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Underage drinking found on dry campus By Ginger Rae Dunbar News Editor

Public Safety police officers do not knock on resident’s doors for noise violation alone. Officers determine which apartment the noise is traveling from. On a typical night, many of the surrounding apartments are quiet, making this determination easier for the officer. Sgt. Matthew Paris walked along the street on South Campus, and stopped after hearing noise come from a nearby apartment complex. When seeking the noisy apartment, officers tend to look into windows of the apartments on South campus to see the activities going on inside. Standing near the front door, Paris listened to the voices inside for any indication that they had alcohol. After hearing people talk about taking a shot, Paris knocked on the door. Instantly the loud voices grew quieter. After Paris identified himself, the inside of the apartment remained completely silent. Minutes later, Paris listened to the shuffling inside. Cabinet doors were opened and closed several times. Paris

said it was likely during this time they were hiding the alcohol. He continued to knock on the door, as the people inside refused to open up. He told them he would call for the RD to open the door if they would not. Paris had called for additional help, in which two security guards responded. Paris kept an eye on the front windows as well as the front door. He said in the past, people have tried to run from the police by going out the windows. Once again, Paris knocked on the door. This time he told them he knocked at the same apartment the week before. That night the residents were playing beer pong. Expecting to wait outside until the RD arrived, the officer and security guards kept watch on the door. Moving back to cover the windows, Paris took one more look inside where the blinds were not drawn down all the way. Getting the attention of someone inside, Paris told them to open the door, pointing in the direction of the door. The RD arrived minutes after the residents opened the door. In most cases, students will open the door to the

Community policing offers help to students By Ginger Rae Dunbar News Editor

Even as the snow slowly melts away, Public Safety officers have been helpful to students facing problems in the winter weather. Throughout the school year, Public Safety officers respond to calls about cars needing a jump start. With the cold weather, one student needed a jump start as well as help getting her car out of the snow-packed parking space. When turning her key in the ignition, there was no reaction from the vehicle. With a dead battery, the officer called in for a jumper cable. Originally the student said she was going to have a friend pick her up if she could not start her car. The student was shoveling the snow out from under her car when a second police officer arrived with a jumper cable. Now when turning the key in the ignition, the car started promptly. She thanked the officers for their help. The officers allowed for the car to warm up for a minute before having her move it out of the parking space. They wanted to make sure that she could get her car out of the spot, as snow still covered part of the hood.

She had a difficult time moving her car in reverse over the snow that remained. The two police officers helped push the car until she was able to drive out of the spot. “Thank you,” the student said repeatedly, “You guys are awesome.” Later that same night, Paris helped another person get her car out of the snow-packed parking lot. After the snow storm in January into February, plows had cleared the roads on south campus, which left many cars plowed in. Many students said it took them over an hour to remove the snow from their cars and make a path to drive out of the parking spots. Paris once again gave a second car a helpful push so the student was no longer stuck in the spot. Paris suggested backing the car into the spot in order to get out easier in the morning. As Paris helped the student, the two were garrulous about an event the student was attending in the morning. Paris and other Public Safety officers were also friendly with students and guests in residence halls. In passing, Paris said hello to many of the students in the residence halls. He see POLICING page 3

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When the resident opened the door, could hear them talking about taking police before the RD has to key in. On-campus housing allows for the RDs Paris asked for permission to enter. shots. One resident gave Paris an to open the door for Public Safety Once inside Paris asked them to get out empty bottle of wine they claimed they the alcohol they had. He told them he officers. see UNDERAGES page 3


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used for cooking. This empty bottle gave him probable cause that there was once alcohol in the apartment. Paris asked for everyone’s identification before searching the other rooms in the apartment for people hiding. He looked in the trashcan, which had empty beer cans. He asked the resident to open the refrigerator, in which beer was confiscated. Paris asked the group of people who was over 21 years of age. He asked how old their roommates are, [the ones that were not home]. These residents will get a notice that a party with alcohol occurred in their apartment. They will not get in any trouble since they were not home at the time. The residents who were home now claimed they were not home the week before when Paris came. Before writing down the names of those in the apartment, Paris offered anyone who wanted to prove they were not consuming alcohol to take an “alcoscreen” test; but then the five people in the apartment admitted to drinking. When Paris handed back their IDs, he had them call their parents to notify them that they were being cited for underage. The citation is going to be sent to their home address. Noticing that he had not confiscated the liquor bottle he saw through the window, he asked the residents where it was. With no answer, he began to search the kitchen. Since he heard cabinet doors open, he checked the kitchen looking for the bottle. There was no alcohol there. One resident retrieved three open bottles of alcohol that Paris dumped down the sink. Paris told the group that when they received their citation in the mail, they should plead not guilty. Since it was their first offense, Paris told them typically they would get community service and not lose their driver’s licenses. Paris explained to them what would happen if they plead guilty. If they plead guilty to the underage charge, they can have their record erased at 21 and have their driver’s license suspended. If they plead guilty to disorderly conduct, they could have their criminal record erased in five years.

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Leaning over, vomiting on the ground, one friend held onto his shirt, helping him keep his balance. Coming up from behind them, Paris got the groups attention. He told the four friends to go home as he tended to the other. Public Safety officers are concerned for the health of WCU students and guests. Paris said when people are highly intoxicated it’s possible for them to asphyxiate on vomit. “We can’t let that happen,” Sergeant Paris said. “Not on my campus.” Claiming to not have been drinking that night, he tried to explain that he was stumbling due to a fight he was in   earlier. He had a bloody nose with blood on his shirt. Paris was lightly holding onto part of his shirt, from his backside, to help him stand. Despite Paris noting the smell of alcohol on his breath, he again claimed to not be intoxicated. Paris asked him to walk in a straight line with his toes touching. Paris demonstrated the sobriety test. First wobbling more when Paris let go of his shirt, he nearly lost his balance. Then trying to walk in a straight line, he put one foot out and stumbled on the second step. He did not continue to walk. Paris handcuffed him, as he pleaded with the officer to not arrest him. While identifying the person under arrest for underage drinking and public intoxication, Paris asked if he goes to “his school.” He told Paris they were just visiting friends.   After bringing him to the police station, Paris called his parents to notify 7:00-­‐7:45  ZUMBA  with  Jess   3:00-­‐4:00  SPIN  &  TONE  with  Allie  *   them that their son was being held. 8:00-­‐9:00  BODYPUMP  with  Michele  *   4:00-­‐4:45  ZUMBA  with  Jess   With no answer, he left a message, informing them they could pick him up 9:30-­‐10:30  TOTAL  BODY  TONE  with   4:45-­‐5:30  STEP  &  SCULPT  with  Jess  *   from the police station. Lindsay   Non-WCU students have to be picked up by their parents in order to be 11:00-­‐12:00  ZUMBA  with  Priscilla   5:30-­‐6:00  ABS  with  Katy   released from the police station. 1:00-­‐2:00  PILATES  with  Sarah   6:00-­‐7:00  BODYPUMP  with  Alex  and  Laura  *   He received medical attention for 2:00-­‐ 3 :00   C ARDIO   T ONE   w ith   T im   7:30-­‐8:30  KETTLEBELLS  with  Pat   his body nose. When the paramedics asked how he got a bloody nose, he   responded that he did not know. He *Must  reserve  a  spot  at  Sykes  Fitness  Center  Desk  due  to  limited  space  available.   asked the paramedics if he had gotten into a fight. He signed a liability form, Policing In affiliated housing, the doors to refusing further medical treatment. the rooms have a deadbolt feature that From page 2 The non-WCU student was held for allows the door to remain slightly the night and released in the morning said it is nice to have a friendly interac- propped open. to his parents. tion with students. With only having to push open the Ginger Rae Dunbar is a fourth year student While doing “rounds” in the door to enter the room, Public Safety majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She residence halls, Paris said many officers have noticed that people are can be reached at RD655287@wcupa.edu. people stay indoors during the cold walking into rooms to steal items if the months. However, in the late hours of room is unoccupied. the night, many crowds of people were Paris explained that people have returning home. entered the room to see if the residents In Brandywine and Allegheny, are inside. If someone is home, the with the suite style of the new person claims to be looking for a residence halls, residents have become resident by regurgitating a lie about victims of theft. being in the wrong room. However, if The fall 2009 semester, Public no residents are in the room, the Safety administrators re-advised a person takes it to their advantage to program in which officers would check steal any valuables they can. for residents to be in a room with an Theft typically includes TVs, open door. The program was used laptops, and other electronic applipreviously to this, as checking for ances. In other cases, people steal unoccupied rooms, while doing rounds. textbooks and sell them back for cash. In traditional housing, this was an Such security checks can only be attempt to help students from encouraged. Roommates have to come becoming victims of theft. Now in to an agreement on how to keep their affiliated housing, the officers do not property secure. have the advantage of seeing residents Ginger Rae Dunbar is a fourth year student inside the rooms as they walk by on majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She rounds. can be reached at RD655287@wcupa.edu.

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Editorial Quad absent from stands Only once before in my college career have I noticed that the majority of The Quad student newspapers were deliberately removed from the various stands on campus. It happened again on Valentine’s. And I don’t think they were taken as a gift for someone. The first time was the Sept. 29, 2008 issue. At our staff meeting we found out several copies were found in the dumpster. Picking up copies we still had in our office, we paged through looking at every article and picture. To this day I’m still baffled as to why the newspapers were removed by a WCU student(s). I spent the end of my Valentine’s Day wondering what was in the newspaper that someone didn’t want students, faculty and other WCU employees to see. I have a couple guesses but, being a journalist, I’d rather know for sure. Typically the new issues are placed on stands on Mondays. This Monday however, someone wasted no time picking up The Quad, and by picked up I mean took every copy instead of just one. By Monday night, a number of stands around campus were empty. I live in a residence hall that this person targeted. With the newspapers on stands in the late afternoon, the papers in my dorm were absent by 10 p.m. I’ll also have you know that the guilty party in question was spotted. I’m not offended that they took my newspaper. Despite all the hours we spend putting the newspaper together, I had to laugh at the effort made to destroy that work. This person was seen taking the whole stack of newspapers, wearing a purple WCU sweatshirt with a yellow Ram on the back. I mean, I figured a non-student wouldn’t do that anyway. I just question their school spirit considering they stole the student newspaper. Geez, taking our newspapers. Now that’s just mean. Not only did I have three articles published, but I thought of how you robbed Kristin Hector’s publicity of being crowned Miss WCU 2011. I can’t say for sure what this person didn’t want people to read, but their actions of removing the paper definitely shows that people are reading enough for there to be a fear of a sizeable audience. I want people to pick up a copy of The Quad and want to know what’s happening on their campus. I’ll be the first to admit that I love seeing people pick up the newspaper. It’s a great way to see the work we put into the newspaper is paying off. If you remove my papers, we’ll be putting more on the stands. They were removed Monday night. We replaced them on Tuesday. We’re only a weekly newspaper to begin with. If we need to, we’ll put the issue on stands daily. You can count on it.

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Hatred in political discourse is out of control Bill Hanrahan

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Last week, the op-ed page was all about love, but there is little love in America’s current political climate— instead there is mostly hatred and intolerance. We have been hearing a lot lately from the left about how conservatives are hateful. Just hours after the Tucson shootings liberal pundits seized what they saw as a chance to demonize conservatives for their alleged “hate speech.” But reality quickly turned this ill-conceived blame game against them. Much to liberals’ dismay, the shooter, Jared Loughner, doesn’t like Sarah Palin, he doesn’t listen to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and didn’t even vote in the 2010 elections. Instead, it was revealed that Loughner was “left wing, quite liberal” as a former friend described him. Worse yet, he liked to read “The Communist Manifesto” which has zero conservative admirers. Finally, in his deranged video that he shot at his college he rambles about how “the war that we are in right now is currently illegal under the constitution,” hardly a right wing mantra. Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has spearheaded the liberal assault on decency. Perhaps he was just trying to cover up the fact that this crime happened in his district where he is

responsible for stopping mass murderers like Loughner. At multiple press conferences he talked about how the vitriol and hatred from the right was responsible for the attacks. He insulted his own constituents and said that Arizona is the “Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.” Perhaps he should have said that “Pima County is the Mecca for incompetent far-left sheriffs.” Liberals pundits and columnists followed Dupnik’s despicable example in the days and weeks following the shootings. It is particularly interesting that after Army Psychiatrist Major Nidal Hassan shot fellow soldiers at Fort Hood—killing 13 people and wounding dozens more— liberals urged us to avoid making assumptions about the shooter ’s motive even though Hasan had “soldier of Allah” on his business card, yelled “Allah Akbar” before opening fire, had been in contact with radical Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, and had shown many other warning signs of being a radical Muslim. Yet, in the mind of these same liberals, there was no question that Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh motivated Loughner to go on his murderous rampage despite the fact that all of the evidence has proven that illconceived theory wrong. Clearly an uncanny political hatred of conservatives and the desire to be politically correct to “victim” groups

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(which obviously does not include conservatives)— rather than a fair evaluation of the evidence and the use of common sense—motivate such irrational liberal judgment Even all of that is largely irrelevant, though, when one realizes that, while hateful and violent rhetoric exists, the blame is being largely misplaced. Make no mistake about it, the overwhelming majority of the hate speech in this country comes from the left. Most of the accusations against the right are bogus and show just how fallible the left’s argument is. The best they have to offer is a map made by Sarah Palin about Congressional Districts that she “targeted” for GOP takeover, one of which was Congresswoman Giffords. The map liberals cite as a potential call to violence for mentally ill people like Jared Loughner is not uncommon in politics, and neither are the war metaphors. Battleground states, the very word campaign, targeting of certain candidates, and so on are all war metaphors commonly used by Republicans and Democrats. In fact, Democrats made a map essentially the same as the one Ms. Palin did for previous elections where they saw an opportunity to pick up GOP House seats. But facts didn’t stop Sheriff Dupnik and other liberals from specifically naming Sarah Palin and Sharon Angle as conservatives’ whose “irresponsible” statements led to the shootings. Other liberals have also doubled down on their accusations and attempts to baselessly demonize conservatives. The main focus of this article is the hateful and violent speech and actions from the left. Since the examples are so numerous, not all of them can be included due to space constraints, but I will do my best to provide a diverse set of examples that represent the many different types of hateful speech and actions of American liberals. I think it is evident that liberals have selective moral outrage. First it is appropriate to start with the intense hatred

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FREE TO  ENTER!!!   shown toward conservative women. The left’s obsessive malicious hatred of Sarah Palin is hard to comprehend. The things that liberals were saying about Sarah Palin and conservative talk show hosts after the shootings constitute libel and could potentially incite unstable people on the far left (sorry for the redundancy) to commit acts of violence. In fact, a Palin aide reported that death threats had increased since she was falsely blamed for the shooting. Ever since Palin came onto the national stage she has been the favorite target of lift wing hatred. Liberal “comedian” David Letterman said that Sarah Palin had the style of a “slutty flight attendant” and that her then 14-year-old daughter who went to a Yankees game with her “was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” Another

“comedian,” Sandra Bernhard, said in a hatefilled tirade that Sarah Palin should be gang-raped. Hateful left wing professor Wendy Doniger of University of Chicago said that “Her [Sarah Palin’s] greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.” Joe Klein said “people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious.” A liberal nut named Jeremy Olson was arrested for attempted assault after throwing tomatoes at Palin in a Minnesota mall. Gawker.com called Oslon a “hero” for what he did. And the list goes on and on. All of this is best called Palin Derangement Syndrome. This article cannot adequately represent the sheer hatred of Ms. Palin by liberals but suffice to say that she, along with her children, disgrace-


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fully enough, is a favorite target of liberal hate speech. Sharron Angle, Democrat majority leader Harry Reid’s tea party backed Republican challenger in the 2010 election, was bad-mouthed by “The Viewâ€?’s Joy Behar. A visibly angry and hateful Joy Behar said that “She [Sharron Angle] is going to hell, this bitch.â€? The self-righteous outrage was fueled by an anti-illegal immigrant ad put out by Sharron Angle which Joy Behar thought was racist even though it wasn’t. The hateful right wing Sharron Angle responded by sending Ms. Behar flowers. Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann is another person liberals love to hate. Liberal talk show host Montel Williams made a graphic and perverted appeal for Bachmann to kill herself: “Michele, slit your wrists. Go ahead. Why not? And if you don’t want to, I mean, or -- or you know, do -- do us all a better thing, move that knife up about two feet. Start right at the collarbone.â€? Michelle Malkin, a conservative journalist and pundit, receives many, often raciallycharged, death threats from “tolerantâ€? liberals. Here’s what liberal talk show host Keith Olbermann had to say about that: â€œâ€ŚShe received death threats and hate-filled voicemails all thanks to the total mindless, morally bankrupt, knee-jerk fascistic hatred, without which Michelle Malkin would just be a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.â€? Apparently he doesn’t realize the irony in making such a hateful statement in a pathetic attempt to paint Ms. Malkin as a “fascistic hatred.â€? The hatred of Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Michelle Malkin, and many others (who, for reasons of space cannot be covered) by liberals is no doubt over the top but they hated Bush even more. There is a movie that was made by liberals about Bush being assassinated called “Death of a Presidentâ€? which was produced in the middle of his second term. Just imagine if such a movie was even proposed about Obama. Left wing fanatics also constantly called Bush the “world’s no. 1 terroristâ€? and constantly held signs depicting his death or calling for him to be killed outright. That was all okay but dare respectfully disagree with President Obama and all of a sudden you’re a

THE QUAD hateful racist. For some reason the especially sick and twisted liberal speech finds its way to Rush Limbaugh. Liberal talk Show host Mike Malloy shared his sick fantasy: “I’m waiting for the day when I pick it up -and pick up a newspaper or click on the Internet and found out he’s choked to death on his own throat fat or a great blob of saliva or something.“ But such twisted hate speech is nothing new. In 1995 Liberal NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg said that if there was “retributive justiceâ€? then conservative politician Jesse Helms and his grandchildren would get AIDS. Jeremiah Wright has accused, on multiple occasions, the federal government of using AIDS to kill black people. Yes, that is the same pastor that was Obama’s spiritual mentor and friend for two decades. Wright also is infamous for saying things like “God damn America,â€? and perpetrating 9/11 conspiracy theories. A few days after the shooting, I read an article in The Huffington Post by Gary Hart, professor and former Senator, called “Words Have Consequencesâ€? which was a self-righteous demonization of conservatives for their mythical role in the Tucson shootings. Speaking only about conservatives (which is evident from the rest of his article), he said “The degree to which violent words and phrases are considered commonplace is striking. Candidates are ‘targeted.’ An opponent is ‘in the crosshairs.’ Liberals have to be ‘eliminated.’ Opponents are ‘enemies.’â€? That rhetoric does sound familiar. Where might we have heard that before? Oh, I know. The great orator-in-chief Barack Obama shortly before the 2010 elections: “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies [Republicans] and we’re gonna reward our friends [Democrats] who stand with us on issues that are important to us’‌’â€? The hypocrisy is stunning. President Obama, who looks the least hateful compared to his left wing base, has said quite a few other things that liberals conveniently ignore. He wanted to “find out whose ass to kickâ€? after the BP Oil Spill—very presidential. He also said “If they [Republicans] bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.â€? Before the 2010 elections He threatened that there would be “hand to hand combatâ€? in Washington D.C.

if Republicans won back Congress. Other threats of violence are more menacing and serious. In an ironic twist of events that further undermined liberals’ disgraceful attempts to blame conservatives for the Tucson shootings, a far left shooting victim, Eric Fuller, made a death threat against a local conservative leader, Trent Humphries, whom he took a picture of him before yelling “you’re dead.� He was apparently angry with Humphries for suggesting that we wait until we bury the dead before debating new gun control laws—which is apparently an offense punishable by death even though liberals don’t like the death penalty. Liberals’ inexplicable ultra-sensitivity to the feelings of Muslims often result in them accusing conservatives of being anti-Muslim or, as many love to say, “Islamaphobic.� They warn about how conservatives are inciting hatred and violence against Muslims (most recently by opposing the Islamic Center near Ground Zero). Isn’t it interesting, then, that the most high-profile anti-Muslim hate crime (that I know of at least) was committed by a staunch liberal? In August, a 43 year old Muslim cab driver named Ahmed Sharif was asked by a passenger if he was a Muslim. When Mr. Sharif answered affirmatively, the passenger screamed and cursed at him before viciously stabbing him in the throat—with the obvious goal of murder. The attacker was a far left college student named Michael Enright. He was a member of Intersections International which was a left-leaning group that staunchly supports the Islamic Center near Ground Zero. That didn’t stop people like Nihad Awad, national executive director of the far left Council on AmericanIslamic Relations, from saying “As other American minorities have experienced, hate speech often leads to hate crimes. Sadly, we’ve seen how the deliberate public vilification of Islam [by conservatives] can lead some individuals to violence against innocent people.� Once again we see who the truly violent and hateful people are—liberals. Far left former Congressmen Alan Grayson— one of the most hateful and vile leftists in the country— has called for people who want to drill for oil to be

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ACHIEVING  EXCELLENCE  AND  STUDENT  SUCCESS!     The  students  listed  below  achieved  a  3.0  or  better  during  the  Fall  2010  semester  while  serving  as  a   Paraprofessional  in  the  Division  of  Student  Affairs                UNIVERSITY  HALL     Rebekah  Balmer   Catherine  Capitano   Jessica  Casino   Devin  Hallquist   Jaclyn  Hartman   Christopher  Massaro   Laura  Putman   Jennifer  Rothstein   The  Division  of  Student  Affairs  apologizes  for  missing  these  high  achieving  students  in  the  initial  publication   thrown in jail. Grayson’s list of offenses is long and includes a libelous campaign commercial against his opponent Dan Webster in which he called him “Taliban Danâ€? based on a doctored clip of Mr. Webster that made it look like he was saying husbands should demand that their wives submit to them when in fact he was saying just the opposite. Far left pundit Markos Moulitsas wrote a whole book called “American Talibanâ€? which argued that conservatives are just as bad as the Taliban—as if American conservatives throw acid in girls’ faces for attending school, hang seven year old boys, and stone young women to death for fleeing an abusive husband that they were forced to marry, among other atrocious human rights violations that the Taliban are notorious for. All of this is just a small sample of the left’s hateful and violent rhetoric. It is of the utmost irony that liberals would call for civility in our political discourse and admonish conservatives for alleged vitriol and hate speech. It’s like being mugged by a thug who, in the process of roughing you up and stealing your stuff, urges you not to steal because theft is a big problem in America. If the mugger was serious with his call for less stealing then he’d start by putting down his weapons giving you back your wallet and apologizing. Likewise, if liberals were

serious with their calls for civility they would stop their hatred and uncivilized diatribe and apologize for the damage they have already done. A few days after the Tucson shootings, a former member of Congress, Democrat Paul Kanjorski, said: “It is incumbent on all Americans to create an atmosphere of civility and respect in which political discourse can flow freely, without fear of violent confrontation.� This is the same guy that, just a few months earlier, said the following about now Republican Governor of Florida Rick Scott: “That Scott down there that’s running for governor of Florida, Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him.� So who is he to stand on a soap box and preach about how our discourse should be civil and not result in anyone fearing violence? Who is any hateful liberal to tell us to tone down our rhetoric and be more civil? We must demand that liberals stop with the excessive hatred and urge them to stop trying to cover their tracks by accusing conservatives of the same—it’s not working. Bill Hanrahan is a third year student and the Secretary of the College Republicans. He can be reached at WH750431@wcupa. edu.


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Beginning of the New Year marks the most divorces By Ginger Rae Dunbar News Editor

Married couples are hopeful that holidays will bring happiness in their relationships and homes, the kind of happiness that keeps couples together through their struggles. When no such joy comes, couples seek out divorce lawyers. Couples who have been considering a divorce tend to file for it beginning in January, right as their children have started school again. While kids are at school, parents can meet and have a discussion with a divorce lawyer. Some parents, not knowing how to inform their children of the divorce, hope that their children will confide in a friend at school to talk about their parents’ split. According to the website www. divorce360.com, divorce lawyers have no specific reasons why couples get divorced most often in January and February. Divorce lawyers typically hear from couples inquiring about divorces beginning around Sept. 5 steadily until Thanksgiving. Not until after Jan. 2 will divorce lawyers start to have more potential clients. Couples tend to seek divorce lawyers until the first of June.

Holidays and summer vacations tend to keep married couples together. Romanic times spent together may let couples decide to work out their marital problems, or help work on problems. Couples not finding a spark in their marriage during the holidays tend to at least speak with a divorce lawyer. Other reasons that cause couples to file for divorce after the holidays include being snowed in with their spouse. The bad weather conditions may give spouses the cabin fever in their own homes. The time spent inside can lead to more arguments. Arguments occurring while couples are stuck indoors are another reason couples seek out divorce lawyers beginning in the New Year. Couples that file for divorce through a lawyer can expect to pay ten-thousand each. According to the website www.kaplan-law. com couples who come to agreements will have costs around thirty-five thousand. Ginger Rae Dunbar is a fourth year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at RD655287@wcupa. edu

Teacher Feature presents... Dr. Garrett Molholt By Angela Thomas Features Editor

This is Dr. Garrett Molholt’s twenty-fourth year teaching at West Chester University. Molholt is a professor of Linguistics at WCU, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Molholt is officially a faculty member of the English department; however, he also teaches and is a part of the Languages and Cultures Department at the university . He is currently teaching a new course for education majors about teaching English language learners . Dr. Molholt has a lot of professional experience that separates him from many others. He has extensive international experience, starting out as a musician for the United States Army in Germany, conducting graduate linguistics research in India, teaching in both Saudi Arabia and Taiwan and helping out with research projects in Japan.

Dr. Molholt has also helped out and been a part of two consulting projects. One of his consulting projects was with Planetlingo, an internet company based in Hollywood, Ca. that provides spoken language services. He helped create feedback that corrected and developed Japanese English speakers’ language skills and grammar. Dr. Molholt also assessed the proficiency of spoken Arabic, Chinese and Korean to AmericanEnglish speakers at the United States Military Academy located in West Point, Pa. Dr. Molholt started his career as a professor at WCU in the fall of 1987. He says what he likes best about teaching at WCU is the students and his fellow faculty members. “West Chester students have enormous potential, yet they tend to be relatively modest, polite and diligent,” he says. He also adds that he finds it wonderful that the university’s

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Ally training creates positive environment By Rebekah Balmer Staff Writer

In 1992 , a task force was started in order to improve the community on campus. From this task force many things came about. A person was designed to have 1/4 of their job pertain to LGBTQ issues, and a resource library was formalized alongside LGBTQA concerns committee and, encouraged Ally Training. After looking at other school’s programs, West Chester University developed their own Ally training program that was implemented in 1996. In addition to Ally training, about one year ago LGBTQ 101 was formed as a prerequisite to Ally training. The reason for this is it was found that many people who meant well wanted information, but were not ready to take the next step to be an Ally. Both programs are run by Dr. Jacqueline Hodes, Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Coordinator of LGBTQA Services, and Dr. Rodney Mader, an English and women’s and gender studies professor who is also faculty associate for LGBTQA service. Dr. Hodes expresses that, “[Rodney’s] commitment is an unmatched dedication to make a difference on this campus.” Other Allies have helped present in the faculty is willing to team up and join forces on creative and interesting projects. Not only is he currently teaching, but Dr. Molholt is also working on a project involving computers. He is doing research on how computers can characterize the spoken English language , how we can transmit it and how much we need human input when it comes to governing the guidelines of spoken English. Dr. Molholt notes that “so far, it appears that a hybrid system, combining the skills of computers and humans is currently the best solution, especially when faced with large numbers of speakers to evaluate.” Dr. Molholt is a highly successful and experienced professor at WCU that students can definitely learn from. Angela Thomas is a fourth year student majoring in English with a minor in web technology. She can be reached at AT683005@wcupa.edu.

past and allies are welcome to offer their help to present these two programs. These programs are very important to have on our campus. Dr. Hodes explains, “It’s hard to tell who has is an Ally just by looking at them, but with a sticker on their door students can see there is a safe place for them to go.” There are so many layers around sexual orientation and it can be scary for an LGBTQ person looking for support in a heteronormative world, but when professors have an Ally sticker on their door students can see they have support here on campus. There are 150 student Allies and 225 faculty or staff Allies on campus. Dr. Hodes states, “It’s amazing how many people take the time out of their busy schedules to complete two one-hour sessions in order to make a critical difference in the lives of LGBTQ students.” Some Allies themselves wanted to share with the community their thoughts and feelings about Allies and the Ally program. Dr. Adele Bane, Associate Director of WCU library services explains what being an Ally means to her. “We all need an “Ally” in life at some point. For me, an Ally offers a safe space which is there when needed and reassuring even if not needed. Just seeing the many

Ally signs on campus reinforces the feeling that everyone is valued and that differences should be celebrated ,not shunned.” Dr. Lauri Hyers, Associate Professor of Psychology shares that, “It lets students, faculty, staff, and visitors know that WCU is safe space for LGBTQ students - I wish we had an ally program for every group that feels marginalized or alienated.” Lastly, Dr. Lisa Ruchti, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and a professor in the Anthropology and Sociology department states, “Although I am part of the LGBTQA community, I am an Ally because I am wholly devoted to making our campus climate safe and secure. LGBTQA violence is perpetrated in part based on perception, not identification. No one is safe unless we are all safe.” In order to sign up for LGBTQ 101 or Ally training if you have already completed LGBTQA 101, go to the LGBTQA services webpage and follow the directions. If any group of students wants LGBTQ 101 for their organization, they should contact Dr. Hodes at jhodes@wcupa.edu. Rebekah Balmer is a fourth-year student majoring in women’s and gender studies and sociology . She can be reached at RB649636@ wcupa.edu.

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Participants plunge in freezing waters for a good cause By Jessica Cavaliere Special to the Quad

It’s a perfect day on the Brandywine. The sun is shining, the sky is blue with a few gray nimbus clouds, no breezes and the weather is a perfect, balmy 35 degrees . The average person would try their best to avoid this weather by camping out on a couch next to the fireplace with a nice steamy cup of hot chocolate in hand to watch the alluring scenery of “The Jersey Shore” or warm, exotic locations on the Travel Channel. Yet, here, the participants are a group of a few hundred people in their bathrobes, skimpy bathing suits underneath the three layers of clothes they were advised to wear , standing around at the Brandywine Picnic Park for the Fourth Annual Brandywine Valley Association’s Polar Plunge on Feb 12.

Each year the Brandywine Valley Association, an association that works to improve the water quality of the local watershed, helps local municipalities to meet new federal storm water runoff management, and sponsors events that can be seen at Valley Forge Park and all along the Brandywine Valley. Last year the B.V.A. raised $12,000 and in their four years of hosting the polar plunge the B.V.A. raised a total of $37,000. Plungers had to pay a fee of $35, or $25 for a student with a valid school I.D., plus whatever was made through fundraising, which was strongly encouraged. However, it wasn’t all about the plunging. Those brave enough and looking for a good laugh dressed up in costumes to participate in the costume contest. One man braved the elements— and his integrity—by dressing up

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runner-up with her costume “Flotine D’Brees.” Student organizations on campus such as Circle K helped volunteer and participate in the event. All in all, the polar plundge

was an extreme success Jessica Cavaliere is a student majoring in English with a minor in creative writing and philosophy She can be reached at JC671566@ wcupa.edu.

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CD Review: Adele releases second album, ‘21’

Grammy’s more of a concert than award show

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drumming. Adele keeps with her soulful theme in tracks “I’ll Be Waiting” and “One and Only” while hinting at an Aretha Franklininspired gospel sound. As she did in her debut album, Adele features a cover on 21. This time around she has chosen to cover The Cure’s “Lovesong,” from 1989. The song was rearranged with instrumentation that gives the song a bossa nova feel, which I found to be out of place with the rest of the album, but a great cover nonetheless. “Turning Tables” and “Someone Like You” are two notable tracks on the album, showcasing Adele’s vocal abilities backed by piano, while See Adele page 10

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Student Play ‘Baltimo Jawja’ entertains and teaches Dan Colon Staff Writer

a former West Chester student. In fact, most of the cast of the play is former West Chester Gospel Choir and/or Black Student Union members. John Graves started doing plays three years ago while still attending West Chester University. He then began writing his own plays and then started his own production company. It was amazing to see some familiar faces on stage and not be able to recognize them due to their transformation as a beautiful spectacle of art on stage. High and low you will go; this play will leave you on a roller coaster of emotions. Before you leave the concert hall you will feel inspired, inspired to be a better person in the real world. You will feel the need to follow your true dreams and to be born again. Enjoy your life and do not stop what you want to do. Make some decisions for the betterSee Play page 10

You might have noticed that the 2011 Grammy’s felt more like a star-studded concert than an awards ceremony. From the jaw-dropping entrance of Lady Gaga in an egg, to Cee-lo Green’s duet performance with Gwyneth Paltrow and some old-school muppets, the 2011 Grammy Awards was definitely one to remember. The show opened with a medley of songs for an Aretha Franklin tribute performed by Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Florence Welch and Martina McBride. The whole medley seemed to be more centered on Christina Aguilera redeeming herself from her lackluster Super Bowl performance, which she almost did, until the blonde bombshell took a tumble after the performance. Lady Gaga pumped up the crowd with her new single “Born This Way.” Surprisingly, coming out of an incubating egg was the only extreme part of her performance, which let the song be heard and delivered the message it intended to. Bruno Mars, B.o.B and Janelle Monae performed a blast-from-the-past remix of each of their own hits, creating a ‘50s doo-wop feeling and making the trio one of the best performances that night. As the night went on, a fever had swept over the arena, and yes, it was Bieber Fever. Justin Beiber (who walked away empty handed) performed alongside his mentor Usher, and also melted hearts

as he and Jaden Smith (son of Philly-born Will Smith) wrapped up the performance. In her new-found career as a singer (when did this happen?), Gwyneth Paltrow sang on top of a piano played by Cee-lo Green, along with back-up vocals by some old friends, the Muppets. Cee-lo channeled his inner Elton John with a feathered bird costume as he sung his PG-version song “Forget You.” Rihanna made two vocal appearances; one with Eminem for “Love the Way You Lie,” which seemed very similar to their MTV Music Awards Performance (except for the addition of Dr. Dre), and also performed her song “What’s My Name” featuring Drake and a tribal dance number. Rihanna’s real life BFF Katy Perry made eyes tear up with “Not Like the Movies” while wedding footage of her and Russel Brand played in the back, and got toes tapping with her hit “Teenage Dream.” Newcomers Mumford & Sons sang their hit “The Cave” (which you would probably have to hear to remember what song it is) and were joined by the

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The Baltimo Jawja was a thrilling, compassionate play keeping you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Not even halfway through the play did I even realize I had dropped my phone from being so focused on the performance. The play started out with Quiton Crossan-Taylor singing the black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as well as The West Chester University Gospel Choir, Angels of Divinity, and Unlimited Praise all performing on stage. Baltimo Jawja takes place in Baltimore in 1963 when a white pastor and his wife move there from Savannah, Georgia to head a black church. The church is facing many issues at that time, such as racism and prejudice, as well as the lives of individuals standing for or against the obstacles of their era. The play was written and directed by John W. Graves III,

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English singer-songwriter, Adele, has just released her sophomore album, 21, on February 22, 2011. The “Chasing Pavements” singer followed up her multi-Grammy award winning album, 19, with an album that can only be described as stunning. Her big vocals combined with her genuine and relatable lyrics make 21 a must have for 2011. The album opens with its fist single, “Rolling in the Deep,” which is already receiving radio-play and is featured in commercials for the film, “I Am Number Four.” With its pounding drum beats, aggressive piano chords, and scornful lyrics, “Rolling in the Deep” perfectly sets the tone of the album. Followed by another bluesysoulful track, “Rumor Has It” (Produced by Ryan Tedder of One Republic-composer of Beyoncé’s 2009 hit, “Halo”) is packed with grit, bold attitude and more captivating

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legendary Bob Dylan, who showed what years of smoking will do to your voice. The list goes on of other performers such as Lady Antebellum, Arcade Fire (who won Album of the Year), John Mayer, Keith Urban, Norah Jones and Muse just to name a few. All in all, the star-studded performances out-shadowed any awards that were given throughout the night, which only totaled ten for the three hours the show was on . It was refreshing to see a music-oriented awards show that actually focused on the music as opposed to the awardwinning popularity contest. Jacqueline Beley can be reached at JB680786@wcupa.edu.

For those of you who haven’t heard, rapper Wiz Khalifa is coming to perform on West Chester’s campus. Tickets go on sale Feb. 28 at the S.S.I. Window in Sykes and are $11 with a student I.D., $13 without. There are only a limited amount of tickets so be sure to get yours early! (Sales start at 8am)


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Video Game Review: Dead Space 2 Billy O’Keefe

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Everyone makes third-person shooters now. But nobody has made anything like 2008's "Dead Space," which took a suddenly oversaturated genre, doused it in ingredients normally reserved for horror games, and turned that combination into a brutally claustrophobic shooter with a fiction that puts most contemporary science fiction to shame. "Dead Space 2" expands its playing field from a solitary spaceship under siege to an enclosed space city that's been left in ruin by the invading mutant Necromorphs (who, depending on your interpretations of the first game's events, are either evil incarnate or victims of fanaticism gone obscenely wrong). But while the environment is larger and more diverse, a point driven home by portions of the game that take place in wide-open, zero-gravity space, the storytelling is considerably more personal. Engineer-turned-army of one Isaac Clarke was a silent protagonist in the first game, but "DS2" gives him both human companionship and a voice, and without spoiling anything behind the necessity of those additions, both are for the better. Isaac's odyssey hits the ground blazing as soon as "DS2" cedes control to you, and the 15 chapters that follow are a clinic on how to give a formerly silent character a voice and a

starring role without ever allowing him to overstay his welcome or trivialize the significance of the larger story around him. Most importantly, and in the spirit of its predecessor the storytelling sets the table for an exhilarating wave of showdowns against a more powerful Necromorph force on turf that often favors them over you. All of the first game's hallmarks, inventive weapons, great controls, a painfully good ability to illustrate the might of attacking Necromorphs who break through Isaac's defenses are hallmarks in "DS2" as well. But "DS2" upgrades the shooting controls from great to immaculate, and it provides more opportunities to put the secondary weapons' unique specialties to invaluable use. Even Isaac's telekinesis device, previously good for solving puzzles but little else, is a formidable combat tool this time. Chiefly, though, "DS2" just sets better tables than its predecessor did. A vicious enemy from the first game returns at the worst time imaginable here, and the two-chapter chase that follows should rattle the nerves of even the most stoic players. Elsewhere, a new, exponentially savvier strain of Necromorph engages Isaac in a game of hideand-seek that turns ordinary corridor crawls into dangerous instances of walking on tiptoes and constantly stopping to look over your shoulder whenever

you hear a clank or the lighting plays tricks on you. These and other moments provide "DS2" with its highlights, but it bears mentioning that, outside of one chapter that goes slightly overboard with cheap scares, there really aren't any lowlights. The fundamental formula that steered the first game drives this one as well, but every chapter changes the rules just enough to keep the action from ever losing its edge. As story-driven experiences go, this is, by any metric, as good as it gets. Though it wasn't really necessary, Visceral decided to incorporate multiplayer (eight players, online only) into "DS2" anyway. What results is pretty much what you'd expect: Familiar shooter conventions and map designs apply, and the more you play (and kill), the more weapons and perks you can unlock. Compared to the singleplayer stuff, "DS2's" multiplayer is pretty pedestrian. But all that gameplay polish carries over, so it plays well. It also provides players their first opportunity to play as four species of Necromorph, whose unique movement and attack methods make a surprisingly smooth migration over to the multiplayer arena.

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Adele from page 9 displaying her strongest songwriting on the album, evoking emotion without coming off as pathetic love songs. “Someone Like You” will be the album’s second single due to high download sales. During a live webcast from the Tabernacle in London, Adele stated that “Someone Like You” is her favorite song she has written because of the way she was able to articulate her feelings. With the release of 21, Adele has set herself apart from the Amy Winehouse’s and Duffy’s of the music industry. The arrangements of this album have been constructed to keep Adele’s rich vocals as the focal point. 21 is a perfect break-up album that will leave me alternating favorite tracks every few weeks. Shawn Manning can be reached at SM749898@wcupa.edu.

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ment of everybody. I recommend this play to anyone who needs some inspiration or motivation or anyone just going through some tough times in his or her life. For more information about the Baltimo Jawja or John Graves productions go to www. johngravesproductions.org. Dan Colon is a fourth-year student majoring in English. He can be reached at DC741117@wcupa. edu

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WCU team to beat at PSAC’s By Brynn Dougherty Staff Writer

The 2011 PSAC Championships are underway at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsville, Pa., hosted by Edinboro University. The competition began Thursday, Feb. 17, and will end on Sunday, Feb. 20. The men’s swimming team is facing seven teams: Bloomsburg, Clarion, Edinboro, Gannon, Indiana and Shippensburg. As 12-time defending champions, the Rams seek to tie all-time PSAC men’s swimming championships with Clarion. West Chester has earned 23 titles overall, trailing just behind Clarion, who has earned 24 wins. West Chester came out with a bang, as sophomore Tommy Rhoads placed second in the 1,000-yard freestyle, conquering 20 other swimmers in the opening race of the Championships. Rhoads was expected to deliver stellar performances after being named “Freshman of the Year” at the PSAC’s in 2010. Rhoads has also earned his fourth individual all-conference honor at the Championships up to this point. After the first day of competition, Gannon was leading the

men’s Championships with 39 points. West Chester was a close second with 37 points, while Indiana trailed with 18 points. Tyler Adams, another distance swimmer, placed fourth with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 9:40:45. Day one on the women’s side also started off on a good note. The women’s swimming team is going head-to-head with nine other schools including East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield and Millersville. As the four-time defending champions, these athletes are seeking to win their fifth straight conference title. At the close of day one, the Golden Rams were leading the competition with 36 points, followed by Bloomsburg with 29 points, and Indiana with 18 points. West Chester holds the top seed in four events, including 800 free relay, 200 IM and both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. In all, 30 women took to the pool, but it was West Chester’s senior distance swimmer, Kristen Montello, who knocked out her competition in the 1,000yard freestyle, earning a first place slot in the opening race of the Championships. Montello took the title of both the 1,000-yard and 500 freestyle events in 2010. Montello’s

closest competition was Shippensburg’s Amy Fisher who had the top PSAC time in both events. Montello gave the crowd an exciting race as she trailed behind Fisher for much of the swim. As the race neared the finish line, Montello evened out with, and eventually passed Fisher for the Rams’ first individual conference title at the Championships. Montello swam 1,000 yards in 10:15.50, just missing an NCAA ‘A’ qualifying time of 10:14.79 seconds. She defeated her closest competition by 2.45 seconds. West Chester’s Kenny McCormick exhibited impressive performances at the 2010 Championships, winning three individual titles and two relay titles, while also earning the title, “Swimmer of the Meet.” McCormick is the defending champion in the 200 individual medley, 400 IM and 200 butterfly; he has surpassed top-five national times in the 200 IM and the 400 IM. McCormick earned his second title in the 200-yard individual medley , completing the race in 1:50.58 seconds. Teammate Brendan Magarity came in third and Kevin Moyer came in fifth. McCormick, along with Phil Letcavage, Calvin Sarosta and

Ryan Stahley, made up the winning 400 medley team, touching the wall in 3:22.48 seconds. Sarosta, Rhodes, Stahley and Josh Pauley registered the win in the 200 free relay team with a time of 1:22.47 seconds. West Chester also came up big with a one-two finish in the 500 free. Rhodes took the title with a time of 4:35.68 seconds, which was an NCAA ‘B’ time. Stahley came behind him in 20.77 seconds. After day two, the men’s swimming team took the first place slot, leading the way with 236 points. Clarion trailed behind with 192 points, Shippensburg was in third with 147 and Edinboro in fourth with 134.5 points. Erin Fisher, West Chester’s defending champion in the 200 butterfly, started day too off with a win after conquering the 200 individual medley. Fisher qualified with an NCAA‘B’ time, finishing the 200 IM in 2:06.71. Fisher also contributed to a win in the 400 medley relay team. Fisher’s accomplishments lead to the extension of West Chester’s lead. After day two, the Rams were leading the Championships with 194 points; Clarion took over second place with 163 points, and Indiana

was in third with 127 points, with California sitting in the fourth spot with 121 points. The 400 IM medley relay was composed of Fisher and Buckley, as well as high school teammates Megan Winslow and Mia Barone. The swimmers completed the relay with an NCAA qualifying time of 3:48.95 seconds. Montello contributed to West Chester’s lead again on day two with a second place title in the 500, coming in with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 5:00.87 seconds. Doss placed eighth in the 500 with a time of five minutes and 12.40 seconds. After two full days of competition behind them, the West Chester men’s and women’s swimming teams appeared to be the ones to beat. Both sitting in the first place slots, the teams entered the remaining two days of the Championships with confidence. The PSAC Swimming Championships will continued on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 beginning with the preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m., which will feature the 200 medley relay, 400 IM and 100 butterfly. Brynn Dougherty is a third-year student at West Chester University. She can be reached at BD670913@ wcupa.edu.

Ryan Karli placed fifth in the 60m finals, competing in section one, with a time of 9.13. Sean Sebeck came in second in the section one final of the 5000m. He placed fifth overall in that event with a time of 16:03.23. Tim Thiry finished second in the 500 and third in the 400 that Saturday afternoon. Thiry finished in 1:06.49 and completed the 400 in 57.27. Nick Drozd placed fifth in the 500 behind teammate Thiry. Drozd completed the race in 1:07.71. The Lady Rams hit three PSAC qualifying times at Bucknell the same day. Melanie Ruff and Sam Smarkola both won their heats in the 200, qualifying both of them for the PSAC’s. Ruff won heat two, completing the race in 26.28 while Smarkola finished in heat three at a time of 26.82. Melinda Wentz did a great job in the Pentathlon, where she placed second and received 3.265 points. Wentz also won the shot put with a throw of 32 – 3 ½ inches. She also placed

second in the 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 9.48 seconds and placed third in the high jump (5 – 2 ¼). The Lady Rams 4x400 relay team broke the previous school record on day two of the Bucknell Open. Melanie Ruff, Melinda Wentz, Smarkola and Nicole Smith crossed the line in 3:58.75, beating the old time of 4:03.4. Smith was named the PSAC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week after this weekend. Smith placed third in the 500 with a time of 1:20.47. Smith also won the 200, finishing with a time of 25.87. Brittany Foye, the only first place performance that weekend, came during her triple jump, where she leapt 36 – 9 ½. The men’s and women’s track team traveled to East Stroudsburg the following weekend for the DeSchriver Invitational at Kohler Field House. The men’s 4x400 team consisting of Drozd, Adam Heath, Perry and Thiry finished

second with a time of 3:25.1. Real placed fifth in the 55 high hurdles (7.92), while Brian Pellechia, also placing fifth, with a distance of 43 – 8 in the weight throw. The women’s team remarkably broke their school record from the previous week, finishing with a time of 3:58.07. Erin Spangler qualified for PSAC’s in the shot put, throwing a distance of 35 – 5 ¼. Foye won the triple jump, leaping 37 – 3 ¾. On Feb. 11, both teams traveled to the New Balance Collegiate at the Armory in New York City. Leighon Johnson placed second in the long jump, leaping 22 – 4 ½. Meanwhile, the men’s 4x400 relay team, made up of Thiry, Perry, Drozd and Craig Espenshade, finished second with a time of 3:22.8. Lady Rams’ runner, Lyndsie Ratasiewicz, won the mile with a time of 5:04.53. Smith won the 400, breaking the school record with a time of 56.9. Her time not only broke the school

record, but is also an NCAA provisional qualifying time, and stands as the top time in the PSAC this winter, ranking her 17th in the country. Melanie Ruff finished in second place in the 400 behind Smith (58.12) and also placed second in the 60 (7.93). Smarkola placed fourth in the 400 (1:00.21). Ruff received first place in the 200 with a time of 25.87. The two time record breaking women’s 4x400 relay team hit a national provisional qualifying time at the Armory (3:55.68). This just became the fourth best time in the PSAC this year. The Golden Rams will compete at the 2011 PSAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 26 and 27 at Edinboro. They are currently No.9 in the regional ranking with 98.54 points and will be competing against top-ranked school in the Atlantic Region, Shippensburg, who has received 340.62 points. Jillian Morgan is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at JM652349@wcupa.edu.

No. 9 WCU travels to Edinboro By Jillian Morgan Staff Writer The Golden Rams have competed three times within the last three weeks to prepare for PSAC’s this upcoming weekend. The Rams will be traveling to Edinboro on Feb. 26 and 27 for the PSAC Indoor Championships. WCU is ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic Region in the USTFCCCA Division II regional team rankings. It is the first time this season that WCU has appeared in the top ten. The Rams competed at the Bucknell Open and Multi Event inside Gerhard Field House in Lewisburg on Friday, Jan. 29. Tyler Real competed in the 60-meter dash, which qualified him for PSAC’s. Real finished with a time of 8.47 seconds, which gave him first place in the section two final. Of all three sections, Real had the fastest time in that event. He competed later in the prelims and won his heat, qualifying him for finals.


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By Amy Festa Sports Editor

The West Chester men’s basketball team had a strong week at home to keep their playoff chances alive and went 2-0 after dropping four of their previous five games. On Wednesday, West Chester held off a late Shippensburg threat to grab the win. They followed up that win with a 28 point victory over Millersville on Saturday. At this point in the season, every game is important to West Chester’s possible future in the playoffs. With Mansfield being the only team in the PSAC East to clinch a playoff berth so far, the postseason is still in reach for a lot of teams. In recent weeks, West Chester has shown subpar numbers from all aspects of the floor. Whether they were missing game changing free throws or coming up short in their free throw percentage, they weren’t finding what it took to finish their games out strong. However, that all changed this past week. They came out strong against Shippensburg from the moment the ball was tipped. West Chester went on a 17-2 run in the first half to make the score 21-7 in their favor with 7:27 left in the half. By halftime, West Chester was leading by 16 points. The second half seemed to go West Chester’s way as well. With just over 11 minutes left in the game, West Chester led their opponents by 20 points.

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However, Shippensburg was not ready to give up quite yet and put together a late streak that caught the Rams off guard. West Chester saw their comfortable lead quickly decreasing until Shippensburg finally came within six with only 1:53 left in the game. West Chester was able to capitalize on opportunities at the free throw line to stave off Ship’s efforts and they finally took the game 66-58. The win kept West Chester’s playoff hopes alive. L a n c e McDowell led the Rams in scoring with 18 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots in the win. West Chester brought their d o - o r - d i e mentality into their game on Saturday against Millersville. Millersville was able to keep the game relatively close in the first half, but once the second half started, West Chester ran away with the lead. West Chester

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grabbed the momentum and was able to play tight against Millersville and not allow them enough room to get set up or make the plays that would have

kept them in the game. They capitalized

Millersville’s turnovers and on their fast break attempts. West Chester’s largest lead of the game was 28, which is what they ended up winning by. The final score was 76-48. A g a i n , McDowell led the scoring for West Chester with 15 points. The Rams had three other players in double figures. Carl Johnson and Khalif Foster added 13 and 12 points, respectively. H a r l e y Williamson had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Two of his points came off of a dunk that capped off the scoring for the afternoon. Both games this week were s t r o n g defensive games for West Chester. They were able to force their opponents into m a k i n g Jess Guzzardo/ The Quad mistakes and then took advantage of the opportunities on that arose from those mistakes.

After this week, West Chester improves their overall record to 14-10. They are now 5-7 in the conference and jumped up a spot in the standings. They are now in sixth place in the PSAC East. West Chester’s strong efforts on the week were slightly tainted by the results of games they were dependent on. On Saturday, Cheyney won their game against Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg edged Kutztown by only one point. Both teams will have to lose their remaining two games in order for West Chester to have a shot at the playoffs. West Chester can do more than just hope Cheyney loses their next game. The Rams will travel across town to Cheyney’s campus for a game on Wednesday that will have the atmosphere of a playoff game. If the Rams bring the level of play that they have cultivated in the past couple of games into their game against Cheyney, they will be able to do something not too many teams have done this year: beat Cheyney on their turf. The game against the Wolves is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. West Chester will return home for their regular season finale on Saturday Feb. 26 in a game against Bloomsburg that is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Bloomsburg is only one spot ahead of West Chester in the PSAC East standings. 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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6-6 PSAC East), West Chester started slow but cruised by the Red Raiders 84-67 to win their fifth game in a row. “I was extremely concerned,” Kane said about the possibility of her team looking past Shippensburg. “I walked into the locker room and said, ‘What is the most important game on our schedule right now?’ And they said, ‘Shippensburg.’” Shippensburg jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead behind Dana and Shawna Wert, but the Lady Rams took control of the game

midway through the first half. Five different players (Hostetter, Stewart, Keefer, Dominique Adams and Meghan Kerrigan) hit three-pointers to help give the Lady Rams a 21-10 lead. West Chester led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but the Red Raiders took some momentum into the locker room after Shawna Wert hit a three point shot at the end of the half to make it 34-25. In the second half, Shippensburg got the Lady Rams’ lead down to five points, four and a half minutes into the half. But West Chester put down the clamp and went on a 33-15 run to lead by as many as 23 points in the game.

“I thought it was a solid win,” Kane said. “And I am thrilled with our bench. We got 24 points from them, and players like Strickland and Adams gave us some exceptional minutes. They did a nice job of extending the lead.” Serratelli led five players in double figures with 16 points. She added six rebounds and two assists. Stewart added 14 points, five rebounds and nine assists. Keefer added 13 points, five rebounds and a steal. Lennon finished with ten points, nine rebounds, four blocks, three assists and two steals. Carly Strickland finished with ten points and three rebounds off the bench.

The Lady Rams shot 47.2 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the field in the second half. The Red Raiders shot 22-32 from the foul line, while West Chester shot 9-11. “All four of the seniors on this team are leaders and we don’t want this to end,” Serratelli said. “We are going to do whatever we can and we are not going to look past anybody.” PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mary Kate Serratelli. The senior co-captain is enjoying her best stretch of games of her career as a Lady Ram. She averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, one assist and one block per game this week. She has scored in double figures in seven of her last eight

games. UPCOMING GAMES: This week, West Chester finishes off the regular season with a matchup on Wednesday at Cheyney University beginning at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Rams host the Bloomsburg University Huskies at 2 p.m. on Senior Day. WHERE THEY STAND: With one week remaining, West Chester sits in second place in the PSAC East, one game behind Bloomsburg and one game ahead of Millersville. All three teams have clinched a playoff berth. LJ Harrell is a graduate student majoring in communications studies. He can be reached at LH639694@ wcupa.edu.


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Rams end reg ular season with wi n By Kenny Ayres Staff Writer

The regular season has ended, and the WCU club hockey team is not where they imagined themselves being when it began. Plagued by injuries, suspensions and a disappointing record, the Golden Rams are certainly frustrated with the way their season has concluded. West Chester wrapped up its schedule on Feb. 13, losing two of the three games they played that weekend. After being swept in a two game series with Delaware, the Rams rebounded back against Villanova and sent their seniors off with a win in their final regular season game at WCU. Lack of offense was the recurring theme of the weekend, as WCU managed only seven goals in three games. Coming into Friday’s game, the Rams knew they had their work cut out for them. Delaware is the first place team in the ESCHL with a record of 28-4. They proved their dominance early and often. WCU fell behind early in the period on a power play goal by Delaware defensemen Chris Galgano. Following Galgano’s lead, UD scored two more times in the period and took a 3-1 lead after one. West Chester’s goal was scored from a Bob McInerney slap shot that found its way in from the blue line. Whatever momentum WCU had from McInerney’s goal was halted quickly in the second. Delaware scored about halfway through the period, and again just three minutes later. West Chester could not recover or get themselves going. Managing just seven shots in the period, WCU fell behind 5-1 and a comeback seemed almost out of the question. The offensive rush was slow and sloppy and it seemed as though the Rams had given up before the period even ended. Delaware was executing crisp passes and tearing holes through the WCU defense all game. Although the third period faired no better for the Rams on the scoreboard, it did bring excitement. Perhaps this was

something WCU needed: seeing as they had been unenergized and flat all game. Late in the third, head coach Sean Dorsey was ejected from the game for arguing with the linesman after no penalty was issued to a Delaware player for punching Steve Jones. Before play could resume, Rams’ alternate captain Joe Mango and Delaware’s Christian Tasker took off their helmets and squared up at center ice. At 5’9”, Mango held his own against the sixfoot-two inch Tasker. Both of them landed several right handed shots before tumbling to the ice. “Me wanting to go with him was a combination of things,” said Mango. “To start, I was defending my teammates. He was skating around trying to injure people. Second, he just came after me and wouldn’t stop…As for going up against someone with a size advantage, that didn’t really bother me because in my mind I’m the bigger person.” Perhaps the fight set a fire underneath WCU, pushing them to give UD a run for their money the following evening. West Chester came out strong in all aspects of Saturday’s rematch. Following a UD turnover early in the first period, Mike Kozza and Steve Meade traveled down ice on a breakaway. Kozza drilled the puck into the back of the net, giving WCU a 1-0 lead. UD tied the game later that period, but the offensive powerhouse was not clicking the way it had the night before. After two deadlocked periods, the score still remained 1-1. The third period was when West Chester had their golden

opportunity and capitalized on it. Chris Doyle fired a shot across the goal line during a WCU power play, giving them the 2-1 advantage. The lead was once again short lived. Delaware answered back within minutes, putting the pressure back on the Rams. With eight minutes left in the period, this well fought game was decided in the worst possible way. Doyle, bidding for his second goal of the game, was tripped while skating out of

4-2. This was an upsetting loss for Dorsey and his team, but there were many positives to take from it. Dorsey said, “Saturday showed us what we can do if we just go out and play hard consistently. I was so proud of how the boys battled on Saturday. Unfortunately, the calls didn’t go our way. I thought we played hard the whole game, even when we didn’t get some bounces, and I thought we played disciplined throughout.”

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the corner to take a shot. The referee signaled for a penalty, but the penalty was not on Delaware. The penalty was on Doyle. After he was tripped, the follow through from his shot hit a Delaware player. The referee wrongfully decided to not only give Doyle a two-minute minor, but a five -minute major for spearing. This call alone all but sealed the win for Delaware. Since a major penalty is not over when a goal is scored, Delaware took full advantage on their five-minute power play, scoring twice. The game ended with Delaware winning

Sometimes it is important to disregard the final outcome and look at the effort put forth. Whereas this game was not put in the win column, it said a lot about the team’s character and ability to bounce back. The effort finally paid off on Sunday as the Rams honored their graduating players on senior day with a win against Villanova. West Chester jumped on Villanova early, as Meade and Harrison Welch both scored as a result of great passes from Tim Margadonna and Chris Gentile, respectively. Meade then returned the favor in the second as the

rebound of his shot found Margadonna, who poked it into the net. Villanova never really made a push. They managed to get within one, but their comeback attempt was ended when Steve Jones scored on an empty net, finalizing a 4-2 WCU victory. That empty net goal marked Jones’ thirty-ninth point of the season, a career high while at WCU. One of the biggest factors of this win was Will Parra’s effort in net. His positioning and vision on the ice proved to be too much for Villanova, as he steered away all but two shots. Parra gave other players the credit as much as himself. “Our defense played solid all game on Sunday. They killed off a few big penalties in the second and third, and did a real good job of taking care of the front of the cage, clearing rebounds, blocking shots and making my job easy.” The game was not entirely perfect for West Chester. They seemed to have trouble clearing the zone at times, their offensive play was slow and they struggled to set up in the Villanova zone. They also committed a lot of turnovers as a result of trying to do too much. Coach Dorsey was quick to point out what he wishes he saw from this game. “I wanted to see more execution, and we didn’t see that. We kind of got away from what we like to do, which is getting pucks deep, putting a lot of shots on the net, and being a physical presence…” If West Chester can stay within their style of play, they have a chance to make themselves heard during the playoffs. “If we can play well, and consistent, we can definitely do some damage in the tournament and prove a lot,” Dorsey said, “If we can get a couple of wins, it will do wonders for the whole group heading into next season.” Next season is right around the corner. It will be tough to fill the spots of Jones, Mango, Baer and Maclaughlin. However, with hard work, the Rams can keep making that push at a championship. Kenny Ayres is a first-year student majoring in communications. He can be reached at KA739433@wcupa.edu.


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Lady Rams clinch playoff berth

WCU edges Millersville in O.T. 74-68

West Chester scored three points in the final 5:38 of the first half. The Lady Rams shot 33.3 percent from the field in the first This week, the West Chester half, while Millersville shot 35.5 University Lady Rams clinched a percent from the field. berth in the Pennsylvania State In the second half, it looked as Athletic Conference playoff tournament with victories over Shippensburg and Millersville. With two victories in the final two games of the regular season, the Lady Rams can clinch at least a share of the PSAC East title, with a chance to be the number one seed out of the East. On Saturday, in front of a large Pink Zone crowd, West Chester (19-5, 10-2 PSAC East) scratched and clawed their way to a hard fought 74-68 overtime victory over the No. 21 Millersville University Marauders (19-5, 9-3 PSAC East) inside Hollinger Field House. This marked the sixth consecutive victory for the Lady Rams. “This win shows the toughness of our team, especially after they came back,” sophomore forward Alex Lennon said. “We could have folded. Our coaches always tell us, ‘It doesn’t have to be perfect, just a little better than theirs.’” Behind the raucous crowd during the overtime period, West Chester scored the final eight points to split the season series with the Marauders. This also marked the third win over a nationally ranked opponent for the Lady Rams. “You’ve got to keep it going,” head coach Deirdre Kane said. “We are trying to eek our way into the regional rankings and we are trying to win a co-championship, so we’ve got to take care of business.” Five players scored in double figures for West Chester led by Lennon, who finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals. The Lady Rams jumped out to a quick four-point lead behind two quick Lennon baskets. Millersville answered back by going on a 15-4 run to take a seven-point lead over the next eight minutes. The Marauders continued to hold the lead throughout the entire first half. By LJ Harrell Staff Writer

if the Marauders would be able to hold on. With 15:54 remaining in the second half, Mashira Newman received a technical foul allowing West Chester to shoot two free throws, receive possession of the ball and tie the game up.

Junior Jill Keefer nailed the two free throws and Lennon converted a layup to tie the game up at 35 apiece. All of this was included in a 16-2 run that the Lady Rams went on over a five minute span. Senior co-captain

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Mary Kate Serratelli hit two three-pointers during the run to help West Chester get back into the game. The Lady Rams held the lead throughout the remainder of the second half until the final moments. Leading by six (62-56) with 4:19 remaining in the second half, West Chester couldn’t hold off Millersville from finishing the game on a 10-4 run to send it into overtime. The Marauders scored first in the overtime period, but did not score the rest of the way. Lennon scored at the 2:23 mark of overtime to tie the game at 68, and scored 45 seconds later to give the Lady Rams the lead for good. “Our depth helped us,” Kane said. “(Millersville) had to be tired. They had four kids play more than 40 minutes. We got 15 points off the bench and they didn’t have any.” “We came out tough in the second half. We wanted it,” junior guard Allison Hostetter said. “This was a big win for us. We knew what was at stake. We know if we want to come in first in the East, we had to come through and beat Millersville.” Lennon played the final 8:43 of the game with four fouls. Being in foul trouble could deter a player from making an impact, but not Lennon. “I honestly didn’t think about it,” Lennon said. “I couldn’t think about it. I just went out there and played.” Serratelli finished with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Hostetter finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior guard Megan Stewart finished with 10 points, three rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Sophomore Ambreelinne Ortman finished with 10 points, four rebounds and one assist off the bench. On Wednesday, in a game that can be classified as a trap game against the Shippensburg University Red Raiders (11-13, See Basketball page 14

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