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SGA: who cares?

SGA suffers from lack of student interest by joe Ziegler


tudent Government Association (SGA) President Matthew Whetsell is nearing the end of his term, and his successor will not be elected through the same requirements used to elect Whetsell. Whetsell, a junior graphic design major, said he was elected after serving a year as Director of Design Technology on the SGA general board. SGA recently waived a bylaw that required candidates for SGA president to serve a year on SGA prior to running for election, according to Whetsell. “The bylaw was not repealed, so it will still be there next year,” Whetsell said. “The bylaw was suspended just for this year.” The board waived the rule because there was a lack of SGA members running for the position. Whetsell said, “The lack of student interest wasn’t amongst SGA itself. It was really just for the office of the president. There was no one willing to step up and take on that position.” David Day, director of Student Development and faculty advisor to

SGA said, “As advisor I give people advice. You can’t make someone run who doesn’t want to run. So it is unfortunate that no one on the board wanted to run.” According to Day, the original rule limited the number of people eligible to run for election to 20 people, and the new requirements enable more students to participate.

To be honest, from our perspective, it’s just a down year. People just aren’t looking to do things, and the people who are, just aren’t doing it through SGA. Director of Student Development and Faculty Advisor David Day

“This way there are 12 or 15 hundred people able to run,” he said. “Big picture is that it opens it up to everyone who wants to run, and we will just need someone to win quicker.” Now that SGA waived the rule, the only requirements to become SGA president are a 2.5 grade point average, not being on academic probation, and the attendance of a few

SGA meetings is recommended, according to Whetsell. Out of the hundreds of potential candidates in the La Roche student body, one person applied to be president. One person also applied for the vice president position. In fact, Whetsell said that the entire executive board will run unopposed this election. The executive board consists of President, Vice President, Secretary, Judicial Vice President, Academic Vice President, and Financial Vice President. SGA and La Roche College reward the SGA president with various perks. “You get $100 per month when you’re president, excluding the summer. So that equals $400 a semester,” Whetsell said. “And you get a single room each semester. You don’t get a free room. It’s not free room and board. It’s a single room for the price as if you had a roommate.” Whetsell said the perks have always been a part of the president’s position. Day said that the compensation is for the workload that goes along see SGA page, 10

Scapegoating the unions

by Kurt Hackimer


he results of a recent survey indicate that La Roche College students said they believe the La Roche Experience is a waste of time. Of fifty students surveyed during the week of March 27, 2011, ninetytwo percent said that the La Roche Experience courses are not worth the tuition money they spend on them. “It is kind of pointless because after we turn in the assignments, the topic never gets talked about again,” La Roche student Amanda Terza said. “It’s a class we have to take. That’s it.” Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said they believe that the money could be better spent on campus development. “Resources should be refocused towards academics, campus development, and on campus livability,” La Roche student Joe Ziegler said. “Students should be allowed to have their own La Roche Experience because a large part of college is not

Students lack interest in La Roche College events


see UNIONS page, 11

Students say no to La Roche Experience

see EXPERIENCE page, 11

by Kurt Hackimer

professor at La Roche College said that there is a definite push to have labor unions eliminated from the country. In the wake of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s much discussed Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, Dr. Paul Le Blanc, a professor and author of multiple books concerning the American working class, said that an anti-union ideology is sweeping the nation. “As our living standards are going down, [the government is giving] huge bailouts that are giving tremendous quantities of wealth to what had been irresponsible corporations and pushing us further in debt,” Le Blanc said. “Our tax dollars are paying the bill, being transferred to the wealthy, and our living standards and wealth are being severely cut back. A lot of people are reacting to that with anger.” While the wealthy retain their profits and failing corporations continue to be bailed out at the expense of the tax payers, Le Blanc said that unions are receiving the blame for

Vol. 15, Issue 4

by Gabrielle Yarshen


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Students experience the unpredictable springtime weather on La Roche College’s campus.

he La Roche College talent show boasted six acts. Singers, musicians, and a comedian joined together to offer the audience an entertaining show. But, aside from three judges and some groups of students scattered around, there was no audience. Out of fifty students surveyed in a recent poll, twenty-four have never attended or rarely attend student events offered by La Roche College. One hundred percent of students surveyed responded that they would attend events offered by La Roche College if bigger, more entertaining things were offered. “The same things are being offered over and over again,” Holly Kepins, a senior dance major said. “I would be more interested if they changed it up and offered bigger events that more students can take part in.” see EVENTS page, 11

This publication reflects the views, attitudes, interests, and tastes of the writers, editors and contributors to The Courier. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the administration, faculty and staff of La Roche College.

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The La Roche Courier < May 2, 2011

Not necessarily the news by Travis thornton


recently watched the documentary Gasland. It disturbed me. If you have not seen this film, then allow me to give you the gist of it: the filmmaker, Josh Fox, interviews families across the United States who tell him about health problems they have suffered as a result of natural gas hydraulic fracturing near their homes and on their properties. [Spoiler alert!] Life is not good for these families despite the corporate assertion that everything should be fine. This documentary really got me thinking about the 24-hour national news cycle. ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and other acronyms provide us with early morning, late night, and all-day outlets for clarity on important events and people. There exists a full day’s worth of opportunities for each network to relate crucial information about events affecting the citizens of our nation. Every hour of programming is a chance to inform the public. And yet with this abundance of airtime available to allocate appropriate time to report anything, many stories are underreported or ignored altogether. Some event coverage includes eye-popping graphics and tailor-made thematic music while others can only be seen in that text that crawls across the bottom of the TV screen? I would like to see one of the major news networks do a segment on “conflict of interest.” They could

open the segment by revealing that the interests of their parent company have a palpable affect on what they broadcast on their network. It could even have cool music and animation for its introduction. Let me give you an example of how a media outlet, for one reason or another, will not report on a specific story. Consider, if you will, Charlie Sheen’s recent newsworthy achievements. Following his departure from CBS’s Two and a Half Men and subsequent insane rant on The Alex Jones Show, Mr. Sheen had interviews on all of the “major networks.” Well, not all of them. It was not in the interest of CBS to inform the American people about how much “winning” Charlie Sheen was doing. I believe there may be other news that is more important than the public mental breakdown of a celebrity. Take a moment to compare the amount of coverage you have seen over the past month of Charlie Sheen’s meltdown and that of the nuclear catastrophe that is in progress at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Perhaps you have been informed about the 11,500 tons of radioactive water (which sounds much better than 3 million gallons) dumped into the sea from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. The corporation would indicate the levels of radiation in the water are, of course, nothing to be concerned about. Many of the families interviewed in Gasland were told something similar about their flammable drinking water.

Editor- in Chief Editor-in-Chief Shay Badolato Rebecca Jeskey Kurt Hackimer

News Editor New Editor Joe Ziegler

As I am writing this, the 24-hour news networks are abuzz with the war time-limited, scope-limited, kinetic military action in Libya and the 11th hour aversion of a U.S. government shutdown. However, I have found it difficult to find a news network devoting more than a few minutes on an update on the disaster in Japan.

I believe there may be other news that is more important than the public mental breakdown of a celebrity. Take a moment to compare the amount of coverage you have seen over the past month of Charlie Sheen’s meltdown and that of the nuclear catastrophe that is in progress at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. So, like an assassin with tiger blood and Adonis DNA in Sheriff Charlie Sheen’s army, I found myself questing for news about Fukushima on the Internet. The great thing about the web is that I can find firsthand accounts of events with accompanying pictures and videos. I can read the opinions of experts that do not receive funding or favors from the industry on which they opine. I can see what whistleblowers have revealed on an issue (and how their truths lead to persecution). see NEWS page, 12

Goodbye Senior Rebecca Jeskey reflects on her work with The Courier Rebecca jeskey


hen The Courier staff met last month to plan for this issue, we went over the usual meeting routine: Everyone shared article ideas, we assigned stories, and established deadlines. It was like any other meeting, except that it was my last. With graduation nearing, my run with The Courier is over. Shouldn’t I be happy? For the past three years, Courier deadlines haunted most of my days at La Roche. I spent hours hovering over keyboards, staring at InDesign files, and editing articles until I thought I would have an aneurysm. But I will miss every second of it. The Courier is the only reason I don’t fear walking at commencement on May 7. Being Editor-in-Chief gave me a hands-on experience in journalism; I produced a bundle of published articles; and overall, it was a rewarding job. During an advising meeting my sophomore year, Ed Stankowski asked me if I planned to go to graduate school. I answered honestly, explaining that I’d like to but that financial restraints could hold me back. “I’ll probably want to get a job and make some money first,” I said, “and then think about going back to grad school.” Ed shook his head. “Becky, don’t wait for your life to start. Don’t tell yourself, ‘When I’m 25, I’ll do this.’ Because when you wait too long, things happen. Life gets in the way. And then you never do what you wanted to.” Most likely, Ed doesn’t remember this, but I do. The memory of it makes the conversation sound cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less meaningful. After that day, I ad-

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Contributing Writers

Therese JosephWriters Contributing Caitlin BahrJoseph Therese Joe Ziegler Travis Thornton Caitlin Bahr Co-editors Nick Merolillo Travis Thornton Moriah jamrom Shay Badolato Sports Editor Nick Merolillo Rebecca Jeskey Kurt Hackimer Brian Fischer Moriah Jamrom Advisor Advisor Sports Editor Ed EdStankowski Stankowski Brian Fischer

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Fashion The La Roche Courier < May 2, 2011

What college students wear in the classroom T by shay badolato

he array of fashion choices that you can spot in a typical college classroom can include: a guy who is wearing ratty sweat pants to the left; a girl to the right is in a sparkly prom gown; the person sitting in front Plain Jane. Fifty La Roche College students completed a survey that asked several questions relating to the fashion choices of a college student. Forty-eight students agreed with the statement that dressing properly for class each day is a good habit to get into and can prepare one for the future. Molly Podplesky, a junior interior design major, agreed that it’s a good habit for college students to dress nicely for class. “You may be a wonderful employee, but if you dress sloppy, you will not come off as professional,” Podplesky said. Seventy percent of those surveyed said that they consider attending college their job and ob-

ligation yet, forty percent of those students said that they would not wear the same clothes to a job that they wear to college. Caroline Vranesevic, a junior interior design major, said she wouldn’t wear what she wears to class to a job.

[Fashion] is a visual of who you are on the inside. It helps show that you actually take a part in your appearance seriously. Senior Henry Pinnix

She said that she considers her clothing choices for college to be business casual, and that she would have to dress even more professionally at a job. Podplesky also said that she wouldn’t wear the same outfits to a job that she wears in the classroom. “School is more casual than a job,” she said.

Seventeen out of fifty students said that their clothing transition from college student to professional would be somewhat of a drastic transition. Kiley Black, a sophomore, said that what she wears in college would have to change drastically when she becomes a professional. Black said, “Fashion is important when it comes to job interviews and your job. You need to look appropriate and professional.” Forty-one out of fifty students said that they would like to see someone in the classroom who looks like they took the time to dress themselves in the morning. Josefina Nguema, 21, an international affairs major, said that fashion is greatly important to her, and that she prefers to see students in the classroom that care about what they are wearing. “I like looking good and responsible in front of people. I hate seeing people with bad outfits,” she said. see FASHION, page 8


Spring 2011 fashion trends: ladies and gentlemen by shay badolato


he spring 2011 fashion season for women entails minimalist styles and demanding colors that derived from a closet of the past.


A throwback staple piece for this spring is the wide legged jean. A modern take on the bell-bottom is in style this season instead of the recent trend of the skinny jean. Included in this springs retro fashion are: flowy blouses, crochet separates, and flirty floral dresses. Marie Claire magazine, a magazine that relates to women about fashion, fitness, and lifestyle, said, “Shelve your skinny jeans because the days of disco, earth tones, and free-flowing hemlines are back.”

Neon Hues

To create a dramatic look for this season, combine bright and solid colors among various articles of clothing. For example, wear red shorts and an orange blazer to complete this spring look. see TRENDS, page 12

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The members of Globe pose for a group photo before taking the stage. The Globe Fashion Show took place April 4, 2011 in College Center Square.

Sports and Outdoors


The La Roche Courier < May 2, 2011

Steps to a successful campfire by michael hassett


s spring tries to break winter’s icy grip and attempts to propel us into warmer weather, many are packing away their skis and ice fishing poles and are beginning to pull out the camping gear, hiking boots, and lighter clothing. With the coming of April, outdoor enthusiasts are planning and preparing for the opening day of trout season. The opening day of trout marks the beginning of the fishing season and is sacred to many outdoorsman and women all over Pennsylvania, many of which spend the whole weekend (or longer) camping and fishing. Thus, planning and preparation become essential to maximize success, safety, and enjoyment. One key element and a staple to a successful camping trip is the campfire. The campfire is the centerpiece to any camp and supplies heat and light, facilitates cooking, and sets the mood. There is nothing more soothing than returning back to camp after a long day of hitting the streams to relax next to the warm glow of a well-tended fire. Though essential, some have difficulty starting and maintaining a fire or turn to unsafe methods to compensate for lack of know how (i.e. gasoline). When in the outdoors, practice proper stewardship. Refrain from cutting down live trees and carving graffiti into trees. Carry out what you carried in, and never use combustible liquids to start or re-start a fire. This is dangerous to you and your

fellow campers, and also increases the chances of an uncontained fire. There are four separate steps to campfire success: gathering, assembly, ignition, and maintenance.


As with everything, preparation is essential. Measure twice, cut once right? Building a campfire is no exception. It would be wise to gather as much fire wood as possible during the daylight hours. It is difficult and unsafe to bumble around through the woods at night, looking for firewood. Make sure that the wood being collected is dry and seasoned. Green wood (or wood that is still alive) still has sap and fluids inside and cannot burn until a fire is established and hot enough to dry out the unseasoned wood. If used prematurely, green wood will only smoke and char rather than burn.. Also, when collecting wood, it would be wise to collect a variety of sizes of wood. From small twigs to large logs, each has a function in a fire’s life.


The way you assemble your campfire is also important. I would suggest the teepee style fire. Make sure that you are assembling your campfire in a safe area. This includes placing the fire inside a stone fire ring or a dug-out fire pit. This will create a barrier between your fire and the surrounding landscape. Also, make sure that your fire will not see CAMPFIRE page, 8

Survey reveals predictions about Bucco’s upcoming season by jeff held


ighteen years of losing for the Pirates, and the players hope that streak does not reach nineteen. But do the fans even care anymore? Fifty average Bucco fans filled out a survey on the upcoming season and how they feel about the team. Surprisingly, there was more good to say than bad, even with how bad their recent history is. On a scale of one to five, with five being extremely hopeful, Bucco fans were asked, how much hope do you have for the upcoming season? Eighteen percent chose three, which was somewhat hopeful, twenty-six percent chose two meaning barely hopeful, and twenty-two percent chose four, which is pretty hopeful. Reed Tomlinson, a La Roche baseball player, said, “I’m pretty hopeful for the Pirates’ upcoming season. They just hired a new manager, signed some veterans, and have a great young core. If their pitching can be decent I think they have a chance to be pretty good.” When asked about how many games they would win this year, there wasn’t really one answer that dominated. One person said that they would win over 80 games this year, thirteen said they would win 50-60 games, seventeen said 71-80, and the rest said they would win 61-70 in 2011. There are six teams in the Pirates’ division: the Brewers, Cubs, Cardinals, Reds, and Astros. One question asked the fans where they thought the Pirates would finish in their division. There wasn’t too much hope here with finishing dead last getting the most votes with 17, then fourth got 13 votes, and fifth got 12. So not too many people believe that this will be their year. Eric Samuel, a 19 year old Pirate fan, said, “I like the way the future for the Buccos looks, but

right now they aren’t prepared to contend for a division title. They don’t have the pitching or the experience to win enough games, but sometime in the near future I see them being National League Central champs.” This was a two-man competition between Walker and McCutchen, and in the end most said Andrew McMutchen is their favorite Pirate. “My favorite player is Andrew McCutchen because he can do everything, he’s fast, a great fielder, can hit for power, and for average, said Jacob Held, a 16 year old avid Pirate fan. “I saw that MLB network said that he was the best center fielder in baseball. That was shocking but I think they are taking his potential and still being young into account.” He got thirty-two percent of the votes, Walker received twenty-two percent, Alvarez with sixteen percent, Maholm with fourteen percent, Tabata got eight percent, and 8 percent said someone else was their favorite player. A question in the survey focused on the future of the pirates rather than the upcoming season. It asked the participants how long they think it will be until they Pirates have a winning season again. Fourteen people said that it would be another 3-4 years, thirteen said 5-6 years, nine answered more than 6 years, eight said 1-2 years, and the remaining people said they would never have a winning season again. Tiffany Todd, a 19 year old Penn State Student, said, “I hope that they start winning again soon, like in the next year or two, because I can’t even remember them being good. I was too young to remember their last winning season. I’m a huge Pirate fan, and ever since I can remember I’ve been a Bucco fan and hopefully they start competing cause I’d love to go to a playoff game.”

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Do you believe in giving people second chances? by michael sliman


recent survey shows that eighty-two percent of people said that Tiger Woods will be remembered most for his career accomplishments and records. Twelve percent said they believe he will be remembered for infidelity while the remaining six percent think he will be remembered for both things. Ed Desautels, a Pittsburgh Golfer’s Tour member, said, “Remember, America is the land of second acts. The infidelity cannot be erased, but it will gradually fade to the background over time.” This survey was given to fifty people: fortyeight males and two females. Half of the people that took the survey play on the Pittsburgh Golfer’s Tour (PGT), which hosts local tournaments for amateur golfers every week during golf season. Most of the people surveyed watch golf. Twenty-seven reported watching golf weekly, 14 said they watch at least once a month, seven reported watching a few times a year, and two people said they never watch golf. A key part of the survey focused on Tiger’s image. Before he committed infidelity, seventy-eight percent of people said they liked him, four percent disliked him, and eighteen percent had no strong opinion of him. Now only forty-two percent of people indicated they like him while forty-two percent have no strong opinion of him. Only sixteen percent reported that they dislike Woods, but his actions have taken away from the number of people that do like him. The 14-time major champion has had a huge impact on the game of golf. His biggest impact was on younger viewers because he helped to bring in a new generation of fans. “I never thought of watching golf before Tiger and now will watch after Tiger,” Shawn Roche, 31, a PGT member said. Forty-six percent of the people polled said they began to watch golf more when Tiger started his career. The number of people under the age of forty who reported watching golf more when Woods started is seventy-five percent. Thirty-one percent of people over the age of 40 said they began to watch golf more when he started his career. The amount of people that reported only watching golf when Woods is playing is 10 percent. Although, sixty-six percent said they were most likely going to watch if he was playing in a tournament. see TIGER page, 8


Sports uniforms: the best and the worst W by brian fischer

ould Matt Cooke fight a waffle? Can a jersey ever be too bright that it melts the ice? How can the Pittsburgh Pirates wear the same black and gold colors that made the Pittsburgh Steelers so dominating and threatening, and still be such a joke? Could you pitch a baseball into a rainbow? Does a Seattle Seahawk bright neon-green jersey intimidate you? Does it horrify you? Twelve percent said that it does, respectively. Fifty people, 20 male and 30 female, recently filled out a sports uniform survey. Which included the best and worst uniforms from the NHL, MLB, and NFL professional sports teams, and a simply breathtaking photo of the Milwaukee Admirals, an AHL hockey team. See for yourself. The Seattle Seahawks’ neon-green uniform also scored eleven ugly votes, eighteen decent, and eight people said they thought they looked beautiful.

Sixty-six percent said ex-Pirate Adam LaRoche looked best in a Pirates’ uniform. Fourteen percent voted the Atlanta Braves his best uniform, and twenty percent said they liked him in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ uniform. Which uniform does ex-Pirate Adam Laroche look better in?

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1.What do you think of the Seahawks’ neon-green uniforms?


Horrifying 6

Ugly 11

Decent 18



Beautiful 8

Intimidating 7

Now, who wants breakfast? Apparently, the Milwaukee Admirals wear it on the ice, as 9-year-old Eddie Stankowski said it looked like he was wearing a waffle. said it looked like a picnic cloth, and that it was “ugly as sin.”

© The Pirates’ 1976-86 uniforms’ vote also more than doubled its two opposing uniforms’ vote. The uniforms won fifty-six percent of the MLB throwback vote over the 1973-84 Oakland Athletics and the 1975-93 Houston Astros, which both had eleven votes. Which MLB throwback uniform is your favorite?

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Yep, this is how they line up for breakfast also. mmmmm waffles! According to, the uniforms were a tribute to Bob Uecker’s sports coat worn early in his career. Seventy percent of the people surveyed picked them as the worst professional hockey uniform. Eight voted for the Montreal Canadiens’ 1912 barber shop throwback uniforms, and the remaining fourteen percent said the Vancouver Canucks’ uniforms were the ugliest. Different variations of this black, gold, and orange color scheme were utilized through the Canucks’ 1978-89 seasons. According to, these are the ugliest hockey uniforms. What’s the worst?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates don’t win many games, but they did go undefeated in this survey.

© “I feel the darker the uniform the more fierce the athlete. It brings intimidation to the opponents,” one La Roche student commented. see UNIFORMS page, 8


La Roche College professor, Joshua D. Bellin, Ph.D, read his essay titled, “Racist Like Me,” to faculty and students on February 23, 2011. La Roche journalism students offered their own interpretations of Bellin’s essay in order to further examine racism.

Segregation starts in the classroom by michael sliman


La Roche College professor who wrote an essay on racism emphasized that segregation in public schools is an act of racism. Joshua Bellin, 46, an Associate Professor of English, argues that he is a racist but still defends black people in different ways. One of the main points in his essay is that black and white children should not be attending different schools. Bellin said that segregation throughout public schools is racist. He said he believes that the integration of public schools is a good thing and could help to get rid of racism. Bellin’s parents sent him and

his two siblings to an integrated elementary school. “I learned to love it there,” Bellin said. “I had a good time in my four years there.” He said he had never known any black people previously but made friends at East Hills Elementary. The personal experience that Bellin gained from attending this school has helped to shape his beliefs today. He said that if all U.S. public schools were forced to integrate, it would help to eliminate the structural barrier between blacks and whites. Bellin argues that this integration will never happen though because white people are unwilling to change their racist ways. An example that Bellin uses in his essay is his wife. He said that his wife

has worked for over 20 years with a group of kids that are predominantly black.

Because you get enough people believing those arguments, especially people as ostensibly color-blind as my wife, and color-blindness starts to behave an awful lot like racism. Professor Dr. Joshua Bellin

“Yet when we had children, she never doubted we should move from our apartment, just blocks from where we live now, because in so doing we crossed the imaginary line between the heavily black urban ghetto in which we then lived and she then worked to see CLASSROOM page, 12

La Roche professor suggests integration as viable racism repellent by kurt hackimer


professor at La Roche College said that integration in schools should be mandated

by law. “I think we should have mandatory legalized integration,” said Dr. Joshua Bellin. “I think that we should be looking at each school and that it’s got to be X percent this and X percent that, it can’t be below X percent whatever, so that every kid everywhere goes to an integrated school. “We don’t have legalized segregation anymore. It’s against the law, even though it still happens. We don’t have it. But at the same

time, we only have integration by chance and by default. When you’ve got a situation where a majority culture has unfairly gained privileges at the expense of a minority culture, I personally believe that the majority culture has a responsibility to that minority culture. Professor Dr. Joshua Bellin

We don’t have really any social mechanism that tries to integrate kids of different races and ethnicities.” Bellin, who describes his schol-

arly work as being centered on the representation of race in American literature and culture, discussed how school districting exhibits unconscious, or perhaps even conscious, racism. He illustrated the districts as if they were the product of political gerrymandering; an oddly cut jigsaw puzzle which neatly separated the wealthy neighborhoods from the impoverished ones. Or, more bluntly, the white neighborhoods from the black neighborhoods. “We live in a fairly segregated society,” said Bellin. “If you go to see REPELLENT page, 13

Racism issue within neighborhoods


by shay badolato

recently published essay by a La Roche College professor claims we are living in a racist society with a racist education system. Joshua D. Bellin, Ph.D, a professor who focuses on race in literature and culture in his teachings, wrote an essay titled, “ Racist Like Me.” In the essay, Bellin said that this country’s practices of racism have two paths. He said that the one path is individual, meaning that it comes from education. The other path, he said, is social, meaning that be-

cause of integrated schools, racism is being outgrown. However, Bellin said he found theses practices to be inadequate. When asked to what degree is the American education system racist, Bellin said, “To an enormous degree. We have no legalized segregation but we have institutionalized segregation throughout our public schools.” Bellin stressed that the answer to solving the racism issue in the education system is to enforce integration in every school. “You got to be integrated, nation wide, no matter where you go to school. You got to be integrated,

sorry end of discussion, you don’t like it move to Canada,” said Bellin. Growing up, Bellin went to an integrated school, he said. “ I’m thankful to my parents for their foresight and, I guess, bravery in volunteering their children to serve the common good,” said Bellin. Bellin said that the neighborhoods in society have a lot to do with the separation of blacks and whites. He said that if you live in an area that is predominantly black, then the chances of the school having many black kids is high. “The way that schools are dissee NEIGHBORHOODS page, 11

Lack of black quarterbacks stems from Pop Warner prejudice by brian fischer


professor suggests that African-American NFL players’ statistics may be a result of racism in elementary education systems including after-school sports. Dr. Joshua Bellin, an English professor at La Roche College, said that the lack of African American quarterbacks in the NFL might be due to unconscious racism of coaches in developmental football programs. According to the website, close to 70 percent of NFL players are black. Despite this, only one black quarterback has won a Super Bowl in 45 years. Washington Redskins MVP Quarterback Doug Williams won Super Bowl XXII. Since, only two starting black quarterbacks have played in a Super Bowl, and neither has won. “Statistically,” Bellin said, “it is quite possible to explain why more black quarterbacks haven’t guided their teams to Super Bowls. At present, there are about five black starting quarterbacks in pro football, out of 32 starting quarterbacks total. That’s about 16 percent, comparable to the percentage of blacks in the general population.” Bellin went on to say that by using these numbers, one could hypothesize that there are 1-6 or 1-7 odds of a starting black quarterback winning the Super Bowl in see QUARTERBACKS page, 13

It takes courage

by nick merolillo

A La Roche College professor exhibited the courage it takes to write and speak about personal issues. On February 3, 2011, Dr. Joshua Bellin, an English professor at La Roche College, presented his essay “Racist Like Me” to La Roche students and faculty. In his essay, Bellin describes an incident where he was held up at gun point by an African American and explores what effect it had on him. We’re most afraid of revealing is what the listeners most yearn to hear. Professor Dr. Michelle Maher

Bellin could not continue reading the line about a close friend from high school and said that his grade school friend Troy had been shot and killed shortly after graduation. According to La Roche College Professor Michelle Maher, “We’re most afraid of revealing is what the listeners most yearn to hear.” Bellin, reading aloud to a presee COURAGE page, 12


The weather forecast is...

La Roche College students describe April 11, 2011 as a warm spring day.

Girls wore skirts


by brian fischer

he alarm sounds, waking you from your past two days off. Good or bad, you have four more wake-ups before you could enjoy one again. It’s back to school, back to work. Most people don’t like Mondays. But this past Monday, April 11, 2011 was special. While you had to wake up early, you awoke to the sun shining, birds singing, and the warmth penetrating your bedroom windows. It was one of the first times this year that guys were wearing shorts, girls wore skirts, and neither needed jackets. As early as 8:30AM the cool wind joined the warm sunlight to create the perfect morning. The trees were waving hello to the spectators lucky enough to experience them. Monday hit around 76 degrees, and everyone in Pittsburgh had to love it, even the pets. Senior Heather Droesch said her cat was enjoying her newly built deck. Droesch said, on Monday, “This is one of the nicest days in months. I actually forgot what summer nights felt like.” Here’s to more Mondays.

Taking in nature


by michael sliman

here is nothing better than waking up in the morning on a beautiful sunny day. This warm 75-degree day in early April gives you the feeling that maybe the long cold winter is finally over. There are many ways to spend this gorgeous day, but you may choose to just relax and take in the beauty of nature: By feeling the warm sun touch your face and the warm spring breeze blow through your hair as you go for a stroll; by watching the wind roll a plastic bag like a ball on a green

hillside and watching the American flag flutter in the wind with a perfectly blue sky behind it; by listening to the sound of leaves tumbling across the sidewalk and the constant chirping and singing of birds on this breathtaking morning; by observing one bird hop after another bird in the soft green grass and two birds chasing each other in the pretty blue sky; by watching a tall pine tree’s branches move as if it were dancing. While sitting there observing nature on this magnificent morning, the smell of the warm gentle breeze makes you feel like it’s spring again.

There is no market for sunshine


by Kurt Hackimer

’ve been told that sunny days don’t make for good news stories. I suppose it is doom and gloom that sells newspapers. People are suckers for the catastrophic. And, as far as an editor is concerned, the sun doesn’t shine in Tokyo anymore and the birds certainly don’t sing in Bahrain. There just isn’t a market for sunshine. So when rain clouds roll in and ruin this perfect spring day, I will grab my pen and paper to chronicle the looks of disappointment on children’s faces as their parents pull them inside. But, until then, I will remain content laying on a grassy hill, using my backpack for a pillow and letting my notes float away in the breeze. Because nobody needs a newspaper to tell them what a beautiful day it is.

Indecisive spring


by shay badolato

orning commuters make their way to cubicles located in high-rises that makeup the cities skyline. Today, they don’t have to worry about gravel flying as they drive behind a salt truck and they can ignore the “bridge may be icy” signs along the side of the road. Although the harsh winter has passed, it’s not a typical occurrence to have a 77-degree day in April in the city of Pittsburgh. Cars stopped at red lights wait more patiently with windows down and no sounds of talk radio can be heard. A wave out the window can be seen by eager fun seekers, impatient for the change in seasons. The warm air surrounds the Frisbee as it fights against the wind. Each blade of grass beneath their feet begins to dance in sync with the swaying branches of the newly blossomed trees. Spring graces us with its presence, raising our hopes for only a few short hours, as rolling rain clouds leisurely rumble in the distance.


by nick merolillo

t was the type of day where the alarm clock didn’t need to go off; the type of day when girlfriends didn’t need to be woken up, showers didn’t need to be taken, and clothes didn’t matter, because they were already neatly pressed and hung over the door for the first time since last year; it was the type of day where staring at the clock with a smile was cool, because racing thoughts of freshly cut grass would soon hit my nose, and I would be in Heaven; it was the type of day where I didn’t have to grind out a grueling day in the weight room, or stand for 3 hours in the outfield only to learn that I will still miss-judge a fly ball under high skies; it was the type of day where I would eat hot dogs and drink beer, because maybe this year, on this day, they’ll win.

Like a little kid


by anthony parks

ere’s how a low 60-degree Pittsburgh morning in the middle of April made me happy: Waking up in the morning and not having to put much thought

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of what to wear and how cold it is outside, slipping on a t-shirt; The first day going to class without wearing a long sleeve shirt or jacket for months, driving with my windows down on the way to class, playing Frisbee out-

Spring is in full bloom by Devastasha Beaver

affodils, tulips, and crocuses, Oh my! This winter seemed to be never-ending; but now, finally, spring is in full bloom! This winter was the snowiest on record in the Snowbelt, but the recent 70 degree days are making that a distant memory. With the Spring Peepers peeping, birds chirping, and flowers blooming, there is no denying that spring is finally here. At last! Flip-flops, shorts, and sunglasses are back. Just be sure to keep the ice-scraper in the car to ward off


the snow. Get out the light jackets and sundresses, and throw the heavy coat and boots in the closet; good riddance! Go barefoot in the yard (that is finally green again!) and, just for a moment, face the sun and soak up the vitamin D. Goodbye, Seasonal Affective Depressive Disorder; the sun has put you out of commission. Smell the flowers for no reason other than to celebrate that they have finally returned; and pray they never leave again. Spring is here; enjoy while it lasts.

side with my friend; Running around in the grass and getting all sweaty; The Frisbee going in the mud and my hands being dirty like a little kid; The nice warm wind hitting my cheeks; Watching the blades of grass rock

back and forth; Watching the trees sway; Hearing the birds chirping; Watching the birds dig in the ground for food. Overall, it was a great morning in the Burgh, which led up to me having a great and happy day.




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The Pirates have dark uniforms. Too bad they’re not intimidating. Maybe this year. Well… On the other hand, some think the Astros’ bright throwback uniforms helped them defeat opponents. commented, “It must have been a distraction for the opposing pitcher to be trying to hit a target with an explosion of bright colors in his peripherals.” The NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals are all about orange. So are county jails, hey maybe that’s why their players are always getting into trouble with the law… Fifty percent of the people surveyed indicated they like the Bengals’ allblack uniform the best, thirty percent like the orange-top, and the remaining ten like the white-top. What Cincinnati Bengals’ uniform do you like the best?







Andrew Graham, a senior graphic design student, picked the orange-top uniforms but said black pants would look better than the current white. The Detroit Red Wings, Arizona Cardinals, and St. Louis Cardinals all best represent the color red in their respective sport. However, while the color is the same, the vote was not. The NFL’s Cardinals took twenty-nine votes; MLB’s Cardinals took fifteen votes, and the Red Wings, six votes. Which professional sports team has the best red uniforms?




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catch nearby brush or trees on fire. It is up to the campers to discern distance and if the area is fire safe. You don’t want to inadvertently create a forest fire or catch your own camp on fire. That would put a damper on the whole outing and the memory burned into the minds of everyone. To begin assembly, one should start with dry twigs and leaves; pine needles are the best. Some people use paper as a substitute. This is called tinder. Tinder is what ultimately starts the fire and should be placed in the center of fire ring. There should be enough tinder, that when ignited, it will generate enough flame to light the next layer on fire. This next layer is made up of kindling, which is characterized as branches and brush. Kindling should be assembled around the tinder in a teepee like shape. Once a teepee shape is defined, one should continue piling kindling on top. When lit, the kindling should be able to burn long enough and hot enough to catch larger logs on fire. Kindling, by itself, does not create a lasting fire and only burns hot for a short while. The more kindling you have the hotter and longer it will burn, allowing for larger piec-


es to stay lit.


This step is pretty much self-explanatory. Be it by lighter, matches, rubbing two sticks together, using a magnifying glass in the sunlight, etc, this is when the fire is actually lit. The inner tinder of the teepee should be lit first; which should spread outward, catching the kindling on fire.


Once the tinder and kindling are ablaze, one should begin to place larger logs on top. Add increasingly larger branches and logs until desired size. Once a fire has reached this point, it is hot enough to place wet or “green” wood on top. This type of wood will dry out and eventually be able to catch. Make sure that all branches and logs are within the boundaries of the fire pit and judge what is an appropriate size. Be sure that the fire can be contained at all times and never leave a fire unattended. Remember, it is the camper’s responsibility to control and maintain his or her fire. When you are done camping, make sure to fill in the fire pit and leave it as you found it or in better condition.

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Henry Pinnix, a senior and marketing and management major, said, “[Fashion] is a visual of who you are on the inside. It helps show that you actually take a part in your appearance seriously.” Eighty-two percent of La Roche College students said they prefer to see students in the classroom that dress like they took their time. However, fifty-two percent of students said that laziness is what holds them

back from looking nice in the classroom. Alyssa Christian, a freshman, said, “ When I attended high school [fashion] was very important, but now in college I care less; I don’t know why.” Seventy percent of La Roche College students said that they do not follow fashion trends. Therese Joseph, a senior, said, “I don’t shop for brands, I go for a certain look or style. If I like it, I buy it,” she said.

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Of the fifty voters, twenty-six said that attractive uniforms make them want to watch that team more, and twenty-four voters said that uniform colors don’t affect their sport watching. One of the twenty-six people who said they like attractive uniforms, La Roche’s help desk employee, Ruth, said that “uniforms make watching the games more interesting and exciting.”

The majority of the people surveyed indicated they find golf tournaments to be more interesting or exciting when Tiger plays. Thirtyeight people said they think tournaments are better with Woods in them, and thirty-seven people would like to see him play in more events each year. The amount of people that said they believe golf has become more popular since Woods began his career is ninty-four percent. A popular question is what Tiger’s future in the game will be like. When asked if they see Woods being a dominant player again in the future, fifty-eight percent indicated that he will dominate the tour again. Woods has won fourteen majors which is the second most all-time behind Jack Nicklaus’s eighteen majors. Ten percent of people said he will never win a major again. Twenty-four percent think he will win one or two more. Twenty-six percent said they believe he will win three

or four, and the remaining forty percent think he will win five or more. Most of the people polled indicated that Tiger will come close to Nicklaus’s record or break his record. A PGT golfer, Mike Tillman said, “I think he will win as many as ten more majors when he gets back to his true form.” Others are not as confident in him having success again in the future. “I do not see the same focus or consistency that he used to possess,” Michael Goga, a PGT member said. “He does not seem to be the same athlete. I would call it burnout and not everyone recovers from that.” Woods is also second all-time for the most PGA Tour wins with seventy-one. The record is eighty-two which is held by Sam Snead. Twothirds of those surveyed reported that he will break this record. Overall, the majority of the people surveyed said they think that Tiger will be a successful golfer again on the PGA Tour. Only time will tell.



The La Roche Courier < May 2, 2011

Things to do in the spring by Therese Joseph


s the warmer spring weather of April has finally pulled Pittsburgh out of winter’s icy, cold grips, many La Roche students begin to rethink how they like to spend their days. Many students adjust their schedules and normal routines to include more time spent outdoors. La Roche College student, Lesley Haines said when the spring weather arrives, “I take everything I’m doing normally and do it outside.” Haines is not alone in this sentiment. Bridget Painter, a Senior Interior Design major, said, “I like to grab a blanket and do homework outside with my roommates.” Other students like to enjoy the weather by spending time at a local park. “I like to have picnics at North Park with my friends. I can enjoy the food and just hang out,” Film, Video, and Media major, Joseph Craig said. “Afterwards, we can then play something like tennis.” Painter said she also enjoys going to North Park with her friends because there are so many things they can do. They can play tag, tennis, and basketball or throw a frisbee or football around. North Park covers 3,075 acres located in Hampton, McCandless, and Pine Townships. Some of its amenities include: an 18-hole golf course, a football field, nine ball fields, eight soccer fields, basketball courts, five horse pits, a 75-acre lake with fishing, playgrounds, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and trails for walking, jogging, hiking, and bikes. North Park is one of nine county parks of Allegheny County. More

information about this park and other local county parks can be found at indes.aspx. Likewise, Painter said, “On Wednesday night my friends and I go to Cranberry Park and play volleyball in the sand courts.” Cranberry Park, or Cranberry’s Community Park, is one of four parks managed by Cranberry Township. It is located off of Route 19 and some of its amenities include: the Rotary Outdoor Amphitheater (home to the Rotary Amphitheater Summer Concerts), the Playtime Palace playground, the Rotary Dog Park, athletic fields, two sand volleyball courts, lit baseball fields, a lit football field, a basketball court, and four lit tennis courts. The Cranberry Community Park is open from sunrise to 11:00 pm. For more information about this and the other Cranberry parks can be found at index.aspx?NID=774. Haines, also, enjoys visiting Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in the spring. “It’s nice to go to Phipps because then you can go into the Desert Room and it’s like 100 degrees,” she said. The Desert Room is one of seventeen garden rooms. Others include: the Palm Court, the Serpentine Room, the Fern Room, the Orchid Room, the Stove Room, the Outdoor Garden, the Discovery Garden, the Tropical Fruit and Spice Room, the South Conservatory, the Gallery, the Japanese Courtyard Garden, the Sunken Garden, the Victoria Room, the Broderie Room, the East Room, and the Tropical Forest Conserva-

Critter Questions: by moriah Jamrom

Warning: Advice is provided by a non-professional. Dear Moriah, I was walking my dog the other day when we were approached by two loose dogs that seemed aggressive. After a short scuffle, we got away unharmed, but it was a close call. I felt so helpless. What can I do to stay safe while walking my dog? Sincerely, Afraid to Walk Afraid to Walk, Walking your dog should be a fun and relaxing time for you and your pet. However, being rattled by a close call or dog attack can ruin your sense of security and have you hanging up the leash. Usually, your dog can be your protection while walking, but if you have a smaller, fearful, or submissive dog, you may be vulnerable. Staying safe from stray or loose dogs can be as easy as staying calm. If approached by a dog, talk to it using a calm and soft voice. As you talk, slowly retreat, keeping as much distance

apart from the dog as possible. Don’t run. Once you’ve backed slowly away, walk calmly to safety. This may be difficult while walking your dog, especially if your dog is easily excitable by others. Be sure to maintain control of your dog. Some dogs, however, could be ill, injured, violent, or may have been trained to be dog-aggressive, and just a calm voice won’t cut it. But by carrying a few things along with your poo bags, you can carry peace-of-mind and protection. Invest in some pepper spray, sometimes labeled as animal repellent. It is easy to carry and you can buy some at any sporting goods store or even WalMart. Pepper spray is especially good in the event that the confrontation escalates to an attack. If your dog is fighting with another, don’t get involved by putting yourself into the action. Using the pepper spray can hopefully stop the fighting and won’t severely injure either dog. Always carry your phone while walking. In an emergency, if all else fails, call 911.

tory. From April 23to September 5, the Stove Room also serves as the Butterfly Forest. In this room, you literally can walk among a room full of butterflies. The room includes native species such as the Spicebush Swallowtails and Monarchs, as well as non-native species such as Julias and Zebra Longwings. In addition, the Tropical Forest Conservatory is currently showcasing “Headwaters of the Amazon.” As Phipps Conservatory said about the exhibit, it is a chance to “explore the unparalleled variety of flora and fauna found in these ancient and complex ecosystems.” Phipps Conservatory is located in Oakland near Schenley Park. It takes approximately 90 minutes to tour the conservatory. For more information, including hours and pricing, please visit Another favorite activity of Painter is hiking. “I like to go to McConnells Mills to go hiking with a big group of friends,” she said. “There’s a waterfall that we love to climb behind.” McConnells Mills State Park is located in Lawrence County. It includes 2,546 acres o the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge, a national natural landmark. At the park, there are opportunities for picnicking, climbing and rappelling, fishing, hiking, and whitewater boating. For more information, please visit www.dcnr.state. Another local location for hiking can be found in Fox Chapel at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve.

Beechwood Farms has 5 miles of trails that pass through four representative habitats of southwestern Pennsylvania. These habitats include: hardwood forest, pine forest, meadow, and pond. Beechwood Farms is managed and operated by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) under a lease agreement with Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. For more information on the nine various trails available, please see Craig says one of his favorite spring activities is going to the Pirate games at PNC Park. As Craig explained, “I like to go to the Pirates game. Even though they lose--it’s cheap, it’s fun, and they’re still my team.” Many Pirate games also have promotional give-aways and events. For instance, on May 7, it is Pirates Cap Night and also a Zambelli Fireworks night. For more information concerning the Pirates scheduled events or purchasing tickets, please see Finally, a personal favorite activity of this journalist is the Cinema in the Parks. In one step, you can get your movie fix and enjoy the nice weather at a local park. The films play at Flagstaff Hill, Riverview Park, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Brookline Memorial Park, the East Liberty Overlook, and the West End/Elliott Overlook. For more information about when and what movies are playing where, please see htm.

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Flea and tick awareness by moriah Jamrom

As warmer weather approaches, tick awareness and prevention is especially important for people and their pets. This is why April is Flea and Tick Awareness Month. According to Dr. David Sherer, VMD, of Northview Animal Hos-

pital, ticks are more prevalent in spring, summer and fall, but ticks can still bite people and their pets in the winter. “I usually tell people to start using tick control in February and March,” Dr. Sherer said. However, he added that just because a dog is on tick preventative doesn’t mean they won’t be see TICK page, 10

by nick merolillo


ommunication in the 21st century is undergoing the greatest change that this world has ever seen. It is creating problems, fixing problems, and confusing the living crap out of many people. The world is changing, and many people have mixed feelings about it, especially when considering different views of men and women. In a recent survey that discussed distractions and technology, fifty people shed light on this issue and some contradictions were found.


Out of twenty-five females surveyed, six said they spend 4-5 hours on devices such as cell phones, computers/laptops, televisions, or mp3 players/tablets. All of these girls were between the ages of 18-25. One female, Victoria Shields, said she feels guilty by using these devices; however, she said “I always text during class.” Eight females who use technology 6-8 hours per day differed in their comments. For instance, Anna Kelly, 59, said communicating in the 21st century is creating etiquette problems. However, Julianne Sneath, 20, said that technology helps keep her on task and it makes life easy and convenient. Dantoya Thompson, 19, said she cannot picture a world without technology and exclaimed that it’s her generation, and she cannot picture it any other way. The world we are growing up in is vastly different than any other generation. According to Sandy Berkower, 71, it is now her job to sit in front of a computer. An anonymous female, age 51, said she uses technology 9+ hours a day for work. She feels guilty about it and has experienced relationship problems. She said, “Manners are going out the window, people cannot “think for themselves” and addiction to technology causes withdrawal.

Samantha Worst, 19, said she, “Ignores people when they talk because of texting.” Tonya Garrett, 18, said she sometimes texts in class and feels bad because she knows it’s disrespectful, but she can’t help it. She added that she does feel guilty; however she said, “Class is boring.” Chelsea Constantino, 19, says she gets distracted and forgets important things because of technology; however, she said that, “We have a new way of communicating with each other.” Jennifer Reily, age 22, summed everything up by saying, “By using so much technology, we lose the ability to communicate without it.” Males Kurt Hackimer, age 21, said sometimes you just have to be left alone. Hackimer has dealt with relationship problems due to technology, and he said that, “People are expected to be accessible at all times,” Hackimer also added, “Girlfriends are always lurking on my Facebook.” Ninety-two percent of communication isn’t what you say, Patrick Lytle, age 20, said during the survey. “I do not feel guilty being on these devices because I paid for them,” Lytle said, “Body language is also a major aspect that is being left out of our communication.” James W. Dunn, age 79, said there will always be problems. He also added that he is a dinosaur in this age of technology, but he’s in the process of learning, and said that technology is creating a way to deal with problems. Eric Miller, age 19, described why he does not feel guilty using technology. Miller said, “It is what I grew up with, and it’s the same reason why people did not feel guilty using the radio when it was invented.” Anthony Pici said its part of the “norm” and some aspects are becoming problems while others are helping. Ali Aligosum, age 23, said, “Technology is one of the most important things in the world.”


continued from page 9 bitten. Tick bites usually go unnoticed and untreated, according to Dr. Sherer. “You can’t really feel the bite,” he explained, “but it is important to check yourself and your dog, especially after being in a grassy area.” While many people believe that they’re most likely to be bitten by a tick in the woods, Dr. Sherer said ticks are most prevalent in areas with tall grass. When checking your dog for ticks, he said, be sure to check around its ears, under its arms, legs and on its abdomen. Since symptoms of Lyme disease are not immediately apparent. Dr. Sherer advises that pet owners take precautionary measures as soon as they locate a tick. “Lyme disease, and other tick-

borne diseases, does not show for six to eight weeks after being bitten,” he said. Once you find a tick on your dog, he added, your veterinarian will remove it and schedule an appointment in two months to test for Lyme disease. Not all ticks, however, carry the disease. According to Dr. Sherer, in cases of deer tick bites, less than 10 percent of bites result in contracting Lyme disease. He said, “Lyme disease causes an immune complex to form. So, it causes an antibody and the antigen to bind together and that gets deposited places, and that’s where it causes problems.” The problems, Dr. Sherer explained, range from arthritis to kidney problems. “If it gets deposited in joints, it causes arthritis,” he said. “If


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with the position. “Money-wise a hundred bucks a month is nothing,” he said. “You can work at any place in the mall and make considerably more than that. You have accountability with your peers. If you’re SGA president, people go to you for answers. It’s work. You have to be motivated. I think it’s a great resume builder, and a great learning opportunity. Whetsell said there is no term limit for the president, but the workload is also immense. “It’s intimidating. It’s terrifying. You are the figurehead when things go wrong they will fall on your shoulders,” he said. “When things go right, they will too. It’s a huge responsibility, and taking on this responsibility is like taking on another six credits. The graphic design major has served SGA for two years. “I feel like I’ve made my mark. I switched the school over to Gmail my first year, and all of the Presidency things I’ve done. It’s time for the next generation to try,” he said. During Whetsell’s term, SGA tried different methods to boost the number of students who come to the board’s meetings. At La Roche, a common way to attract more attendees at events is free food. Events that have received the free food treatment include, but are not limited to: Mocktails, the Globe Fashion Show, sporting events, and according to Whetsell, SGA meetings made the list last year. “Last year we advertised SGA a ton, we had food at most meetings,” Whetsell said, “At one point we handed out candy to remind people to come to a meeting, but people still didn’t come. It could be that they’re busy. This is a big commuter school, so maybe they have other obligations. It is complicated, it’s not just

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it gets deposited in kidneys, it causes kidney problems.” Dr. Sherer explained that Lyme disease can cause joint problems in humans as well. “They also get the target-shaped lesion, a rash. Dogs don’t get that,” he said. Arthritis and kidney problems are the main symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs. Warning signs include changes in their drinking and urination habits, as well as difficulty with mobility. To prevent ticks from your dog, Dr. Sherer recommended typical medications such as Frontline and Advantix or flea and tick collars. Other diseases are caused by tick bites, Dr. Sherer said, such as ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and anaplasma. However, Lyme disease was the most common.

one answer.” “It’s complicated,” may make a good Facebook relationship status for many students not lured by SGA’s bait. “I think [Facebook] is a huge part of it,” Day said. “People would rather vent then go to people who could actually address the issues. So I don’t know if it’s just a shifting in the cultural dynamics of young people, where they are more comfortable putting something up on Facebook or indirectly giving feedback, rather than directly going.I think there’s an issue there with conflict management.” Whetsell said SGA started a Facebook page to try and reach students on the social networking website. “We are the student government, we work for the students,” Whetsell said. “If there’s an issue, gripe about it. Don’t just go on your Facebook and say, ‘The food was terrible today,’ and I do see that, and I think ‘How can I fix this?’ But, if they aren’t there to help get a solution, it’s not going to get anywhere. “I think [using Facebook is] a new way of connecting to students, but my advice is to not just post it on Facebook because you are just venting. After you’re done venting you might not be angry, but you won’t want to take action. Use all that anger and find someone who can help you.” As for the solution, Whetsell said he advocates a need for increased student and faculty participation. “I know Sister Candace has never come to an SGA meeting,” Whetsell said. “If we want to meet with her, we have to meet with her personally. I feel like the higher ups, with the exception of Colleen [Ruefle, vice president of student life and dean of students] and David Day. If [faculty] actually came to a meeting and saw 50 students at a meeting, then things will actually get changed. “Maybe they think it’s not their responsibility, and they think it’s our responsibility, which it is, but if they aren’t complaining to us, how could we fix it?” Day said that SGA participation is something that comes in “ebbs and flows.” “I think he’s [Whetsell] wracked his brains trying to figure out ways to get people involved,” Day said. “To be honest, from our perspective, it’s just a down year. People just aren’t looking to do things, and the people who are, just aren’t doing it through SGA. There’s been a downturn in people coming to Student Leadership Training. There is a disconnect when people aren’t looking to receive leadership skills, so then they don’t have the skills they need to be a leader.” Day added, “I think there is another part of it, too. I think the student body in general is happy. I think if there were major issues, the level of anger would rise and you would have more upset people. There really isn’t a groundswell of public opinion.”



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taught in classrooms. “It is not a student experience. It is an administration based experience and no student wants that.” Previously, the La Roche Experience was merely a one-semester course required during one’s freshman year at the school. It has since been expanded into four courses that could take a student the duration of their college careers to complete. The courses are one credit each and are required for most La Roche students to graduate. These courses, titled Introduction and History, Diversity and Discrimination, Regions of Conflict, and Economic Justice, are intended to “provide students with the opportunity to experience and share the spirit, mission, and rich heritage of the Sisters of Divine Providence,” as per the course syllabus. Yet, when asked if the course was a waste of time, only twelve percent of students replied in favor of the course while sixty percent of students spoke against the course. “It is not like an actual course,” sophomore Brittany Jamison said. “I am paying $500 to write a few journal entries and be forced to do com-


munity service for them around my already busy schedule.” One of the goals of LRC 202: Economic Justice, an expansive class that nearly all students required to take La Roche Experience are taking, is to create an environment in which the entire student populace is discussing the La Roche Experience. However, ninety percent of students surveyed said that they rarely or never talk about the La Roche Experience positively unless they absolutely have to. “We barely learn, we just do the work to pass the class,” freshman Alexis Johnson said. Eighty-six percent of those polled believe that being required to do community service for school credit is unfair. “Even though we are doing community service and such, no one is really getting anything from it because we all feel forced,” sophomore Jess Riggs said. Most students, seventy-eight percent, believe that the course would be more effective if it went back to being a one semester freshman course rather than a course spanning over four semesters.

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would be interested in attending events off campus. Many suggested sporting events, concerts and outdoor activities. Therese Joseph, a senior Literature major, said that she would be enticed by a big name coming in for an event. Therese said, “More outdoor activities: hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, etcetera,” would prompt more students to take part in events offered by the college. Students suggested La Roche College sponsor concerts with popular recording artists. Some suggested trips downtown to theater performances, games and even Kennywood. Twenty-eight students would be more interested in going if food were offered. Only two students believe they don’t get enough information about activities happening on the La Roche campus. Seventeen students say they have some information about what is offered and sixty-two percent feel they know about all the events offered. Other reasons students chose not to attend events included being commuters or not knowing about the event. Fifty-four percent of students live on the La Roche College campus and twenty-three students are commuters. A junior Interior Design major said that she might attend more events if she lived on campus.

the financial strain in America. Le Blanc said the he believes a lot of this has to do with media outlets, such as Fox News, portraying labor unions as villains. “The employers have been conducting a lot of anti-union propaganda. It just so happens that the employers own the news media. The news media is a business. So there is a natural inclination on the part of the news media to pull in that direction; to be critical of unions, question unions, or oppose unions,” Le Blanc said. “There has been a consistent, asserted, employer offensive to make unions unpopular, to make unions seem no good, to make it seem like unions are the problem.” Governor Walker’s initiative in Wisconsin would not only demand a decrease in union members’ health care plans and pensions, but also virtually eliminate their collective bargaining rights. Le Blanc said that he considers Walker’s bill to ultimately be an assault on public sector unions, which represent any job associated with or funded by the government. “There is a big drive right now to eliminate unions from this country,” he said. “Republicans, some Democrats, and just employers in general, don’t like unions. They don’t want their workers to join together and stand up for themselves collectively.” Thirty-six percent of government workers belong to public sector unions, which is a far greater number than the less than seven percent of workers belonging to private sector unions. “The biggest strength of the labor movement is public sector unions,” Le Blanc said. “But now there is a nationwide assault to cut back their power; cut back their membership; to break them.” Governor Walker said that the bill was to help address a projected $3.6 billion budget deficit, but Le Blanc and others believe that the larger purpose is to limit the power of labor unions. “The union members agreed to accept all the cuts. But the governor wanted to break the power of the unions,” he said. In an interview conducted back in February, President Barack Obama stated something similar. “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain gener-

ally seems like more of an assault on unions,” President Obama said. While Le Blanc said he agrees that the large number of people, over 10,000, who protested Walker’s bill at Wisconsin’s capitol was heartening, it has not deterred the spread of anti-union ideologies in America. Last year, Gallup’s annual Work and Education Poll recorded that only 52 percent of Americans were pro-union. This was the second lowest total since 1936, only behind the 48 percent approval rating recorded in 2009. Le Blanc said that he largely blamed politicians and the media for making unions into a scapegoat for the budget deficit, but did not entirely absolve the unions of blame. He insists that many union members have abandoned the togetherness and “brotherhood” that the labor unions were built upon in the 1930s and have become selfish. “Back in the 1930s when unions were very popular, it was seen as a crusade, a great cause for all of the workers. The unions were trying to create a better society for the working class majority,” Le Blanc said. “Now, the workers talk about the union as if it’s a lawyer. What’s the union going to do for us? Well, that’s crazy. If the union is us, then what are we going to do for us?” In order for the labor unions to survive, Le Blanc said that they must acknowledge that labor unions are not about individual achievement, but about the union itself and that unions cannot rely on politicians to fix these issues for them. “We have to apply independent pressure on all politicians and all the well-to-do in society, in order to push for our own interests,” Le Blanc said. “We need to link up with each other. Students, workers, non-union members, all need to be joining together to be effective. That is one of the heartening things I saw in Wisconsin. There was that kind of very broad coalition.” He added, “I think that given the economic situation, and it is a bad economic situation, that the wealthy will want to maintain their profits and their power and their privileges. But, given the economic decline, that means that we, the majority of American people, are going to have to pay a terrible price for that. The extent that people fight back against that, we can win some things.”

like political districts, you know the Gerrymandering idea, they’re bizarre,” Bellin said. In Bellin’s essay, he said that he and his wife would do whatever they could to make sure their kids would not end up in a mainly black school when their neighborhood was considering redistricting.

“We can’t save that school by ourselves; we can’t sacrifice our own kids; etc. They’re all perfectly logical arguments, and all perfectly wrong,” said Bellin. Before the issue on racism in education is addressed, the priority for people should be to surround themselves and accept the different races

that they confront daily, said Bellin. “We need encounters between and among people of different races. Which means that we need an integrated society. Which means that education probably needs to come next, not first,” he said.

continued from page 1 Twenty students reported that they occasionally attend events while four said they often attend events. Only two students said they attend every event offered. “I would actually go to events if they were better,” senior Mark Cancilla said. He wasn’t the only student that said the events offered by La Roche College are boring. Half of the students surveyed said they don’t attend campus events because the topics offered aren’t interesting. Nineteen students said they are too busy for events on campus. Many students said that they receive too many emails from La Roche College Some even admitted to deleting them before they are even opened. One student who remained anonymous suggested that La Roche College communicate with students via Facebook or Twitter. “Creating a group specifically for La Roche College and sending students event invitations might work better than emails,” the student said. “We could keep track of the events better than when they are sent in one big email.” Twenty-eight students said they only attend events if it is required for a grade or extra credit is offered. An anonymous student said, “I wouldn’t attend anything La Roche advertises unless I had to. Anything I’ve ever gone to always seems poorly planned.” Forty-eight students said they



continued from page 6 tricted often reflect perhaps unconscious racism, perhaps conscious racism,” he said. Sometimes school districts seem to be trying to create racial balance Bellin said, but at other times not so much. “If you have ever seen how school districts are laid out, they’re kind of

Not necessarily the news continued from page 2 Eventually, I developed an idea. Mainstream news coverage of an event is directly proportional to the positive or negative affect it will produce in a specific industry’s profits or image. For example: General Electric had $5.1 billion in U.S. profits for 2010, reaped a tax credit of $3.2 billion, and paid $0 in taxes. You’ve seen that all over the news, right? I mean, GE owns NBC, they could easily tell you all about it during a piece on how some Americans don’t have tax shelters in the Cayman Islands (fools!). Do examples such as this help explain why we don’t see more coverage of the lasting health effects of the Gulf Oil disaster cleanup on the residents of the Gulf Coast, the environmental effects of wastewater from natural gas fracking on drinking water, and the cumulative effects of radiation? Are these stories not important, or do major news networks deliberately neglect these stories because they would tarnish the images of a business partner? The manner in which corporate owned media protects corporate interests has resulted in a recent barrage of raw guerrilla journalism. WikiLeaks and Anonymous are some of the more sensational examples, both recently releasing troves of data acquired by various means, but local TV and radio stations like KDKA at least explore the possibility of corporate malfeasance with investigative journalism. Citizens need to be informed of the actions of corporations that control the world’s wealth, a service that the press once provided. When a corporation owns the most popular means of informing the public, how can that reporting be unbiased? Now documentary filmmaking seems to be the last bastion of hope for keeping the general public notified of how the Powers That Be are operating. If you disagree with my sinister view of corporations and labeled me a conspiracy theorist by the third paragraph, I challenge you to watch the documentaries The Corporation and Gasland. Or maybe you could take a road trip down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and ask the folks who helped clean up the oil spill about their health. You could even stop along the way and talk to families who may have hydraulic fracturing wastewater pouring from their faucets. However, these folks may not be able to talk to you due to non-disclosure agreements they may have signed in order to receive help from the companies that didn’t cause their problem. Then ask yourself, “Is this land

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opted his advice as a rule to live by. The Courier is an example of this rule. Because of the student newspaper, I have a binder of countless published writings to show employers after I graduate; I scored an editorial internship with Pittsburgh Magazine last semester; and I learned to communicate with people, whether I had to interview sources or give directions to the staff. English and writing majors: You don’t have to wait until you’re a professional to publish your writing. Working for The Courier is a great way to get a head start to wherever it is you wish to go once you leave La Roche. When I interviewed for my internship, the editor didn’t care whether I had a 4.0 GPA or a literature background; she wanted a resume and writing samples. Of course, there are other advantages to working for The Courier. Some of them, I found, were personal ones. When you hold a leadership position and write for a publication, you learn things about yourself that you wouldn’t realize otherwise. A strange confidence boost, I learned that I might not be able to solve a fifth grade math problem, but my knowledge of the AP Style is phenomenal. You

learn that people aren’t as scary as you’ve always made them out to be, and that some are even eager to speak to you. You learn to really listen to people – whether it’s the graphic designer you work with, an advisor you respect or a source that trusts you to tell his story. You learn that challenging work is rewarding. And that you’re capable of breaking out of your shy, loser girl shell to complete that work. The Courier turned La Roche into an experience for me. I want to say thank you to everyone who made this job enjoyable. Thank you to Ed Stankowski, for teaching me how to write, for being a mentor and a great teacher, and for making my time at La Roche memorable. I will truly miss you. David Day and Terri Ballard, thank you for supporting The Courier and for helping us purchase the technology that makes this all possible. Thank you to the talented staff who made this job fun, and for not toilet-papering my house when I yelled at some of you for missing deadline. I thank anyone who took the time to read each issue. And I want to thank our new editors, Kurt and Shay, for giving me faith that the newspaper will be in good hands after the rest of us leave.

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the city proper, with its promise of good and safe streets, good and safe schools,” Bellin said. “And when we got word that our neighborhood might be redistricted such that our daughter and son would funnel into 90-plus percent black high school that serves one of the most desperately poor areas of the city,” Bellin said, “She was adamant that we’d do anything to keep them out of that place.” Bellin said that the school tested poorly in core subjects and the sounds of guns could be heard outside it daily. He claims that his wife is not a racist because she helps black children every day but that her attitude about sending their children to a black school acts like racism.

Bellin said, “I’d heard all her arguments before; everyone has. We can’t save that school by ourselves; we can’t sacrifice our own kids; etc. They’re all perfectly logical arguments, and all perfectly wrong. “Because you get enough people believing those arguments, especially people as ostensibly color-blind as my wife, and colorblindness starts to behave an awful lot like racism,” Bellin said. Bellin emphasized that our public school system is racist. He added that if white people are not willing to change their attitude toward integrating schools, then the segregation of U.S. schools will continue and black people will not be given an equal opportunity to become successful.


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dominately white audience, said the experience would have been much different if the audience included a more black or mixed race. Whether it is racism or personal topics, both professors agree that it helps to be as truthful as possible. Maher added, “What is most true and real of a person’s lived experience, which includes their imaginative perceptions. “ “All of us are flawed, vulnerable, and living in a scary world where evil often seems to be running the show,” Maher said. La Roche College Senior Andrew Yeskatalashas performed in

bands and toured throughout the United States. Yeskatalas said, “Whatever happens, happens, you can’t stop and you have to be able to overcome anything.” “Art is hard work,”Maher said, “just as hard as construction or law, if you give yourself to it. Yet, there is also great joy in creating something.” “You get a chance to demonstrate art to people who appreciate it,” Yeskatalas said. “Take a mosh pit, for instance. It is one of the best ways to release anger. By creating something for these people, you’re not only helping them out, but you’re doing some-



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According to Marie Claire magazine, “Take a paint-by-numbers approach to dressing: pair shorts and blazers in blocks of bold colors.” To bring the solid separates together, its important to incorporate jewelry, a handbag, or a sandal that has the same colors as the solid pieces, plus other colors. If the accessories include colors other than the solids being used, it will make the outfit go from unmatched to matching. For instance, take the red shorts and orange blazer and add bangle bracelets that are red and orange, but then add any other colors too, like yellow and white. Marie Claire Magazine said that this style works for this spring because, “The pure geometry of the solid shapes creates an incredible visual that can also be used to camouflage problem areas while calling attention to one’s best body parts.” The spring 2011 trends for men include a nautical look with a splash of color.

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This spring is all about looking nautical from head to toe. To complete this style, the outfit must include boat shoes, linen pants, a woven rope belt, and a simple top that has stripes. Another novelty pattern to add to the Cape Code look is madras plaid. Madras plaid can be worn in accessories like a tie or in a pair of shorts. According to GQ magazine, a magazine that focuses on men’s fashion, “You can pull it off with no problem, as long as you style it in a way that doesn’t turn it into a Picasso costume.”


Chinos are the pants to have this season. Chinos are tapered pants that are cropped; they come to about the ankle. One way to wear the Chinos is to roll them up at the bottom. GQ Magazine says, “Now it’s time to add some colored chinos to your collection of khakis.” Chinos are the trend this season because they come in a variety of colors, like: yellow, green, blue, and pink.

thing that you truly love.” Yeskatalas said that he was nervous every time he stepped onto the stage but as soon as he plugged his guitar into the amp he would see himself playing instead of the crowd. “It was a truly euphoric experience,” Yeskatalas added. Gabrielle Yarshen, La Roche College dancer, said she is always nervous, mainly because dancing enables you to put yourself out there to be judged. “You have to take everything with a grain of salt, learn what you enjoy, and make it happen,” Yarshen said, “You can do it, so do it.”


Quarterbacks continued from page 6 present day. Bellin suggested that the lack of black quarterbacks in the NFL is perhaps due to unconscious racism. “To this day, coaches at all levels of play tend to steer promising black athletes toward positions other than quarterback,” Bellin said. “How do we know whether, when little black boys start playing football, their coaches (unconsciously or not) tend to steer them toward running back or wide receiver positions, while steering no more intelligent or gifted little white boys toward quarterback positions?” Bellin said, “More blacks aren’t quarterbacks because most people think they lack leadership; hence we don’t allow them to be leaders, and then we turn around and say, ‘See? There are few good black quarterbacks because they’re not good leaders.’ “That’s how racism works, by blaming the victims for the discrimination they suffer at the hands of the majority.” Bellin said his parents sent him and his brother and sister to an integrated elementary school. He said his brother hated it there, even while strengthening his athletic skills under greatly enhanced

competition from the black students. While he didn’t attend his childhood school voluntarily, Bellin said he could sympathize with the black students. “I realize now how terrible it must have been for the neighborhood kids to finally get a decent, a beautiful school, then be forced to share it with us,” Bellin said, “as if it needed our pale presence to justify its existence.” However, the future proved that the schools did in fact need white students to remain open. Bellin said that, when white students like him left East Hills, what followed was “white exodus followed by plummeting performance followed by [the school’s] final closure.” “The story we tell about racism in this country has two threads, one individual and the other social,” Bellin said. “The individual says that racism comes from education: you can learn it, and unlearn it too. The social says that, thanks to the integration of our schools generations ago, the nation as a whole is gradually outgrowing racism, or never learning it to begin with.” Bellin said that, through his experience, neither is adequate.


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school in a predominantly black neighborhood, chances are your school is going to be predominantly black.” This imbalance in scholastic districting illustrates the lack of responsibility that white people take for the welfare of African Americans, which was a persistent theme in Bellin’s speech. “Most people don’t want to admit that we are in an unequal game here,” Bellin said. “When you’ve got a situation where a majority culture has unfairly gained privileges at the expense of a minority culture, I personally believe that the majority culture has a responsibility to that minority culture.” Bellin said that the black community is traumatized. While an individual trauma victim may be able to recover after a certain amount of care and treatment. “But what we’ve got is the reverse,” Bellin said. “We’ve got the non-traumatized continually trying to traumatize the victims.” The results of this trauma are the predominantly white districts succeeding relative to the impoverished black schools which can resemble an environment, as Bellin states, “as close to hell as the ingenuity of our civilization can transport someone else’s children.” In his essay “Racist Like Me,” Bellin uses an altercation with an anonymous black mugger as an avenue to explore his own prejudices as well as the prejudices of those around him.

Bellin said that, when he was young, his parents volunteered him to participate in this integration project designed to revitalize the impoverished East Hills district of Pittsburgh. Bellin told that he was thrown into what was then a state-of-theart classroom with an almost entirely African American class. Eventually, Bellin said that he separated from his African American classmates in high school when his Advanced Placement courses kept him out of classes with the “mainstream” students. As the number of white families willing to place their children into this experimental elementary school decreased, so did its ability to positively influence the community. Now the school, which Bellin said in his essay was “perpetually in danger of being shut down once kids like him stopped going there,” is closed. While the integration project in East Hills might not have lived up to its full potential, Bellin’s believes that his proposition of institutionalized integration, which he admits is a “left-wing pipe-dream,” is an important step in reversing racism in America. “Now if we can get the white majority to agree to that, to institutionalize,” Bellin said, “[make it a] law that you have to have every single school integrated, then I think we will have made progress towards that ideal.”

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