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Unsafe water plagues Playhouse By Robert Berger Co-Sports Editor

While Point Park’s campus was excluded from last week’s flush and boil water advisory, the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Oakland residents were affected. “We had to take precautionary measures,” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said at a press conference last Thursday. “At no time was your water ever in danger.” The advisory went into effect last Monday by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA). After conducting tests at the Highland Park water filtration center, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) called for the advisory. Test results showed low chlorine levels. Students were notified of the advisory via emails sent by the physical plant, which included a mes-

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Korean War vets take spotlight By Francesca Dabecco For The Globe

As the room rose for the singing of the national anthem, a group of veterans in their mid-80s stood proudly with their hands saluting the American flag, just as they did nearly six decades ago during the Korean War. These men, along with veterans from all different eras, gathered in the Lawrence Hall ballroom to hear the inspiring story of a Korean War Bride, Pega Crimbchin, 84, of Saxonburg, Pa., speak as part of a Veterans Breakfast Club event at Point Park, co-sponsored by the Honors Program. This is the second event the Honors Program and history faculty members have brought to the university, following the Wonder Women of World War II event last year. Crimbchin’s daughter, Katie Schell, has recorded her mother’s memoirs in a book called, “Love Beyond Measure,” telling the story of her life of poverty as a slave girl, her difficult survival during the Korean War and her journey to the United States after falling in love with an Ameri-

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USG adds social media standards USG By Alex Grubbs USG Beat Writer

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Pega Crimbchin talks about how she survived the Korean War as a child at the Veteran’s Luncheon Jan. 31.

Student government rolled out a new social media code of ethics as a way to keep professionalism within the organization. A local architect company also spoke to USG about transforming the infrastructure on campus. “Practice discretion… to the best of your ability [in] what you think is necessary for your position and as person who represents this organization,” Parliamentarian Charles Murria said to the United Student Government (USG) legislative body.

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can soldier. “I was just sitting there thinking ‘I’m in a room full of heroes,’ and it is very humbling to be in a room with so many good people,” Schell said as she took the stage to introduce her mother.


Monongahela Wharf experiences Internship and job fair increase in crime reports, patrols to be held tomorrow Fair serves as opportunity

Police chief discourages students ‘from hanging out down there’ in general, especially at night to connect Point Park By Manon Riley For The Globe

A scanning of the past few semester’s crime reports indicate that drug violations are becoming a larger problem at the Monongahela Wharf at the edge of Point Park’s campus. For the year 2016, crime reports recorded one drug violation total at the Monongahela Wharf. Only one month into the spring

2017 semester, there have already been two documented drug violations at the wharf. According to Lt. Nicholas Black of the Point Park Police department, Allegheny County park rangers and officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commission are the ones who initially encountered the offending students. “The [Point Park] officers maintain their desig-

nated patrol areas,” Black said. “This week was just an unfortunate week.” Black has not personally seen an increase of Point Park students at the Monongahela Wharf, but attributes much of students’ increased presence to mild weather. According to the university’s 2016 crime report, the primary area of jurisdiction the Point Park Police department patrols extends from Fort Pitt Blvd. north to Forbes Ave.

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Chloe Jakiela | The Globe A pedestrian waits to cross Ft. Pitt Blvd. which runs over the Monongahela Wharf parking garage on Monday.

students with employers By Lauren Clouser For the Globe

The School of Business, School of Communication and Career Development Center have joined forces to host the annual Spring Internship and Job Fair. The fair will take place on Feb 9. from 12-3:30 p.m. in the Student Center gym. According to Angela Scaramucci, the director for the Career Development Center, the job fair will feature employers such as KDKA, Phipps Conservatory, PNC, CBS Radio, Brunnerworks, Stage AE, Comcast NBCUniversal and the Johnstown Tomahawks. Scaramucci stated that the fair is for alumni and students of all majors, and that Point Park invites students and alumni from other colleges to attend it as well. The fair will also host four discussion panels in room 701 of the Student Center. The panels are centered around different career aspects such as venue building, venue safety and the possibility of career changes and career advice from Point Park alumni. The first panel, “Building a World Class Venue

from the Ground Up” will focus on building a new venue, with the new Pittsburgh Playhouse as an example. The panel features speakers such as President Paul Hennigan and Andrew Conte, the director for the Center for Media Innovation. According to Paige Beal, an assistant sports, arts and entertainment (SAEM) professor who helped to organize the panel speakers, the first panel should appeal to a wide audience. “Building a World Class Venue from the ground up is something that everyone is interested in, particularly in sports, arts and entertainment management,” Beal said. “The opportunity for it is so right in front of us.” The second panel revolves around making entertainment venues more safe for audiences. Some speakers include Darryl Jones, the Chief of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, Doug Herrmann, the general manager of Stage AE and Roy Cox, the District Chief for the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

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Thursday: Cloudy, H 30, L 18 Friday: Mostly Cloudy, H 35, L 32 Saturday: Showers, H 49, L 44

Sunday: Rain, H 56, L 37 Monday: Partly Cloudy, H 41, L 28 Tuesday: Partly Cloudy, H 39, L 29

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Architecture company talks Water authority future plans for Point Park’s ends boil and flush water advisory infrastructure with USG Students concerned with lack of parking from USG page 1 Known as Resolution 2062017, it amends 104.4 and following bylaws to the USG Code of Ethics section of the constitution. The new amendment requires that “all members of USG must maintain professionalism and respect when posting on social media by taking into consideration the feelings of others while facilitating or taking part in high[ly] emotional discussions.” It goes on to include members being respectful of differing views, refraining from degrading content regarding race, sex, gender, ethnicity and physical disability, not posting discontent with other members or the organization and posting information of committee meeting deliberations. However, all committee meetings are open to the public. According to President Blaine King, this new code has been in the works for months, stemming from an incident two years ago when former Recording Secretary Shanah Hupp shared a controversial post on Facebook. A petition was started, calling for her to be removed from her position. Hupp apologized for sharing the post. In light of the recent presidential election cycle, it was another reason to roll out the new social media code. “President King and I asked Parliamentarian Murria and his committee… to

create a social media bylaw because of the raw emotions that were seen in the past six months,” Vice President Bobby Bertha said. Senator KacieJo Brown inquired about if a person reacted in a rude manner to a social media post. Murria responded by saying that members should handle the situation responsibly. Also in the meeting, with the changing Downtown landscape, a local architecture company reached out to USG for feedback on what it can do to transform the campus. WTW Architects, which works with several universities to scale out master plans for their infrastructures, has been working with the university in its efforts in the development of Village Park, expanding Thayer Hall, building the new Pittsburgh Playhouse and redeveloping the Student Center. After showing USG what is in store, WTW Architects Director of Planning Derek Eversmann asked student government and present students what strengths and weaknesses the university has in terms of infrastructure. According to the students, strengths at the university include natural light in lobbies, the renovated café and how close buildings and the library are. But students also listed the lack of residential housing, small space in the dining hall, small student center facilities, lack of cheap parking

and outdated technology. Students put high priority on getting residential housing. The company’s current goal for its master space plan at the university is “to create a dynamic and identifiable campus that complements and enhances the downtown community” which lines with the message of Point Park. At the end of the meeting, President Pro-Tempore Shaniece Lawrence, who oversees the Pioneer Community Day (PCD) committee, announced Friends of the Riverfront and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will collaborate with USG for its annual Pioneer Community Day, a volunteer event for students. Afterwards, Brown informed the body about how students posted photos on the Point Park Class of 2019 Facebook page of no food being ready at the café during key times on Sunday. “I was there yesterday morning, and no food was made,” Sen. Hawyley Hoffman said, reaffirming the lack of food. Brown said she does not think the problem is with CulinArt itself but the workers. CulinArt Manager Kristy Weiss will speak to USG next week in the Student Center Room 701 at 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13.

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Pittsburgh Playhouse’s water safe to drink again from WATER page 1 sage reassuring students that campus was not affected. As the PWSA lifted the advisory Wednesday, physical plant workers flushed the water system of the Playhouse making the water safe to consume once again. While systems were down, the Playhouse provided students and faculty with bottled water and placed signs notifying students not to drink from the tap. By Thursday, the Playhouse water was safe again. According to a press release from the PWSA, flushing water brings in fresh water to the tap from the water main. Boiling fresh water kills bacteria and other organisms that can enter the water. The initial testing done by the DEP was part of an ongoing investigation being conducted on the practices of the PWSA. The DEP originally expressed concern of the parasite Giardia living in the water, however, later tests revealed this was never a problem. “We didn’t know exactly what the problem was,” said sophomore musical theatre major and Oakland resident Jeremy Spoljarick. “We just knew that there was a problem, which was the scary thing.” According to the PWSA, about 100,000 customers

were affected in central and eastern parts of the city. Twenty-two Pittsburgh public schools canceled classes and fifteen water distribution centers were opened for residents in affected neighborhoods. According to a press release from the PWSA, the Highland Park system was the only plant affected by the advisory. Bernard Lindstrom, interim executive director of the PWSA, said Thursday in a press conference that the PWSA took a number of actions to solve the problem. “We found no contaminants at all detected in our water system, but because we had a potential of insufficient disinfectant treatment it was prudent to issue this notice,” Lindstrom said on Thursday. In the 12 hours after the advisory was put in effect, the PWSA tested water supplies throughout the city and increased the chlorine levels in the Pittsburgh water system. At the Highland Park system, the membrane filtration system was removed entirely. In wake of the advisory, the Peduto administration plans on helping the PWSA in improving practices. Pittsburgh city council members are calling for an investigation on the PWSA.

Robert Berger raberge@pointpark.edu.

Panel discussions to be held at job fair from FAIR page 1 The third panel will provide advice for those who may need to eventually switch their careers, such as dancers or athletes. “We thought about that one from the standpoint of a lot of our students work with people that are current athletes or current celebrities but have to be prepared for when their body gives out,” Beal said. “What’s going to be their second career?” The fourth panel pulls in a variety of Point Park alumni to give their advice to current students and to




talk about their own college years. Elsie Boucek, the career counselor for the School of Communication, offered advice for students planning on attending the job fair. “One of the important things for a job fair, especially when you might have limited time in between classes, is to take a look at the employers who are going to be here,” Boucek said. “Do a little research beforehand and then come up with a game plan ahead of time.” Scaramucci mentioned that if students register on Handshake before the fair, they will be able to see information about the employers that will be attending. “In the email and on the postcard there is a link to our handshake website,” Scaramucci said. “When you go to that link and click on ‘fairs’ you’re actually able to see all the information that the employers added when they registered. Some may list internships and jobs, some even get very specific with certain titles that they’re looking for as well.”

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Students see increase in Point Park police patrolling at Wharf Office of Public Safety, students worry about growing homeless population

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The Monongahela Wharf parking garage is packed with vehicles during the day on Monday. ders said. “You’re probably not going to be as lucky as I was and get off with just a verbal warning.” Students and the office of Public Safety said that a budding homeless population have been of large concern. Many homeless reside at the wharf during the colder months and some permanently live there. Robert Bianco, 19, is a frequent wharf visitor; he takes advantage of the open space for skateboarding. When asked if he had noticed an increase in patrolling of the Monongahela Wharf, he nodded his head yes. “I have; I think it’s the

homeless people down there, because there have been a lot of overdoses down there recently,” Bianco said. “I see a lot of cops just sitting down there recently. It’s weird.” Black said the isolation of the wharf contributes to an overall dangerous atmosphere. “It is frequented at times by drug users or homeless, and that could lead to thefts and robberies,” Black said.

Manon Riley msriley@pointpark.edu.

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Spring Internship and Job Fair Hosted by: The School of Business, School of Communication, and Career Development Center

Thursday, February 9, 2017 12:00 p.m.— 3:30 p.m. Student Center, Point Park University Network with more than 60 employers hiring for jobs and internships, and attend panel discussions with industry professionals!

Register and View A List of Employers by going to: https://pointpark.joinhandshake.com , Click “Fairs”

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from WHARF page 1 and from Smithfield St. to Stanwix St. The report states the Point Park Police also patrols the “surrounding areas” which includes the wharf, but the wharf is not a part of Point Park’s campus. With that in mind, Point Park Police Chief Jeffrey Besong said that Public Safety does not encourage students to linger on the wharf, especially at night. “We strongly discourage [students] from hanging out down there,” Besong said via email. “Although it may be populated largely during the day, the danger begins when the cars start to file out after the work day is done.” Faith Flanders, 19, said she was stopped last semester by Pittsburgh police and was let go after her friend’s paraphernalia was confiscated. Flanders said she has been absent from the wharf ever since because she feels unsafe and fears losing her scholarship over an incident. “Now that a few people have been getting caught, they’re not going to have as much sympathy for people down there anymore,” Flan-


Current students – Select Point Park University Sign-on, enter current Point Park username and password (same as your email login) Alumni – Select Alumni Login, Need an Account, Student/Alumni and enter contact information

All majors are welcome to attend! Make sure to dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes! Don’t forget to schedule your resume review appointment with a career counselor prior to attending! Questions? Contact Career Development at: careerdev@pointpark.edu or 412-392-3950





Phi Beta Lambda club Veterans share stories at luncheon for business enthusiasts By Kelsey Wolfe Copy Editor

As a high school student, Brandon Rodgers was involved in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), an organization that worked to bring education and business knowledge to students. When he graduated from high school, the now freshman business management major knew he did not want to stop there. Last semester, Rodgers founded Point Park’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) and heads the organization as the president. “Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America,” Rodgers said. “I was actively involved for a few years and wanted to continue that no matter what college I went to.” PBL was created in September and now has about 35 members. Rodgers says that he plans to expand the organization’s reach by recruiting new members throughout the semester. In terms of membership recruiting and visibility on campus, Assistant Coordinator of Student Involvement Kate Shipley says that Phi Beta Lambda is the most successful new club she has seen during her time at Point Park. “I think that this could be a really sustainable organization for them,” Shipley said. “On this campus specifically, I think that they not only have upstanding values, but I think they also really connect with Point Park’s mission to be professionally based.” The organization, though centered around bringing business and education together, gives an opportunity for students of any major to network and fine-tune professional skills. The organization also does a large amount of community service, according to PBL Reporter and sophomore human resource management major Andrew

Secrest. “When I originally joined, I didn’t realize how much it was about giving back,” Secrest said. “Though it’s about us having fun and networking, it’s a lot about doing as much community service as we can, which I think is important to any career field.” All PBL chapters around the country are celebrating the organization and its work by hosting Phi Beta Lambda Week from Feb. 6-11. Point Park’s chapter kicked off the celebration with a dodgeball tournament in the Student Center on Monday. “We chose a dodgeball tournament as a way to engage the entire school,” Rodgers said. “We wanted teams of students from different backgrounds, from different majors. It’s not just open to students, it’s also open to faculty and staff.” On Tuesday, PBL hosted a recruitment day, where members of the club set up in West Penn and Lawrence Hall lobbies, handing out PBL gear as well as coffee and donuts. Throughout the day on Wednesday, PBL will be recognizing faculty and staff members who are “unnoticed or under-appreciated.” Honorees will be given gift bags and a certificate of appreciation from the organization. “We want to make them feel appreciated and let them know the students here actually care about them,” Rodgers said. The remainder of Phi Beta Lambda week is packed with other activities on campus such as the career fair, member appreciation day and a leadership brunch. Any student who wishes to join PBL is encouraged to contact Rodgers at brodge@ pointpark.edu. An application for membership will then be completed and dues must be paid to the organization.

Kelsey Wolfe kjwolfe@pointpark.edu

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A Korean War Veterans hat sits on the table at the Veteran’s Luncheon on January 31.

from VETERANS page 1 Having begun almost right after WWII, when Americans were enjoying domestic tranquility from 1950 to 1953, the Korean War was widely referred to as the “forgotten war.” “It really does break my heart to hear that because of the sacrifices our soldiers made to, as the plaque says, ‘a country they never knew and people they never met,’” Schell said. For Crimbchin and a handful of veterans in the room, the Korean War will never be forgotten. When the war broke out as the North Koreans invaded South Korea, Crimbchin was serving a family in Seoul. “They told everyone to come out of the house,” Crimbchin said. “They asked us to march and told us to chant what they wanted us to say. All of a sudden, we ended up in a camp.” Then, one day, everyone left the camp while Crimbchin was still there. “Somehow, miraculously, they marched on without her,” Schell said. “History shows… they put those young boys and girls on the front lines and [they] took the first bullets.” This would not be the last time that Crimbchin defied death during the war. After she was left at the camp, Crimbchin went back to serving a family in Seoul. Then, the North Koreans invaded again. During this time, she and some others hid in a hole under

a porch. When the shootings stopped, she came out to see what happened. “My mother told me that they piled the bodies up so high that she had to look up to see the top of it,” Schell said. Everything changed for Crimbchin when she met American soldier Frank Crimbchin. When his duty was over, he worked hard to bring her to the United States. He waited for immigration laws to change, worked multiple jobs and dedicated all of his savings to bring her home. They eventually settled in his hometown near Pittsburgh and raised a family of seven children together. For many veterans, hearing her story was an echo of their own service and sacrifice. “It is nice to finally be recognized,” 86-year-old Angus MacDonald said. MacDonald, who is the grandfather of Point Park journalism student Brittany Maniet, served as a corporal in an army infantry unit. “The Korean War never really gets the recognition, in my opinion, that it truly deserves,” Maniet said, knowing all that her grandfather has been through. “I am so happy that Point Park was able to put on such a great event.” At least four times a year, MacDonald and a few of his fellow Korean War veterans get together, including 85-year-old August Bisesi, who served in the 40th Infantry Division. Headquartered in California, the division is one of the few

that still holds a reunion every year. “Now, I think we are slowly coming to an end because we are getting too old to travel,” Bisesi said. For veterans like Maconald and Bisesi, events like this are some of the only times they get to share stories with others who truly understand what they have been through and the emotions that still linger today. That is what inspired 50-year-old Todd DePastino to start the Veterans Breakfast Club, a nonprofit organization that aims to create an “active listening environment for veterans” to ensure that their stories will not be forgotten. Since 2007, DePastino has been recording veteran’s stories, helping to educate, heal and inspire the community. “My goal is to give every vet a chance to share his or her story to the public,” DePastino said. “I also want to remind young vets that, even though it doesn’t seem like it right now, they lived through history too, and their stories are worth being told.” For DePastino, partnering with universities like Point Park is valuable to the mission of the Veterans Breakfast Club because it helps close the military and civilian gap. “Vets are energized when there are students at our events,” DePastino said. “They like to know that their stories are being passed down to younger generations.” Francesca Dabecco fadabec@pointpark.edu





History of communications subject of first book club meeting By Eddie Trizzino Co-Features Editor

Brandon Szuminsky, an instructor of communications at Waynesburg University, drove almost an hour to Point Park, Kindle in hand, to discuss a book at the first meeting of the Center for Media Innovation (CMI) book club last Wednesday. Although he was the only one to attend, aside from graduate assistant and founder/host of the club Ashley Murray, Szuminsky said he enjoyed the experience, in part, because of this. “I think it was incredibly intimate, and it was a great chance to talk about the book,” Szuminsky said after the meeting. Even with the turnout of the meeting, which was scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., the two discussed this month’s book “The Attention Merchants” and its themes as well as their own personal book recommendations until almost 9:30 p.m. Murray said she considered the meeting a good test run and also agreed the discussion throughout the meeting was fulfilling. “I had other people signed up, but some said they had class or different work to do, which is fine,” Murray said after the meet-

ing. “But some people did ask me about the book, and I loaned mine to a student.” Murray said she decided to start a book club to help students learn about the professional world beyond Point Park, and “The Attention Merchants” is a book that explored the history of communications. “I heard about it on ‘Fresh Air’ in October with Tim Wu,” Murray said. “I thought it was great and really current, and the research was recent about communications’ history.” Although the book is mainly about the communications field, the club meeting was open to anyone willing to come and was shared through email, Twitter, Eventbrite and flyers placed around campus. “I saw the meeting on the CMI’s Twitter feed and was interested in [the book’s] content,” Szuminsky said. “You’re very welcoming to people from outside Point Park.” “I’m not an advertising major, but I found it pretty unique and pretty cool to read about,” said Josh McCann, a junior creative writing major, who was unable to attend. “I ended up having so much to do for my other classes, but I’d definitely try and go next time.” The book, described

Eddie Trizzino | The Globe The subject of the first book club meeting was The Attention Merchants written by Columbia law professor Tim Wu. Students can submit book suggestions for next month’s meeting by emailing Ashley Murray.

by Szuminsky as “a common concept with a novel frame,” is written by author and professor of law at Columbia Law School Tim Wu as a history of the communication industry starting in the 1800s, focusing on the ways companies and businesses have constantly vied for attention. “The point of the book is where the mind is going, what is getting your attention and how companies and advertisers are harvesting attention,” Szuminsky said. The meeting had the attendees answering prompts written by Murray from a box, then discussing

their thoughts on the subject matter suggested by the prompts, such as the amount of time spent on social media, how much advertising you notice and how habits have changed throughout the years. “The book had some personal and professional benefits, it added nuance to some interesting content,” Szuminsky said. As the meeting came to a close, the two wrote down book suggestions for the next meeting, which has not yet been scheduled but will take place early next month. Murray also said that any other book suggestions can be emailed to her at

anmurra@pointpark.edu. “If you don’t have time to read every part of the book, this format accommodates you, so please try and make it,” Murray said. Szuminsky shared one of his favorite quotes from the book, spoken by Jeff Hammerbacher, an assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. The quote reads, “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads; that sucks.”

Eddie Trizzino eatrizz@pointpark.edu

Hidden history below the Point Park Playhouse Oakland complex constructed from mixed framework about the Oakland location, the new playhouse will be betThe current Pittsburgh ter suited for student’s needs. “Though I will miss this Playhouse in Oakland will no building, one that I used as a longer be a part of Point Park’s student here from 1983-1987, campus with the completion it’s really not suited for our of the new Playhouse downstudents anymore,” Martin town in 2018, but students said. and staff alike The Playwill rememhouse is actuber the unique ally three sepspace that has arate buildings catered to their that were conneeds for so nected when many years. Point Park Point Park p u r c h a sed University is in the properties the continuous that includprocess of exed: a former panding camGerman Sopus with the cial Club, the construction Rockwell Tree of a new Pittsof Life Synburgh Playagogue and house and the a house. The recent complethree separate tion of the Cen- Kim Martin buildings have ter for Media Producing Director, a lot of history Innovation last Pittsburgh Playhouse themselves. fall. “These Kim Marbuildings weren’t meant to be tin, Producing Director for the theaters, so we had to make Pittsburgh Playhouse, said that though she is nostalgic some adjustments over the years,” Martin said. Walking through the basement and behind stages offer a glimpse into the past. What is now used for theater storage used to house one of Pittsburgh’s most glamorous hot spots, the Pittsburgh Playhouse Restaurant. “The space held 250 people nearly every night,” Martin said. “Once the university bought the property in the early 1970s, we from were no longer able to hold a liquor license, and it was closed for theater space.” The remnants of the restaurant remain in the Playhouse basement. Stoves, sinks, tables, chairs, By Carley Bonk Copy Editor

“These buildings weren’t meant to be theaters, so we had to make some adjustments over the years.”

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The basement of the Playhouse still stores much of the old restaurant’s decor. The drawing on the chalkboard is by New York caricature artist Al Hirschfeld, who died at the age of 99 in 2003, according to the Al Hirschfeld Foundation website. a potato and onion cellar and the original red carpeting can still be found amongst props and costumes. The space is even said to be haunted by the Lady in White, who roams the theater balconies. “The stories say she found her husband with another woman, shot them both and then turned the gun on herself,” Martin said. Students are sad to say goodbye to the Oakland location, but are looking forward to a theater downtown that is better suited to performance. Sierra Zellmer, a junior musical theater major, said she was conflicted about leaving the place where she’s per-

formed in the past. “I know the new Playhouse will be a necessary improvement,” Zellmer said. “With Point Park becoming a more popular school, it was bound to happen eventually because we need the extra space.” Giuliana Fox, a junior dance major, agreed. “It’ll be great to have a larger space where we can do more shows,” Fox said. “Hopefully it won’t be too modern. The one in Oakland has an older style that really compliments the theater.” With Point Park moving locations, the fate of the current Playhouse is unknown. “Whoever takes over the

place will need to bring things up to [building] code, I really hope that it can be saved,” Martin said. With Point Park constantly adding new buildings to its home downtown, educational structures are greeted by students with enthusiasm. Sam Fairchild, a junior multimedia major, said that the CMI and Playhouse were great additions to campus. “Facilities that propel our generation into the job force are so important,” Fairchild said. “It would be great to have buildings for different majors that put them a step ahead other schools.”

Carley Bonk cmbonk@pointpark.edu

Celebrating 50 Years of Point Park news “Our stage will be as large as our title, Globe, implies and as intimate as its namesake.” This was how the Globe’s first editor-in-chief, Susan Trulove, introduced GLOBE to the Point Park community on February 8, 1967, exactly 50 years ago today. In an effort to chronicle our history over the past 50 years, we’ve worked to bring you a summary of what we covered through the decades, indicated by each subhead. 

THE 1960s

Globe announced that Point Park College had received its accreditation through the Commission of Institutions of Higher Education Association. That year, the campus was being remodeled, and the population was 2,439 fulltime students. In a scathing 1969 editorial from then-editor Howard George Bronder on college apathy, Bronder announced the suspension of publication of the Globe until a deal could be struck between the University of Pittsburgh and the Pitt News. The suspension lasted two weeks, and upon reorganization following the strike, the Globe was shut down and locked out of its offices, but returned shortly thereafter. 

THE 1970s

The Globe began as a one-page double-sided broadsheet available to the students, faculty and staff of Point Park for two cents. Described as a “feature, column and opinion paper,” the debut edition of the Globe contained several opinions pieces on college life and thus began our tradition of sharing the viewpoints of our students. 1967 was an incredibly active year for the Globe and for Point Park College. The Globe tackled social issues such as Vietnam, racism and the welfare state.  The Globe covered the expansion of Point Park College in April of 1967 when Point Park negotiated the purchase of the Sherwyn Hotel. The building was renovated and renamed Lawrence Hall in honor of Pittsburgh mayor and Pennsylvania governor David L. Lawrence. The college’s second president, Arthur Blum, said he planned to resurrect the swimming pool and bowling alley the building once had.  The Globe covered important school happenings such as the 1968 homecoming, which included a basketball game at the Civic Arena between the Pioneers and a team from Lock Haven, and a homecoming ball aboard the Gateway Party Liner (now the Gateway Clipper).  The Globe plunged into the heat of the Civil Rights movement in 1968 by featuring a February opinion piece entitled “Negroes need to communicate,” condemning African-American leaders of the time, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following the assassination of the civil rights

leader, the Globe printed a three-page memorial dedicated to King, including a biography and several photos. Muhammed Ali announced he was canceling his appearance at Point Park due to the recent “national emergency.” 1968 was also the year the

“Reading through these old articles gives one a sense that Point Park students of the time actually believed their generation was going to change the world,” 1997 Editor-Elect Tom Bourke observed in the 30th anniversary edition of the Globe. The early years of the 1970s were marked by campus unrest, including a 1970 incident chronicled in a piece entitled “Students Clash Over Marine Recruiters on Campus,” where Marine Corps recruiters were verbally accosted by a group of pacifist hippies. Then, a shouting match ensued between the Alpha Delta Iota fraternity and the hippies. 

A week later, a group of 40 African-American students stormed WPPJ, issuing a list of demands of Point Park. The group eventually got an audience with campus president Arthur Blum and dispersed. In 1973, the Journalism Educator ranked Point Park’s journalism program fifth in the nation at the undergraduate level. On the private institutional level, the program ranked second.  That same year, city and county lawyers charged that Blum and his family made personal gains from the college and violated the school’s non-profit, tax-exempt status. That same charge stated that Point Park’s first president, Dr. Dorothy Finkelhor made a $60,000 profit when the school changed from for-profit to a non-profit. The case cleared in 1976 when Allegheny County Judge Harry A. Kramer said Point Park was “founded, endowed and maintained as a public charity.” 1977 was the year Point Park students lost The Pitts, a student recreation area in the basement of Lawrence Hall. The Pitts held a bowling alley, pool tables and pinball machines. The Globe attributed this to lack of use and vandalism.  1979 was also a year of triumph for the city of Pittsburgh when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series, and the Globe published a full account of the celebrations and the game itself. 

THE 1980s

The 1980s editions of the Globe were focused on the students of Point Park and the antics they got themselves into. In 1983, city officials proposed to convert the Golden Triangle YMCA into an auxiliary jail. The proposal fell flat when more than 75 students protested at the public hearing for the measure. In 2008, Point Park acquired the building following unsuccessful attempts in the 1980s and is the present-day Student Center.   Headlining the Globe in the 1980s, much like it does today, was Point Park’s United Student Governments (USG). In 1987, USG impeached Senior Commuter Rep. Jes Sunder for failing to attend meetings.  In 1985, police suspected a Lawrence Hall resident of throwing a water balloon from a window and shattering a car’s windshield on Wood Street. Most infamous, according to 1990s staffer Frank Winters, was the cereal scandal. In 1987, Point Park marked its 25th anniversary by raising a flag on the roof of Lawrence Hall. This flag was stolen, however, by a group of students to protest a lack of Cap’n Crunch Cereal in the cafeteria. The students replaced the flag with a jolly roger – complete with skull and cross bones – and delivered a ransom note to Point Park’s third president, J. Matthew Simon reading, “We have the flag. We have power. We want Cap’n Crunch.”  Point Park still serves Cap’n Crunch in the Point Café.

tion, they made the publication deadlines for the rest of the semester. Six of those folks eventually became editors-in-chief of the Globe.” The topics that dotted the 1990s’ opinions sections ranged from the 1994 national gang summit held in Pittsburgh to the crime bill proposed by then-President Bill Clinton. The Globe chronicled the 1992 election with analysis and commentary on each of the presidential candidates. Following that election, issues of national education financing continued to bring national news to the Globe’s front pages. The Globe also chronicled the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In 1996, the Point Park Board of Trustees considered a strategic alliance with Duquesne University. Students worried this alliance would compromise the independence of Point Park.

The United Student Government suffered from a lack of student participation and lost influence on the university. Then dean of student development Charles Quillin declared the legislative body “dead.” In an attempt to revive the once-thriving representative body, the front page of a September 1997 edition of the Globe chronicled the “rebuilding [of] a government by the students, for the students.” The front page included the preamble to the USG constitution and noted that it was not the first time USG had gone dormant, that distinction going to an instance in April of 1988. 1997 was also the year the Globe announced the demolition of the Dameron building to build the Alumni Park outside of Academic Hall. In 1998, Point Park College security instituted the practice of showing Point Park IDs to security attendants, and Lawrence Hall elevators were modified to run only to certain floors during certain hours. 

THE 2000s

In 1988, there was a fire in the fourth floor Lawrence Hall “soft lounge.” The blaze was sparked by a cigarette butt and smoldered for two hours before the newly-installed fire alarm sounded.

THE 1990s

The onset of the 1990s brought turbulence to the Globe when it nearly failed to hit newsstands. In the fall of 1992, the editor resigned when he found a full-time job with benefits. The editor-elect fell out of favor from the Publications board when she wanted to pull back the frequency of publication in favor of larger issues. She quit days after the Editor left. According to a 1997 recap written by staff writer Frank Winters, “The small staff pulled together and with an arsenal of articles and photos pertaining to that week’s presidential elec-

Point Park survived Y2K and upgraded several systems with the turn of the millennium. Cable came to Point Park, and the internet became more mainstreamed. Point Park students reacted to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and less than 100 students remained in dorms overnight, most staying off campus with friends and family in the area. In that same edition, students questioned the viability of the establishment of the Rink at PPG Place. Commencement at that point had been held in PPG Plaza, and an editorial that week asked if the skating rink would be “worth changing the landscape of a local landmark.” After several years of discussions and explorations, Point Park was formally accredited as a university in 2003.  Point Park University began a series of renovations and acquisitions in 2004, which included

the acquisition of the Boulevard Apartments, Conestoga and Pioneer Halls. Further renovated were the University Center (formerly known as the Library Center), Lawrence Hall and the café in the Pittsburgh Playhouse in Oakland. Also in 2004, the Point Park full-time faculty voted to unionize under the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh. This began a long-standing legal battle that ended in 2016 when the University dropped its National Labor Relations Case. The Globe introduced Point Park’s sixth president, Dr. Paul Hennigan, in 2006 after the retirement of president Dr. Katherine Henderson. Point Park acquired several properties in 2007, as chronicled by the Globe. These properties were announced in 2008 to become the future site of the Pittsburgh Playhouse. The plans came to be known as the Academic Village Initiative and included a renovation to Wood Street and the creation of Village Park.

THE 2010s

USG dominated coverage in the 2010s, with headlines ranging from the dawn of a community service project to a 2015 vote of no confidence on then food service provider Aramark. The Globe’s Point made its debut in 2010, and has since ran as the editorial voice of the Globe.  Also in 2010, the university celebrated its 50th anniversary with a commemorative edition of the Globe. Village Park opened in 2011, and construction of the new Pittsburgh Playhouse began shortly thereafter. The 2010s brought faculty union contract negotiations into the spotlight. The

adjunct faculty union reached its first contract in 2015, and the full-time faculty union was recognized by the university in 2016 and is in active negotiations as of this publication.

Information compiled by Alexander Popichak, Editor-in-Chief

The staff of the Globe wish to offer our thanks to 1997 Editor-in-Chief Shawn Schmitt, 1997 Editor-Elect Tom Bourke, and Globe staff member Frank Winters who chronicled the Globe’s history in its first 30 years in a commemorative edition. Additionally, we thank spring 2010 Editor-in-chief Tracy Taylor for the commemorative edition marking Point Park’s 50th anniversary. Additionally we thank Dean of Students Keith Paylo for assisting us with our archival maintenance. We dedicate this section to the past 50 years of Globe staff. - A.P.

Editors recall their tenures at the Globe By Josh Croup Editor Emeritus

After graduating from Point Park College in 1968, Susan Trulove said she moved on and didn’t look back. When she finally returned to Point Park about 10 years ago for a visit, she made a surprising discovery. A newspaper she created in 1967 was still alive and thriving. Trulove was a student in the journalism and communications program at Point Park College. Her tenure ended as the editor of “The Pioneer,” the newspaper of the college’s journalism and communications program, but Trulove wasn’t done at Point Park College. She thought the college needed another newspaper that wasn’t exclusive to students in journalism and communications. With the help of funding from the student council, she started the Globe. “Our philosophy was that anybody who wanted to write for it, could write for it,” Trulove said. “There was never a problem filling holes.” For the last 50 years, that philosophy has held true. The first several issues of the Globe contained editorials commenting on the events of the world, particularly the Vietnam War. The first edition of the Globe, released on Feb. 8, 1967, cost two cents and was one page front and back. The staff wanted to report on campus, local and

national events, and ultimately decided on the name “Globe.” But there was more meaning behind the name. Trulove said the staff wanted a literary reference for the title of their new paper. So they turned to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. The stage extended out into the audience, there wasn’t a curtain to hide the stage, and the only light came from the sun. The staff settled on “Globe,” a name that has survived for 50 years. “The readers will often be on the writers’ stage,” the first issue explained of its title. “Our stage will be as large as our title, Globe, implies and as intimate as its namesake.” The Globe was and always has been a platform for Point Park students to gain experience reporting and to express their opinions. Trulove’s real world experience helped her establish a 30-year career as a science writer at Virginia Tech. She retired five years ago and currently lives in western Virginia. The Globe survived off and on throughout the college’s financial crisis in 1973, when journalism professor Helen Fallon was a student at Point Park. Fallon worked for the Pioneer, published by a class taught by longtime professor Vincent LaBarbera. Fallon returned to Point Park as a professor in 1986 and has taught hundreds of students who worked for the Globe that

went on to have successful careers. She said students who are involved with the Globe, including herself, have Point Park’s student-run media outlets to credit for their successes. “It’s something that’s a very treasured part of the Point Park experience,” Fallon said. Former editors and staff members of the small college newspaper are now using their skills and talents around the Globe.

“The Globe basically is the reason that I’m still a reporter.” Andrew Goldstein

Staff Writer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette They’re not all journalists today, but most will agree they use their skills learned at the Globe in their daily lives. The paper’s alumni have all traveled different paths, ranging from marketing to real estate. Tom Bourke served as editor for the spring 1997 semester, and his path to and from the Globe was not that of a traditional journalism student. Bourke had leadership experience form the six years he served in the Marines prior to enrolling at Point Park.

He graduated in 1999 with his bachelor’s in journalism, but reenlisted shortly after 9/11. When fighting in Afghanistan, Bourke applied his journalism skills and carried a notebook with his rifle. “There are people shooting, RPGs are going off and the very second that it’s over, I’m interviewing guys,” Bourke said. “There was still smoke coming out of our barrels. To get your reader interested in the story, you have to put them in the story. The closer you are to news happening, the better you can convey the sounds and feelings of the scene.” He continued fighting in the military as a journalist on the front lines, sending stories to soldiers’ hometown newspapers. Now, he works in Pittsburgh as a marketing expert at Distributor Service, Inc. “As the editor-in-chief [of the Globe], I wouldn’t have been able to do any of it without a team of people,” Bourke said. “Without help from your staff, it would have been impossible.” Andrew Goldstein took on the more traditional route for a journalism student. When his term as editor-in-chief ended in spring 2014, he landed an internship with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that led to a fulltime job with the newspaper, where he currently works as a staff writer. “The Globe basically is the reason that I’m still a reporter,” Goldstein said. “I can’t really

think of anything else that was more important in my college career then becoming an editor for the Globe.” The Globe continues to evolve alongside journalism and communications as a whole. The paper is no longer pieced together with glue and X-acto knives, and all stories are published online at ppuglobe. com along with a digital copy of the print edition. One thousand copies are distributed to newsstands on campus each Wednesday, as the print product that Trulove helped launch in 1967 continues to thrive. While the process in which the Globe is created and distributed each week has changed, the relationships and bonds formed on the seventh floor of Lawrence Hall remains consistent. Former staff members have gone on to work for each other, with each other, and in some cases, marry each other. With the help of Facebook and the internet, Fallon has been able to keep in touch with several former Globe students, who she hopes to connect with at the Globe’s 50th anniversary alumni celebration on March 18. “My life here has been enriched by the Globe and the people that have worked there,” Fallon said. “The more contact you have with the students, the deeper the relationship, and the longer the connection. “

Josh Croup jdcroup@pointpark.edu

50 Point Park sports headliners in 50 years These are, in no particular order, 50 names, places and facts that have made Globe sports headlines in the last 50 years. Visit ppuglobe.com for a more detailed list. 1. Jerry Conboy - Instrumental to building and solidifying the athletic department, Conboy was athletic director from 1973-89 and also served as the men’s basketball coach from 1969-89. 2. Frank Gustine - The founder of the baseball program in 1968, he coached the team from 1968-74. 3. Jim Ney - Point Park’s only NAIA All-American in two different sports (basketball and baseball) was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1974, but was tragically killed in a car accident two years later. 4. Bob Rager - The alltime winningest coach among four-year college basketball programs in Pittsburgh, Rager coached the men’s basketball team for 27 years. 5. Melissa (Charles) Kubiscek - Held 14 women’s basketball records upon graduation in 1999. 6. Jim Masserio - Thrived on the golf course, turned pro in 1972, and played alongside legends like Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. 7. John Stuper - Helped Point Park to the 1978 NAIA World Series and had a fouryear MLB career. 8. Mark Jackson Coached the baseball team to

six NAIA World Series appearances and won 443 games. 9. Don Kelly - A 2001 All-American, Kelly has had a successful MLB career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, and Miami Marlins. 10. “Fans may be banned for brawl with players” This 2004 USA Today headline appeared the day after a fistfight broke out following a men’s basketball game at St. Vincent College. 11. Linda Keibler-Guercio - A three-sport athlete who helped develop the women’s basketball, volleyball and softball programs from 1992-96. 12. Ed Josefoski - The men’s basketball program’s first 1,000-point scorer. 13. Chris Heh - The alltime leading scorer in men’s soccer history. 14. Bobby Franklin - The most prolific scorer in Point Park men’s basketball historyy with 2,020 points. 15. Bobby Cremins – The legendary college basketball coach began his career as an assistant coach at Point Park from 1971-73. 16. Jeron Walstra - The women’s soccer coach from 2003-09 took over his current role as the men’s soccer head coach in 2007. 17. Brian Tomasic - The 1993-94 USG president was also a standout on the basketball court. 18. Lucas Silva – The first NAIA All-American in men’s soccer history, Silva scored 44 goals from 2011-14. 19. Tony Grenek - In his sixth season as women’s basketball head coach, he has reached the NAIA National Tournament three times. 20. Barry Hanberger From 1970-78, he served as athletic director and the coach for men’s soccer, cross country, golf and baseball.

21. Student Center The university purchased the YMCA building in 2008 for $3.8 million, and transformed it into the current Student Center. 22. Ed Meena - The longtime professor also used to coach both the women’s basketball and volleyball teams. 23. Debbie Zanolli - The first 1,000-point scorer of the women’s basketball program. 24. Paul Zeise - Now a Pittsburgh sports media personality, Zeise once fouled out of a basketball game in the first four minutes of a game. 25. Loren Torres - The current baseball coach of the storied Pioneers’ program has skippered Point Park to three NAIA Tournaments. 26. Dan Moriarty - Became the first Point Park cross country runner to win the NAIA District 18 title in 1969. He recovered from a 1977 accident that led to the amputation of his left arm to eventually run in multiple marathons. 27. Tom Kayser - The 1974 graduate served as president of the Double-A Texas League for 25 years. 28. Mike Bruno - Volleyball coach has made four appearances in the NAIA Tournament in the last six years. 29. Davis Palmer - Point Park’s tallest basketball in history stood at 7-foot-1. 30. Kenny Walls - The three-time NAIA All-American from 1992-95 ranks second all-time in points (1,997) and rebounds (1,025). 31. Jill Bennett-Mangum - A star during her softball career from 1991-94, she helped the Pioneers win the District 18 Championship in 1991. 32. CCAC South - Located 11 miles south of campus, the gym has played host to the men’s and women’s basketball teams since the 1996-97 season.

33. Dan Swalga - Since taking over as athletic director in 2006, Swalga has grown the athletic department and secured top athletic facilities. 34. Dorethia Jackson - Ranks second all-time in scoring (1,852 points), and steals (321) for the women’s basketball program. 35. Kelly Parsley - The men’s and women’s track and field and cross country teams, has developed the programs as some of the best at the university and in the conference. 36. Greg Brown - The longtime voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates and former Point Park student began his career with the Bucs as an intern in 1979, and worked as the backup Pirate Parrot mascot. 37. Matthew Noszka - Left the men’s basketball team after six games in 2014 to pursue a modeling career. 38. Ed Haberle - Currently a top executive at Nike, Haberle earned several NAIA honors during his baseball career. 39. Black Diamond II The live bison purchased by the Varsity Club and Alpha Phi Omega in 1967 served as the official school mascot. 40. Bryan Neal - From 1994-97, he racked up more wins (24) than any player in Point Park baseball history. 41. Fred McLeod - The current voice of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, McLeod played baseball from 1970-74. 42. April Austin - The current women’s basketball assistant coach holds numerous 3-point records from her time as a player from 2009-12. 43. Gavin Prosser - Led the men’s basketball team to its best season in team history in 2007 with a 29-2 record. 44. Bank Tower - The Athletic Department offices, currently on the sixth floor of the Student Center, were pre-

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viously located in the Bank Tower on Fourth Ave. 45. Conferences - 1960s95, NAIA District 18; 1995-98, Keystone-Empire Collegiate Conference; 1998-99, NAIA Independent; 1999-2012, American Mideast Conference; Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (River States Conference), 2012-present. 46. Kevin Taylor - The director of athletic communications since July 2008 has led the charge for multiple innovations, and was named sports information director of the KIAC in 2015. 47. Cheer and Dance After performing as a club for decades, the team was granted varsity status in 2016. 48. Bowling Alley - Point Park had a bowling team during the late ‘60s and into the early ‘70s that played at the bowling alley in the basement of Lawrence Hall. 49. Beth Wertz-Brubach - One of two players in Point Park women’s basketball history with 900 points, 500 rebounds and 300 career assists, she also helped build the softball program to a varsity sport. 50. Lara Lang - The third-ranking scorer (1,681 points) and fifth-ranking rebounder (874) in the women’s basketball team’s history.

Information compiled by Josh Croup, Editor Emeritus

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Looking for love in all the wrong places It’s been said that Valentine’s Day is an unfortunate holiday for two kinds of people — those who are single and those who aren’t. Generally, for people who are single, it’s a reminder (and quite frankly a big fish to the face) that you don’t have anyone to cuddle with while watching Shameless on blast. Arguably, it’s worse for people in relationships. And especially people in relationships in college. These poor souls are forced to give into the commercial razzle dazzle of the holiday in order to keep their significant other satisfied. It’s even harder to do that on a budget. As college students, what do we get our significant others? Do we wrap a 10 pack of Ramen in pink paper and call it a day? At least single people can pretend to ignore the polarizing emotional and existential pangs that accompany the 24 hours that make up February 14th. We at the Globe think the heart (no pun intended) of Valentine’s Day has been lost amidst the commercialism of the holiday. Let’s go back, way back to the days before “Tinder” preceded the word “date.” When the Globe was on-stands for Valentine’s

Day during the 80s and 90s, an entire back page was dedicated to heartshaped messages from students to their “valentines.” What we need is a resurrection of the old-fashioned — a hand-written letter or a meaningful faceto-face interaction. There’s something to be said of paying homage to the significantly more romantic past. Maybe we’re just sentimentalists. After all, we work for a newspaper. This Valentine’s Day, watch Sleepless in Seattle and reminisce a little. If you’re feeling extra nostalgic, put on the “90s Babymakers” Spotify playlist. Yes, this exists. Do this or don’t do this. Make Valentine’s Day what you want it to be — not what the corporate, candy-coated, rose-adorned man tells you it needs to be. This is time for you to share love, and that doesn’t necessarily mean with a love interest. Spread happiness on Valentine’s Day, and share that love with all of those around you. In the most un-cheesy way possible, let love blossom all year — not just for one day thrown into the middle of February.

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The progress we’ve made since since 1967




A look back at what has changed since the Globe’s founding By Autumn Barszczowski Business Manager

Let me set the scene for you: 1967, the year the Globe debuted, was at the tail end of the Civil Rights movement, during the second wave of white feminism, and before the Stonewall riots. It was a time of historical movements that stemmed from people trying to improve their livelihoods, obtain equal rights and claim their own identities. The thing is, someone 50 years from now could also use that last sentence to describe 2017. I started to consider how the Globe and our society has changed these past 50 years when I read a Globe article from March 6, 1969 entitled “The Power to Define” by James L. Saylor. He discussed “the extinction of black identity” during that time and how, what he defined as white America, took control of the right to define black people’s role in society. Saylor wanted black people, including himself, to have the opportunity to define their own purpose in the world. The ability to establish who you are is crucial for human beings, especially in a world bombarded by media and advertisements that attempt to tell you who you should be. The specific rights that current movements are fighting for have evolved as the culture in our society changed. However, the core of all of our movements today are no different than what Saylor was suggesting

to readers in 1969. The Black Lives Matter movement, the Women’s March and the LGBT communities are trying to define their own role in the world. They are fighting back against the stereotypes and misconceptions about themselves on a daily basis that curtail their freedoms and cause them pain and misfortune.

Each movement is tailored to the rights that the individual groups have been denied in recent years. Through intersectionality and determination, these groups are attempting to achieve their goals. Many of our history books claim that we have already obtained equal rights and our chance to set our own standards, but that is not the case for these people in the United States. Our struggles are concealed and more complex than they once were, but they are not gone. People are being placed neatly back into their stereotypes and reminded that they already have their equal rights. Just as Saylor did in 1969

in order to take control of his black identity, people of color, women and members of the LGBT community must gain the power to construct their own identities. If we allow white, straight, cisgender male America to monopolize our identities, then we lose everything that we have worked for. While our strides in social justice are not as complete as our history books claim, we cannot afford to lose this progress. Within these past 50 years we have taken baby steps towards our goal of equal rights for all, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. The United States has managed to keep the expectations and standards for these people the same since the 1960s. On the positive side, despite the fact that we have not improved these standards, we have made tremendous advancements in technology. Our ability to access social media and have our messages reach the entire world has given us a better chance of fighting back against the definitions that have been created for us. In 50 years, I hope that people will look back on our archives and see that we, like Saylor, have continued to defend ourselves against the limitations placed upon us and that we did not allow ourselves to be defined by the America that stands before us. We are more than our stereotypes, and we should not let the world ignore that.

Autumn Barszczowski adbarsz@pointpark.edu

Finding my footing at Point Park It’s more than just any old school, it’s a home By Ashley Morris For the Globe

When I was a kid, I always imagined what it would be like to live in a city. My whole life I have lived in the same small town and went to school with the same group of kids. When I graduated from Youngsville High School, there were only 61 other students who received their diplomas with me. It was as if I saw more cows in one day than people. I wish that was an exaggeration. When it came time to look at colleges, I tried my best to stay away from schools that were in any sort of rural atmosphere. My one stipulation was that there had to be easy transportation to the city. Attending Point Park was no doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made. It is a totally different environment than at home. I needed the chance to explore

somewhere new. As a student at Point Park, I have already had amazing opportunities. As freshmen, we are encouraged to jump right in and get comfortable with clubs and activities. That certainly helps you grow and gain knowledge before going into any internship or job. Going to school at Point Park makes it easier to get your name out. Whether you work on a freelance project or have an opportunity to intern for one of the Pittsburgh sports teams, building a name for yourself is crucial to get the job you want after school. Living in Pittsburgh gives you many diverse opportunities to pick what you want to do for a career. It also makes it easier to find the resources you need to help get you there. The diverse classes that Point Park offers is another great feature of this school.

If your current major isn’t right for you, there is the opportunity to take different classes to help you decide what you like and don’t like. The professors are very helpful when it comes to this as well. They truly want you to succeed. One of the best things about having a campus located right in the heart of downtown is being able to go anywhere whenever you want. While academics is important, having fun is, too, and the phrase, “the city never sleeps” is true. It doesn’t matter what time it is, I can always find something to do. During the day I can go visit one of the many museums, restaurants or shops that are within walking distance of my dorm. At night, I can go sit at the Point and study or go for a McDonald’s run with my friends. I always feel busy, and I like having a full schedule.

Another thing I enjoy about Point Park is the diversity. In my hometown, everyone came from the same place and grew up in the same type of environment. As soon as I came to Point Park, I met so many people with so many different backgrounds. It was almost overwhelming. Having the chance to hear everyone’s stories and different lifestyles gave me a whole new perspective on the world. There are certain times when I miss the quiet, rolling hills of the small town I grew up in. However, there is something about the city that makes me what to live here forever. Point Park has become so much more to me than just a school. It is now a second home. Ashley Morris ammorri@pointpark.edu

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What sets Point Park apart from other local colleges By Manon Riley For the Globe

When somebody mentions their college experience, it usually involves the bores of large lectures, the thrill of football games and the extraordinary quality of people they’ve met; usually ones that stay in their lives forever. Point Park checks off only one of the things on that list: unforgettable people. Otherwise, this school has defied all limits, becoming one of the most unique schools I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. After being here only one full semester, this city, atmosphere, students and faculty have not only exceeded my expectations, but redefined what expectations are. As a communications student, I am overly proud in each of my classes. My professors are excellent mentors to their students as well as successful, passionate, driven citizens. These teachers don’t teach, they guide. They relay the hands-on experience they’ve internalized, sharing the secrets of their suc-

cess stories. Gina Catanzarite, for example, is a communications professor as well as a full-time producer, writer and media consultant. I asked her once what her responsibilities are to be a leader, and she gave me a piece of advice that has allowed me to delve deeper into my passion for improvement. She said, “I think a leader should motivate others to think deeply and act courageously.” In some cases, that means finding a way to shake them out of their complacency. In other cases, it means helping others find the courage to use their voices and believe in their own power to step up and drive positive change. One of my very favorite quotes is by Spanish writer and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno, “My goal is to agitate and disturb people.  I’m not selling bread; I’m selling yeast.” The uninhibited roots of this university revolve around leadership, individualism and creativity. Through all those things, success will come. This university will help anybody to

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Celebrating Point Park’s other stage By Alexander Popichak Editor-in-Chief

This week’s edition marks exactly 50 years to the day the Globe was first distributed on campus. Since then, the Globe has been a part of the start of countless journalists’ careers and students have sounded off on international, national, local and Point Park-related issues. In researching the content for the special section in this edition, we’ve rummaged through years of editions chronicling everything from race tensions to fears that Point Park would merge or close altogether. The first edition ran with an explanation as to why the group of students answering the need for a student voice on campus named their publication the Globe. These students drew their inspiration from Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. The Globe’s stage was lit using only daylight, raised so the audience could see it and was completely exposed on three sides to the audience. There was nothing separating the players from its audience and the two shared an experience rather than having a division between observers and participants. The idea behind the name, in essence, was that the student publication Globe would work within and for the students of Point Park. Much like the Globe theater’s openness, the collegiate journalism of the Globe was and is on display for the students of Point Park for review and critique. Whether conscious or not, my read of the Globe’s archives has proven that the Globe has kept that same open attitude and that connection with its audience. Most of the source material of our special section comes from the 1997

edition marking our 30th anniversary. That edition had with it a commentary from the editor-in-chief and managing editor that gave me chills: “Maybe in 20 years, permitting that the school has not been turned into a parking lot, some editors will want to celebrate the Globe’s 50th anniversary in much the same way we are currently celebrating its 30th.” I assure you this much: the school hasn’t become a parking lot. In fact, if there’s anything that Point Park lacks, it’s a parking lot. In March we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary with a reunion of sorts that is open to current staffers and alumni. Newspaper has this tendency to yellow as it grows old. In the grand scheme of things, 50 years isn’t that long of a time, but to a constant turnover of students, 50 years of continuity is pretty dang impressive. You get that feeling with how frail some of the first editions of the Globe in our archives are – these copies are yellow, crumbling at the edges. If we only looked backwards, yellow and frail would be our fate. But with each successive editor we’ve produced new editions and reworked ourselves with students always at the forefront. I don’t know what the next 50 years holds. Honestly, I don’t know what the next 4 years holds, but I assure you this: we at the Globe are looking forward always and striving to keep our stage as large as our title implies and as intimate as its namesake. Thanks for reading,

Alexander Popichak apopic@pointpark.edu.

find themselves. Before arriving, I had no guidance, I had no will to succeed and the thought of a four-year degree was just another financial burden. In one semester, I have changed my major, become a published writer, and have solidified plans to create my own activist group on this campus. I am infinitely grateful for each student I have met here on campus; the inspiration these people have evoked inside of me has caused my creative license to sky-rocket. There is nothing but pure artistry walking these streets. With each student film, play production, dance routine and art piece I have the privilege of absorbing. Ideas for new creations blossom into my own head. Living in the heart of what feels like a home-style city has given me a taste of fast-paced life without leaving me too homesick. It is easy to indulge in the sights, sounds and activities this city offers. With free memberships to all Carnegie-partnered museums, it’s difficult for boredom to permeate. The location of this university

is unique in each aspect; all other schools because especially the sky bridge it feels like home. I have from Lawrence to Thayer (I found my niche here in the know I’m not the only one blink of an eye. who loves walking to class The morale, hands-on without having to take a education and absolute instep into the cold air). dividualism of this univerEach day provides a sity are what makes it so new perspective about the easy to stay. It is so easy to endless opportunities here declare this sanctuary speat Point Park. The personal cial from all the rest. and professional connecManon Riley tions you make here will msriley@pointpark.edu. last a lifetime, at the very All participants will be automatically PRIZES least. entered in a random drawing to win: 1 of 4 iPad minis (worth $400) T h e 1 of 15 CulinArt gift cards (worth $15) relations h i p s each professor has with Freshmen and their stuSeniors: You’re d e n t s invited to provide participate in… a smooth transiTHE NATIONAL tion into SURVEY OF STUDENT w h a t s e e m s ENGAGEMENT (NSSE) like the WHEN Feb. 1 - March 31, 2017 unknown WHERE Online – check your Point Park email for a b y s s an invite of adult WHY This national survey helps us understand how students spend time inside and life. This outside of the classroom, which helps school guide decisions to benefit Point Park students. is different from



CROUP’S CORNER By Josh Croup Sports Columnist

A shocking, much-needed victory It’s only fitting that on the day we celebrate 50 years at the Globe, we’re also covering one of the biggest upsets in Point Park men’s basketball history. Seriously – in history. The men’s basketball program began in the fall of 1967, just months after the first edition of the Globe. Since then, the team has more than 700 victories and five NAIA National Tournament appearances. There’s a lot of history in this program. Point Park hosted Indiana University East Friday night at CCAC South, where the team has played its home games since the 1996-97 season. The Red Wolves were ranked seventh in the Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll entering the week, one year after making a trip to the NAIA Final Four. IU East defeated Point Park 102-79 three weeks prior in Richmond, Ind. Point Park lost its previous six River States Conference (RSC) games entering Friday and was the obvious underdog. Head Coach Gabe Bubon said it perfectly after the game. “We just never know what we’re going to have,” Bubon said. The team has been plagued with injuries and suspensions all season long that led to its 7-15 record and 4-8 RSC record entering Friday. One night, the team could be without a star guard due to academic suspension. The next night, its top shooters are cold and the players aren’t gelling as a team. The Pioneers were on the verge of virtual elimination from the postseason picture, and a loss against IU East and Ohio Christian over the weekend would essentially

seal the team’s fate. It wasn’t looking promising. IU East walked into CCAC South confident and cocky. They had every right to feel good about a matchup with the Pioneers. After all, Point Park was without star players, and the remaining players were part of a team that has been known in recent years for selfish play. But the Pioneers showed up, and they came out hot. They were hitting shots and playing defense – two elements of their game that have been missing as of late. The teams traded punch for punch, and the IU East bench seemed increasingly nervous with every right hook the Pioneers threw. Point Park somehow held onto a 41-37 lead at halftime behind senior Jaylen Mann’s 12 points. Mann has had his fair share of struggles this season. Since the calendar turned to 2017, Mann averaged just 3.4 points per game, after averaging 9.5 points per game in the 12 games he played before winter break. The Pioneers needed Mann’s effort in the first half, something he admitted he didn’t always show. “I don’t feel like I put my all into other games,” Mann said afterward. “This time, I thought it was important because they were a ranked team. I want to play hard all the time, but sometimes it just doesn’t go your way.” The game featured nine ties and 15 lead changes, but the Pioneers came out on top, 79-76, for an upset over the No. 7 team in the NAIA. “We’ve had a tough season, but they come in every day and they still want to work,” Bubon said. “I give us a lot of credit for that. We

could have packed it in a couple games ago.” They could have packed it in, but the Pioneers came together for what was one of the biggest upsets in program history. The last win over a top 10 team in the country was not readily available. Bill Ketrow, the team’s scorekeeper since the early 90’s, said the last time he remembers a win like he saw Friday was during the Pioneers’ historic 1996-97 season, which ended at the NAIA Final Four. Bubon was all smiles after the game, reflecting the mood of his team. “We may come out slow and lethargic tomorrow after a hard-fought game like this, but for what we’ve been through this year, we’re going to enjoy this one,” Bubon said. “At this point, we’re just happy to get a win. We’ll take it all day long.” The Pioneers did come out lethargic in the second half Saturday against Ohio Christian, and eventually fell to the Trailblazers, 96-78. Knocking off a top 10 team on Friday will not only go down as a historic win in Point Park history, it also gets the Pioneers back in the playoff picture. They’re only a game and a half behind Rio Grande for the fourth and final spot from the RSC East in the conference tournament. The two teams will meet Feb. 18 at Rio Grande with a conference tournament berth on the line. The Pioneers certainly should enjoy this win as they look ahead to their final few games and take lessons from the overall team effort shown against IU East.

Josh Croup jdcroup@pointpark.edu



Standout freshman a last-second addition By Dara Collins Staff Writer

Tyra James traveled a long way from her Toledo, Ohio home to begin a new chapter in her life at Point Park. Upon graduating from high school, James knew she wanted to pursue an education and basketball career. However, Point Park was not her first choice. “Point Park was actually my last choice,” James said. “The day Point Park called me, I was getting ready to send my down payment to a school in Tiffin, Ohio, called Heidelberg College, and I had some other smaller offers.” Contrary to her original plan, James now proudly wears the No. 23 for the Pioneers. The Whitmer High School point guard has accumulated the most minutes out of the entire freshman class players as a shooting guard. “She’s an excellent shooter,” Head Coach Tony Grenek said. “She’s got good length, and she’s very rangy with long arms.” Teammates describe James as the type of player who is not afraid to shoot. “When Tyra’s on the court, there’s no doubt that the ball will go in,” freshman guard Marissa Rose said. “She has a go-getter attitude and will always shoot if she has the opportunity.” James often remembers lessons from her previous coach and differences between high school and college basketball. The versatile player responds well to different coaching methods. “You need to be yelled at and be disciplined, but you don’t need to be cussed at all the time,” James said. “Also, coaches need to realize you’re coaching girls, you’re not coaching guys and it’s a completely different thing. Guys can take criticism way better than girls can.” The athlete tried other sports, but found her true passion playing basketball. “I played volleyball and ran track my freshman year, but I didn’t really enjoy it,”

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James said. “Basketball is what I love.” From a young age, James remembers accompanying her father to the gym. “As soon as I could walk, I was dribbling a basketball,” James said. James followed her father and uncle’s footsteps and began playing competitively at the age of five. “My dad does motivate me a little bit, but at the same time, I play more for myself,” James said. Off the court, James enjoys spending time with friends, watching Netflix and facing new experiences. She also participates in the Body Christian Fellowship organization on campus. James can be found in the classroom studying business management. She hopes to utilize a business degree, a passion for sports and a love of cooking to create a successful sports bar in the future. “I graduated from a high school with a culinary program where the students ran a restaurant for the public,” James said. “I also have had multiple jobs where I ran the line in the kitchen.” James admits basketball shaped her personality and who she is today. “Tyra is a great friend off the court and is always there to make someone laugh,” Rose said. “I like her personality,” Grenek said. “She’s very loose. She likes to have fun, she’s a great kid and I really expect great things from her in the future.”

Dara Collins dmcolli2@pointpark.edu


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Historic upset restores playoff hopes By Derek Malush Staff Writer

The men’s basketball team eyed a playoff berth last weekend when it hosted the nationally-ranked Indiana University East (IU East) Red Wolves and the Ohio Christian Trailblazers as the River State Conference (RSC) playoff picture takes shape. Both teams are ahead of the Pioneers in the standings, and IU East was the No. 7 team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). “We have to win one of these two games this weekend to continue our season and keep it going,” Head Coach Gabe Bubon said before the games. Point Park was routed by then-No. 11 IU East in mid-January, 102-79. But the determined Pioneers started strong and coined the halftime lead over the Red Wolves, 41-37. Senior forward Jaylen Mann and sophomore guard Asim Pleas combined for 22 points in the half.

All five starters finished with double-digit point figures, as the team shot 45 percent from the field. Point Park finished the game with 17 3-pointers on the evening. Junior guard Gavin Rajahpillay led the team with 18 points and six assists, as the Pioneers upset the Red Wolves, 79-76. “[This game] required a lot of physical and emotional effort,” Rajahpillay said. With the Pioneers down 73-70 late in the game, they managed to construct a 7-0 run that was capped off by a Rajahpillay corner 3-pointer, granting them a 77-73 lead. The lead changed 15 times throughout the 40 minutes of play, as the Pioneers pulled off the upset win. “We exerted a lot of energy, and these guys wanted this one bad,” Bubon said. The Pioneers haven’t won back-to-back games since December and tried for their fourth RSC win Saturday against Ohio Christian on Senior Day. For seniors Mann, Lasanna Konate and Art Christian, it was their final regular

season home game. “It feels scary,” Konate said. “I’m really going to miss this a lot. During my two years here, I made a lot of friends. We’re kind of like a family. With these last few games, I want to give it my 100 percent effort.” The Pioneers fell behind the Trailblazers, 41-37 after the first 20 minutes of play on only 30 percent shooting from the field. Trailblazer forward Gary Hoover, RSC rebound and field-goal percentage leader, went to work and completed the game with 26 points and 16 boards. Point Park trailed by 11 with a little more than ten minutes to play in the game, but Ohio Christian pulled away late. The Trailblazers finished the game shooting 53 percent from the field en route to a 96-78 RSC win. “We’re not very good at back-to-back games,” Bubon said. “It’s the quick 12-hour turnaround that makes it tough.” Point Park completed the

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WEEKLY SCOREBOARD: JAN. 31 - FEB. 6 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (17-10) (7-7 RSC) No. 21 IU East 73, POINT PARK 50*........................................................ Feb. 3 OHIO CHRISTIAN 58, POINT PARK 53*............................................... Feb. 4 Next: Feb. 7 @ Carlow*, Feb. 17 @ Rio Grande*

MEN’S BASKETBALL (8-16) (5-9 RSC) No. 7 IU East 76, POINT PARK 79*.......................................................... Feb. 3 OHIO CHRISTIAN 96, POINT PARK 78*............................................... Feb. 4 Next: Feb. 7 @ Carlow*, Feb. 9 @ Villa Maria, Feb. 17 @ Rio Grande*

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD YSU NATIONAL MID-MAJOR DUALS................................................... Feb. 3 5,000 meters: Anna Shields...17:12 (No. 1 time in NAIA) Katie Guarnaccia...17:26 (No. 8 time in NAIA) MT. UNION INVITATIONAL................................................................... Feb. 4 200 meters: Olukemi Olugbakinro...5th place (26.90 seconds) Shot put: Kiana Daley...18th place (10.27 meters) Next: Feb. 10 @ Baldwin Wallace Mid-February Meet

contest shooting 28 for 70 from the field. Rajahpillay led Point Park with 16 points and four assists. “There were just no legs out there,” Rajahpillay said. “We beat the No. 7 team in the nation last night, so it’s hard to bring that same level back in a 14-hour span.” Point Park remains fifth in the RSC East Division, but only the top four teams in the

division qualify for the conference tournament. After Tuesday night’s RSC game at Carlow, Point Park will travel to Villa Maria for a non-conference game Thursday. The Pioneers hit the road Feb. 17 and 18 to close out the season at Rio Grande and West Virginia Tech.

Derek Malush dwmalus@pointpark.edu

RSC losses sour senior weekend By Mike Turk

Junior guard Shaniya Rivers drives against No. 21 IU East Friday in the Pioneers’ 73-50 loss. Point Park is 7-7 in RSC play.

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Junior forward Gavin Rajahpillay handles the ball late in the Pioneers’ 79-76 upset victory over No. 7 IU East. Rajahpillay tallied a team-high 16 points.

The Pioneers dropped two crucial River States Conference (RSC) games this weekend at home against Indiana University East (IU East) on Friday and against Ohio Christian University Saturday on Senior Day. “We were outcoached, outplayed and outhustled right from the tip,” head coach Tony Grenek said. “I thought we came out nervous.” Point Park wanted to wave the white flag Friday night as the game got out of hand early. It was all IU East from the moment the referee tossed the ball up at center court. Ja’Nia McPhatter scored the first four points of the game, but IU East then went on a 21-4 run to end the first quarter. The second quarter started out the same way, with Point Park scoring the first four points. The IU East Red Wolves began to bring a full court press, and the Pioneers turned the ball over on their own side of the court, which resulted in a couple of IU East buckets. The Pioneers defense, which has been the backbone of this team all season long, could not stop the fluid ball movement of the Red Wolves’ offense. IU East ate up the majority of the time on the shot

clock and made extra passes, resulting in open and high percentage shots. After the half, IU East shot 19 for 31 from the field, compared to Point Park’s 7 for 26. The Red Wolves took to the locker room with confidence and a 42-21 lead. The next two quarters were not prettier. With 90 seconds into the second half, Shaniya Rivers fouled Kristen Miller of IU East from behind the arc. Miller made the 3-pointer and ensuing free throw, completing the four point play. Point Park fouled IU East three times from behind the 3-point line, which helped IU East outscore them in the third, 25-8 to go up 67-29. To start the fourth, players from both sides who do not get as much playing time made their way into the game. Point Park outscored IU East in the fourth, 21-6, but the damage had already been done, and the Pioneers lost 73-50. “We didn’t show up to play tonight,” freshman guard Marissa Rose said. “We have to come more focused.” IU East finished the game, shooting 50 percent from the field, as the Pioneers shot 29 percent. Junior guard Maryssa Agurs led the Pioneers in scoring with 13 points. McPhatter finished with 10 points and four rebounds. They were the only Pioneers to hit double fig-

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD YSU NATIONAL MID-MAJOR DUALS................................................... Feb. 3 1,000 meters: Xavier Stephens...2 minutes, 34.56 seconds (School record) MT. UNION INVITATIONAL..................................................................... Feb. 4 13 top-10 overall finishes Triple Jump: Jryi Davis...1st place (13.94 meters) 4x200 relay team...2nd (1 minute, 35.47 seconds) Next: Feb. 10 @ Baldwin Wallace Mid-February Meet

COMPETITIVE CHEER CHEER DUALS VS. AQUINAS (MICH.)................................................... Feb. 5 1st of 2 teams SAINTS SHOWDOWN @ AQUINAS (MICH.) COLLEGE....................... Feb. 5 5th of 7 teams Next: Feb.19, Cheer & Dance Showcase at Point Park Student Center Gym Feb. 25 @ NAIA Regional Qualifier @ Siena Heights (Mich.)

COMPETITIVE DANCE TRI-MATCH VS. AQUINAS & SIENA HEIGHTS (MICH.)..................... Feb. 5 3rd of 3 teams SAINTS SHOWDOWN @ AQUINAS (MICH.) COLLEGE....................... Feb. 5 4th of 7 teams Next: Feb.19, Cheer & Dance Showcase at Point Park Student Center Gym Feb. 25 @ NAIA Regional Qualifier @ Siena Heights (Mich.) *River States Conference game

ures on the scorecard. Saturday afternoon was Senior Day at CCAC South in West Mifflin, Pa. Seniors McPhatter, Celina DiPietro, Devon Larkin and Carly Forse were recognized before the game. “It was really exciting,” DiPietro said of her Senior Day experience. “I had a lot of energy and having all my family here meant a lot to me.” Not only was it Senior Day, it was a grudge match. The Pioneers lost at Ohio Christian by four points in double overtime back on Jan. 14. It was a hard-fought first quarter by both teams, but the Ohio Christian Trailblazers had a two point advantage after the first ten minutes. In a slow-paced game, the teams combined for just 15 points in the second quarter. Point Park only put up seven of those points. The Pioneers stared at a three point deficit at halftime, 27-24. In a game of runs and low scoring, it was 38-37 after the third in favor of the Traiblazers. In the last ten minutes, the Trailblazers put up 20 points and were able to execute on their offensive possessions. The story was not the same for the Pioneers, as their shots would not fall. Despite a strong defensive effort, the Pioneers dropped their seventh conference loss of the year, 58-53. “We just have to let it go,” Assistant Coach April Austin said. “We lost. We’ve got to move onto the next opponent.” McPhatter led all Pioneers in scoring with 18 and also added 8 rebounds. Agurs put up 12 but she struggled as she only shot 4 of 14 from the floor. DiPietro was 4 for 8 from the field and added 10 points and five steals. This weekend ended the 2016-17 home season for Point Park with a 9-4 record. The Pioneers currently stand at 17-10 overall, and 7-7 in RSC play. After facing Carlow University Tuesday, the team will wrap up the regular season at Rio Grande and West Virginia Tech the following weekend in a pair of RSC games.

Mike Turk mjturk@pointpark.edu

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