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Public Safety officers see drug trends on campus By Ginger Rae Dunbar News Editor

Public Safety officers are seeing new and old drug trends reappearing on West Chester University campus. “I have a zero tolerance for drugs,” Sgt. Matthew Paris said, a criminal investigator of Public Safety Police Department. As long as a drug is illegal, Paris said he will keep enforcing the law. He said he will continue doing his job of confiscating drugs on campus as well as making arrests of drug dealers and persons in possession of an illegal drug. “Every August is like a reset button,” Paris said. Every year new students arrive to campus, not realizing the boundaries; these new students contribute to arrests being higher in the beginning of the school year. Occassionally, students moving out of their residence halls on move-in day in August as they got caught in possession of drugs or of using drugs. Paris said every year about five or six students will withdraw from the University after being arrested for intent to deliver. Students who were removed

from the University grounds for a drug arrest are told not to return to the campus. If they do return, they will be arrested for criminal trespassing. For this reason, Paris said only a few students are repeat offenders of drug possession as students are removed from campus grounds without being allowed to return. WCU is “a learning environment” in which students who are arrested for taking part in illegal drug activities will “throw it all away for something stupid.” One year, Paris arrested a first-year student for selling drugs to a minor. Such drug charges will obstruct college students from obtaining the degree they want and from “getting the career job you want” with a criminal record. “Every year is like a rollercoaster,” Paris said, as there are always new incoming students. Most students think they won’t get caught for drug possession, dealing or underage drinking. In the few months of the school year, the number of arrests and citations is higher than the number at the end of the academic year. Every semester, about 30

pipes and five bongs are confiscated. Confiscated for evidence, one bong has a picture of President Obama on the front. Paris said the police have confiscated all sizes of bongs and all colors of pipes. The plain smell of burnt marijuana is probable cause that an illegal drug is being used. Neighbors typically call Public Safety [610-436-3311] to report an odor smell of marijuana use. First year students are “not aware of what we [as Public Safety officers] do here,” Paris said. New students repeat the trends the officers see on campus. During freshman orientation, Public Safety officers speak to students about patrolling the campus and discuss that Piper is the K-9 unit on campus. In residence halls, people watch the K- 9 unit take action, or see Public Safety officers patrolling the buildings. Students see this as they begin to understand that the officers are protecting them as the public. When police are being reactive to a situation, it is possible that seeing people in handcuffs may deter others

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from violating University policies or state laws. According to Paris, drug investigations are a “50 / 50” percentage of proactive and reactive. Police are on foot patrol on south campus and the residential quad. At the Village and South Campus Apartments, students commit a fire hazard by duck taping their door as an effort to block the smell of marijuana. Students may place cups on smoke detectors, another fire hazard. These fire hazards and attempt to conceal the odor of

the drug gives police enough probable cause to enter the apartment. “It’s all about how you talk to people,” Paris said. “Usually we get more consent [to search] that way.” About 85 percent of people give their consent to the police to search their rooms after being suspected or seen violating a drug law. The others demand a search warrant. Paris said it’s like playing a game and police officers are good at their see TRENDS page 3

SGA aims for drug-free student activities By Ginger Rae Dunbar News Editor

www.wcupa.edu The first Sykes After Dark program was Friday, a winter wonderland dance.

Student Government Association [SGA] wants to encourage students to attend programs they think will deter underage drinking and drug use on campus. “People don’t realize that there’s a drug problem until it’s in their face,” Jason McKairnes, a fourth-year SGA senator said. McKairnes noticed an increase in drug usage in the fall 2010 semester compared to the year before, which was mostly due to alcohol-related incidents. McKairnes is concerned as the “affects of drugs” could likely be “worse than” alcohol affects. Bicking and McKairnes analyze the annual crime report at the beginning of every

semester for increases and decreases. “Once I did a ride-along and saw it happening,” McKairnes said, “This was something that I wanted to address and fix.” SGA hosts events such as “Sykes After Dark” on Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in hopes that a drug free and nonalcoholic activity will keep students from getting into trouble. SGA thinks that “programs like this help” as it “gives students something to do” on a Friday night. While they recognize students will still choose to drink underage, they hope the programs will “drop the problem” to a degree. “It doesn’t hit people until Public Safety is knocking at their doors,” McKairnes said. “It breaks my heart to see an 18- year-old in handcuffs.”

First-year students may not “understand the consequences” such as “losing scholarships” for underage drinking or having a drug-related charge. Originally doing one ride along a month since 2010, McKairnes is now doing two ride alongs a month after he noticed an increase in drug arrests. Riding along on a Friday night, McKairnes notes “who the students are that are being arrested,” as a note of which students are partaking in drugs and alcohol. SGA is working with Public Safety officers to question the reason why students are drinking and “instead of cooperating with the [drug] problem” they are trying to “counter act” see DRUG-FREE page 4


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possession of an illegal substance can give up the dealer, Paris said. The district attorney would determine a deal in exchange for informajob. Finding drugs on campus is tion. Dealers take the money in also in part due to having trained new police officers, exchange for marijuana in little security guards and Reslife baggies. Anyone arrested with staff members. Training the intent to deliver will have to included informing staff forfeit any property that can be members of what to look for and proved to have been used in which questions to ask students. setting up a drug deal. Arrestees In training, Paris said discus- may have their cell phones consion included drug trends and fiscated as evidence of making a paraphernalia such as grinders, drug deal. The cell phone is whip it crackers, digital scales, forfeited to the police departpipes, bongs, needles, and how ment and later donated. In other cases involving drugs gets packaged in baggies. Police can seize anything people alcohol, students have tried use to store drugs in. Vehicles putting vodka in water bottles. have been “forfeited” as people Paris recalls stopping students transported drugs in their car to ask what was in their water bottles. After having consent to with the intent to deliver. College students use pre- smell the liquid, it was deemed scription drugs to stay up to contain alcohol. “The more knowledge you studying. Paris said prescription drugs are a nationwide have, the more you pick up,” trend on university campuses. Paris said. Public Safety police Piper can detect adderall. officers and security guards Students who are illegally in patrol the residence halls on possession of the drug are north campus. When Public Safety is “out and about” they removed from the University. location of drug use. Paris around and smoke. Paris said Other pharmaceutical drugs “come across more [investiga- Trafficking Area [HIDTA]. Along with trying to elimate describes finding the location smokers call the park off of New found on campus include tions] frequently.” In residence oxycontin, oxycondone, percocet halls, Public Safety officers drug trafficking, HIDTA aims to that college students use as a Street, “little Jamaica.” Paris have a chance to interact with “reduce or eliminate the pro- spot to use drugs as a “cat and said after a while, students will and suboxone [N8]. duction, manufacture, decide to go off PCP was transportation, campus to smoke “big” two years distribution and marijuana. ago. Cocaine, chronic use of Officers look for, methamphetillegal drugs and in plain sight, amine and money launderanything illegal or ecstasy are ing.” [www. anything that coming back to whitehousedrugviolates the univerWCU campus. policy.gov] sity code of conduct. Beginning in the HIDTA sees In previous cases, fall 2010 pounds of cigar shavings and semester, WCU marijuana and “dime bags” may be college students handheld pipes viewed in plain have began while the campus sight of a trash can. using morphine police see blow “We’re pretty to get high. tubes and other thorough in our Paris said devices people investigations,” people usually make in order to Paris said. “We crush the pills to smoke marijuana. don’t leave any bypass the “Some of the rock unturned.” safety features www.uk.ibtimes.com stuff we come Paris began as a of the drug in they’ve part time police order to get high The Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] is working to ban Salvia, legal across, marijuana. Public Safety officers have seen Salvia three or for times never seen before,” officer for Public faster. this year, compared to only one case last year. Officers will confisSafety in 1998. In People are cate Salvia as Paris said it is a “legal substance used for illegal Paris said. Blow tubes are 2003 he become ripping off labels purposes” and then destroy the substance. made from an involved in drug on medicine empty toilet paper www.blog.com investigations on bottles; this is roll and fabric softener College students have made blow tubes to smoke marijuana, WCU campus. In considered possession of drugs. students. Policing is about being tied to one end. Paris said as they attempt to hide the odor. Fabric softener is used on 2007, after discussOther people are putting their with the and reactive. that marijuana still has one end. Police can still detect the odor when people exhale. ing prescription drugs in baggies, proactive president of the which is also illegal. Community policing allows for an odor when people Pharmaceutical drugs have Public Safety officers to do so. exhale. Fabric softener is used mouse chase.” Some students university, to have a drug dog, become a trend on college These officers find trends on to hide the odor of the drug, smoke in their rooms, allowing Paris got approval. Paris was given Piper, the K-9 unit, in campuses as they are “easy to campus. Paris said it’s possible however Paris and Piper can officers to detect the odor. At south campus, students August of 2007. Paris is on call conceal” and “easy to get a hold that “college kids set the still detect the odor. Public Safety officers under- leave their blinds open and 24/7, taking any investigation of” when taking them from trends.” A new drug trend that college stand that trends change on illegal activities can be seen involving drugs. home. “I like it here [at WCU],” “Once we see something kids brought to campus is campus, and they train police through the windows. Paris has [illegal],” Paris said, “We charge suboxone. Also known as N8, a officers, RAs [resident assis- seen students sitting in their Paris said, “We see new trends.” Ginger Rae Dunbar is a fourthdrug that is claimed to be tants] and RDs [resident living rooms in their south them.” “Needing a correlation” Paris adhesive. Public Safety officers directors] to be better adapted campus apartments, smoking year student majoring in English understands who is using came across N8 and shared to situations they encounter from a pipe or bong. Others with a minor in journalism. She can smoke in parking lots at south be reached at RD655287@wcupa. personal marijuana verse information about the drug involving drugs. One change in trends is the campus, or parks, some drive edu. dealing. People arrested for with the High Intensity Drug


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orientation includes a program to educate students of how Public Safety officers operate. Students learn of Sgt. Paris and his K-9 unit, Piper. McKairnes thinks it is up to other students to set an example. Students may “understand the consequence” of drug or alcohol charges, but they don’t understand the “affects or dangers” of drugs and alcohol. “The key thing is having

upperclassmen talking to firstyear students about decisions they make involving drugs and alcohol. McKairnes is trying to get this program to be official the problem. before he graduates. McKairnes questions “why McKairnes’s last term on the are these dealers on campus?” senate ended this past fall in the first place. semester. “I hope we can decrease the Fraternities and sororities problem,” McKairnes said. SGA and athletic teams can be the would like to have programs “positive face of the campus” that deter students from McKairnes thinks, especially as underage drinking. The such organizations problem is usually with have a “sense of first-year students that belonging.” “don’t know the boundarHaving a peer to ies” at the university. look up to is the From the student “mindset the aspect, McKairnes finds campus would it “amazing to see why need” in order to people would be risking” have a better their education and influence on careers to drink. For the students. senate seat of the “Students as Department of Public a whole . . . could Safety, McKairnes finds make friends ride alongs with police to who are not be “beneficial” as he involved in reports back an “eye [illegal activiwww.facebook.com opening” experience to t i e s ] , ” SGA will continue Friday night events such as Sykes After SGA. Dark, in order to have a free event for students to partake McKairnes said. “It hits you that in. Students students shouldn’t be have a “sense of doing this. They’re not students teach other students,” freedom” that can here to drink or smoke,” McKairnes said. “mentally hurt” themselves McKairnes said. “I think it By passing the knowledge, through college, “even if they takes away from the college student influence will be more don’t get caught” underage experience.” effective. McKairnes is working drinking or using drugs. First-year students attend on a peer program that involves Students need a “positive

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outlook” on their campus as “it’s what students can do for themselves.” Students that live on south campus have “more freedom” as people are still choosing to “smoke or drink.” The drug arrests on campus “could be linked to influence” or freedom of first-year students, however there is “no definite answer why it’s increasing.” The Department of Public Safety has added four patrols

night ride along is also an opportunity for him to “keep tabs on the police themselves.” This includes any filed “complaints against police officers.” SGA “faces all of the problems” of the university that “affects all the students.” SGA is willing to “join up” to decrease students from underage drinking and drug use. The SGA senator on the Department of Public Safety must have an “understanding of the burdens of the students and policies” of the university. They must also want for students to obtain their education. McKairnes’ replacement on the senate will have many “responsibilities” to maintain. “I wouldn’t want to see students failing out [of college] because of alcohol/ drugs,” said McKairnes. “Even www.nutmeg.easternct.edu if I wasn’t on the senate.” Ginger Rae Dunbar is a fourththis year. The increase in the number of officers on patrol year student majoring in English accounts for the increase in with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at RD655287@wcupa. arrests or citations. McKairnes said a Friday edu.


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The Quad’s Makeover Hello there everyone, and welcome back to campus! We’ve already felt the effects of winter this semester - in the first week of classes, nearly every day has experienced some sort of delay. With even more wintry weeks ahead, I have to wonder if the weather will hold any more cancellations. That being said, I feel as though the semester was also leery of coming off of winter break, and procrastinated itself with a little help from Mother Nature. I’m certainly also feeling a bit of academic drowsiness, as I try to get back into the scholarly mindset as classes begin and homework starts to flow. However, all of us at The Quad have been working to bring you a new and improved publication for our 100th issue - Spring 2011. With this change, as you can see from the paper you’re holding or our on-line viewer, we’ve changed to a squarish shape, and have modified our front page to hold more of a general overview of the weekly issue, as opposed to being the first page of our news section. These physical changes do not, by any means, carry over to The Quad’s standard of student journalism. Just because our paper is smaller does not mean our care or coverage of campus, local, and prominent national news will dwindle. As long as we have willing student writers and photographers, The Quad will stand up to the University’s standard of “Expecting Excellence.” With this new format, our staff has also been brainstorming several new ideas. Our new Features Editor, Angela Thomas, will be starting a sort of “Teacher Feature,” highlighting professors nominated by their students. In February, we also hope to have a Valentine’s note corner for students to publish small messages to friends and loved ones (for our Feb. 14 issue). As a reader of The Quad, we want to know if you like/encourage these ideas, or if you have any of your own. The Quad is a student-run publication, and feedback from our readers (you) helps us to grow and create a relationship among the student body. If you would like to get involved in any way with The Quad, e-mail myself or any of the staff (you can find our contact e-mails on our website and in each section of the paper). “Getting involved” can mean anything from writing, taking photos, or simply just to tell us what you want from your campus newspaper. We’ll also have a table at the Spring Involvement Fair on Wednesday, January 26 in Sykes Ballrooms, and hope to see you all there. Peace to you, Tara T. Editor in Chief

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Being aware of surroundings Ginger Rae Dunbar News Editor

It’s great advice to tell someone to be aware of their surroundings, especially when they are going to a place where there will be alcohol served and people they don’t know. Yet the advice can only be taken well if you know how to actually be aware of what’s going on around you and what could be going on in the night. This includes whether or not you’re drinking any alcohol. Write down your best friend’s name on a piece of paper and fold it in half; I remember doing this during my new member process of joining a sorority. I wrote down my best friend’s name, a girl that I’ve been friends with since I met her in third grade. I folded the sheet of paper and waited to find out why we were doing this. During this part of the new member process, we were talking about risk management and behaviors. Some scenarios included alcohol being present, while others did not. The sister told us to imagine we were at a party where alcohol was available and that our best friend had come with us. She told us the story as: your best friend hasn’t been to many college parties, and tonight she’s had a lot to drink. You never tell her to stop drinking. Later that night, another friend tells you they saw her hit her head and that she has a headache. You ask her if she wants to leave, but she insists on staying. You keep an eye on her, but you start to think she’s fine once you see her get another drink. You’re ready to go home, and she stays at the party with a few of your friends. The next day your friends tell you she passed out on the couch and they left her to sleep it off. As you go to find your friend at the place of the party, you see the police outside the house, taping off the perimeter with crime scene tape. Someone standing by you in the crowd tells you that someone died of alcohol poisoning. This story is similar to what happened to Sam Spady, a college student. My sorority sister told us to open our folded papers and said what if this happened to your friend? I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to lose a close friend of mine like that, especially to lose someone to

something that could have been prevented. I was a sophomore in college when we did this activity and heard about the death of a college student. Now, in my senior year, I think far back to the name that I wrote down on that paper, someone who is still my very best friend. I have so many plans with my friend, a girl who is planning out her wedding for next year. Life would be so different without her. After discussing how it could have happened to anyone of us or one of our friends, we watched a video on Spady and her alcoholrelated death. I would hear her story again at a Greek life event. At this event, in a room full of new Greek members, I once again heard of Spady’s story. This time when I heard the story, it explained how many people were involved or interacted with Spady the night she died. It would have taken one person to help save her life, a life she lost at 19. Being aware of your surroundings should allow you to be more conscious of the strangers around you. For starters, you should realize that if you are drinking an alcoholic beverage, then you’re impairing your judgments, meaning you’re impairing your understanding of your surroundings. Your surroundings are not limited to the area you are in, or the people you are with. Spady had a concussion and a high BAC (blood alcohol content). She wasn’t turning blue, nor did she have clammy hands. She was passing out, and it’s possible that someone tried to wake her, but was unsuccessful. These are a few factors that could show signs of alcohol poisoning. Signs of alcohol poisoning are not always bound to be the textbook signs. If one person had taken her to the hospital, or called an ambulance, her life could have been saved. The group of friends you go out with, and the people you choose to allow into your social life, can ultimately decide a level of safety in a time of crisis. You can still go out and have fun with or without drinking, as long as you are making sure you or your friends are not drinking too much. They should do the same for you. Ginger Rae Dunbar is a student at West Chester University majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at RD655287@wcupa. edu.

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“Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” -Martin Luther King Jr.

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Nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day a pastor at the Dexter Avenue dream…” speech that was given Baptist Church in Montgomery, during his peace march in Alabama. King was one of the Washington, D.C. He was also For some students, January biggest and most brave civil famous for his non-violent 17th was just an ordinary day: rights leaders of his time. King protests, often using boycotts a day to mentally prepare for was a member of the National as a way to protest the inequalthe start of classes. Other Association for the ity that was segregation. students considered it a day to Advancement of Colored He was once arrested for purchase the textbooks they leading a bus needed, to boycott that explore the lasted for campus, and to approximately move into and 380 days, which get settled into was to protest their residence. against the segMost enjoyed regations of that extra day in whites and order to gather blacks of the our thoughts and buses. It was materials,but after this boycott why did we have that the United it off? What was States Supreme the purpose? court announced January 17 is that the segregaa United States tion of whites federal holiday and blacks was known as going against the “Martin Luther constitution. King” day. The King also won holiday is held www.seattletimes.nwsource.com the Nobel Peace every year on the Prize at the third Monday of Martin Luther King Jr. born Jan. 15, 1929- died April 4, 1968 young age of 35, January to making him one celebrate and People, where he held an of the youngest people to ever honor the achievements of the executive position. Martin receive the Nobel Peace Prize. most famous and successful Luther King’s mission in life Martin Luther King was assascivil rights leader of our time, was to end the segregation sinated on April 4, 1968 while Martin Luther King. between all people. He is most standing outside of his motel Martin Luther King Jr. was famous for his “I have a room in Memphis. The By Angela Thomas Features Editor

following day, he was supposed to have leaded a protest for mistreated garbage workers who were currently on strike. How did a holiday dedicated to one of the most inspirational leaders in our world come to be? On Nov. 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, declaring Martin Luther King Day as a federal holiday. It was not an easy road to pass the bill promoting a holiday for Martin Luther King. The man responsible for helping with the holiday was Congressman John Conyers. John Conyers brought forth the idea of Martin Luther King Day in the early seventies but it was not until the early eighties that the holiday was actually being considered and even then, the House of Representatives argued that the holiday would be too expensive because of the loss of productivity. The bill was finally passed and on Jan. 20, 1986, after years of struggling to get the bill passed,The United States of America finally celebrated its first Martin Luther King Day. Angela Thomas is a fourth year student majoring in English and with a minor in web technology. She can be reached at AT683005@ wcupa.edu.

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WCU welcomes new students By Angela Thomas Features Editor

As many returning West Chester University students start to unpack their bags, meet their new classmates and professors, and once again dive into the college life, many other students are beginning their journey at WCU as either a first year student or a transfer student. As a transfer student coming from a community college, I can definitely say that, when I first stepped onto the campus, it was a little overwhelming. It was the first time in my life that I was living away from my parents and left to create a journey of my own. There was the worry of getting along with roommates, what I was going to get involved in, who were going to become my best friends, and how difficult the classes were going to be. There was also the fear that I wasn’t going to find my place at WCU. Well fellow transfer and first year students, your journey begins now. There are many reasons why WCU makes a brighter future.

West Chester University is the fourth largest university/college in the Philadelphia area. Recently, WCU was announced as Kiplinger’s top 100 best value colleges, ranking with Penn State main campus and the University of Pittsburgh. WCU has over 80 majors to choose from in five separate colleges. The college has approximately 234 organizations in which students can get involved including 26 Greek organizations, six publications and media-based organizations, and different special interest, academic, religious, service, etc. groups. West Chester University also has 24 accredited women’s and men’s sports teams. The University also provides students, faculty, and staff with different services. WCU provides LGBTQA services for all students, faculty, and staff and also provides a very strong and wonderful Ally program, where students can train to be LGBTQ allies. LGBTQA was created to help students with topics pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity and to provide a safe space for

students who are having sexual orientation and gender identity questions. WCU also has a Career Development Center where students can receive help with creating their resumes, preparing for interviews, or to figure out what they are interested in majoring in. The Counseling Center is another resourceful tool for students to take advantage of. The Counseling Center provides personal counseling, group therapy, psychiatric services, as well as drug and alcohol abuse counseling. The Learning Assistance and Resource Center provides students with free tutoring in different subjects. The Writing Center is a resourceful place to go when you just want someone to look over a paper and help you with your writing skills. W e s t C h e s t e r University also is home to the Frederick Douglass Institute .The institute brings forth the intellectual ideas and values of Frederick Douglass as well as advances multicultural studies in curriculum. Frederick Douglass gave his last speech at

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WCU on Feb. 1, 1895. Not only does West Chester provide many opportunities to reach out to the community, get involved, and succeed, WCU also has a beautiful campus. When students step out into the academic quad, look around. The buildings that are listed in the National Historic Register. And once the temperature gets warmer , the quad is packed with students enjoying the warm weather and taking breaks in-between classes. As students begin your first week, hopefully you will come to see the magic that West Chester University holds. Get involved, do your best in your classes, make everlasting friends, and gain experiences

that will stay with you forever. Angela Thomas is a fourth year student majoring in English and with a minor in web technology. She can be reached at AT683005@ wcupa.edu.

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New 6-episode comedy pokes fun at Portland

By Robert Lloyd LA Times

In "Portlandia," a funny and charming new six-episode, single-camera sketch comedy from IFC (Independent Film Channel), Fred Armisen, of "Saturday Night Live," and Carrie Brownstein, formerly of the band Sleater-Kinney and now of Wild Flag, come together to gently lampoon life in what has repeatedly been proclaimed one of America's, and even the world's, most livable cities, Portland, Ore. The series is a better-heeled, better-paced and, within the bounds of its own Portland-ish modesty, a more ambitious extension of the occasional videos that Armisen and Portland resident Brownstein have posted online over the past few years under the name ThunderAnt. If there's an overall theme here, it's that heaven contains its own portion of hell, that right living takes work, relaxation causes stress, and that a thin line separates responsibility and rage. ("Cars, man! Why?" fumes Armisen's "bicycle rights" guy as he navigates the city streets.) Their Portland is a place where your chicken dinner may come with a pedigree ("His name was Colin; here are his papers") and where your vegan pastry tastes like sand because it is made with sand. Yet the tone remains affectionate. Armisen, who is 44, and Brownstein, who is 36, are experienced enough to regard their targets with a little dispassion, yet not so remote as to

grow cynical about them. It all begins with Fred (as "Jason from L.A.") coming to tell Brownstein, as if he's just back from Narnia, that he's seen a place where "the dream of the '90s is alive." "Remember when people were content to be unambitious, sleep to 11, hang out with their friends?" he reminds her. When they just wanted to form bands, he asks, or go to clown school? "I gave up clowning years ago," Brownstein says. "Well, in Portland, you don't have to." It is, he says, "a city where young people go to retire." There is a long a tradition of musical comedians and comedic musicians, but over the past 15 years or so, common cause has been made increasingly between them. Yo La Tengo regularly shares the stage with stand-up comics (Jim Gaffigan and Kristen Schaal, recently). Aimee Mann, who'll appear in an upcoming episode of "Portlandia," has used professional comedians to deliver her onstage patter. Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman and Flight of the Conchords release records on Sub Pop, home of the Shins and Nirvana. David Cross has appeared in videos for the Strokes and Superchunk (whose drummer, Jon Wurster, also does comedy). And Armisen himself drummed for the Chicago-based punk band Trenchmouth (and was married for several years to Sally Timms from the Mekons, which is its own kind of heavy, underground cred). The leads have a lovely, light way with one another this is not

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the comedic equivalent of Sleater-Kinney's riot grrrl rock _ and as an actress, Brownstein is ... a really good actress. They easily inhabit a variety of characters: a couple experimenting sexually (each player takes the opposite gender), tournament hide-andseek players, craft mavens who insist that the way to improve any object is to "put a bird on it." In the show's best bit, a recurring holdover from ThunderAnt, they play the coproprietresses of a feminist bookstore. Armisen's question, "That's a top-selling author do we want that in here?" and his assurance to a customer (Aubrey Plaza from "Parks & Recreation") that "We could order that for you, it'll take a year to get here," sum up their passive-aggressive approach to business. As Fred and Carrie, they meet the mayor, played by Kyle MacLachlan. actual Portland Mayor Sam Adams plays his assistant who displays an award for "best official website for cities with populations under 700,000 in the Pacific Northwest area," a certificate he had printed himself, and sets them to write the town a theme song. ("Portland Community College/They sent me a reminder," Fred suggests. "Community garden workshop/ Teach me to rake and hoe-ohoh," Carrie sings.) "Just one thing," MacLachlan warns. "Don't make it sound like it's coming from Seattle. Go, Portland!"

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If You Don’t Watch Award Shows, They’ll Go Away By Mary McNamara LA Times

There is nothing more democratic in this country than network television. Regardless of taste, artistic merit or critical response, the shows that no one likes enough to watch vanish, while popular shows return. On cable, the size of a show’s audience is often inversely related to the number of Emmys it wins, but on the networks it’s the people’s choice. With awards season upon us, I bring this up because much of the response to Ricky Gervais’ acerbic performance as host of last week’s Golden Globes, which like most award shows appeared on network television, struck a single chord. Some reviews, many blogs and my e-mail box (I reviewed it negatively) rang with variations of: “These celebrities with their long, boring and ridiculous self-congratulatory awards shows are so rich and self-satisfied that they deserve whatever they get. Thank you, Ricky.” The irony, of course, being that all these celebrity and award-show haters spent three hours of their inarguably finite lives watching the Golden Globes. Instead of, say, figuring out a way to cheaply massproduce an electric car or shooting some hoops. Here’s an insider’s tip on how to put an end to these long, boring and ridiculous selfcongratulatory award shows: Stop watching them. Also stop talking about them, even in a negative way; Hollywood lives on buzz, especially when it’s negative. Just

look at Gervais’ pal Charlie Sheen. Celebrities are not, in fact, royalty; they are not born to positions of great wealth and power, we put them there. Without a seemingly insatiable demand for pictures and stories about her, Angelina Jolie would be just a working actor who broke up a marriage and now has a bunch of kids. I cannot be the only person who counts at least one woman, or man, of similar description among my personal and nonfamous friends. It happens. Film actor or even movie star is a job description, celebrity is a status that we, the people, bestow. We do so with our eyeballs, with our dollars and lately with our tippity-tap typing on the Internet. Certainly, we have been a bit more profligate, or democratic, with the term. There are times when I console myself with the thought that the emergence of Snooki et al. is part of a highly orchestrated and secret campaign to end celebrity culture by rendering it patently absurd, that the rise of the Kardashians is the work of a creative anarchist underground. But that seems overly optimistic if for no other reason than so many people are watching the Golden Globes. Every year, my colleague Patrick Goldstein, bless his heart, dutifully points out to whoever is listening that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is a small group of foreign journalists with varying degrees of

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Same Goldeneye, better graphics, new system By Billy O’Keefe McClatchy-Tribune

We've seen classic first-person shooters get reissues with slightly sharper graphics and slightly modernized controls. But "Goldeneye 007" represents the first time a publisher has brought a cherished shooter through the nostalgia wall and fully into the present, and the result is an extraordinary mix of old and new that feels startlingly fresh. For starters, let's be clear: This isn't a simple cleaning up of the classic Nintendo 64 game. The new "Goldeneye" is a new game that adds new layers to the storyline (now starring Daniel Craig instead of Pierce Brosnan), parlays those layers into new environments, and uses the old set pieces as inspiration for new mission designs rather than for purposes of copying and pasting. Modern amenities, destructible environments, regenerating health on lower difficulties, the customary visual improvements and all they bring make their presence felt, but its the way the game spins revered levels into new experiences that shines brighter. At the same time, "Goldeneye" does not forsake its roots. Dispatching enemies stealthily, a game-changer back in 1997, remains fun in 2010, in no small part because of

"Goldeneye's" immense gun selection and multilayered level design. But at no point does "Goldeneye" punish players who would prefer to recklessly run, gun and punch their way through. Most modern shooters do, and "Goldeneye's" ability to retain its old-fashioned values while modernizing most everything else is perhaps its most impressive achievement. Other little touches; neutralized enemies fade away here the same way they did out of technical necessity on the N64 provide undeniable winks without running interference on players who have no connection to the original game. Technically speaking, "Goldeneye" looks good for a Wii game and certainly covers its bases in terms of controls. The remote/nunchuck combination works terrifically, very rarely confusing the need to adjust the gun's aim with the need to turn, and the game includes a variant that caters to the Wii Zapper accessory. But those who want to play "Goldeneye" a little more traditionally (albeit with dual sticks, something the N64 lacked) can use the Classic or Gamecube controllers to do so. "Goldeneye's" campaign runs roughly twice as long as most of its contemporaries, a nod, intentional or not, to the days when first-person shooters prioritized length and elaborate

level design over cutscenes and corridors. But "Goldeneye's" legendary status was built on the back of its multiplayer, and Eurocom's successful replication of that will ultimately define this game as well. True to form, "Goldeneye" includes four-player splitscreen, and the playable characters (Oddjob, Jaws, Julius, No), modes (deathmatch, team deathmatch, Golden Gun) and modifiers (melee only, tiny players, paintball, invisibility) return from the original. But "Goldeneye's" online multiplayer (eight players) elevates this to the arguable top of the Wii's first-person shooter heap. The lack of voice chat support for Nintendo's neglected Wii Speak peripheral is disappointing, and the welcome ability to form four-player parties is still hampered on the ground floor by Nintendo's clumsy friend code system. But players who want to just jump in and play some lag-free online "Goldeneye" finally can do so, and Eurocom rewards those who do with an experience points system that doles out better weapons and gadgets as players level up. Online multiplayer also takes advantage of the higher player count to add some new modes centered around team and objectivebased play.

SSDP hosting show at The Note By Josh Merer

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grass roots organization dedicated to the effects of the drug war and drug war policies, specifically policies which harm students. The focus of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is treating drug offenses, and drug policies primarily as a health concern verses a criminal matter, while also teaching students about activism and how to be politically involved. WCU SSDP is helping to promote many of these policies to our local community here in West Chester. One of the many policies and pillars of SSDP, as well as a focus of WCU SSDP, is harm-reduction education. These are practices that, when applied, will help

reduce the harm of drugs and alcohol in our community while still providing a safe and fun learning environment. In an effort to provide a safe and entertaining option to the normal weekend party scene in West Chester, SSDP will be hosting an 18+ show at The Note Saturday, Feb. 5. Doors at

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8p.m. and the show begins at 9p.m. The show will include a local West Chester band, Your Electric Instinct, to provide “thumping electric drum and bass rock.” They will open for Roots of Creation: “The ReggaeRock Dubtronica Hybrid.” This show will help educate students about harm-reduction practices and ways they can help to educate the rest of the WCU community. Tickets are currently on sale online for $8 at www.thenote.tickets.musictoday.com, or in person. Contact wcussdp@gmail.com for tickets and more information. Tickets will sell for $10 at the door. Come enjoy a great night of dancing, music, crazy light shows, and education with SSDP and Roots of Creation at the Note, Saturday Feb. 5.

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Local Music ELECTRIC FACTORY: Jan. 29 - Umphrey’s McGee Feb. 3 Robyn Feb. 4 - Girl Talk Feb. 11 - Dr. Dog Feb. 23- The Pink Floyd Experience Feb, 25 - Flogging Molly March 8/9 - Flogging Molly March 10 - A Day to Remember March 25 - DeVotchKa April 21- Iron and Wine April 26- Coheed and Cambria May 10 - Deftones

THE TROCADERO: Jan. 22 - The Tokyo Police Club Jan. 30 - Less Than Jake Feb. 14- Joshua Radin Feb. 19 - Underoath Feb. 24 - Beach House March 25 - The Cold War Kids March 31- Cut Copy April 5- Amos Lee April 7- Screeching Weasel May 4- Protest the Hero June 3- The Script

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Jan. 29- 12th PLanet Feb. 8- Ms. Lauryn Hill Feb. 9 - Excision with Downlink & Antiserum Feb. 10- SOJA with Mambo Sauce Feb. 19 - Plain White T’s March 14- Crystal Castles April 29 - Of Montreal April 30 - Skrillex

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A Look at ABC’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’ By Angela Thomas Staff Writer

“Got a secret, can you keep it?” is the first line of ABC Family’s hit show, “Pretty Little Liars.” The TV show is based off of Sara Shepard’s book series, “Pretty Little Liars.” The series includes eight books so far, with a rumor of a plan to extend the series to 12 books in total to complete the series. The television series, created by Marlene King, has been argued to be one of the best adaptations of a book series brought to the small screen. Besides a few changes to the looks of the characters and the fact that some of the plot lines are mixed from the first four books, ABC Family has done a great job at creating these characters and bringing the audience to their knees in anticipation of what the mysterious “A” is going to do next. The book series follows four best friends while they cope with the sad disappearance and death of their friend, Alison. All four friends have deep secrets that they each have shared with Alison. Believing that Alison took their secrets to the grave, the four

friends are surprised and frightened when a mysterious “A” starts harassing them with text messages, emails, and hand

written notes, taunting them with their individual secrets. But it is not just the great adaptation that has made this TV series one of the most watched on Monday nights (the last episode as of 1/17/2011 was the number one episode on Hulu), but also the fact that the show deals with real life issues. “Pretty Little Liars” has joined other popular “teen” shows such as “Glee” and “90210” in showcasing LGBT story lines. The executive producer of “Pretty Little Liars,” Oliver Goldstick, commented to Time magazine that fans have not been offended or shocked by the LGBT issues that have been brought forth in the show. If anything, the diversity of the characters has made the show an even bigger hit than many of ABC Family’s TV series. Angela Thomas is a thirdyear student majoring in goodreads.com Pretty Little Liars English and minoring in web airs Monday’s at technology. She can be reached at AT683005@wcupa.edu. 8/7c on ABC Family.

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This year, Patrick gave Gervais a pat on the back for ridiculing the Golden Globes, but as he also pointed out, Gervais took the gig (twice) and cashed the check (also twice). Just as he took the Globe he won for “The Office” in 2004 and the nomination for “Extras” in 2008. Here’s another Hollywood “secret”: No one hates award shows more than celebrities. But what are nominated stars supposed to do? Not show up? Woody Allen got away with dissing the Oscars for years, but these days a star boycotting even the Globes would be labeled a snob, like Jonathan Franzen dissing Oprah. If everyone is sick of the Golden Globes, let’s stop investing them with so much importance. If everyone is tired of big-salary stars, then for heaven’s sake start going to smaller movies. If you actually saw Gervais raising a banner for revolution, then revolt. Talk about politics, science, literature and theater, follow the lives of humanitarians and great thinkers, of real social provocateurs and artists. It’s your culture; take it back.


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Philly Sports Corner The Eagles:

Where do the Philadelphia Eagles go from here? The 2010 season ended with a Michael Vick interception in a 21-16 wild card loss to the Green Bay Packers. This past season was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the birds. Instead they ended up winning 10 games and took home yet another NFC East title. Clearly this team needs to be revamped along the defensive side of the ball. But, before they can do that, they need to hire a Defensive Coordinator. Sean McDermott was made the scapegoat for the Eagles 2010 defensive breakdowns. Yes, he had a big hand in the poor play of the defense, but it would be a challenge for any coordinator who was forced, due to injury to start two seventh-round rookie draft picks. The Birds are set to meet with Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen. Although he is a possible candidate the Eagles have been linked to two coaches that are still in the playoffs. Green Bay defensive line coach Mike Trgovac, who coached in Philadelphia under Ray Rhodes, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he loves his job and has to consider his family before leaving for another position. The other name that has been tied to the birds is Jets Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Former Eagles beat writer Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal and Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer have both reorted that Pettine is not leaving the Jets. One coach they have added was Jim Washburn, a long-time defensive line coach with the Tennessee Titans. Washburn is recognized as one of the best D-Line coaches in the business. It was Washburn who was responsible for being able to motivate DT Albert Haynesworth. Could Haynesworth join the Eagles and play for his old D-Line coach? It’s possible but incredibly unlikely. If you’re a Hanyesworth fan or think it’s time to replace Mike Patterson

or Brodrick Bunkley then keep your fingers crossed. Now, how can the Eagles upgrade in personnel? First they need to solidify the offensive line. Hopefully Jammal Jackson can stay healthy and play center for an entire year. Todd Herremans and Jason Peters are by far the best two linemen we have. Yes, Peters will commit a false start penalty from time to time but he does a great job on a lot of great pass rushers. The Eagles should spend their first-round pick on offensive tackle Gabe Carimi from Wisconsin. Carimi comes from a program that runs the ball a lot. He is listed at 6 foot 7 inches and weighs in at 330lbs. If the Eagles add Carimi to their offensive line, suddenly it could become a strong suit for this team. Perhaps with an improved offensive line the Eagles will attempt to the run the ball more. Clearly they need to find a cover corner on the opposite side of Asante Samuel, but the defensive front needs to get bigger. Ernie Sims, Trent Cole and Darryl Tapp are all undersized. It was evident that in the playoff loss to the Packers the defensive front got pushed around: Pushed around by a team that was starting two rookie offensive linemen. They were gashed by a running back that had little to no NFL experience. The remaining four teams in the NFL playoffs all have something in common. They have attacking style defenses. The Eagles do not currently have the personnel to play attacking defense and be successful. It will be interesting to see over the off-season how the team makes personnel adjustments through free agency, trades and the draft.

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The Philadelphia Phillies are getting a lot of attention these days, and deservingly so. Their starting pitching rotation is perhaps the best ever put together, on paper. On paper they should run away with National League East title. On paper they should represent the National League in this year’s World Series. On paper they should win their second World Series title in four years. Unfortunately the game of baseball is not played on paper. As a Phillies fan I am nervous about the upcoming season. Are the Phillies taking a page out of the Yankees book by buying players at any cost to win championships? If you’re not a Yankees fan then you probably despise them. Everyone enjoys watching the Yankees lose because they pay so much money for the best players, and when they fall short of a World Series championship baseball fans love it. In 2008 the World Series victory was very sweet. It had been decades since our last world title, but it was special because it was unexpected. Think about it. Cole Hamels was our ace, followed by Brett Myers. Our rotation has been better ever since and yet they have not won another ring. The expectations for this upcoming season are so high that the only gratifying ending for Phillies fans will be another World Series championship. Yes, the pitching should be great, taking for granite that they all remain healthy. The bats need to come alive. Quite a few times last season both Halladay and Hamels pitched great games but took the loss in a 1-0, or 2-1 loss. The expectations have two or more Phillies pitchers each winning 20 games. Is it possible? Yes it’s possible but again unlikely. The bullpen is still a work in progress. Closers blow saves; it’s just what happens in baseball. Bullpens blow a lot of games for starting pitchers. If you look at our starting pitching, our offensive fire power and our bullpen, it is the bullpen that still has everyone scratching their heads. Brad Lidge is good, but not great. He will NOT have another season like he did in 2008 when we was perfect in save opportunities. The Phillies will make the playoffs but will it be the bullpen that holds them back from a World Series championship in 2011? The Philly Sports Corner was compiled by the editors of the sports section.

The Flyers:

Through 48 games the Philadelphia Flyers season is going as planned. They currently lead the entire Eastern Conference with 31 wins and 67 points overall. Away from the Wells Fargo Center they have the NHL’s best road record at 16-5-3. The offense has been prevalent each and every night it seems for the orange and black. They have eight players all in double digits with goals which leads the league. They also have four players with 40 or more points. Why are the Flyers so good? They have three lines that can score on you at any given moment in the game. It is extremely hard for opposing teams to shut down all three lines in a game. Danny Briere is having an All-Star season and is on pace for over 40 goals. Claude Giroux has followed up a memorable 2010 post season and has all ready surpassed his career high in goals in one season. Overall they have scored 165 goals thus far which is the most in the NHL. Fortunately, the Flyers have been healthy so far this season. Chris Pronger just returned after missing 14 games with a broken bone in his foot. In Pronger’s absence the team posted a 9-4 record. With Pronger or without Pronger the Flyers can get it done. For the first time in years the team is rich with reliable defensemen. Kimmo Timmonen continues to play solid defense, and if there is one guy on this team that does not get the credit he deserves, it’s Timmonen. The third line defensive pairing of Andrej Meszaros and Sean O’Donnell has made a big difference in preserving the legs of guys like Pronger and Timmonen. Meszaros is a plus 29 for the season and has recently been putting pucks in the back of the net. In order to win games they need to k e e p pucks out of their own net, and they finally h a v e enough blue-liners to do just that. T h e goaltending has been phenomenal up to this

point. Brian Boucher and the rookie Sergei Bobrovsky have combined for 30 wins and just 12 losses. It does not appear that head coach Peter Laviolette and his staff are in any hurry to make a decision on who is their no. 1 goalie. That’s fine; keep them both fresh and playing well, but when it comes playoff time the coaches will have to put their faith in the hands of just one goalie. With everything going so smoothly, is their room for improvement for this team? Through the first three months of the season the Flyers were averaging 5.6 penalties per game. In the last month the Flyers have been averaging 3.4 penalties per game. They need to stay discipline and not commit “dumb” penalties. Prior to the 3-1 loss to last place New Jersey Devils, the Flyers had won their previous four games. One factor of that four game winning streak was that they were able to stay out of the penalty box. Last season the Flyers led the NHL in minor penalties. If they want to continue on their winning ways, they need to keep their penalty numbers down heading into the playoffs. Another area of their game that needs improvement is their power play. With Pronger back on the blue line that should boost the numbers, but they were struggling even before Pronger was injured. As of now they are converting at 16.8% on the power play. Despite them being the best in the East the power play is ranked 20th in the NHL. The Flyers are right where they want to be heading into the All-Star break. If they want to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings they will need to improve their discipline and power play percentage.


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WCU gymnastics sets the bar high

of last season’s strongest competitors. After an exceptional freshman Although the West Chester season that included a trip to gymnastics team lost a couple key USAG Nationals, Kaley LaFleur seniors from last year’s team, is hoping to pick up where she left they also saw the return of some By Amy Festa Sports Editor

off last year. LaFleur’s road trip companion to Nationals was junior Alli Aquila. Aquila has been strong for the Rams in the all-around competition for the last two years

and continues to be one of the most reliable and consistent members of the gymnastics squad. “We have strong leadership on the team this year starting with

our captains Lindsey Britt and Aquila,” Cordova said. “Alli will compete all-around again this season and will be a strong competitor on the team. Lindsey is very strong on the floor exercise.” This season saw the debut of six new freshmen that were added to the roster in the off season. Newcomer Paige Griffin made her presence known for West Chester in the team’s season opener; a quad meet with Southern Connecticut State University, Springfield College and Ursinus College. She finished second overall with a score of 36.100 and was only edged slightly by teammate LaFleur who scored a 36.975. West Chester has also been anticipating the arrival of freshman Emily Seigel, who signed her National Letter of Intent to compete for the Rams back in June. Seigel was the level 9 bar, beam and all-around state champion back in 2009. In the past couple of years, West Chester has struggled in their performance on the uneven bars and hopes to be able to rely on gymnasts like Seigel to make them a more dynamic and allaround competitive team. “We saw a huge improvement on bars in our first meet scoring a 45.175,” Cordova said. Amber Miller also returned to last year’s form, finishing in first place on the balance beam with a score of 9.525. West Chester started the season exactly how they wanted to. They finished second in the meet with a score of 181.450, just shy of Southern Connecticut State University who finished in first place with 182.275. West Chester topped both Ursinus College and Springfield College, who scored a 176.625 and 175.625 respectively, by substantial margins. Two seasons ago, West Chester set a goal of achieving a team score over 180; a feat they were unable to reach until the following season. Early on in this year’s campaign, West Chester has shown that they can set new goals and aim higher than they have in past years. With the first and second overall score winners being Golden Rams, West Chester grabbed the momentum and confidence that they will need to carry them throughout the season. Their second match of the season proved to be just as close. For the second meet in a row, West Chester was barely edged by the first place finisher. Host See Gymnastics page 19


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Lady Rams suffer first PSAC East loss By LJ Harrell Staff Writer Throughout the non-conference portion of their schedule and the first three games of the conference schedule, the 2010-2011 West Chester University Lady Rams basketball team got off to its best 15-game start in a decade. With 12 wins, two of which were over nationally ranked Bowie State and Gannon University, the Lady Rams have put themselves in prime position in the early portions of the season. On Saturday, West Chester (12-4, 3-1 PSAC East) traveled to arch-rival No. 23 Millersville University (13-3, 3-1 PSAC East) and suffered their first conference loss 81-59. With the loss, the Lady Rams saw their four-game winning streak come to an end. West Chester had a chance to take an early stranglehold on the division, but instead fell into a four-way tie for first place. The Lady Rams’ largest lead of the game came with 13:55 left in the first half as senior guard Megan Stewart nailed one of her two three point shots to put West Chester up 11-7. After the three point field goal, both teams battled back and

forth for the next six minutes before the Marauders pulled away. Led by guard Mashira Newman, Millersville pulled ahead to a 15-point halftime lead. The Lady Rams shot 6-33 (18.2 percent) from the field in the first half. Uncommon of this West Chester team, they shot 41.7 percent (5-12) from the free throw line. Junior guard Jill Keefer led the Lady Rams with six points in the first half. One bright spot for West Chester was that they forced 15 Millersville turnovers. The Marauders shot 43.3 percent (13-30) from the field and outrebounded West Chester 31-17 in the first half. Forward Aurielle Mosley had four points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in the first half. Newman led all scorers with 11 points in the half. In the second half, the Marauders continued to pour it on as they shot 46.7 percent (14-30) from the field en route to a 45 point explosion. Millersville scored the first nine points of the half, extending their lead to 24 points. The Marauders led by as many as 29 points in the second half, while the Lady Rams got as close as 20 points.

West Chester’s explosive backcourt tandem of junior guard Allison Hostetter and Stewart were held in check. They combined for nine points on 3-17 shooting. The Lady Rams shot 30.4 percent from the field during the game. Junior guard Shamyra Hammond led West Chester with a season-high 10 points. Freshman guard Paige Elliot scored a career-high nine points. Senior guard Dominique Adams also added nine points. Sophomore Alex Lennon finished with six points, four rebounds and three blocks. Millersville put five players in double figures led by Newman’s 19 points. Mosley added 12 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Gabrielle Styles finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Guard Domonique Stroman added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Off the bench, Carrie Sheffey added 10 points. The Marauders finished with 52 rebounds, compared to 37 for the Lady Rams. On Wednesday, West Chester used a huge second half to defeat the Kutztown University Golden Bears 75-67 in comefrom-behind fashion. With the win, the Lady Rams ended a personal four-game losing

streak against Kutztown. “Beating Kutztown is huge,” head coach Deirdre Kane said. “We have two entirely different styles of play and they certainly have stymied us the past two years. We’re glad to win the home game, and know it will be tougher at their place.” The Golden Bears jumped out to a 38-25 halftime lead. Guard Ashley Wood led all scorers with 17 points as Kutztown shot 40.6 percent from the field. Stewart led West Chester with 10 points as the Lady Rams shot 32.1 percent from the field. In the second half, West Chester got red hot. The Lady Rams went on a 25-11 run to take their first lead since the early moments of the game with 8:21 left in the game. All five starts for West Chester contributed into the run as they were able to overtake the Golden Bears. Sophomore guard Meghan Kerrigan and forward Ambreelinne Ortman nailed big three pointers during the run to help the Lady Rams take the lead and never relinquish it. West Chester outscored Kutztown 50-29 in the second half.

team’s abilities and their thirst for a conference championship.” As the Rams compete in their last few indoor track competitions, the pressure is starting to build for the outdoor season. The men and women’s teams just competed in the Golden Bear Invitational at Kutztown University on Jan. 14. Freshman, Adam Heath placed second in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 5 inches. One of the women’s competitors, Kamber Schrann placed third in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, 9 ¾ inches. The Golden Rams have a lot of individual talent that will help the team place high at their meets this season. Not only does Coach Murawski want his athletes to outshine their competitors, he has other goals in mind. “I strongly believe the women’s team has the ability to go from 13th in the conference to 6th or 7th this year. I believe the returners have a better mindset coming into this season and the newcomers have a strong possibility of having an impact right

away. I believe the men’s team can stay in the middle of the conference this season while possessing the talent to bump into the top five. We lost some key pieces on the team due to graduation, but brought in some freshmen who have the ability to help out right away. Our young returners from last year have matured and look to start advancing their individual times/ distances/and heights within the conference.” Coach Murawski is aware of the potential the team has as a whole and he also feels as though he is going to be a positive aspect to the upcoming season. “As a new young coach, I feel I bring a whole new outlook to the art of coaching. I bring ideas to the table while listening to the ideas of athletes. Clearly, these athletes were successful at the high school level in order to compete collegiately. Therefore, I ask the kids what kind of training they did while in high school. I then try to devise workouts which corporate these methods into their training

regimen.” So far Coach Murawski has outshined himself by assessing the team’s individual talent and showcasing it in their indoor meets. The Golden Rams have the ability to reach their goals, as well as Coach Murawski’s, throughout the season. Come support the men and women’s track and field teams at their next meet in Collegeville at the Collegeville Classic on Jan. 21 at 1:00 p.m. Jillian Morgan is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at JM652349@wcupa. edu.

Stewart finished with a game-high 22 points and nine assists. Hostetter finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds to record her sixth double-double of the season. Keefer added 13 points, six rebounds and three steals. Lennon finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, three assists and two steals. “We have a tough stretch the next two games,” Kane said in reference to the games at Shippensburg and at Bloomsburg this week. PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Alex Lennon. The sophomore sensation, who has been selected the PSAC East Player of the Week three times this season, leads the Lady Rams in scoring (14.1 points per game), blocked shots (42) and is second in rebounds (7.6 rebounds per game). UPCOMING GAMES: This week, West Chester hits the road for two matchups against the Shippensburg University Red Raiders on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and against the Bloomsburg University Huskies on Saturday at 1 p.m. LJ Harrell is a graduate student majoring in communications studies. He can be reached at LH639694@ wcupa.edu.

Coach Murawski’s ideal season By Jillian Morgan Staff Writer

What is the Golden Rams’ New Year’s Resolution? The men and women’s track and field teams have the potential to be strong competitors this season. They have a new head coach, a lot of talent, and determination that will help them achieve their goal for the New Year: to do their best and live up to their high expectations. New head coach Mike Murawski is busy training the Golden Rams for their upcoming outdoor season. Coach Murawski said, “I am very excited for the opportunity to coach both the men’s and women’s teams. Being an assistant coach last year allowed me the opportunity to learn about West Chester, the PSAC Conference, and the ins and outs of coaching at the collegiate level. With that said, there is a lot of work that needs to be done in order to compete for a championship in this conference! I am very confident in my abilities as a coach as well as the

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Freshmen gymnasts shine early on Gymnastics from page 17

match, but fell just short in the all-around team score. Miller had an incredible meet on the balance beam and got the overall best SUNY Cortland finished with a score for the event with a 9.725. score of 184.35, which proved to Aquila was in the top five in three be just enough to top West events. LaFleur had West Chester, who finished with an Chester’s best all around score impressive score of 183.775. with a 37.250, the second best of Yet again, West Chester stole both teams. some of the top honors in the West Chester’s success is

coming under the supervision of Barbara Cordova, who returned for her third season as the Rams’ head coach. In every year that Cordova has been backing the gymnastics squad, they have continued to improve and build on prior success. Her recruiting classes have been strategically selected to fill in the gaps or thin areas in the team’s performance.

With the exponential success over the last couple of seasons, she has set high expectations for her team which she can reasonably expect them to meet. “I expect our three all around competitors to have excellent seasons this year being led by LaFleur who finished as the top all-around gymnast for West Chester in our first two meets,”

Cordova said. “Aquila and Griffin are also strong all around competitors.” West Chester will return home next weekend on Jan. 29 when they host an Alumni Day in the South Campus Gym. Amy Festa is a fourth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at AF649219@wcupa.edu.

McInerny, Dugan and Ahle, the tie, and then again on a contro- really put their foot on the gas. defensive pairs suddenly become versial goal. Japchen in goal had Adding another fifteen shots and a mix of strong, physical players corralled the puck but he received one goal, the game was tied at and defensemen who can also no whistle. After a long wait the the end of regulation and was score. The last addition to the puck was jammed at by URI and sent to overtime. With around team may be what was most pushed over the line. two minutes left in the extra needed. In the first part of the After review, it was deemed a period, Jones buried the puck season goaltending was a major good goal and gave URI the lead behind the Drexel goalie, winning problem. The lowest goals against yet again. Rhode Island could the game 4-3. WCU’s other goals average for any goalie that played have easily pulled away, but a were scored by Gentile, Mango was over 5.6. Giving up and Doyle. over five goals a game is a When asked about the hard obstacle to play of his new goalie, overcome. Over the Dorsey said, “Japchen break, goaltender Randy has been flat out great. Japchen was added to the He is a big body that roster and made an moves well, and his immediate impact. biggest asset is that he is Allowing just over three so calm in stopping the goals a game in his first puck. He doesn’t get three games, he has rattled. He’s been stellar.” really kept WCU in the WCU outshot Drexel contests. Early in the 50-28 but Drexel’s goalseason, Japchen and tender made the game Parra have really made it much closer than it quite a task for opponents should have been. to put the puck in the net. Nonetheless, WCU These new talents, walked out with a win. It along with the already was their second in a row. skilled players on the The last two-game team, have come out winning streak the Rams strong and eager for put together was their wins. first and second games of Photo courtesy of wcuhockey.com the season. The players On Jan. 7, the Rams Chris Gentile leads the way to WCU’s 10-1 win over began a home-and-home Freshman know how important this Towson with a hat trick. series with the University is better than anybody. of Rhode Island, a team “We have a whole new that had beaten them 9-0 and 6-4 terrible penalty for head-butting team now and it was important already this season. After goals Meade put the Rams on the man to start strong with a couple early on from Adam Ball and the advantage and it proved deadly. wins,” Jones said.  Although our newly acquired Welch, the Rams The red-hot Jones scored to tie record doesnt show, last season is thought maybe they would finally the game at three while on the done with and our team has beat the number seven-ranked power play. With just over a moved on. The Rams did not team. However, URI fired home minute left in regulation, Meade want to end the streak at two. four unanswered goals and took received yet another assist from The following day WCU the game 4-2. WCU could have Doyle that was centered from hosted Towson. There was much accepted URI as the better team behind the net. The goal was concern with this game because as all the statistics have proved, Meade’s second of the game and of the huge brawl that erupted but they did not. twelfth on the year. WCU took early in the season. Both teams On Saturday URI took the the contest 4-3. showed class as they let old lead early in the first. That The winning did not stop feelings go and played clean quickly changed when Joe Mango there. West Chester played hockey. Staying away from scored after receiving a tape-to- Drexel the following Friday and penalties and continuously tape pass from Jones. That goal it proved to be another thriller. attacking the net quickly gave would hold the game at a tie WCU played a solid game early the Rams the edge and they score until the second period as they went into the first inter- never looked back. when Welch and Doyle assisted mission tied at one. In the second, After goals from Coll, Meade on his eleventh goal of the WCU put 18 shots on net but Margadonna, Jones (2), Doyle, season. The game remained to managed just one goal and Welch, Scocozza and a hat trick the Rams’ advantage until the allowed two. from Gentile, the Rams took the third when URI scored once to Trailing into the third, WCU game 10-1 for their third win in a

row. Will Parra got the start and was lights out in goal as he stopped all but one of the 25 shots he faced. This game was a very convincing victory for WCU and it truly looks like they are turning things around. Many positives can be taken from the last two weekends aside from the wins. First of all, the new players alongside the veterans have been absolutely phenomenal. When a player is not scoring he is making everyone on his line better. The defensive pairs shut down the attack, and the goalies are stopping everything. But most importantly, the team is working well together. This brings up the next positive, which is the leadership of the captain. Jones is not only an incredible defenseman, but he scored four goals in the last three games including an overtime winner. He has even begun to make a run at the WCU point record for a defenseman (49) and it is likely he will get there. He is really setting an example for how everyone should be playing and they are following his lead. When the Captain plays well, the team plays well, and nobody recognizes this better than Coach Dorsey, who speaks very highly of his captain. “He leads by example,” Dorsey said. “Jones is the kind of guy who puts his team on his back in crucial situations. He wants the puck, he wants the pressure. He is so competitive and that kind of thing rubs off on his teammate. As a coach, he makes my job a little easier because I know that when I need something done I don’t even have to ask. Jonesy is going to step up and get it done.” With the addition of new players, leadership of Jones and the continued solid play of the core of this team, WCU has really turned it around. Over the last few weeks they have proved what Coach Dorsey has been saying all year, “They can play with any team in the country.” Kenny Ayres is a first-year student majoring in communications. He can be reached at KA739433@wcupa.edu.

New faces spark club hockey By Kenny Ayres Staff Writer

The West Chester University men’s club hockey team had an awful start to their season. After going 6-14 in their first 20 games, many wondered what the team could do to turn their season around. They tried a different defense, different goalies and different modes of attack but nothing seemed to help pull the team out of the slump. As the first part of the season wound down, the Rams quickly realized the problem was not who was on the team, but who was not. During the break the organization added quite a few new players to help fortify some thin spots in the lineup. The biggest problem addressed was size. Before the break the Rams had not been playing a very physical game because they were often at a size disadvantage. This was something that was fixed very quickly. Almost immediately after the first part of the season ended, eight new faces showed up on the ice. These players are not just a talented mix of speed, scoring ability, defense and goalkeeping; they bring size and strength to help stabilize the physical play the Rams needed. Starting with the offense, the Rams added forwards Chris Doyle, Chris Gentile, Harrison Welch, Mike Kozza and Bob McLaughlin. According to Coach Dorsey’s scouting reports on these players, they bring a tremendous amount of leadership, speed, scoring ability and quick hands onto the ice. With these five new forwards alongside guys like Meade, Scocozza, Margadonna, Coll and Baer, the talent along the front increases to a dangerous level. On defense, the six-foot-two-inch defensemen Marc Buccellato and Gordon Nicholson add tremendous size and strength to the defense. Both of these players play a very physical game and really break up the rush nicely. When added to guys like Jones, Reitz,


PAGE 20 Flyers forwards Claude Giroux and Danny Briere are headed to the NHL All-Star game this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina. Briere leads the team in goals with 25 while Giroux is third on the team in points with 42. The game will be played this Saturday at the RBC Center.

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WCU trying to pull out of three game slump

12 points. Khalif Foster rounded their upcoming conference the lead with their first basket a minute and a half into the game out the double figured scoring games. with 11 points off the bench. However, the momentum and never relinquished. Their The loss to West Chester stands was halted almost as quickly as field goal percentage was only The West Chester men’s basas Mansfield’s only conference it began when the Rams hosted 42 percent, and their percentketball team has started their loss on the season thus far. East Stroudsburg only three age behind the arc was an conference play and their season embarrassing 9.1 is beginning to closely mirror percent. their 2009-10 campaign. The Rams struggled Last year the Rams started just as much with out their season going 11-2 in their field goal pernon-conference play and had centage and also had a what appeared to be the tough time from the makings of a playoff contending free throw line. They team. However, once conference only converted 65.4 games began, the Rams quickly percent of their free found themselves ultimately throws. finishing out the season with a East Stroudsburg’s 16-11 record and slipping strength came from enough in the standings to miss the free throw line the playoffs. where they found With last season resulting in themselves a lot. Their a less than expected finish, the 39 converted free Golden Rams had their eyes set throws were enough to on the 2010-11 season as a put them over the top chance to earn back their repuand give them the tation as one of the strongest 82-69 win. teams in their conference. West Chester did Conference games started get to utilize the out exactly how they intended strength of their bench with a win over a tough who scored 32 points Mansfield team. for the Rams. Mansfield started out this Last Wednesday year being one of the favorites the Rams welcomed to win their PSAC division after Kutztown to their they accomplished the feat last home court to take on season. the team with the best After a tough first half that numbers in the PSAC saw eight lead changes, West East. Chester went into their locker West Chester room with a four point lead over continued to struggle their hosts. However, coming from the floor and out of halftime, the Rams went dropped to only on a 23-7 run to jump out to a shooting 33.3 percent commanding lead. The Rams from field goal range. led by as many as 19 points at The Rams only trailed one point and secured their lead Kutztown by four enough to prevent Mansfield points going into from getting within single digits halftime, but ultifor the remainder of the game. mately dropped the West Chester ultimately ended contest 73-62. Kehinde up upsetting the home team by Roberts, who was a score of 86-74. sidelined through the Shannon Givens led the non-conference games Lukas Jenkins/ The Quad Rams in scoring with 16 points with a shoulder injury, in the victory, but had help on Kehinde Roberts’ team leading 17 points was not enough to lift the Rams past Kutztown. led the Rams in offense with four other players scoring with 17 points. winding up in double figures. With the convincing win over days later. East Stroudsburg’s On Saturday West Chester Elie Daniel posted 13 points for Mansfield, West Chester got the numbers from the field were not traveled to Millersville to take the Rams while Lance McDowell confidence boost they needed for that impressive, but they took on yet another top-half-of-theand Harley Williamson added By Amy Festa Sports Editor

standings team. In their four conference games so far this season, West Chester has played the top four teams in the PSAC East. Millersville was coming off of the high of upsetting Cheyney only three days earlier before their game against West Chester. The momentum seemed to carry forward as Millersville came out firing against the Rams. They took the lead only five and a half minutes into the game and held onto it until the end. In the second half Millersville was able to pull away with a 20 point lead. West Chester got within seven with just over two minutes left, but was unable to close the gap enough. Millersville added a tally to their win column with the 82-70 win. Again, West Chester struggled in their field goal percentage. They shot 36.7 percent from field goal range and only 56.8 percent from the free throw line. If the Rams are going to keep this season from too closely resembling last year’s conference collapse, they are going to have to work out their numbers from the floor. The bench has been putting up the biggest numbers. On Saturday, the bench was able to contribute more points than Coach Blair’s starting line-up. The Rams have depth, but that depth should be utilized as a strategy to put the Rams over the top, not to just barely keep them in games. West Chester will hit the road for their next two matches when they travel to Shippensburg on Wednesday and Bloomsburg on Saturday. The Rams come back home on Wednesday Feb. 2 when they host Cheyney in what is practically guaranteed to be a spirited match. Amy Festa is a fourth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at AF649219@wcupa.edu.


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