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October 2013


Campus beautification progresses ANTHONY LAMONT Staff Writer

From the beginning of the semester, it was clear to new and returning students that substantial changes had been made to the Beaver campus. Large construction vehicles, excavators and mountains of earth marked the hills of the campus while the smell of fresh pavement filled the air. The Campus Beautification project is a face-lift for the campus, said Luke Taiclet, director of business and finance. Some of the projects include the new parking lot, the roadway on the rear portion of campus and the seating area located outside the Brodhead Bistro. The parking lot itself is not new but modified to meet the requests of students and faculty. Taiclet said that no new parking spaces were added but existing spaces were made wider. The crosswalks intersecting the new design are to slow the speed of traffic. Freshman Vinnie Garuccio said, “The entrance to the lot was a good idea, but the traffic markers and traffic laws need enforced.” One of the most easily distinguishable projects is the incomplete seating area outside the Bistro, which is planned to be complete by graduation this year. The original completion date for the project was before the start of classes, but the construction effort was halted due to some surprises workers found. The construction company found that the utility lines were not located as marked, Taiclet said, meaning the lines were in the way of the construction and had to be moved. Only after relocating the utility lines could construction continue. The outdoor plaza will also be used for student seating for campus events, said Taiclet. With the addition of the new

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The new and improved Brodhead Bistro plaza nears completion as the semester progresses. To the far left, the Bistro plaza sits incomplete as construction workers work. To the immediate left, vehicles fill the modified parking lot beside the Ross Administration Building. THE ROAR/ Nancy Paoletti

plaza, students and faculty will have the opportunity to use the space. “The new area allows for a different learning environment,” said Juliette Storr, associate professor of communication arts and sciences. “It is good that students will have an area to enjoy class outside. The area outside will bring positive attention to campus by adding to

its overall appeal. I plan on using it.” In Harmony Hall, the bathrooms have been the subject of much scrutiny, but over the summer they also received a makeover. Jeremy Lindner, director of housing and food services, said, “Since being built in 1965, the bathrooms had been unchanged.” New paint and floors are just the

start of the bathroom renovations, Lindner said. The bathroom sinks are new as well. The most significant improvement is the shower compartments that have been completely replaced and include new low-flow showerheads that are more efficient and save water. One project students may not

be able to see is located under their feet as they walk to class. The campus installed a new storm runoff system that diverts water to underwater tanks instead of running off into the valley by the Monaca Wal-Mart, Taiclet said. The new system acts as a filter before the rainwater returns to the area’s water table.

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New faculty and staff settle into positions FROM STAFF REPORTS

Penn State Beaver recently welcomed some new faculty and staff to the campus. When you walk into the library, you may notice a new face. Amy Deuink is the new head librarian. She replaces Marty Goldberg, who retired over the summer. Although Deuink is new to the campus, she is not new to Penn State. Deuink worked as the reference and instruction librarian for both Penn State Altoona and Penn State Schuylkill. “I think the people who work here are what make Penn State special, and Penn State Beaver is no exception!” Deuink said.



Aside from being a skilled librarian, Deuink is also co-author of the 2009 book, “The Library Student Advisory Board: Why Your Academic Library Needs It and How to Make it Work.” Sherry Kratsas is a new instructor in computer science and engineering, replacing David Paoletti who resigned over



the summer. She is the co-founder of software developer Appenstance LLC in Sewickley. She also worked as a software engineer for Nomo’s Radiation Oncology, which provided treatment for cancer patients. “I considered pursuing a teaching career at times in the past,” Kratsas said.

Staff members move on KAYLA WAGNER Staff Writer

Most people tend to forget those people on the outside who change lives without even realizing it. For some this person could be a mentor, a coach or, in junior Billy Harrington’s case, a cafeteria worker. Lois Jacobs, a longtime cashier in the Brodhead Bistro, is one of several Penn State Beaver employees who have not returned to campus this fall. Jacobs spent more than 12 years working in the Bistro, officially as cashier and unofficially as a mother-figure watching out for countless students over the years. She resigned over the summer to take a full-time job with Life Beaver County helping senior citizens. Harrington said the news was a shock. “I was very sad when I found out she wasn’t returning. The thing I will miss most is her kind personality.” Junior Erica Jones said she was saddened by the news. “What made her more than our cashier was how much she cared about

us,” Jones said. “She took the time to get to know all of us and always made the time to see how our days were going.” Jacobs will be remembered as the “Bistro Mom.” “I will miss my kids the most,” Jacobs said. “I’m a parent. I have enough love for everyone.” Larissa Cuica, the former personal and career counselor, was another faculty member who always knew how to help students handle stress. Cuica helped Penn State Beaver students for six years until resigning in August to become the retention coordinator at Point Park University. In her new role, she deals with career development and helping student achieve success. Point Park is a larger campus and Cuica said she misses all the students she interacted with as well as the Student Affairs team. “I was always with students because everybody knew me or got to me. I am still new here,” she said. Cuica said she always told students to be constantly developing for their career. “I am now practicing what I

preached,” she said. “I am doing an extension of what I was doing at Penn State, but with a new challenge.” Two faculty members have also left their positions this summer. Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics, retired July 31 after 32 years at the campus. Deutsch was heavily engaged in teaching, research and service. According to a campus news release, he had more than 23 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a paper with a Nobel Prize recipient. He also pursued research as a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, one of the world’s leading science and engineering research centers. Deutsch did not respond to an email request for an interview. David Paoletti, assistant professor of computer science, also left Penn State. Paoletti took a job with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “I heard about the great chance from a friend who works here. Their department is growing quickly and presents great opportunities,” he said.

“I knew that an opportunity to become part of a great institution like Penn State would be rare. Upon visiting the Beaver campus, I loved the feel of the small campus and surroundings.” You will also find a new face helping professors getting the laboratories ready for experiments. Kimberly Worst was recently named the laboratory preparation technician, replacing Jay Means who retired in September. Worst taught middle and high school chemistry and physical science classes in Maryland. In Harmony Hall, you will find a new residence life and student activities coordinator, Jennifer

Toof. She was an area coordinator for New England College in New Hampshire where she oversaw conferences and professional development programs. Toof said she chose to come to this campus because she wanted a more hands-on experience with the student body. She added that even though she has only been here a few weeks, she already calls the staff family. “My door is always open to the students,” she said. “I love to hear their new ideas. It’s very important to me.” Staff Writer Breona Cager contributed to this report.


Residents charged with stealing gator Campus police charged three local residents for allegedly stealing one of the campus’ green John Deere Gator utility carts. The motorized cart was reported missing in late May and was found damaged on the campus baseball field. Police charged Austin Ohler of Monaca in August with receiving stolen property. Two other juveniles were charged with theft and criminal mischief.


Campus police charged two Harmony Hall residents with underage drinking Aug. 30. A residence life coordinator reported to police that freshman Dominick Benson of West Mifflin and junior Breona Cager of Pittsburgh were drinking. A residence life coordinator reported smelling an odor of marijuana in Harmony Hall to campus police Sept. 30. Police searched a student’s room and found drug

paraphernalia. Police will not release the name of the student until charges are filed.


State College police contacted Penn State Beaver Police Sept. 23 to help them locate a missing juvenile believed to have run away and believed to be staying with a resident student. Campus police found the unnamed juvenile in Harmony Hall. The juvenile was then turned over to deputies from the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office to be transported back to State College. Police did not release the name of the Penn State Beaver student the juvenile was staying with.


A female Harmony Hall student reported to campus police Sept. 24 that she was being stalked. Police reported that no evidence was found to support the claim, but are still investigating.


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Is Apple out to get you? EDITOR EMERITUS Brandon Perino




COPY EDITOR Mike Brayack


Lauren Reese

Nancy Paoletti

Taylor Braxton


Lindsay Bangor

ADVISORS Terrie Baumgardner

Cathy Benscoter

Daniel Pinchot

Every time a new Apple product comes out, it is easy to see the power of branding, but the company takes things a step further. Customers are not simply purchasing shiny new toys to replace their slightly less new and shiny toys: They’re buying into a way of life. Smartphones may be what most people think today when they think Apple, but the lifestyle Apple is selling can best be described by thinking back to the company’s struggle with its old enemy Microsoft. Think back to those “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” commercials Apple used to run. Buying Apple means you are creative. You are an artist. You listen to music before others have heard of it and define what it means to be cool. You are certainly not one of those

boring PC users, with their stuffy Excel spreadsheets and their accounting software. PC users are dull business types and corporate lackeys. They are “The Man” that strives to keep revolutionaries like you down. You don’t want to be a pawn of “The Man,” do you? Then do the obvious thing and support the underdog, the guy who is a true individual. The guy willing to make a stand for all the oppressed artists and visionaries. The guy who isn’t some massive multi-billion dollar company. A guy like Apple. Wait, what? And that’s the problem. Thanks to the proliferation of iThings everywhere, Apple is pretty much all of what its marketed way of life stands against. It is “The Man,” yet

thrives because people are willing to pay it money in order to not support “The Man.” It’s downright Orwellian. Literally. In his dystopian novel “1984” George Orwell coined the term “doublethink.” Wikipedia defines doublethink as “the act of ordinary people simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct.” Seem familiar? Well, it may not if you’re a big Apple fan. Or maybe you noticed the hypocrisy of the message and just didn’t care. Apple might just have the perfect products to meet your needs and everything said here is just overly thought-out paranoia. But then again, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t (or it isn’t) out to get you.

Disabled people are still quite able As he has for years, Chancellor Gary Keefer addressed Penn State Beaver’s new freshmen on New Student Day, the Friday before classes began in August. Keefer shared with the nearly 250 students his wisdom about how to be a successful student in college: Go to class, study, be responsible, don’t work too much and so much more. But when Keefer would have normally been wrapping up his speech this year, he went “off script.” This time, the message was much more personal. Pointing to his wheelchair, something Keefer hadn’t needed just a year before, he gave the students a new message: perseverance. “I could have packed my bags and gave up, but I didn’t,” he said. Reflecting on his talk, the point Keefer was trying to make to the new students was that they had to work hard and persevere because college was hard. “Life can throw you curve balls,” Keefer said. “You just have to persevere and go on with life.” For most students, life’s little struggles may seem overwhelming and stressful. For others adversity is a dayto-day battle to live as normal a life as

Nancy Paoletti possible. Chancellor Keefer has to use a wheelchair or motorized scooter; he can’t enjoy the simple pleasure of walking anymore. The important thing is that he hadsn’t given up on life. He can often be seen zipping around campus on his scooter, attending faculty meetings in the Student Union Building and going about the normal business of running the campus. A few of us on campus struggle with disability. Some are obvious, others not so much. But each day we come to class and work hard toward that final goal, graduation. At first glance Taisha Webster, a senior, appears to be a typical, happy woman. After you meet her, you realize she’s a typical, happy woman who happens to be deaf. She works hard to get good grades. Sometimes this is complicated because she needs a sign language interpreter. If one isn’t available, she has to miss class. Webster tries to fit in with her peers. But sometimes it’s hard.

“They are unsure of how to talk to me; or I’m unsure if I’ll be able to understand them,” she wrote in an email. “I really try to make the best of the situation, and hopefully this opens people’s eyes to what I’m going through.” We struggle and persevere. Another senior, Brenton Rhone uses a wheelchair to be mobile. He suffers from a condition that has left him mostly paralyzed. He’s the type of student most professors would like to have, one with an enthusiasm for learning. Rhone keeps a positive outlook on life and that’s what helps him get through each day. We struggle and persevere. I have arthritis. I can’t do a lot of things I want to do or enjoyed just a few years ago. It’s painful to sit for long periods of time or walk long distances. I don’t complain. I don’t give up. We struggle and persevere. Sometimes, as Keefer said, life can throw you a curve ball. Perhaps it won’t be long term, permanent or even physical. Perhaps it’s just being stressed, or trying to manage classes and a job. No matter what life throws at you, persevere. The reward will be worth it. You will struggle and persevere.

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New iPhone raises privacy concerns

Students test propane tank gauges for grills TAYLOR BRAXTON Staff Writer


Staff Writer

Apple recently released the highly anticipated iPhone5S alongside a more budgetconscious model, the 5C. As with most Apple releases, hoards of anxious fans gobbled up the 5S supply at record speed, leaving those slow to the punch without the fancy new gold color option. Despite the sales records the new models have set for Apple, some Penn State Beaver students caution others not to rush out and buy the new phone. The hype surrounding the 5S comes from it being equipped with a fingerprint reader to replace the keypad lock. Sophomore Tori Palermo, an iPhone user, said she isn’t too keen on the latest and greatest from Apple. “The whole fingerprint thing is kind of freaky,” she said. “If they have your finger print and all your other personal information, it’s like they have your whole identity.” Apple said data collected by the fingerprint scanner is secure and inaccessible to the company, but some students are still unsure. Sophomore Nick Marsilio is among them. “The more Apple knows about you, the more the NSA knows about you,” he said. “A lot of big companies are forced to divulge their users’ information to the government.” Marsilio isn’t an iPhone user but said he doubted the inaccessibility of the collected data. “If there’s a source to it, there is a way to access it somehow,” he said. Sophomore Kenny Johnson is also not an iPhone user but said he has similar doubts about the device’s security. “Presumably Photo

The new iPhone 5s comes in a variety of colors and has a fingerprint scanner.

if something is encrypted it can be decrypted in some way,” said Johnson. “I don’t like the thought of Apple having any possible access to this kind of information,” he said. “A lot of people are so eager to sign up and have their personal information put in a database that Apple can do what they want with – including handing it over to the NSA.” Sophomore Brittany Bates, an iPhone user, said she feels uneasy about the new technology. “Apple has already caused trust issues in the past with its users’ information and privacy due to PRISM, so it’s definitely something to think about if you have the 5S,” Bates said. “It’s such a new feature that we don’t know what kind of implications come along with it.” Marsilio said he feels Apple

has infiltrated itself into everyday culture and mainstream media. “It’s the quintessential standard phone: People will buy it purely for the name and its recognition,” he said. Marsilio said he thinks the 5C is a marketing ploy by Apple. “People don’t look into how much money it costs to manufacture an iPhone versus how much they charge for one at retail price,” Marsilio said. “Cheaper is a relative term. Either way you’re still paying a hefty markup for a brand.” Palermo said the 5C seems inferior by virtue of being released alongside the new 5S. “The ‘C’ makes people think it stands for ‘cheaper’ or ‘common’. Like a ‘C’ grade is just average.” Palermo said she does like the color options for the model’s unapologetically plastic case.

It is a beautiful day to cook on the grill but right in the middle of the cookout the propane tank runs dry, leaving you with half-cooked food. This has happened to James Hendrickson, instructor in engineering, twice over the summer. That is when he came up with a project for his students to test gauges for propane tanks. “I’ve been familiar with these devices. Curious, but not curious enough to buy one,” said Hendrickson. Hendrickson said it was becoming difficult to find meaningful projects for his students. Once the project is assigned, he tells students that he is not the professor anymore but a technical consultant whose only job is to answer technical questions. The students are responsible for planning how they will test the gauges. The students requested gauges from Gas Watch, Grill Gage, Mr. BBQ, GLI Sensor and AZ Grill.

Gas Genie is the only company so far to send a gauge for the students to test. The next step for the students is to find a sponsor for the propane tanks. Sophomore team leader Dakotah McCalmon said the students are already developing a plan. “We are going to fill the tanks at different pressures, fill levels and weather scenarios to see how the gauge reads. That way we know what’s in there and we can see if the gauge is reading it correctly.” Junior Blake Bonfanti said that they want to find out which devices hold up best to what the consumer wants. “We are the first people to do this type of project. There are no guidelines,” said Bonfanti. “It’s basically trial and error.” The College of Engineering at Penn State University Park is also interested in the testing of the propane tank gauges and has contacted Hendrickson about the project. Depending on the results, the college may implement a similar project.

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Summer with a purpose Students work as missionaries in Costa Rica LYDIA AQUINO Staff writer

Juniors Joe Benscoter and Alex Boguszewski had the ride of their lives this past summer. One night they decided to go to the movies. On their way home, they hailed their first taxi and headed back, but this wasn’t a normal taxi ride: It took place in Costa Rica and involved a traffic accident, a high-speed car chase and, of course, the police. Benscoter and Boguszewski were on a mission trip to Costa Rica for 11 weeks this past summer. They lived in La Maquina and stayed with David Adair, a missionary from Alabama, from May 20 to Aug. 6. The cab ride was one of many reminders that the duo was on the adventure of a lifetime. A car rammed their taxi, and the driver decided to chase the car. The Costa Rican police got involved in the chase, making Benscoter and Boguszewski very nervous that they might be in danger. The chase ended; the police arrested the driver who caused the accident; and the two were safely returned home, uninjured, in another taxi. Every day was an adventure for the Penn State Beaver students, right down to the everyday chores they did with the Sanchez family to take care of other missionaries who would stay the week with them. “It really showed the other side of mission trips," said Boguszewski. “I couldn’t think of a better way to have spent my summer. It was the best summer of my life. You learn that people of different cultures are more appreciative." Benscoter recalled one of the missions they went on requirCosta Rica See Page 7

At top, Alex Boguszewski, far left, and Joe Benscoter, center in blue shirt, hang out with a mission team in a park in Barva, Costa Rica. At left, Ariel Daves, a resident of Costa Rica, and Boguszewski record a program for Youth Network TV. Above, Benscoter, standing at center, and Boguszewski, leaning over at right, help the Sanchez family deliver school supplies to a church in Jobo, Costa Rica.

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Don’t leave a mark; wrap your Clark Students get sex ed and candy M.N. PATMON Staff Writer

Brownies, cupcakes and cookies are spread across a table next to a tub full of latex, non-latex and animal-skin condoms with a few wooden penises next to them. The sweets and the saltier items are all part of “Sex and Chocolate,” an educational program held in Harmony Hall Sept. 10. “Sex and Chocolate,” created by Adagio Health, aims to teach students in a fun and graphic way about the potential consequences of sex, such as sexually transmitted diseases. Given the sexy name of the program, some students did not quite get the experience they were expecting.

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“It was disgusting what they showed us,” freshman Kheonzia Franklin said. “Looking at it made me not want to have sex anymore.” Freshman Cheyenne Spencer

said she, too, was shocked. “Going to the event, I wasn’t expecting to be educated about STDs and be shown all those disgusting images. I was expecting a much sexier event.”

Maria Ponzi, the main speaker of the event, has been a part of Adagio Health for 10 years and has been involved in the “Sex and Chocolate” program for two. Ponzi said she enjoys doing the program not only because college students are easy to talk to about sex but also because she can provide free help. By running the event, she and the rest of the staff are able to provide students with free testing. Nurse Barb Kugel, who runs “Sex and Chocolate” with the help of staff from the Student Affairs Office, said she enjoys it. Kugel said the event does not push students but allows them to make their own choices about the free testing. This is especially important for students not from the area because they need to know these services are available to them, she said.

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ing a two-hour hike in foot-deep mud through the jungle to deliver school supplies to children. The pair unloaded three cars into two long boats that took all the equipment, supplies and people up the river for another hour, during which they saw monkeys, sloths and crocodiles. The pair also did construction work on houses in La Barra, a small village with an airstrip, two stores, and no plumbing. The village even used rainwater for drinking water. Boguszewski worked with Youth Television Networks to fulfill his internship for his major by doing lots of filming, editing and producing of television shows. He said he also enjoyed sending out biblical messages through television to youth groups. In addition, the two students participated with a youth group at a nearby church. For fun, they would play music and socialize with the middle-school and highschool students who were there. “I recommend going to a different country just to experience their culture. My experience in Costa Rica changed who I am, and it was definitely the best summer of my life,” said Benscoter. A Penn State Beaver alumnus, Derek Pettner, has spent more than two years in Costa Rica and served as an inspiration to Benscoter and Boguszewski, who knew Pettner from their church. “Derek being there made going more attainable,” Benscoter said. Pettner said he wanted a change in his life other than a desk job. He contacted a ministry and his life has been different ever since. He’s taught science in a Christian secondary school, taught English in orphanages and helped mission teams. “Sometimes one step of faith starts a chain reaction. Hopes and dreams turn into reality. Impossibilities become your goals, and your eyes are opened to a new world you never even knew existed,” said Pettner.


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Motivation is critical to finding right major


Why did you chose your major?


When students enter the college arena, many never imagine that one of their biggest challenges is finding the right major. Junior Josh Nussbaum originally took many engineering and business classes but was unsatisfied, he said. But then a memory from his early childhood helped him discover his interest. When Nussbaum was four years old, his grandfather came home with a Ford Thunderbird with a dashboard and interior design that wrapped around the driver. “I remember sitting on his lap in the driver’s seat, and feeling cuddled as the gauges and dash lit up. It was the coolest thing in the world,” said Nussbaum. Nussbaum remembered his interest in his grandfather’s car and from there he learned of ergonomics, the science of designing machines to better aid the human body and mind. He has since become a psychology major with a business option in order to pursue a career in that field. Nussbaum may have found his niche, but he said he can relate to students struggling to find their own. Students who are wondering how to start looking for the perfect major or what to do if they find themselves in the wrong one should remember one thing: They are not alone. “Try to find out what you like. Look at organizations with information that can help you or find a field contact that can mentor you. Do your research and work hard,” Nussbaum said. Despite Nussbaum centering his decision based on future careers, Gretchen Samchuck, the advising program coordinator for the Division of Undergraduate Studies, counsels differently.

I like the challenges it presents everyday

Jonah Santiago Sophomore

Psycholoy deals with people and I’m very good with people.

Maddison Miller Senior

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Students can sometimes feel like they’re playing Chutes and Ladders with their choice of majors.

“Many students believe in a myth that all majors should lead to a future job. Majors don’t equal careers,” said Samchuck. Future career choices should not be the only motivator for engaging in a certain major, she said. “If a student is happy in his or her major, jobs will follow no matter what they decide to study.” She said students need to find and be aware of their interests, but students do not think of interests early because they often don’t receive enough exposure in high school. “The sooner than they can find what motivates them, the more likely they are to succeed,” said Samchuck. Jim Hendrickson, instructor of engineering and a faculty advisor, has seen many students change their major after the first year. At Penn State Beaver, engineering has the lowest turnout for second-year students because many engineering students believe they cannot handle the math, said Hendrickson. Regardless of course difficulty, the students with a true interest in the major will persevere and do well, he said. “I can honestly say we have never lost a student in engineering

who had a passion for it,” Hendrickson said. “Poor grades in a major are not indicative of a bad fit.” Hendrickson said parents heavily influence their child to pursue a career based off of its monetary gain, but shouldn’t. “Forty or fifty years is a long time to hate your job. You need to find something you’re passionate about,” he said. Ben Clark, a sophomore studying administration of justice, took a different approach to discovering his ambition. Clark initially wanted to get into business but changed his mind often. After watching the TV show “The Wire,” Clark said he fell in love with criminal justice and decided he wanted to either be a lawyer or work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “I kind of jump headlong into things. I’m a shoot-first, ask-questions-later kind of guy,” Clark said. “Pick something you see yourself doing. Money doesn’t necessarily buy happiness.” Resources for students struggling with choice of major are available on e-Lion as well as the Career Services website at www.beaver.psu. edu/careerservices.

I like the skills involved with it.

Hannah Holland Freshman

It is what I’ve always been interested in.

Lexi Holderman Freshman

I chase my major to be able to train athletes to take their game to the next level.

D.Q. Hannah Freshman

I wanted to keep it in the family.

Nick Calderone


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Club looks for light-hearted, goofy students LINDSAY BANGOR Staff Writer

Calling all clowns! Do pranks and random outbursts entice you? Do you long to break the bad mood on campus that — let us face it — engulfs everyone at times? You are not alone. There is a new club on campus that hopes to bring out the happiness in everyone. The Red Nose Club hopes to push all students out of their comfort zones and lighten the mood on campus. John Chapin, professor of communications, started the club in hopes of getting students to interact with each other and have fun. “The idea is to get students to break the ice by just doing funny things and meeting new people,”

Photo courtesy of John Chapin

Professor John Chapin, head of the Red Nose Club, shows off his red nose in the library.

said Chapin. “I got part of my inspiration for the club from talking to students in my film class. “We were talking about cheesy movies, and how although they are not great art, they serve a purpose

in lightening up the mood,” said Chapin. “So I thought I should just go for it.” So what exactly is the club? Chapin has set up weekly challenges that are posted on Penn

State Beaver’s Facebook page and the campus Communications Facebook page. Students simply have to post a picture of themselves wearing a clown nose on one of those pages, and they are officially in the club. Club members will have to do at least one random act of kindness and complete the weekly challenges on Facebook. “Challenges can include hugging a freshman, randomly breaking into a song or dance, or handing someone a flower,” said Chapin. “Ideally students should wear their clown noses when performing these acts.” Senior Amanda Palombo, a Roar staffer, said she is very excited about being a member. “To me any club that I get to make a total idiot out of myself and get away with it sounds great!”

“I love cheering people up,” said Palombo, “and the fact we get to do it with a clown nose on makes me so happy.” The club is open to everyone, including people outside of Penn State. The goal is simply to make people smile. Amy Deuink, the new head librarian, said she loves the idea. “I think it is such a nice positive message,” said Deuink. “For me it is a great way to get involved on campus and to get to know students and faculty.” Chapin said he would eventually like students to take charge and post their own challenges, but for now he is perfectly happy with his role in the club. “Basically I am just seeking goofy students who are light at heart,” said Chapin. “My goal with this club is to just have fun.”

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Men even in conference play CHRIS BEST Staff Writer

Despite an overall record of 3-9, the Penn State Beaver men’s soccer team still manage to hold on to a conference record of 3-3. Head coach Jim Van Kirk said, “Our goal for the season is to continue to play well in conference.” Van Kirk continued, “If we can continue to play well in conference, we will put ourselves in a great position for the playoffs.” The team is coming off of a double-overtime victory against Penn State Worthington- Scranton Sept. 28. Both teams played with great defenses to start. Beaver’s freshman goalie Matt Fetch stopped six out of seven shots on goal. The first goal didn’t come until Worthington Scranton scored in the first half. Beaver’s Yousef Salhi, a freshman, answered the goal to tie up the score at the end of the first. In the second, Beaver took 13 shots, none of which could make it into the net. Beaver’s defense only allowed Scranton two shots during the second half. During the second overtime, a goal finally landed for Beaver that

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At top, freshman Marcus Smith defends the ball in a game against Penn State New Kensington. At right, freshman Pedro Faria, left, squares off against a New Kensington player.

resulted in the win. The Lions are hoping to improve this year with the addition of new key players, Van Kirk said. Sophomore Marcus Smith has been a major spark for the Lions. With only four games played, Smith has already reached an individual goal count of five, scoring three out of his five in the overtime

victory against Penn State New Kensington Sept. 18. “We’re still trying to put pieces together and make our chemistry stronger,” Smith said. “Hopefully we can make a deep run in the playoffs but for now, we just have to keep improving.” Beaver went on to lose against Penn State Greater Allegheny, 2-1.

After a game played with heart and physicality, Beaver couldn’t capitalize on the shots they sent to the goal. Smith was responsible for many

of the shots that missed the net by only several feet. The Lions defense was also able to stop 10 shots, with goalie Matt Fetch stopping five of those shots.

Women celebrate first win CHRIS BEST Staff Writer

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Freshman Stephanie Hildreth, middle player in white, takes charge of the ball.

After their first ever win, the Lady Lions are hopeful their fouryear losing streak is over for good. The 3-1 victory against Penn State Greater Allegheny on Oct. 2 shows what the Lady Lions can do when they are not outnumbered. Junior captain Jennifer Bacvinskas said, “Teams took advantage of us when we didn’t have a full roster. Now this will help us so much.” Greater Allegheny scored the first goal of the game 10 minutes in, but freshman Ana Paula Garcia

de Andrade tied it up at the end of the first half with an assist by freshman Kirsten Manor. The goal was the team’s first of the season. Manor said, “We were pumped. We were just like, ‘What the hell just happened?’ Everyone was in awe.” The Lady Lions didn’t stop there. Freshman captain Jess Spina scored with the help of sophomore Miranda Robson in the middle of the second half. The team’s third goal was scored by Manor, assisted by Garcia de Andrade, with two minutes left in the game.

Prior to this game, the Lady Lions have been playing with a major disadvantage this year due to injuries and lack of interest. Soccer requires 11 people on the field, including a goalie, and for the first time this season the Lady Lions have managed to field more than eight players. Spina said, “We didn’t have one, not two, but four subs. That’s a record for us.” “We have four games left,” Bacvinskas added. “I really hope everyone sticks around.” The team’s next game will be on Oct. 9 against Westmoreland County Community College.


Penn State Beaver Roar

October 2013


Lady Lions struggle MARCUS SMITH Staff Writer

The Penn State women’s volleyball team had a rough start with an 8-13 record, but recently took charge in the Penn State University Athletic Conference with a 5-2 conference record. “Staying consistent is the key,” freshman Kalynn Hill said. “For the team to succeed we need to gain chemistry with each other; we are still getting the feel for each other and there is still room for improvement.” The turning point for the team came when they won over Westmoreland County Community College. Two more wins followed,

against Penn State Greater Allegheny, Sept. 12 and Penn State DuBois, Sept. 14. However, their momentum didn’t last long and the team lost to Alfred State in a non-section match, on Sept. 14. The Lady Lions losing streak continued with losses to Franciscan University and LaRoche College. Most recently, four conference matchups on Sept. 28 and 29 resulted in a 2-2 split, with wins over Penn State York and Penn State Schuylkill and losses to Penn State Mont Alto and Penn State Brandywine. In the win over York, the edge for Beaver came from sophomore Miranda Pfeiffer, who had 11 digs in the second set. Leading the team in kills was junior Natalie Gamble

with 6 and junior Kayona Ward and sophomore Joceyln Warfield with 5 each. In the Schuylkill victory, Gamble posted 11 kills and 3 spikes while freshman Sam Brophy had 8 kills and 3 spikes. In the losses to Mont Alto and Brandywine, the Lady Lions played hard, but just couldn’t pull off the win. “The team played very inconsistently and lost their drive in those games,” Coach BJ Bertges said. Despite the loss to Brandywine, Bertges said it was one of the team’s best-played games of the season. “We had great passing and we played with heart,” she said. “I feel really strong about this team and season,” said Bertges. “Even with the games we lost.”

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Lady Lions come together to celebrate making a point during their game against Penn State New Kensington.

October 2013 Roar  

The October 2013 Edition of The Roar

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