar concerns due to Federal Perkins Loans being cut during the spring 2014 semester.
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November 14, 2013
Don’t let the winter weather leave you dry Dayna Bloch Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Shorter days, snow storms, and chilly winds aren’t the only things that are brought along by the cold weather season. It’s difficult to find the motivation to get out of our warms beds and head off to classes, but the hard winter weather shouldn’t send your beauty efforts into hibernation. Dryness is one of the worst things that comes along with the crisp winter air. Whether it’s our skin, lips or hair, there are ways to combat with the harsh effects cold weather can have on our bodies. Water is the easiest and quickest way to avoid dryness in the winter. We feel less thirsty in the cold months but it’s crucial to keep ourselves hydrated, inside and out. Herbal teas and clear soups are additional ways to get the required eight glasses a day. A humidifier in your room will moisturize the air, which will keep your skin from drying out and can help clear up any stuffed-up winter sinuses. We all like to have a good time now and again during the holidays, but Christmas themed cocktails and hot drinks won’t offer you any hydration. Since alcohol and caffeine take away moisture from our bodies, limit the number of drinks you
consume at the holiday festivities. If healthy skin isn’t motivation enough, think about how refreshing it will feel waking up without a hangover. Heat styling and healthy hair aren’t usually used in the same sentence, but it can be hard to ignore the temptations of a flat iron. Avoid as much damage as possible with low heat settings and regular haircuts to chop off all the dead ends. Using moisturizing hair soaps and leave-in conditioning spray will help keep your hair hydrated. Lip balms are a must-have in any season; no one wants to pucker up with a pair of dry, cracked lips. Kick the habit of licking your lips since it only dries them out more. Reach for a natural, moisturizing lip balm avoiding ingredients like menthol which worsen inflamed lips. Nothing feels better than a long hot shower after coming in from dropping temperatures; however it’s guaranteed to worsen dry skin. After a cool shower pat skin dry instead of rubbing that can strip skin of its natural moisture barriers. Don’t forget to apply lotion while skin is still damp for maximum absorbency. It’s hard to find motivation for anything more than necessary when it’s too cold to get out of bed. But it’s important to keep your beauty healthy during the winter, we all want to look great when the sun finally comes back and it’s time for shorts again.
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Perkins Loan Letters to the editor problems Lock Haven University’s financial aid department reports that about 80 percent of enrolled students receive some form of financial aid to help them pay for their education. LHU students can receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, federal grants, state grants, federal work study, campus employment and through federal parent and student loan programs. At the beginning of each academic year, students who qualify for financial aid receive the appropriate paperwork to accept or reject these awards. In many cases, the financial aid a student receives in the fall semester is the same aid available for the spring semester; if aid will only be available for one semester or the other, it is clearly stated. Students then take their financial aid award letters and use the information to form a plan that will allow them to pay the remaining balance owed to LHU or, when they are receiving a refund they might make plans to use the excess money to pay for other school expenses, such as textbooks. However they use it, students depend on this information to budget a year of college costs. Unfortunately, that information has suddenly changed for some students this year. The university has notified students who receive money through the Federal Perkins Loan program that it will not be able to disburse funds anticipated to be available for the spring 2014 semester. An email sent to students by Robert Fryer, the Interim Director of Student Financial Aid and Student Financial Services states, “The Federal Perkins Loan program is one of those programs where the U.S. Department of Education only provides Lock Haven University (LHUP) with a limited amount of funding. After reconciling the fall 2013 disbursements, LHUP has expended its entire Perkins Loan
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funding for the 2013-2014 award year.” While some federal loans are disbursed directly by the government, the Perkins Loan is controlled by each individual institution. Once a year, the government releases a lump sum of money to each school to fund their Perkins Loans. Each school uses its own pool of Perkins Loan money to determine who will receive one of the loans and how much each loan will be. The only way to replenish this fund is by collecting payments from outstanding loans and interest, which are paid directly to LHU. This sudden loss of the spring portion of the loan can be devastating. It is inexcusable for students to be left with a loss of funding and a lack of options. Their respective budgets have been torn apart. Regardless of fault, the burden of affording the spring 2014 semester now falls on many who believed they had a secure plan. Fryer states in the email, “We have searched for other forms of funding to offset your spring Perkins award. However, there is no additional institutional funding available.” Students have been encouraged to search for other loan lenders to help cover costs and to visit the Financial Aid Office to arrange a payment plan for the spring 2014 semester. But for some students, this won’t be enough. For some recipients, this will be the end of the line. Something needs to be done to prevent another financial blow to students in the future. Unforeseen complications and problems will always arise from time to time, but a lesson needs to be taken from this and applied to future planning. Leaving students with a gap where they’ve been granted financial aid and risk losing these students because they can no longer afford the cost of higher education is indefensible.
I need this to be published to let people know that their behavior doesn’t go unnoticed: I walked through Fairview on the south side of the fourth floor and saw that every single one of the exit signs were ripped off of the ceiling. I want to pose a public question: How old are we? We are all adults! And last time I checked, real adults don’t tear the exit signs off of the ceiling, or throw garbage out of their doorway into the hallway or spit on the floor! Consider this a reality check from someone who is “only eighteen” and is apparently more grown up than some people. I’m appalled by the childish and disgusting behavior displayed by the people who, in a year or so will be responsible for our country’s future. Have the courtesy to spit outside and save me from stepping in your tobacco puddles in my own residence hall. If you want to vandalize a building, wait until after college when it won’t affect 200 other people and make an attempt at personal hygiene. I did not expect this when I came here. I thought people would be more mature. Matt Stanton is a freshman majoring in Outdoor Recreation Management.
A nation divided Chris Gill Staff Writer email@example.com
I have lived as a United States citizen for 25 years now, and in the short time I have had on this earth I’ve come to three major conclusions: good friends are worth more than gold, never drink bottom-shelf liquor and the nation I love is slowly tearing itself asunder. The first two notions here are something the general populous should agree with, but the last one is something skeptics will doubt. Let me illuminate for you why I feel this great nation is breaking down. The first issue that threatens our unity is the factional division of political belief systems that run our nations, namely the Democratic and Republican parties. These two groups hold sway over a nation that was never meant to be restricted to such limited perspectives. This leads individuals to making the choice to be a part of a system that replaces their individual perspective with that of the party perspective and slowly, over time that perspective entirely engulfs the individual until what was once a thinking person becomes a party drone loyal to implanted ideals rather than their own common sense. The degree to which people seem to blindly follow the ideals of their party is disheartening to witness. We have all
but forgotten how to decide for ourselves, regardless of party viewpoints. Anything that removes the individual’s freedom of thought through either force or subtle coercion is exactly what our forefathers raged against. This notion of this two party system also serves to keeps us at a constant battle with each other, which in fact hinders the progress of our country. We waste time and energy debating issues based on politically slanted ideals, most of which are fed to us from a biased media system that only perpetuates the cycle of endless debates. The shutdown is a perfect example of how the divisive nature of this system can stagnate our country. Finally though, the worst of the factors in our decline is the growing apathy amongst this nations’ people. It is the growing apathy and its continuation that allows a failing system to run the nation. It is our growing lack of concern that allows individuals to turn senate positions into lifetime jobs, paid for by the taxpayers, you and me. We are the people, but we seemed to have forgotten our voices. I call for all those who see what I see, for all those who think for themselves to rise up and raise your voices for a future; because if we do not change, if we do not find our common sense, we will surely lose the nation I love.
November 14, 2013
You know what really Skeptics and psychics ruffles my feathers? Vicky Kramer Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
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You know what really ruffles my feathers? When things do not work out the way you expect them to, or rather, the way you want them to. We all struggle with situations that we hope so badly will happen the way we want them to, but in the end we get the exact opposite. Whether it is passing a test you studied all night for, nailing the job interview you have been preparing for, getting a date with that special somebody or anything else you might get excited about, sometimes a happy ending just wasn’t meant to be. Yeah, failures happen and they hurt, but it is a part of life. Going from the peak of optimism and happiness to being somber or even enraged is what reminds you that you are not invincible, you are human. That’s important to remember. You are going to make mistakes, fail and be let down in life; it happens. Take the lessons you learn from these situations and apply them to the future. When you feel you have really messed up take the following steps to correct the problem: 1.Figure out what went wrong. 2.Apologize to whomever you owe an apology. 3.Figure out how to correct the problem and make up for it two-fold. 4.Reflect on all aspects of the problem, how you did correcting and making up for that problem and how you grew as a person after it was resolved. 5.Move on. Typically people tend to only make it to number two on this list, which is where a lot of turmoil stems. It is not just about saying “sorry.” It also has a lot to do with proving that you are sorry. That does not just apply to another person; sometimes we have to prove to ourselves we are sorry in order to make progress. On the same token, while we must face our mistakes and shortcomings, we also cannot create false blame or fault to put on ourselves. Sometimes it is not your fault. If you were wrong in any situation life throws at you, you should realize it almost immediately. If not, you are probably not guilty of anything…or you are just too stubborn to admit it, which is up to you to figure out. Along with that, you have to be able to let go. Holding a grudge or holding onto false hope is not healthy. It creates stress that would otherwise not be present if you were able to come to accept that things did not or will not go your way. It is all about moving on and realizing that there is something else out there for you, it just comes down to finding that something else. If you cannot face the problems in front of you and resolve them with balanced emotions and rational thought, then you are bound to have your feathers ruffled.
For many years the world has been faced with many unknown questions such as: Is there life on other planets? What happens after death? A very common question of the unknown asks whether psychics are real or fake. Psychics’ validity has always been an interesting debate between people and to this day there are still believers and skeptics. I was never a firm believer in psychics and/or fortune tellers due to the unreliability factor and growing up in a Catholic home where I learned that after death, you live in paradise with Jesus. There wasn’t much talk about communicating with the dead; it was something that was not discussed. Besides, I think it’s against Catholicism anyway, but that’s a different article. Being the nerd I am and reading all the time I have naturally come across those “psychics exposed” articles--you know, the kind that make you rethink everything you once believed. As I began to do more reading on the psychic topic, I came across some very telling individuals who had good track records and seemed rather genuine. So I began to think, can people on Earth really communicate with loved ones who have passed on or is that an inhuman ability? I remember watching the first episode of “Long Island Medium” and I must admit, I was totally not convinced by Theresa Caputo’s so-called “psychic” abilities. However, the more I watched and the more I read about her as well
as other psychics I began to think, this may be a very possible ability. It is said that humans only use 10% of their brains, which leaves 90% of brain power that could be used for something greater, such as digging deep into one’s spiritually and being able to communicate with those who have passed. This is a very conceivable notion. Still, fakes and frauds are found everywhere, especially within the psychic community. Two major alleged psychics are Sylvia Browne and James Van Praagh. Both are well known and extremely wealthy due to their claimed psychic abilities, but each has been exposed. Browne told Amanda Berry’s mother (who we know as one of the kidnapped girls rescued in Ohio this past year) that Amanda was dead. Incorrect Sylvia! Van Praagh, another wellknown psychic appeared on the television show “The View” and backstage told Barbara Walters there was something wrong with her blood and she should get tested – Walters, alarmed by his comment got herself checked out by a physician and told viewers, “My blood is absolutely normal.” Whether or not you believe in psychics, that is your prerogative and everyone is entitled to their own opinions. However, psychics can be a great asset to believers who need to connect with loved ones who have passed or simply to understand more about your life and what direction it may go. As with anything, we must proceed with caution and educate ourselves before testing the waters. You don’t run before you can walk. Trust your gut instincts. If it’s too good to be true, it usually is.
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November 14, 2013
Cross country races into Nationals John Poli Assistant Sports Editor email@example.com
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Last season the Lock Haven Men’s Cross Country team finished second to Edinboro in NCAA Atlantic Region Championships. Lock Haven was ranked behind Edinboro the whole season and defeated them the last week to win the PSAC and again on Saturday, defeating Edinboro 44-63, qualifying them for nationals on Nov. 23 in Spokane, Washington. “I knew we had a tough chore in front of us because even though we beat Edinboro at conference last week,” Head Coach Aaron Russell said. “They had three of their top five guys not running [last week]. They were back for today so we knew they would be hungry for us, but we stepped it up today to secure the win.” Leading the way for LHU was senior, Alex Monroe who won his third straight Regional Championship by beating the Lock Haven course record by 38 seconds with a time of 28:57.2. “The strategy was to do something different, but not to different to get me in trouble,” Monroe said. “I wanted to break away a little earlier than I did last week at conference. I knew if I wanted to break the course record, I would have to break away earlier than usual.” Even though Monroe won, the team’s victory came in the hands of the
next five guys that crossed the line for LHU. Sophomores Dylan Mountain and Matt Guiod finished seventh and ninth to put three Bald Eagles in the top 10. Junior Alex Diltz (11th), sophomore Ben Robinson (16th) and freshman Korey Replogle (24th) rounded it off placing six men in the top 25, all making the All-Atlantic Region Team. Last season Monroe was named an All-American placing fifth at the national championships. This year Monroe will look to earn a nation title. “I want to go after the win,” Monroe said. “It’s my senior year and I feel I’m fit enough and ready for it.” “He looks sharper and sharper every week,” Russell said with smile. “He’s had his mind set on a national championship all year.” Aside from Monroe looking to earn a national title, the team as a whole will look to accomplish something Lock Haven cross country team has never accomplished before: a top eight finish as a team and earning AllAmerican as a team. “We have a lot of confidence after the way we ran today,” Mountain said. “We run fast and together and you see that from a lot of teams that finish in the top four or five at nationals.” “Our best finish is ninth,” Russell said. “We want to get on the podium and bring back an extra bid to the Atlantic Region next season.”
Above Alex Monroe wins his third straight Regional Championship. Left, coach Russell being interviewed.
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Seven hundred and thirty days of waiting Joshua Copeland Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Two years might not seem long when you have everything. But two years might seem like eternity when you’re not playing the game you love. “I’m just waiting on my moment.” These words were expressed from Bootsie Walker on his first season competing on the basketball floor after two years sitting out. DeQuann Walker, from Chester, Pa. who goes by his childhood nickname “Bootsie,” is at a bittersweet moment of his life. Walker took a year off from college to recollect his thoughts and to redirect his basketball path. “I took a year off to reevaluate my life and to find out where I wanted to start my college ca-
reer,” Bootsie said. Bootsie who started his high school career at Malvern Prep and finished at Chester High School for his senior year was always a main contributor for his team. Bootsie is a part of an elite group of 1,000 point scorers and was only 56 rebounds away from 1,000 rebounds to help lead a 2011 state championship to Chester High School. Coming in to his freshman season at Lock Haven, Bootsie Walker took advantage of watching the game from a different aspect and redshirted a season. “After taking a year off and then redshirting my freshman year it taught me things that you might not learn while playing,” Bootsie said. “After two years I became a more mature and overall better basketball player.” Coach Mike Nestor also believes the redshirt year helped him as an overall basketball player and person.
“I know the redshirt year helped him in terms of getting acclimated with the college life,” Nestor said. “And most importantly really got him hungry for this year. He has been waiting for this year to start for two years.” Coach Nestor is expecting Bootsie to have an immediate impact for the team. He explained how Bootsie is a very hard nosed player with an extremely high basketball IQ. “He will be someone we look to for a little bit of everything when it comes to stuffing the stat sheet,” Nestor said. Lock Haven Bald Eagles looks to open their season Nov. 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. against Davis and Elkins. After two years of watching, Bootsie Walker is ready to compete. “The wait is finally over,” Bootsie said. “I can finally play the game I love.”
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The Lock Haven University wrestling team’s early season success is paying off as the Bald Eagles are listed in a number of team and individual national polls. The Bald Eagles received votes in this week’s USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches poll. Penn State grabbed nine of 10 first-place votes and is still listed at No. 1. Minnesota and Oklahoma State round out the topthree teams in the poll. Lock Haven received 19 points this week. As team, Lock Haven was also ranked 53rd in this week’s InterMat Tournament Power Index (TPI). LHU
is tied for 52nd in the latest WIN Magazine team rankings (TPI). Both TPIs are based off tournament potential and not dual meet strength. Individually, Fred Garcia (Donora, Pa./Ringgold) and Dan Neff (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) lead the way. Both are returning national qualifiers. Garcia (184) and Neff (141) are ranked No. 16 and No. 18, respectively in this week’s Amateur Wrestling News (AWN) rankings. Garcia is ranked No. 18 in the InterMat poll and Neff is ranked No. 16 by WIN Magazine. Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa./ Hempfield) is ranked No. 32 at 165 in Gregg Henry’s/WrestlingReport D-I Rankings. Garcia and Neff are ranked 18th and 26th, respectively.
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LHU wins season opener Doug Spatafore Sports Information firstname.lastname@example.org The Lock Haven University women’s basketball team tipped off its 2013-14 season this afternoon with an, 8274 win over Wilmington (Del.) at Thomas Fieldhouse. LHU (1-0) was led by junior guard Emily Daugherty (Laughlintown, Pa./Ligonier Valley), who netted a teamhigh 23 points, pulled down nine rebounds, dished out four assists and tallied three steals. Daugherty made four threes on the day, tying her career-high for three-pointers made in a single game. Marrysa Moyer (Altoona, Pa./Mansfield Univ.) also had a big game for The Haven, as she scored 18 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. Moyer also dished out a career-best five assists on the day. The Lady Eagles held a, 42-37 advantage at the halftime break, but Wilmington regained the lead early in Photos courtesy of Sports Information the second half. With just 7:23 remaining, the Lady Ea-
gles found themselves in a, 63-57 hole, but soared back with a, 19-3 run over the next 4:40 to take a, 76-66 lead with just over two minutes to play. LHU was able to preserve the lead at the free throw line in the final minutes of play. Kelsey Ryan (Levittown, Pa./ Neshaminy) scored 13 points and grabbed seven boards in the win. Syvae McDaniel (Plainfield, N.J./California Univ. of Pa.) tallied 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in her first career start. Wilmington (0-1) was led by Tenicia Spence, who scored a game-high 27 points. Lock Haven is back in action n e x t weekend (Nov. 15 & 16) when the Lady Eagles compete in the Wolf’s Bus Lines Classic hosted by Shippensburg University. LHU is scheduled to play NYIT on Friday at 1 p.m. and Goldey-Beacom on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Correction from last week’s issue:
Bethany Burns, Sydney Belcastro and Danielle Weaver (pictured above) apparently tacked on a few inches in height and became middle hitters and OHs in last week’s edition with their 17 and 18 “kills” during the Pitt-Johnstown games. To clarify, Burns and Belcastro actually ended the game with 18 digs each and Weaver had a total of 17 digs. My apologies to Burns, Belcastro and Weaver. -Erika White, Sports Editor Photos courtesy of Sports Information