W W W. W C U Q UA D. CO M MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014
VOLUME 106, ISSUE 6
THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY
LASO holds Gala of Hope- story on page 2 Photo by Tiffany Hundley
QUADNEWS@WCUPA.EDU By Judy Lubas Special to The Quad
n Mar. 28 from 4-6 p.m. in Sykes Ballrooms, the National Student Speech & Hearing Language Association (NSSLHA) will be hosting a silent art auction and raffle benefitting Small Steps in Speech. This amazing nonprofit, founded by West Chester alumna, Amanda Charney MA, CCC-SLP, assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatments for individuals as well as grants to charitable organizations who serve children with communicative disorders. Appropriately
named “Art With a Heart,” this fundraiser will feature framed artwork by recipients as well as artwork by local school children and local artists. Supported by local businesses and organizations, the fundraiser will also auction off various gift baskets and gift cards to those in attendance. In addition to the artwork, an array of appetizers and desserts will be served and live music will be on hand to entertain guests. The auction is open to all students, faculty and staff. Tickets are only $5 at the door, and all proceeds will go directly to Small Steps in Speech. This cause proves to be of great importance to its organizers.
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Fundraiser to benefit Gala of Hope proceeds Small Steps in Speech go to scholarship fund
“After working with children who were unable to afford speech therapy, I wanted to give back to a nonprofit that gives to individuals, who are unable to afford therapy...I chose an art auction for the fundraiser because one activity most children love is making artwork,” said the fundraiser co-coordinator Melissa Christie. NSSLHA secretary Judy Lubas echoed Christie’s sentiments. “The reason I hold Small Steps in Speech in such high regards is that 100 percent of donations go directly to children in need. All board members are volunteers with full times job of their own, and there is no official office so there are absolutely no overhead costs.” Grants given by Small
Ukraine in crisis after Russian invasion
By Jessica Macay Special to The Quad
he battle between Russia and Ukraine has existed since the demise of the Soviet Union. Tensions in Ukraine have worsened in recent weeks, especially after the ousting of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych in February, creating violent anti-government rallies in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. The violence spread to other regions where the local authorities refuse to adapt to new Ukrainian government. Now that Russia has invaded the Crimean peninsula, the battle is receiving international attention. Not only did Russian president Vladimir Putin deny Russian troops that had taken over Crimea, but he also charged the Obama administration with meddling in Ukraine. In remarks at the White House, Obama said, “If
Russia continues this violation of international law, the resolution of the United States, all our allies, and the international community will remain firm.” Secretary of State John Kerry has been included in mediating the situation by talking with Russia, France, Germany, Britain and Ukraine. The countries met in Paris and discussed ways to stabilize Ukraine. In an interview after the meeting, Kerry stated, “It is not appropriate to invade a country, and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve.” United States heightened its response to Russia’s military and economic threats in Ukraine by imposing visa bans on officials and others responsible for actions that have undermined Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity. Vladimir
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Lukin, Russia’s human rights commissioner and a former ambassador to the United States, was quoted by Russia’s Interfax news agency as saying, “The U.S. has the right [to impose a visa ban] and we have the right to respond to it,” “But all that is, of course, not making me happy.” In Washington, President Obama said the new sanctions were intended to demonstrate that the world stands united against the Russian occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula this past weekend. The eyes of the world are now fixed squarely on Russian President Vladimir Putin as he faces pressure from the United States and other Western Countries to loosen his grip on Crimea. Jessica Macay is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at JM747402@wcupa.edu.
Steps in Speech have afforded children with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders and other varied disabilities with a gift that most take advantage on a daily basis: the ability to form a relationship with love ones through communication. For additional information on this wonderful philanthropy, and to view recipient testimonials, readers can visit www.smallstepsinspeech.org. If you or your organization are interested volunteering or making monetary donation, please contact Melissa Christie at MC761281@wcupa.edu. Judy Lubas is a third-year student majoring in communicative disorders. She can be reached at JL759294@wcupa.edu.
for high school senior By Tiffany Hundley Special to The Quad
n Mar. 8, WCU’s Latino American Student Organization (LASO) held their 9th Annual Gala of Hope in Sykes Ballrooms from 7 p.m. to midnight. The Gala of Hope proceeds were donated to make a scholarship for a high school DREAM ACT recipient to attend college. Fellow West Chester students, alumni, and also non-WCU students came in their best outfit to enjoy the night of dancing, food, and Spanish style music.
Highlights of the evening included senior students from the Mastery Charter School of Philadelphia performing an astounding high energy dance routine, as well as alumni and current West Chester students reuniting with friends. Charles Dickens once said, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” If the attendees of the Gala of Hope kept this in mind, it was surely a night to remember. Tiffany Hundley is a third-year student majoring in English literature with a minor in French. She can be reached at TH744096@wcupa.edu.
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ore than two decades after a cookbook was checked out of a Kansas library, it’s just now been returned. “The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean: A Celebration of the World’s Most Healthful Foods” was placed in the public library return box this week after having been checked out since Sept. 24, 1992. Library officials speculate that the borrower misplaced the volume and came across it just recently. Florida woman - who was 9 months pregnant - and her family became ill after eating meat from Walmart that had been tainted with LSD. Police say doctors induced labor and the woman had a healthy baby boy. The entire family was eventually released from the hospital in good condition. n Monday morning in a Brooklyn park, a man was walking with his dog when the dog sniffed out what turned out to be a preserved goat head. The man alerted a park worker, who warned him not to touch the head. The worker knew how to handle the situation because this is not the first time a severed goat head has been found in this particular park. Four years ago, another goat head was discovered in the same park by a different man and his dog.
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eeeeellllllloooo West Chester! My name is Adam Farence, I am the Op-Ed editor for the student newspaper, and we’re starting something new called “Students Speak!” You just read the opening line for a new video series the student news paper is starting. Ever since The Quad acquired new mobile journalist kits, the editorial staff has been experimenting with different ways to broadcast content back to the student body. Technology is changing the way the world works – and journalism is no exception. For the longest time, the print copy of the newspaper was the primary, if not sole method of rapid news dissemination. But times are changing - video cameras, audio recording devices, cell phones, and the Internet all offer new and exciting ways to reach out to the crowd. Record a video, edit it, and put it on YouTube is just one of the new ways the student newspaper is expanding. And we’re quite excited about it. Hence, the first installment of a series called “Students speak!” Essentially, I’ll walk around campus with a general, yet relevant question to ask students who do not mind being filmed and put on YouTube. We hope to increase our ties with the student body by directly broadcasting the thoughts and feelings of West Chester University’s student body. All of the videos posted will be put on the Quad’s channel on YouTube, so they will be readily accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To see The Quad’s new video, check out our channel on YouTube. This week’s question was: “How do the students feel about Wayne Hall being turned into office space?” Interested? Check out the video on YouTube. Type “WCU Students Speak!” into the YouTube search bar. We’re really excited about the potential of our new mobile journalist kits so for any students wanting to contribute to something larger than themselves, now is the time to take advantages of what the newspaper has to offer. College is all about trying new things and exploring new possibilities, and the newspaper is no exception.
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Michael Sam attempts to make history in the NFL
By Drew Mattiola Staff Writer
n the organization’s 94 years of existence, the NFL has seen players of high profile and low profiles come and go. Throughout the years, we have seen many athletes of all sizes prevail and plummet under dangerous conditions leaving their mark on the sport in some way, shape or form, but the question remains to be seen: Is the NFL ready for the first openly gay football player? Missouri Tiger’s defensive end, Michael Sam could possibly serve as the answer to that very question as he attempts make history when he enters the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft this May. The NFL is no stranger to diversity. Men of different race, persona, and ethnicity have all played together in unity season after season. The NFL has faced adversity before and they have done so quite mannerly and appropriately. However, since the federal government’s acknowledge-
ment and enactment of gay marriage, highly unexpected events have transitioned into every facet of entertainment media including professional sports. The Walt Disney Company recently approved the first openly gay couple to appear on its network program, Good Luck Charlie in which the family situational comedy took the liberty of introducing the first onscreen lesbian pair, Susan and Cheryl. Historically, the Disney studio looks to dodge controversy, but instead the “happiest place on Earth” decided to remodel themselves by further examining their disparate market which was originally Christianoriented and adjusted to the times. Even Hollywood didn’t hesitate to greenlight several big-budget productions centered around gay characters in 2014 such as “Date and Switch” and Ira Sachs’ “Love Is Strange.” Not long ago, Hollywood actor, Jared Leto, won his very first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his
portrayal of transvestite prostitute, Rayon, in “Dallas Buyers Club” although Tom Hanks previously characterized the first realistic homosexual being as lawyer, Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia. Just from these examples alone, it’s highly evident that the gay community is no longer hesitant nor gunshy to express who they are and what they stand for. United States President Barack Obama gave the community hope that gay and lesbian rights were to be immediately addressed upon entering his second term in office. Thus far the following has transpired to the surprise and shock of many especially the news of Michael Sam enlisting in the 2014 NFL Draft. But, should commissioner Roger Goodell and the league be worried about Sam’s baggage and the media attention that has ensued him? Well, yes and no. According to physical and mental tests conducted by NFL personnel directors, Sam had notable character issues upon
his initial entry into the NFL Combine, some in which inspired him to “come out” to his teammates at Missouri. Born January 7, 1990, Sam was the seventh of eight children belonging to JoAnn and Michael Sam, Sr. During his lethargic youth, Sam faced many hardships within his household that, to this day, have left a deep impact on his life. Some of these struggles were tolerable for Sam while others were plainly unspeakable. In retrospect, Sam witnessed his parents separate, his younger sister pass away during infancy, he watched one of his older brothers die from a gunshot wound, another brother was filed as a missing person since 1998, and his other two brothers both imprisoned. At one point in his childhood, Sam lived in his mother's car in an attempt to avoid the internal household conflict that afflicted him. Sam even threatened his own well-being and reputation when he was accidentally maced by police officers who
were arresting one of his brothers. In the grand scheme, Sam’s inferior past could haunt him and most likely bedevil the NFL if the right precautions aren’t taken. Currently, the NFL is embroiled in an ugly investigation regarding the Miami Dolphins cancerous locker room in pertinence to offensive tackle, Jonathan Martin. The second-year veteran claimed he was a victim of bullying after being harassed by teammates, Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey who both played ring-leading roles in the locker room scandal. Several members of the Dolphins training staff were also terminated after reports of staff involvement and misconduct began to develop. The news of Sam’s flamboyant sexuality constitutes as a distraction for the league that already has their hands tied with mandating locker room ethics, strengthening its substance abuse policy, and delegating prohibition in congruity to the use of the N-word. Is this the kind of environ-
ment an organization wants to develop their rookie especially when bullying and hazing has become more than a commonality? Sam is an openly gay athlete with an emotional past which is bound to raise eyebrows or tension in the locker room. While he has be supported by many of his peers, Sam will soon discover that coming out to his teammates in Missouri was only a walk in the park in transition to the NFL. He has already allured a media circus in Missouri and the NFL headquarters on Park Avenue in New York and will surely leave Radio City Hall a mess on May 8. This positive and negative exposure is principally something the NFL wants to avoid and if Sam were to bottle his emotions prior to his declaration into the draft, his chances of signing with one of the leagues 32 clubs would be greater. Aside from his family history, something with Sam doesn’t quite add up. Since the
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So It Goes. Home is where the Judgement is? By Rachel Alfiero Staff Writer
beginning of his college tenure at Missouri, not once did Sam reveal his sexual orientation until the end of his senior year in 2013. Upon entering the NFL Draft, he finally addressed his open sexuality to the masses. Why did Sam wait until the NFL Combine to release such a controversial statement? Maybe he wasn’t ready to tell the media at the time. My assumption leans towards the avenue of attracting attention which is highly logical given that most professional athletes typically embellish media enthrallment. "He’s not going to get drafted where he thinks he should," an NFL general manager who spoke to Peter King of Sports Illustrated anonymously said. "The question you will ask yourself, knowing your team, is, ‘How will drafting him affect your locker room?’ And I am sorry to say where we are at this point in time, I think it’s going to affect most locker rooms. A lot of guys will be uncomfortable. Ten years from now, fine. But today, I think being openly gay is a factor in the locker room.” Sam’s sexuality isn’t something he was born with but it is certainly a trait he doesn’t plan to dispose. Unlike professional athletes such as Jackie Robinson
who had difficulty surviving in the segregated unsportsmanlike environment generated by figures such as former Philadelphia Phillies manager, Ben Chapman, Sam’s case is unique because he had the ability to stand above calamity by simply keeping his mouth shut. Robinson on the other hand found that the challenge lied within the color of his skin mainly due to the fact that he was the second major-league African American baseball player in a sport that was predominately white for the past 60 years. Had Sam been drafted and signed by one of the NFL’s 32 franchises without the slightest bit of exposure none of this negative publicity would have erupted out of pure homophobia and hatred. An NFL assistant coach called Sam's decision "not a smart move," as he later explained that it could "legitimately affects his potential earnings." "You shouldn't have to live your life in secrecy," the anonymous assistant coach said in an interview with CNN, "but do you really want to be the top of the conversation for everything without ever having played a down in this league?" The assistant coach said that the decision to draft
Sam will ultimately rest on a franchise's level of comfort in possibly disrupting the dynamic of the locker room. "There are guys in locker rooms that maturity-wise cannot handle it or deal with the thought of that," the anonymous assistant coach said. "There's nothing more sensitive than the heartbeat of the locker room. If you knowingly bring someone in there with that sexual orientation, how are the other guys going to deal with it? It's going to be a big distraction. That's the reality. It shouldn't be, but it will be." To establish further clarity, this is not a witch hunt in an attempt to drive homosexual athletes out of professional sports and this certainly is not a call for a mock trial to be held further questioning Sam’s sexuality. This newly-found evidence only widens the large spectrum connoting that Sam will not benefit nor inspire the sport. Sam will not change his perspective or philosophy and that is perfectly fine, but he will learn soon enough that his recent statement may prevent him from salvaging a long successful career in the NFL. Drew Mattiola is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at RM814408@wcupa.edu.
y newfound way of writing So It Goeswaiting for a source of inspiration to come to me at some point throughout the week –is actually kind of nerve-wracking at times. I have to make sure that I’m fully aware and open to any ideas or topics that may arise in class discussions or just in everyday conversations with friends and colleagues. Thankfully, for the past three weeks I have been able to catch something in a conversation and then formulate an opinion, and in turn, base my column, around it. This week’s source of inspiration came from my critical writing class. We had a lengthy discussion over two days about an excerpt we had read the previous night, Barbara Kingsolver’s “Household Words”. Within the piece, Kingsolver talks about how we as a society perceive homelessness and homeless individuals. Her observations were actually quite striking and accurate. She included some myths about homelessness that many Americans ascribe to, one of them being that “Homeless people are that way for some good reason. They chose it, or they’re criminals or alcoholics or crazy, but whatever went wrong, it’s their fault.” That passage, and those two sentences in particular, got me thinking about what we as a nation define as “home” and all of the privileges that come attached with that meaning. I find that I define “home” as one thing and “house” as something completely different. A house is just a
place to live and inhabit, but a home has so much more meaning adhered to it. Home is where you can go even when you’ve norcalblogs.com exhausted all other options; it’s a place that you connect judges and looks down on favorable (and sometimes people who are homeless. not so favorable) memories I looked into some reasons to, and is for most people that America, the country a place where you feel safe that is held to such a high and secure. So for homeless standard by others and by people, it’s kind of difficult itself, has a high rate of to pinpoint a place or loca- homelessness and realized tion that they feel safe and it’s due to things that many taken care of, since having people aren’t even aware of. a “home” is not an option or One thing that caught my eye in particular was an desire. It’s also fairly unfortu- event that happened in the nate that our society puts 1980s. During the Reagan such a negative stigma on administration, funding to being homeless too. When many mental institutions the average person walks was cut, forcing them to redown a crowded city street lease their patients. Some in let’s say, Philadelphia, of the patients had homes and comes across a home- and families to go back to, less individual asking for but others were not so forsome spare change, he will tunate and had to sleep more than likely say “No” on the streets. And a lot or completely ignore the of those people that were person altogether. I’ve gone let out of the institutions on high school field trips to in the 1980s still account cities like New York and for a sizeable chunk of the Baltimore and have seen homeless individuals today similar situations play in 2014. So, if we took the out to a tee. On one trip to time to research a little bit Washington D.C., I specifi- of our country’s history, we cally remember walking by might not be so quick to a group of homeless people jump to hasty (and often asking for some change. My times harsh) judgments. I believe this is somegroup ignored them, and once we walked past one of thing that needed to be my classmates said, “They mentioned. Hopefully it were only going to use our could lead to more discusmoney to buy more drugs sion and research, and ideally less scrutiny. Till next and alcohol.” So it goes. Until recently, I never time, so it goes. really thought too much Rachel Alfiero is a first-year student in communication studies. about situations like that majoring She can be reached at RA806657@ or how much our nation wcupa.edu.
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Future of Internet currency, Bitcoin, uncertain
By Collin Heatley Special to The Quad
he recent collapse of one of the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange companies, Mt. Gox, has generated skepticism towards the validity and stability of Bitcoin and virtual currency as a whole. Bitcoin exchanges like Mt. Gox connect people from around the world who are buying and selling Bitcoins. They provide a web wallet for Bitcoin users to store and manage their money, as well as the ability to trade using the world’s major currencies. On Feb 28th, the Tokyo-based Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy after a report earlier that week said the company had lost 744,000 Bitcoins - 6 percent of the 12.4 million Bitcoins in circulation in a theft that spanned years. The company blamed a glitch in the transaction software that allowed
hackers to siphon roughly $400 million in Bitcoin completely undetected. The Canada-based exchange Flexcoin was also subject to a hacking theft in which all 896 Bitcoins were stolen. Flexcoin filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday, two days after the theft. Governments worldwide are looking to regulate, or even ban, Bitcoin and the exchange companies following the massive thefts. Some lawmakers and financial regulators have proposed regulating the exchanges by a process of government approval. Benjamin Lawsky, New York’s financial services superintendent and top financial regulator, said later this year he will begin issuing “BitLicenses” to the exchange companies. Regulating Bitcoin itself, however, is the biggest threat to its decentralized nature that sets it apart from other world currencies. It was built
not to be regulated. The process of creating Bitcoins, otherwise known as “mining,” can only maintain its success by remaining independent from government sanctions or taxes. Users with specialized software can “mine” for Bitcoins by solving complex mathematical problems that secure a particular block of transactions. The user who solves the problem is rewarded with Bitcoins from the transaction fee, creating an incentive for people to maintain the Bitcoin network. Mining has been a success because of the incentive and the relatively cheap cost in comparison with standard banking models. On average, 25 Bitcoins are created every 10 minutes. Bitcoin operates on a scarcity model. In other words, there are a limited amount of Bitcoins that will be created. There are currently approximately 12.5 million Bitcoins in existence, and the cap is set at 21 million. At this p o i n t , Bitcoin will act like a precious metal its value will increase as demand grows. The future high price of the Bitcoin unit w o n ’ t prevent its use in normal
transactions, because Bitcoin can be divided into units of a millionth, called a Satoshi. This ensures that as the price of the unit continues to increase, obtaining subunits of a Bitcoin will be accessible to anyone. Bitcoin is a deflationary currency, contrary to almost every major monetary system in existence. This has been the driving force to both investors and people using Bitcoin to make transactions. Bitcoin’s big security problem lies with the privately-owned exchanges, not in the network itself. Bitcoin runs on a distributed consensus model in which peer-to-peer transactions are validated by the software. Transactions using Bitcoin remain anonymous, but are posted on an online register available to the public. In other words, Bitcoin is laissez-faire economics that places its trust in mathematics, not people. Investors are drawn to the stability of the network and the very
low transaction fees for sending and receiving Bitcoins internationally. One of Bitcoins biggest problems, however, is the drastic fluctuation in value and the way value is determined. Bitcoin heavily relies on public opinion as well as actions taken by governments and banks. For example, when the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee endorsed Bitcoin last August, its value soared. Alternatively, when Mt. Gox collapsed and when Russia banned the use of Bitcoin, it crashed. However, regulating the currency will further dissuade investors from venturing into the Bitcoin world and will make its price plummet. The U.S. and many other countries want to see Bitcoin survive; the best way to encourage investors to take part is to intervene as little as possible. Will Bitcoin eventually die off? Maybe, but a similar virtual currency will take its place.
The fact is that Bitcoin’s software was invented, and cannot be undone. Similar cryptocurrencies will, and already are, using Bitcoin’s peer-topeer distributed consensus network model as the basis for transactions. It is also hard to unseat the large capital base Bitcoin has generated. Furthermore, the United States has legal precedent for private currencies, securing its legal right to exist. Some have argued that the Mt. Gox theft and security breaches in the private exchange companies will force existing exchanges to find better ways of safeguarding their systems. Others say that government approval and sanctions are necessary to defend against theft. One thing is certain: Bitcoin’s growth is the direct result of its independence. Strip it of that, and it might die. Collin Heatley is a third-year student majoring in history and minoring in political science and journalism. He can be reached at CH761384@wcupa.edu
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Did West Chester University Cancel classes too early? By Michelle Carstens Special to The Quad
inter Storm Titan caused a lot of hype for most of the United States, including West Chester University. Over the weekend Accuweather and The Weather Channel made it sound as if southeastern Pennsylvania would get hit with anywhere from four to eight inches of snow. Some earlier reports from Accuweather and The Weather Channel indicated the possibility of snow exceeding 12 inches locally. With the winter we have been having in this area, it is easy for one to believe that we would get hit with yet another heavy snow fall. Over the weekend, I was
expecting to have Monday, Mar 3rd off as a snow day, probably like many other students, but what I did not expect was to receive a text message from the University on Sunday, Mar 2nd around 12:30 p.m. Initially I did not think that is was premature of the University to cancel classes that early, but as the day progressed with little or no precipitation falling, I began to think that the University overestimated how much snow we would get. Even late Sunday night, there was little snow falling and little accumulations of snow on the roads and sidewalks. Waking up Monday morning I expected to see the damage that Winter Storm Titan had caused, but when I looked out my windows on
around 9:30 a.m. I could already see the University's maintenance crew hard at work and could see the sidewalks and roads were plowed and cleared and the shuttle bus running. Now on my day off I cannot help but think that the University unnecessarily gave us a snow day when there is concern for not having enough instructional time due to the seven previous snow days and a few delays. I think the University would have been fine with either having a two hour delay or having classes from 12 p.m. and on meet as scheduled. I also hope that professors will be more inclined to utilize the functions that D2L offers such as
dropboxes for written assignments or assignments that use Excel as well as the discussion board to replace in class discussions to count towards participation. It is a shame that we have all of this technology available to us and yet most times it goes unused in situations like
this. I think students and professors alike would rather make up class time or keep on track with assignments through D2L or other online methods as much as possible as opposed to having to come in on a Saturday to make up class time. I just hope that moving forward profes-
sors who do not normally use D2L at all or who do not use many of D2L's features consider to make some changes and adapt for this semester given the circumstances. I also hope that West Chester University going forward will be more conservative when making decisions about if they should have a delay or cancel classes to wait and see if the storm ends up being as bad as the weather reports make it out to be. Hopefully the worst of the snow storms are over so we can enjoy some spring weather soon and actual go to classes stay motivated in our classes. Michelle Carstens is a fourth-year student majoring in business management and minoring in Accounting and Finance. She can be reached at MC736130@wcupa. edu.
New replay system brings great change to baseball
By Evan Smith Staff Writer
pening Day is almost here, and the fans are ready to fill the stands. This year baseball will be slightly different, especially for those traditionalist that want to preserve the origins of the game. With new technology readily available, Bud Selig and Major League baseball decided to utilize instant replay. Other sports have adapted this new method of making more accurate calls such as football and basketball. Just like football, baseball will now have a challenge system. We saw it used in a game with the Angels and Dodgers. Mike Trout was trying to score at the plate and it was a quick bang bang play. Trout was ultimately called
out, and Angles Manager Mike Scioscia went to challenge the play. The call was upheld, but it was interesting to see how the new system would work. It was fitting that Scioscia was one of the first mangers to use the new replay system since a bad call cost his team a chance at the World Series in 2005. There have been too many times where a bad call has ruined the game for a team. A prime example was with the Angles in 2005 where there was huge dispute on a dropped third strike call, which changed the outcome of the game. The White Sox won the game as a result, and one week later, in the next round of playoffs- they won the World Series. Another prime example was in 2011 when pitcher
Armando Galarraga was one out away from a perfect game. Jim Joyce, the first base umpire made an erroneous call, which ended up costing the Tigersâ€™ pitcher his perfect game. Everyone knew that the call was wrong, as the baseball world was flab-
bergasted by the outcome. If replays were used back then, Galarraga would have had the perfect game - one of the hardest feats in all of sports. The system allows mangers to only challenge once a game, and twice if they get the first one right. It is
similar to football in that respect, but with one less challenge. Only one mere challenge? The idea is to not have mangers abuse their challenge privileges, and use them only when absolutely necessary. Umpires are able to look at plays on their own after
the sixth inning. Perhaps, Bobby Cox would have been ejected slightly less if the replay system was around during his managerial days. Critics of the replay system argue the game will be slowed down, and baseball is already a game that can be slow at times. Replays were implemented last year for homeruns, but this year have been expanded to close calls in key situations. Ultimately, calls will be more accurate after replays are used. Though the game maybe slowed down in the end, the benefits of replays and the accuracy is worth the wait for us baseball fans. Evan Smith is a fourth-year student majoring in political science and minoring in communications. He can be reached at ES777403@wcupa.edu.
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MARCH 10, 2014
Mayweather vs. Maidana, why Maidana has a chance By Evan Smith Staff Writer
ow that we are aware who Floyd Mayweather will be fighting, we can assume that he will pick up a win. But not so fast, as there are still reasons why all is not completely lost, as there is still hope for Maidana and the fans. 1) Maidana’s Heart We saw that Maidana will fight through anything, as he epitomizes the word “warrior.” This fight is the better option than Khan for this reason. We’re more likely to see a 12-round decision, as opposed to a 5 round knockout. This, in turn, also means that Maidana will continue to pursue the slicker, more elusive Mayweather, de-
spite the circumstances. Even if Maidana is losing on the scorecard late, he won’t give up, and will still be pushing for the knockout. 2) Puncher’s Chance Maidana is a power puncher, which everyone knows. While he did look mediocre at best against a tactical fighter such as Devon Alexander, he still has a lot of pop in his gloves. It’s rare that Mayweather gets caught flush with a big shot, but if he does it could leave Floyd looking like his buddy Adrian Broner. Maidana will have to be persistent, and find his opportunity to land a big shot. He should watch some of his predecessors such as Shane Mosley and Zab Judah, who both did happen to hit
Mayweather with some big shots early on. 3) The Role of the Underdog Every fighter is an underdog when taking on Floyd Mayweather, but Maidana relishes the role. He lets the others do the trash talking, while he gets
in his career and has done so on multiple occasions. His biggest upset came in his last fight when he battered the once to be heir to Mayweather himself. If he can find a way to stay in the fight, he may be able to dethrone the king. 4) He’s earned the fight
resumes in the sport, and looks to build upon it May 3. He has the experience needed for an opponent like Mayweather, but is also not out of his prime. For a long time the Argentinean has fought on the undercards of the pound for pound great, but will now have a chance of his own. He did it the right way through the merits of hard work and winning fights, not just expecting the fight by name recognition. 5) New Mindset
it done in the ring. Maidana beat up on the heavily favored Victor Ortiz early
Maidana at this point of his career is a proven veteran. He has one of the better
Coming off a tough loss to Devon Alexander, and being 2-2 in his last four fights, Maidana sought a new trainer to help him improve upon his craft. In most of his prior fights, he was able to get away with
being a one dimensional fighter with overwhelming power. But the defeat to Alexander exposed him, as a fighter who could be easily outboxed. Then Robert Garcia took the helm, and it has paid dividends. Maidana has not lost since; he’s improved upon his footwork, and uses more movement to get inside on fighters. Some of these small adjustments have had a substantial impact. The camp hopes to execute the game plan setout, which is easier said than done. But Maidana will look to take these improvements with him and pull out the win. The camp is confident after stringing together four victories in a row, they look to make it five on May 3. Evan Smith is a fourth-year student majoring in political science and minoring in communications. He can be reached at ES777403@wcupa.edu.
Khan missed fight with champ; may now fight Broner
By Evan Smith Staff Writer
mir Khan is devastated that he missed out on the Mayweather sweepstakes, taking to twitter to lash out at the number one pound for pound fighter. Khan was surely mistaken, when he thought he would receive what he perceived to be an obligatory shot at the champ. He avoided a big fight with Devon Alexander in pursuit of that bout in May, only to come up short. Now that Khan is reeling, he has to test the waters, and see what else is available. How about that guy, who is a want to be Mayweather? Adrian Broner too, is now without an opponent, after Maidana chose not
to acknowledge the rematch clause that the brash talking 24 year old wanted to exercise. Both men have lost to Maidana in a way. Although, Khan beat Maidana in the ring, he lost out to him on the big payday that he was after. Subsequently, they are now b o t h without a dancing partner. It would be mutually beneficial for these two men to square off, for a multitude of reasons. Khan
is a big talker, and we know that Broner is as big as they come in this department. The two would be sure to have a war of words leading up to the bout. Though it likely wouldn’t be a pay per view fight, the constant back and forth would certainly
help promote the event. It’s a fight that will easily catch the public’s interest based on name recognition alone. Additionally, the fight can be made with limited obstacles, since they are both in house fighters with Golden Boy. Both have looked short
of stellar in their recent fights. These two men clearly still want the big fights, and though they have some notable wins, they have no real marquee victory. Khan has an impressive list of names on his resume earlier in his career, but what has he done lately? He’s 2-2 in his last four fights, and looked shaky in his last win. Broner is also in a situation where he needs to bounce back to maintain his reputation as one of the better fighters in the sport. He is seemingly all about the money, and this fight is still one of the bigger fights that can be made for him. A win over Khan could put Broner’s career back on the right track and lead to more
big money fights down the road. Khan will have to earn his way to big fights, not just bypass opponents hoping that he will get a chance at one. He has not fought since last April, and was nowhere near ready to take on a fight of that magnitude with a top fighter like Mayweather. If Khan does take on Broner and does pass the test, maybe in the future he will get a shot at Mayweather. After all no one messes with his little brother. If Khan does win the fight, Mayweather has stated he would fight him. Although it may be an empty promise, it would be worth the gamble. Evan Smith is a fourth-year student majoring in political science and minoring in communications. He can be reached at ES777403@wcupa.edu.
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Entertainment that opens their self-titled EP. The song sparked a universal validity that The Districts were the genuine, real deal. Lead singer and guitarist Rob Grote spoke on the newly emerged tour, “It’s been a week and a half at least. It’s pretty nice. We just started doing vocal warm ups to help our singing voices every morning.” While the line up is certainly having the time of their lives embracing the odyssey of the road, they weren’t hesitant on speaking about the trails and tribulations of touring. The group sarcastically added, “We got to walk around New Orleans without our coats on!” Grote elaborated, “In Birmingham, Alabama we were sleeping in these
trailers behind the venue. During the show, these crazy storms started and they [White Denim] ended up finishing before we slept out there, but we were kind of just under a tin roof. Guitarist Mark Larson replied, “The only hard part is late-nights and early mornings, and long car drives, but other then that, it’s just like hanging out.” “Funeral Beds,” a yearning harmonicaguided song with a slow and unfluctuating build up in which Grote wholeheartedly expels, “Oh my Savannah, did it have to be so hard? Oh my Savannah, taking all my love and all my heart” was a viral hit among Redditors that quickly launched the band towards stardom.
“It usually beings with a song being written acoustically that’s half finished, although it depends whether the music or lyrics came first. It’s usually three quarters of the way formulated and then we get together and thaw it out and figure out the dynamics of it,” Grote made clear when asked about the songwriting process and what personal sediments the music and lyrics are tapping into. “Reflections on experiences. I said that the other day and thought it was an accurate description. Things or conversations that make their way into something that impact me.” The band has no shortage of influences, all off which subtly bleed into their exclusive sound. “For the past six months, I’ve been listening to Leonhard Cohen. He’s a big influence,” Grote says. Larson jumped in stating, “We like Tom Waits a lot and we’re all big Strokes fans.” “And Neil Young,” bass player Connor Jacobus and drummer Braden Lawrence chimed in. The biggest obstacle at the bands feet now is where to go from here. “I
come from a pop artist, as Messersmith’s soothing voice swept me away amidst a collage of instrumentals. The lyrics are impeccable, and the thematic elements concerning life and death were embedded very finely with the album’s instrumentals. Messersmith’s new full-length LP, Heart Murmurs, was released in February 2014, just in time for Valentine’s day. I have listened to the album a few times, and admittedly didn’t quite get it the first time through. The record is another Messersmith album for sure, but something is
very different; the indie aura that surrounded his previous releases is not altogether gone, but hidden beneath Heart Murmurs, marking a new direction for the artist towards a more mainstream audience. This slight change in musicality makes sense as Mesersmith has just signed on to Glassnote Records for his latest release, as opposed to releasing the album independently as he has done previously. Messersmith’s new sound isn’t quite a departure from his roots, but creates a more theatrical presence. A prime example of this new feel is the gradual buildup in the
track “Hitman,” where he commences with his vocals and acoustic guitar as the backing band gradually floats into the mix, ending with an epic final swooning chorus on top of distorted guitars, synth effects, and a drummer. After about the third listen, Heart Murmurs clicked. It’s apparent that Messersmith progressed very naturally into his current sound and only built upon the genius that he demonstrated previously. Messersmith’s simplicity in his writing proves that you don’t need a million dollar budget and a team of writers to produce an amazing pop album. Jer-
The Districts embark on career-launching tour
Rob Gabe Staff Writer
ising indie-folk band The Districts have been traveling the country touring and performing alongside sold out acts such as Dr. Dog and White Denim. Fresh out of high school from Lititz, Pennsylvania, the quartet had an exciting 2013 when they were newly signed to Fat Possum’s records, the same label that jumpstarted garage rock duo The Black Keys and alternative rock bunch, Band of Horses. On Feb. 27, The Districts played Philadelphia’s Union Transfer, setting the place off with their scrappy, southern blues opener “Rocking Chair,” the same track
PAGE 9 think it’s definitely harder to be really popular, but I think you shoot more for being big in your scene. The label distributes your music and sees how far they can take you, And if people accept you, good for you. And if not, the label does what they have to,” said Larson. “The goal right now is to make the worst shows better and the best shows even better.” Nevertheless, the band is absolutely thrilled to apart of the Fat Possum label. “I mean Possums putting it, like, everywhere. We used to do it with CD Baby and we’d pay extra for iTunes and stuff, but other then that, the only places we use to have the CD for sale is at our shows when we brought them. But now Fat Possum puts them in record stores and we could never afford anything like vinyl before. It takes a big weight off us and makes it easier to get it out there.” Brimming with the stage presence of seasoned instrumentalist, The Districts’ prompt a charm that is incontestable. From Grote’s untamed shifting, guttural shouts to the bands revved-up peaks and
drops, the group plays together as if they’ve been collaborating for decades. Speaking on the tour, Grote commented, “What we’re in the midst of right now, is we played D.C. ...Then we had two nights off. Then back here in Philly and then we drove up to Boston for two nights, now we’re back here in Philly and going to New York tomorrow…. then Vermont. So it’s like up north back down and up north again.” Larson wouldn’t have it any other way. The group has set school to the side at this point to watch their music dreams unravel “It definitely beats sitting behind the desk everyday.” Larson explained, “Right now we get to see the entire country and we’re meeting lots of people.” Grote smirked and humorously added, “If we can do that, we’re probably not going to choose something else.” The remaining tour dates for The Districts go until Apr. 3, with their final show taking place at Lancaster’s The Chameleon Club.
emy’s influences are also on a greater display than they ever have been, and the music on Heart Murmurs greets the listener with many sub genres of pop while maintaining a consistent sound. Heart Murmurs’ lyrics tell the story of love, a story almost all pop artists find themselves sharing at least once in their career, and while this isn’t Messersmith’s first foray in the subject, it’s certainly his best effort. Tracks like “It’s Only Dancing,” “Tourniquet,” and “I Want To Be Your One Night Stand,” remind us of the happiness and carelessness that can be found
in romance, while tracks such as “Heidi”, “Steve”, and “Hitman”, discuss the hardships and heartbreak one can go through in a relationship. Messersmith strikes a nice balance between happy beginnings and sad endings, and the album flows like riding a roller-coaster through a teenage love story. Heart Murmurs has placed Messersmith amongst the likes of John Mayer in my book. This will surely be the album that takes Messersmith to new heights and onto the mainstream airwaves.
Rob Gabe is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at RG770214@ wcupa.edu.
Messersmith reaches larger audience with “Heart Murmurs” Mike Naples Special to The Quad
ver since my first encounter with The Reluctant Graveyard, the 2010 album that completed Jeremy Messersmith’s trilogy of indie pop perfection, Heart Murmurs has been pulsating on my radar. I stumbled upon Messersmith’s music while rummaging through Band Camp, and while I’m not much of a pop fan other than my admittedly unhealthy obsession with John Mayer, I decided to give Messersmith’s record a spin. The Reluctant Graveyard brought music to my ears that I never knew could
Mike Naples is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at MN805392@wcupa.edu.
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Killing Thing releases “Closed Casket” EP
Adam Kelly Special to The Quad
recently received a nice message from one of the guitarists in Pittsburgh’s Killing Thing, who was looking for a review for their new 7” EP entitled, Closed Casket. After looking them up and seeing their band name, I was a bit apprehensive that their sound would be riddled with nothing but meaningless breakdowns and loud noises for no reason. Luckily, my ignorance to this band was quickly done away with, as this immediately became one of my favorite EPs as of late. This three-song EP starts off with the title track, “Closed Casket.” We’re introduced to the band with one lone guitar, playing a melancholic arpeggiated progression accompanied by screams of poetic lyrics that sonically seem far away. My favorite example of this are the lines “I sifted/my hands through the thorn bush/ To show myself that I was real/I held your words closely to my ears.” We’re given their full wall of sound at around two minutes through the track, with a dissonant chord progression and caustic high-pitched screams reminiscent of Dylan from Full of Hell. There’s lots of ground covered here, sonically speaking, which will be a welcome theme throughout Closed Casket. Next up is my personal favorite track of the three, “Ox King.” Here we hear the band’s southern influence, which could draw comparisons to bands like Every Time I Die or Vices. It starts with a pretty standard beefy powerchord progression, but
with the line, “So please don’t tell daddy his little girl’s done wrong,” they switch up the dynamic to be more of a breakdown with the chords palmmuted and a half-time feel in the drums. It might not sound like a lot on paper, but let me assure you, I nearly punched a hole in my desk listening to it. The build up to the chorus is immense, and they play on dynamics very well. The chorus itself is very memorable, and luckily they come back to it a few times. In this type of music, sometimes it’s hard for bands’ songs to stay memorable just because of the amount of changes the song goes through. The fact that there are parts in this music that will want you to come back to the record is a testament to knowing what the song needs and a good sense of songwriting. This one is the most straightforward compositionally speaking, and it works very well due to the even more chaotic and unpredictable nature of the other songs. Last up is “Hark,” arguably the most intense song on this 7”. The vocals to me shine the most on this song. They’re so caustic and vitriolic, and match the intensity brought on by the sonic onslaught of the rest of the band. Musically, it gets off to a quick start, but not before long you’ll be banging your head to the infectious grooves, thanks to some great drumming and rhythmic guitar playing. It’s hard to ignore the abrasiveness of this track, especially when the gang vocals kick in at “His army can’t stop us.” There’s a bit of a calm point in the song, where
the vocalist goes to a spoken-word type of approach and delivers the bleakest line on these three songs”Everything dies if you’re willing to wait.” They tease at end with a breakdown that Stray From The Path wishes they wrotebut then throws you in for a loop and ends on the line they introduced as the first one on the track. The guitars on this record are not only very technical, but are incredibly tight with the drums. There are two guitar players on this record, and you can clearly tell. Added parts fill out the sound perfectly, like the cringe-inducing dissonant double-stops in “Hark” or the layered single-note lines drenched in delay and reverb in “Closed Casket.” To capture all of this well is not easy, considering there are many tempo changes and odd time signatures, but Killing Thing are able to do this while keeping the songs fresh. The only critique I have for this 7”: I just wish it were longer. I need to hear more from this band, I would’ve loved this release to have five songs but I’ll just have to wait. If you’re a fan of any type of hardcore, this is a newer band you must check out. They take everything I love about underground and heavy music and throw it into these three songs with a vigor that bands twice their age fail to do. Great songwriting, impressive musicianship, poetic and thoughtprovoking lyrics is what you’ll find here. This EP is out now via Soft Speak Records. Adam Kelly is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at AK820454@wcupa.edu.
MARCH 10, 2014
Canadian synth-pop blends a variety of influences
Jeffrey Holmes Copy Editor
n paper, blending the likes of punk legends Siouxsie and the Banshees with the bombastic Aqua of “Barbie Girl” fame seems much less risky than it does outright ridiculous. However, on his sophomore record, Joyland, Trust’s Robert Alfons seems to not only make this concoction feasible, but entirely smooth. Debuting in 2012 with drummer Maya Postepski helping in composition, Trust was initially lumped into what critics refer to as the witch house movement alongside Salem, Holy Other, and Crystal Castles for combining the synth pop and goth rock of the 1980s with the digital synth technology of today. However, Trust became harder to classify simply under this microgenre umbrella for a few reasons. Alfons lacks the hip hop flair of many of his contemporaries, especially in choices of percussion and drum beats, and he mostly leaves the dark ambient undertones of acts like Holy Other out of his composition, but the most memorable aspect of Trust is the resonant vocals of Alfons himself. Comparable to Joy Division’s Ian Curtis or at times even Ulver’s Kristoffer Rygg, Alfons prides himself on projecting a warm bass 2 in a typically subterranean tessitura, comfortable in a range where most singers could only dream of descending to. That being said, opener “Slightly Floating” combines the bright house
synths with an electronic keyboard bass that mirrors Alfons’s voice as he sings the opening lines. The shimmering echoes of each chord create a textured swirl, preparing the listener for what is to come. As Joyland unfolds, the listener is greeted with a mix of house and techno soundscapes that serve as a unique and memorable juxtaposition for Alfons’s lovely voice. Tracks like “Capitol” blow the club-sized EDM up to stadium-sized proportions, only to break these
“Joyland will be one of electronica’s more memorable outings in 2014.” anthems down and bury them in layers of ethereal digital synthesizers. The acid techno programmed drums of “Four Gut” mesh with layers of bombastic synths that seem to draw from several different movements of EDM while Alfons croons in a way that would not feel out of place in a 70s post-punk band. In this track, Alfons goes from beefy Ian Curtis to full-on Rammstein, growling in a truly emotive performance. Finally, album closer “Barely” builds from a skeletal synthesized structure into a fully-arching EDM groove, complete with R&B drums and Alfons’s signature voice. The song finishes the album out on a cacophony of artificial horns and keyboard explosions, creating one of the album’s most remarkable highlights. Over the course of these 11 cuts, Trust introduces a collection of songs that appear to draw from all over EDM’s rich palette and in-
fuse them with post-punk vocals for an interesting experience. It is interesting to consider how these compositions feel so full with such little instrumentation going on at a given time. Vocal harmonies are almost absent, as Alfons’s voice takes center stage. While serving as decent accompaniment to the synths and bass, the drum patterns are never too lavish or complex, as to not distract the listener from the dreamy soundscapes played on keys. Indeed, much of the album would feel skeletal if not for the timbres of these bright, playful synthesizers that play opposite to the singing. “Are We Arc?” features darker arpeggiation that would not find itself out of place on a Depeche Mode track, whereas the fat bass lead of “Rescue, Mister” acts almost as an electronic interpretation of Trust’s post-punk roots. “Geryon” is reminiscent of many 90s EDM acts such as Tiesto or the Prodigy, with its whimsical, but full sounding keyboard leads. It is certain to say that Joyland will be one of electronica’s more memorable outings in 2014, with Alfons’s unforgettable bass voice ringing in the ears of many new fans. This album simultaneously draws from a variety of EDM sounds and mixes them with sparse postpunk compositional ideas. Never too occupied instrumentally, Trust knows where to place his listeners’ focus at any given moment, and is smart at showcasing his assets, mainly his beautiful voice. Jeffrey Holmes is a second-year student majoring in English. He can be reached at JH791223@wcupa.edu.
MARCH 10, 2014
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Pigeon Poetry slam wow’s audience Laura Wayne Features Editor
ence members found their seats, which were seated in front of a stage with couches facing each other on either side of the stage and two microphones. Audience members were invited to sit on the couches on the stage. The night began at 7:30 p.m., an hour before the actual show, with a slam poetry workshop. At 8:30, the workshop ended, and those in attendance were invited to put their name into a hat to be selected as one of the 10 competing
n Mar. 7 at 8:30 p.m., a diverse group of slam poetry lovers joined at the PhilaMOCA venue located at 12th and Spring Garden streets in Philadelphia. The venue was voted best of Philly in 2013 and it comes as no surprise why. The entrance to the theater is through a side door, easily missed by the casual onlooker. The only indication this was a venue for a poetry slam was the paper-made flyer taped to the outside of the door that indicated this was the Pigeon Poetry Slam venue. The lowkey style of the venue perfectly matched the intent of the program. Audience Photo by: philly360.visitphilly.com members felt as though they were enter- slam poetry performers. ing into an exclusive club, By 9 p.m. the show was in full swing, and we were in known only to insiders. Upon entering the the- for a great night. Slam poetry is a comater, those in attendance paid $10 a piece for en- petition among poets who trance, or $10 between perform original works in every pair of students, front of an audience and which was paid at the ta- judges without the use ble located directly upon of notes or any additionentering the theater. al materials. Slamming Music played as audi- is more than just recit-
ing poetry; it is a performance, and involves the use of body language and motion that help to convey the meaning of the piece. In response, the audience snaps, claps, or encourages the speaker with various other responses throughout the piece. Slam poetry draws in large crowds of people and brings people of all background together to enjoy in the talents and strengths of others and to help make people better performers.
Pigeon Poetry hosts this monthly event the first Friday of every month, spanning the months of October through May. From each of these slam competitions, performers are given point values based on their ranking in the night. At the end of the months, the top eight poets with the most
points at the end of the regular season are then selected to compete in Pigeon Poetry’s Grand Slam Finals. Jacob Winterstein and Alyesha Wise began the Pigeon Poetry Slam competition to help improve the writing and performance of the poets in Philly. Potential slammers put their name into a hat. Ten poets are selected to perform in the first of three rounds. Five random judges in the audience are given whiteboards and dry erase markers and give the performers scores from 1 through 10 with one decimal point away. Those scores determine which four of the ten will continue on to the second round. From there, two final poets are selected to perform on stage – both are on stage at the same time. After this final round, judges write either a 1 or a 2 on their boards to indicate which of the two they feel had the best overall performance. Friday’s poetry slam featured Thuli Zuma, a South African actor, writer, and poet who placed second in the 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam. She has also represented New York at the 2013 National Poetry Slam, and represented the United States of America at the 2013 World Cup of Poetry Slam in Paris where she placed 6th. She is also the 2013 Urbana New York Grand Slam Champion. The types of poems performed varied across a number of different subjects. The first poet opened with a poem about his life of being awkward and the challenges he faces because of his body
posture and way of life. He assisted the meaning of his words through the use of jutted and exaggerated pauses, which were, indeed, awkward. The speaker did not make eye contact with the audience throughout the entire per-
advice from the speaker has actually been in a very serious car accident, and the speaker herself was driving behind them when it happened. The second poet spoke about the affects of Hurricane Sandy, taking on the role of Photo by: philly360.visitphilly.com s o m e o n e whose hometown was completely destroyed. Her poem was rich with metaphors as she led her audience through memories of items and lives destroyed, zeroing in on what the audience presumes was her own family. Throughout the formance, and the ending performances, the audiof his piece stopped prac- ence remained attentive, tically midsentence. He cheering on their favorwalked off of the stage ite performers through to uproarious applause. snapping, clapping, and Another speaker recited offering phrases of ena poem about her weight, couragement such as turning the nuisance of “mhm” throughout the pestering and incessant performances. When the questions from strangers presenters received their about being pregnant into scores, the audience neva comical performance. er shied away from exSome performances were pressing their negative funny, others were seri- thoughts towards low ous, but most had a com- scores, or grandiosely and bination of those emotions enthusiastically cheering and more, breaking ten- on the high scores. sion with sarcasm or reThe night was spectacpeating a theme, a word, ular and was a wonderful or a metaphor throughout way to celebrate the talthe duration of the perfor- ents of those in the Philamance. The final two po- delphia and surrounding ets performed pieces that areas. For more informacovered more serious top- tion on Pigeon Poetry’s ics. The first performer’s upcoming events, visit poem talked about two <http://thephillypigeon. lovers, one of whom is webs.com/about>. Philapresumed to be her good MOCA is located at 531 friend or relative. The N. 12th St., Philadelphia, speaker began her poem PA 19123. with the words, “No, I Laura is a fourth-year student don’t think you two would majoring in English with mihave gotten married.” It nors in international buisness is only until the last lines and technical writing. She can be of the poem that we learn reached at email@example.com. the person who asked for
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WCU alumnus Josh Maxwell thriving as Downingtown’s youngest mayor
Volunteers read to children in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday By Theresa Kelly Staff Writer
n Mar. 4, classrooms across America celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday. In honor of the iconic children’s author, the day has also been dubbed National Read Across America Day. This year, nearly 45 million students, parents, and educators alike celebrated NEA’s Read Across America event. The event helps to encourage children literacy in the community. A group of West Chester University students spent this year’s Read Across America Day by going to the YMCA and West Chester Area Day Care Center to read to children. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to volunteer at the West Chester Area Day Care Center, where volunteers went from classroom to classroom reading to children. In the classroom with the youngest children, the volunteers, myself included, were warmly greeted by the teachers. As the children finished up their snacks, they wandered over to the play area and reached for their favorite books. There were two other volunteers in the room with me, and we all sat on the rug reading to different children. Although the children were young and did not have the longest attention spans, most of them were clearly excited about being read to, and they sat in our laps as we read their favorite stories to them. In the next classroom,
the children were a bit older, around preschoolage. In this room, we were joined by many other volunteers from the university. The children were eager to read more complicated books and were able to sit still much longer. Many of the children had a select favorite book that they wanted read to them. Then, after the first few favorites were finished, the children would pick out even more books. The children, it seemed, couldn’t get enough of the days events! They absolutely loved being read to, and the volunteers were eager to comply. Although the volunteers were not given specific tasks and were merely told to interact with the children, I consider Read Across America day to have been a success. It’s always fun to get involved and volunteer, and encouraging reading among children is a worthwhile goal that should be accomplished more than just once a year. The annual event is a reminder of the importance of reading, and a chance for volunteers to pass on their love of reading to the younger generations. With the children being so enthusiastic, it was easy to get enthralled in the books too. I encourage everyone to get involved and volunteer for National Read Across America Day next year. Theresa Kelly is a second year student majoring in English literature secondary education. She can be reached at TK780615@wcupa.edu.
MARCH 10, 2014
By Jill Heagerty Practicum Writer
hen Josh Maxwell ran for mayor in his home town of Downingtown four years ago, the odds were not in his favor. Chester County typically votes Republican, and Maxwell was a Democrat, and furthermore, he was only 26. Maxwell, a WCU alumnus with a major in political science and a minor in international business, won the election and became the youngest mayor in Downingtown history. Last year, when he was up for re-election, he won with 70 percent of the vote. An astounding 50 percent of Republicans voted for him. As mayor, Maxwell admits he loves how busy he is. He gets to help the community he lives in every day through meetings, research, and communication with the Borough Council and Police Chief. He even participated in
spend his time. Now at age 29, Maxwell is running for State Representative. Although not recruited by the Democratic Party, Maxwell made the choice to run, focusing on
“I believe education is a long-term economic development tool and investing in commercial growth where it is needed the most helps the local economy in addition to stu-
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education and poverty as his primary issues. He has proven his dedication to these issues as mayor and will continue to pursue those issues in the future. Downingtown School District, the largest district in Chester County, was voted the number one school district in the state in 2013. Maxwell also created an economic development council, a bipart i s a n board, to promote industry and commercial development in Photo by: www.keystonepolitics.com his town. If he wins the election a fourth grade play a for State Representative, few weeks ago because Maxwell said he will focus a Downingtown student on improving high-quality wrote a part for him. He education for urban areas describes his political job in Chester County. as a gratifying way to
dents, parents, and teachers,” Maxwell said. The youngest mayor in Downingtown history proves that political engagement is possible at all ages, especially for college students. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, the voter turnout rate for 18 to 29 year-olds declined six percent from the 2008 to 2012 elections. Fewer than half of this age group thinks everyone has a duty to vote. Numbers like these show that college students and recent graduates get a reputation for civic disinterest. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Maxwell’s interest in politics blossomed as a student with inspiration and guidance from Senator Andrew Dinniman of the democratic party, who taught at WCU and was one of Maxwell’s professors. Dinniman represents the 19th District
and hailed from WCU’s international studies department. Maxwell elaborates, “Dinniman helped me to get on the planning commission in Downingtown. It got my foot in the door for public service. I wanted to help my community grow by improving the diversity of our land use.” Even before the planning commission, Maxwell was engaged in college. According to Dr. Peter Loedel, chair of the political science department at WCU, “I never had Josh in one of my courses, but Josh was a politically active student on campus and in the local community. One knew right from the start that he was a student focused on engaging in the political arena. I’ve spoken with Josh over the years and am impressed with his singular focus on economic development in the area that he represents.” Maxwell advises students who want to get politically involved to help local campaigns in the community. Plenty of campaigns seek support, and it’s an easy way to gain knowledge and experience. For those who want to be a candidate someday, Maxwell says to find a way to develop an expertise. It could be law, finance, or economic development. Whatever the niche, find an interest, garner skills, and develop policy around that. Jill Heagerty is a third-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at JH760370@wcupa.edu. She can be reached at jh760370@ wcupa.edu.
MARCH 10, 2014
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By Alexandra Arbiz Special to the Quad
pring break is quickly approaching and as students begin to pack their bags and head to popular spring break locations such as Cancun, Nassau, Panama City Beach and Miami, many students are either going home or staying local for the week-long break. According to bestvalueschools.com, 1.5 million students go on spring break every year. Going away for spring break on the budget of a college student can be very difﬁcult, but that doesn’t mean those students shouldn’t be able to ﬁnd something exciting to do during the break due to a lack of ﬁ-
nances. There are many reasonably priced things to do in the area that are affordable for springbreakers on a budget. If you are looking to stay in the Philadelphia area, there are exciting things to check out in the city that are very reasonably priced. The Magic Gardens on South St. features half a block full of colorful mosaic sculptures, tunnels and grottos created by Isaiah Zagar. The Magic Gardens has become a popular attraction and admission for adults is just $7. Another attraction to visit in the city is the One Day in Pompeii exhibit at The Franklin Institute. On display until Apr. 27, the exhibit features artifacts
retrieved from the volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D. Adult tickets to this exhibit are $27.50 and hours range from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. A great place to stop while in the city to get the full Philadelphia experience is either Geno’s or Pat’s Steaks, and they are located where Ninth St. meets Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia. Whether you are a fan of one or the other, these popular street side steak shops are a part of Philadelphia’s history and are deﬁnitely something to try at least once! If spending a day in Philadelphia is not of interest to you and you are searching a more reasonably priced getaway, the discount site Groupon. com offers some specials for hotels in Atlantic City. Atlantic City is always a great time with excit-
ing nightlife, restaurants, music and more; there is always something to do. One of the discounts is a one night stay at Bally’s Atlantic City, Sunday through Thursday for $59. This Groupon deal also includes a $30 dining credit and a $15 beverage credit. I personally have used a package similar this one in the past and it was an awesome deal! It saved me a lot of money on food and drinks, and I had more money to put towards taxi fare to get from hotel to hotel. If Bally’s isn’t your hotel of choice, the site also features a 5 percent discount at many other popular hotels such as Harrah’s, Trump Plaza, Caesars, Showboat, as well as others. Groupon is a great place to search for discounted getaway and dining coupons in your area. If you are willing to travel a little further, another great place to visit if you have a free day or two is
Baltimore. The drive from West Chester is only an hour and a half, and when you are in the city there are many different things to check out. Baltimore. org offers a list of 50 Free Things to do in Baltimore, and the Inner Harbor is always a great place to go. The Inner Harbor is beautifully lit at night, and many restaurants feature outdoor seating or large window views of the harbor. Filled with different restaurants and shopping, the Inner Harbor is always full of tourists and offers a lot of attractions. For just $12 you can hop on the Baltimore Water Taxi and ride all day long and can get on and off at all 12 of the stops the taxi makes. The Baltimore Water Taxi offers a great view of the Inner Harbor. Right in the harbor is the National Aquarium which is a very popular tourist attraction. Admission to the aquarium is $34.95 for the day and since it is right at the
Harbor it’s within walking distance to other popular places like the Maryland Science Center, and the Baltimore Maritime Museum. Groupon features hotels in the Baltimore area at reasonable prices so you could even extend your visit if you would like. Trying to make the most of your spring break vacation can be difﬁcult if you can’t afford to go to a lavish resort and escape the cold weather. If you take advantage of deals on sites like Groupon, or even search free things to do in the city, there are plenty of options to make a full day of activities. Whether you only make it to Philadelphia, or can ﬁnd time to go a little further to Atlantic City or Baltimore, it is always nice to plan ahead and get the most for your money, especially on the budget of a college student. Alexandra is a fourth-year communication studies major minoring in journalism. She can be reached at AA736117@wcupa.edu.
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Golden Ram’s shoot their way into PSAC championship game Ryan Calpin
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est Chester University men’s basketball team fought off Bloomsburg University in a fast paced, high scoring affair, 99-89 on Tuesday night. The West Chester University men’s basketball team prepared for a 7:30 p.m. start time against Bloomsburg University on Tuesday night for a quarterfinal PSAC playoff game. West Chester has faced Bloomsburg twice this season, and they split the season series. Bloomsburg won the first matchup at West Chester on a game-winning dunk with six seconds left. West Chester then bounced back and beat Bloomsburg on their home floor late in the season, 81-68. This matchup was the tiebreaker, as the winner would be heading to East Stroudsburg for the weekend to play Gannon University at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and the loser would be heading home with their season over. West Chester came into the game sporting an 18-8 record, where as the visiting Huskies were 16-11. West Chester was the No.2 seed in the East, where Bloomsburg was the No.3 seed. The game started off with a lot of fouls, and a lot of scoring from the charity stripe. Both teams combined for 25 first half fouls, as the Huskies attempted 21 free throws, and the Golden Rams 19. With this many fouls, both coaches were forced to repeatedly use the bench, as nine players were used for the Golden Rams and 11 players used for the Huskies. As the
first half came to a close, a very good win for the and West Chester the No. In the second half, West Chester was in con- Golden Rams. 2 seed in the East. The West Chester was able trol, 51-34. The leaders of the game winner of the Gannon and to speed up the pace of The first half leaders for Bloomsburg were West Chester game will the game a little bit, but for both teams were Als- Saintilus and Jordan face East Stroudsburg it was a battle the whole sense Saintilus and Don- with 23 points each, Jor- who beat Mercyhurst time. The turning point tahe Jordan. Each had 11 dan also had a game-high 63-55, with the winner in the game was with two points for the Huskies, of nine rebounds. Lorenzo receiving an automatic minutes left when Blazek and R.J. Griffin had 14 Christmas led the team spot into the Division II was assessed a technical first half points for West with three assists. For national tournament, the foul on top of a personal Chester, including four- the Rams, Troy Hocka- ultimate goal for the West foul by Rap Thomas-Edfor-four from beyond the day led the team with 21 Chester Golden Rams. wards. West Chester was arc. points, while Cory Blake This semi-final match- down 68-64, however, afThe second half was and Griffin also chipped up was just as exciting ter the two free throws by a lot quicker, with Hockaday, and the two more scoring, and wcupagoldenrams.com technical free throws by less fouls. This time, Givens, the score was Bloomsburg came all knotted up at 68, out of the gate firing, and West Chester was looking to make it a awarded the ball as well. game again, which is West Chester and exactly what they did. Gannon went back and They opened up the forth for the final two second half on a 12-5 minutes, and with 25 secrun to cut the lead to onds left, West Chester 10 points. In the secwas down by two. Givond half, Bloomsburg ens was very aggressive, would cut the lead to and was fouled as he got 10 points, and then to the hole. For this, he West Chester would was awarded two free answer to keep the throws, and sank them lead just out of reach. both. Without a timeout With over two mincalled, Blazek took the utes left in the game, ball down the court, and Bloomsburg cut the Cory Blake goes up strong against Gannon in the sem-final matchup on Satur- it was Blazek against lead to five points, the day. Blake finished with eight points and seven rebounds to help the Golden Wiseley, however, after closest they were all great defense, Blazek Rams move on to the championship game on Sunday. game to that point. lost the ball as time exJon Riles hit two pired and the game was big three pointers to headed for overtime. cut that lead and keep in with 17 points each. as the regular season Coming into the game, them in the game. After Wiseley led the Rams game was. The key to the West Chester was 2-0 in a turnover by Shannon with eight rebounds and game would be the pace. overtime this season, and Givens, Bloomsburg had Rasheed Wilkins led the If it was a fast paced, high Gannon was 2-1, includa chance to cut the lead team with four assists. scoring game, the advan- ing a double overtime to a one possession game. West Chester found tage would be in West win their previous game However, Jordan took an out after the game that Chester’s hands. Howev- against IUP in the PSAC ill-advised corner three they would have to face er, if it was a slow paced, tournament quarterfipointer that he missed the No. 1 seed out of the defensive game, the fa- nals. Again, West Chester badly, and was rebound- West, Gannon Univer- vor would be in Gannon’s and Gannon went back ed by West Chester’s Troy sity. Gannon beat Slip- hands. and forth, with a lot of agHockaday to all but wrap pery Rock in the quarterFor the first half, the gression. With 18 seconds up the game and send the finals in double overtime advantage was in Gan- left, and the game tied at Golden Rams to the Final to move on. West Chester non’s hands as they con- 75, Blake fouled Gannon’s Four of the PSAC Play- have faced Gannon once trolled the pace of the Rogerio Livramento. Afoffs. before on the season, at entire first half, for the ter making the first one, West Chester made its home, where Blake hit final 14 minutes of the Livramento missed the last four free throws, and a layup with 10 seconds first half, West Chester second one, and Givens after a missed jumper by left, clinching the win for never led. PSAC West came down with the reRiles, Hockaday got the West Chester 73-72. Player of the Year, Adam bound. Coach Blair chose ball to sophomore Matt Both teams came into Blazek, hit a turnaround not to take a timeout and Wiseley on the break, the semifinal matchup three-pointer as time ex- trust his team. Givens where he slammed home with the same 19-8 re- pired to give the Knights drove into the lane, was as time ran out, to put cord, Gannon being the a 40-35 lead heading into stopped, dished it off to an exclamation mark on No. 1 seed in the West, halftime. Blake, who found Wise-
ley underneath and was fouled as he went up with the ball by Matt Dogan. Wiseley on the season is a 65 percent free throw shooter, and Gannon used its last timeout to try and ice him. Wiseley stepped up and made both free throws giving the Rams a 77-76 lead with just six seconds left. Blazek took the inbound pass and beat the defense for a second, however, missed a tough layup, and Livramento missed the tip as time expired, and West Chester will now play for the PSAC Championship game against East Stroudsburg on Sunday. The leaders of the game for Gannon were Blazek, who had 22 points and six assists, and Thomas-Edwards had 12 rebounds. For the Golden Rams, Givens led with 21 points, on 7-23 shooting, Wiseley grabbed 10 rebounds and Hockaday had four assists. “That was probably the most physical game we have played in my six years here. [Gannon’s] low-post players are unbelievable,” head coach Damian Blair said. West Chester will now face the No.1 seed East Stroudsburg, on the Warriors home floor. This will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams. The Warriors have won both previous games, 107-94 on Jan. 25 at West Chester, they also won the final regular season game of the season at home 74-71 on Feb. 26. So this game will have everything a championship game should have, with the winner receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II postseason tournament. Ryan Calpin is a second-year student majoring in communications with a minor in journalisim. He can be reached at RC784188@wcupa.edu.
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Lady Rams split doubleheader against Shepherd University By Dylan Harrison Special to The Quad
est Chester University’s women’s softball split a doubleheader at Shepherd University this past Saturday afternoon, losing the first game 13-10, and winning the second game 13-5. Coming into the doubleheader, Shepherd University held a record of 2-5 and West Chester was 5-3 including a sweep against Chowan University last weekend. Sara O’Dell was the starting pitcher for the Golden Rams, versus Kirsten Barstad for Shepherd. Game One started at 3 p.m., and there was a 1-1 tie after the first inning after shortstop Jessica Norris was batted in by a sacrifice fly by Laura Altenburger. West Chester finished the inning with one run and two hits. Shepherd Univer-
sity answered right back second of the season, and ning. The Golden Rams with a run of their own an RBI double from Megan went scoreless in the top of in the first inning, when Kelly. Shepherd answered the fifth. Shepherd gained the lead with a five-run Taylor Schaefer scored off of an wcupagoldenrams.com fifth inning after an RBI single by Lyons and a RBI single by grand slam off Katie Erb. Jennifer SchoWest Chester went scorefield. Shepherd less in the top of the sixth finished the inwhile Shepherd added to ning with one its lead with a two-run run and two home run from Lyons off hits. In the secKim Murl. Quense atond inning, the tempted to spark a comeGolden Rams back in the seventh inning scored four runs, for the Golden Rams with thanks in part a two run home run for to a three-run home run by Outfielder Megan Kelly helped West Chester split her second of the game but fell short with a final score Jessica Schuck the doubleheader over the weekend in West of 13-10. for her first of Virginia. West Chester bounced the season, and back in the second half of an RBI single by Norris. Shepherd went back with five runs of their the double header with a scoreless in the second in- own thanks in part to RBI dominating 13-5 win. Mining. The Golden Rams singles by Shanan Plun- caela McSpadden got the increased their lead in the kett, Shannon Lyons, Alex- start for the Golden Rams third inning with three andra Witt. West Chester versus Lyons for Shepherd. runs after an Erin Quense and Shepherd both went West Chester started the two-run home run for her scoreless in the fourth in- game off with an explo-
sive seven run first inning thanks to an RBI single by Murl, a two RBI single by Quense, two runs scored off an error by Shepherd second basemen Elisa Orlandi, and a two RBI double by Norris. Shepherd went scoreless in the first inning. The Golden Rams continued to dominate in the second inning with four runs after an RBI double by Ali Vavala and a three RBI double by Norris. Shepherd continued to struggle with a scoreless second and third inning. In the fourth inning, West Chester scored two runs off an RBI double by Kelly Anderson and an RBI ground out by Sarah Walasavage. West Chester went scoreless to start the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth, Shepherd’s offense came alive with five runs after an RBI single by Tay-
ler Schaefer and a grand slam by Savannah Snyder, but it was not enough to overcome a dominating effort in a shortened five inning game. After splitting the double header versus Shepherd University, the Golden Rams now have a record of 6-4 on the year. West Chester looks to build off of this win behind the offense of Quense, coming off of a performance where she was a combined 4-for-7 with a pair of home runs and six RBIs for the upcoming doubleheader at Chestnut Hill on Tuesday. Chestnut Hill is struggling to begin the season with a record of 0-6 due to poor offensive performances in each of their first six games. Dylan Harrison is a second-year student majoring in communications with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at DH785892@ wcupa.edu
Breidenbach, Scull help West Chester defeat Philadelphia University By Michael Murphy Staff Writer
hen your offense isn’t looking very sharp, you better rely on your starter to keep you in the ball game. This was the case for the Golden Rams, as they ended up beating Philadelphia University, with a final score of 4-1. The Golden Rams’ starting pitcher, Fred Breidenbach threw a stellar game on the mound, and kept the Rams competitive while the offense looked to establish themselves. After cruising through the first two innings, Breidenbach would find trouble in the top of the third. Up to that point he had only allowed four hits. After allowing a double and then a single, Breidenbach was in a jam as he had runners on the corners. Phila-
delphia’s first baseman singled up the middle to tie the ball game up at 1-1. Breidenbach would get out of the inning after letting up another hit and then getting a fly-out to strand two of Philadelphia’s base runners. Breidenbach would put the game on cruise control as he mowed down Philadelphia’s batters in the fourth and fifth innings. His final inning would not be as smooth. Philadelphia’s third baseman Garza led off the inning with a single. Breidenbach proceeded to get two fly outs before Garza stole second. Garza then advanced to third after a wild pitch. Philadelphia put themselves in the driver’s seat to get a rally started as they were down 3-1 at this point. Breidenbach kept his composure as he got the fly ball he needed to
end the inning and his day on the mound. Breidenbach gave up seven hits, one earned run, and no walks in six innings pitched. Only one of those hits was for extra bases. “Breidenbach attacked the strike zone for the duration of his outing, which was key. He did a good job of mixing his pitches and making in game adjustments,” said head coach Jad Prachniak. Ron Scull tried to do his best Breidenbach impression after his exit in the sixth inning. With a 4-1 lead entering the sixth, Scull just had to keep it close. His first inning was his toughest, as the first batter he faced reached base on a throwing error by the West Chester second baseman Rob Spekhardt. That play would quickly be made up for as
the next Philadelphia batter grounded into a double play started by short stop Matt Petrizzi. After two more singles, Scull would get a ground out to end the top of the seventh. Scull’s next two innings would be a walk in the park. In the eighth after a single, Scull got another double play again. Scull would then get a ground out to end the eighth and get three consecutive outs in the ninth to seal the deal for the Rams. Scull on gave up three hits and no runs in three innings of work on the hill. “Scull was sharp in relief, he forces the opponent to swing the bat by consistently throwing strikes. He has a good demeanor to pitch in late game situations, he is even keeled and thrives in pressure situations” said Prachniak. Scull was credited for
the save in this contest, while Breidenbach was credited with the win. Even though the Rams were out hit in this contest, they still found ways to score runs. Third baseman Chris Pula was the spark for the offense as he went one-for-four with three RBI’s and a two-run homerun to left field. Pula started West Chester off in the first with an RBI ground out to the Philadelphia third baseman to make the game 1-0. Pula stepped up to the plate in bottom of the fourth with Petrizzi on first. He proceeded to rip a ball over the left field fence to extend the lead to 3-1. Pula was once again in the middle of the action in West Chester’s final score of the day. With Pula on second base, WCU first baseman Justin Roman tripled to left center as Pula came
around to score from second base. Despite being out hit, West Chester was able to get a hard fought victory on the road against Philadelphia University. Oliver Susk “It was good to win a game with only two hits, Pula and Roman drove in runs in key spots, we had strong pitching and turned three key double plays, Petrizzi and Spekhardt did a nice job in the middle infield for us. Having the ability to win games in a variety of ways will help us over the course of the season” Prachniak said. West Chester’s next game will be on Tuesday against Wilmington University in Wilmington, DE at 3 p.m. Michael Murphy is a first-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at MM802071@wcupa.edu
MARCH 10, 2014
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Lady Rams fall short in PSAC semi-finals, ending their season By AJ Arcaini Staff Writer
n Saturday afternoon, the West Chester University women’s basketball team’s outstanding season came to an unfortunate close. After continuously wowing us throughout the season with miraculous comebacks and dominated victories, the magic came to an end Saturday in a 104-82 lost to Edinboro University. The playoff run began Tuesday with a game at Hollinger Field House against Kutztown University. This was the third meeting between the two squads, as they were both fighting for a trip to the championship game. This game was exactly what you would expect, fas-paced, scrappy, and aggressive. Kutztown came out firing, shooting the ball above 50 percent
from the field in the first half, while WCU also shot well at 40 percent. Early foul trouble for sophomore Anna Kuntz and sophomore Jasmen Clark resulted in extremely limited minutes throughout the first half for the two starters. But captain and leader all season, Brittany Sicinski, stayed efficient as always, and helped keep the Rams close. Sicinski shot 3-for-5 from the field and 4-for-7 from the line in the first half giving her 11 points after twenty. At the buzzer, Kutztown led the Rams 42-36. Right from the start of the second half, WCU came out firing. The Rams quickly regained the lead just two minutes in, as their shooting percentage rose. Every time it seemed West Chester was going to pull away, Kutztown would hit a clutch jumper or sniff out a timely turnover to pull back. After a
few small lead changes, West Chester finally began to pull away on costly Kutztown turnovers. West Chester’s lead grew with great foul shooting in the last seven minutes and the Rams topped Kutztown, 86-74, sealing a spot in Edinboro on Saturday for the Final Four. West Chester finds its success in a few simple keys that have stayed true all season. “We just need to play as a team, play fundamental basketball, and play relaxed and confident,” explained Ely. Unfortunately, that is much easier said then done in front of a packed Edinboro crowd in the Final Four. Saturday’s game went exactly as expected, a packed house. The game started off with Edinboro taking control and, unfortunately, never looking back. Through the first half, Edinboro shot the ball extremely well,
especially from behind the arc where they shot 54 percent. The Edinboro lead grew throughout the first half, but West Chester continued to battle like they always do, not allowing the lead to get too far away from them. At half, the Rams trailed by 16. Although WCU improved their shooting in the second half to 50 percent from the field, Edinboro countered by raising the field goal percentage to 68 percent, posting 55 second-half points. The Rams battled their hardest, never giving up hope, but it was Edinboro’s day. Sickinski finished with 26 and Ely contributed 16 as the Rams miracle season slipped away in a 104-82 loss. Edinboro’s Lauren Hippo shot extremely well, dropping 29 points and grabbing seven boards. Although the Rams came up short to the goal they had hoped to ac-
complish, so many things will be taken from this excellent season. In late October, when the official PSAC preseason prediction’s were released, WCU ranked No. 4 in the PSAC East. Now, on Mar. 8, WCU finishes with a 19-9 record, 12-3 in conference play, and 2nd in the PSAC East, proving the resilience and determination of this squad. Ely, Sicinski, and Junior Kendall Benovy were honored with individual accomplishments this week as well. Ely and Sicinski were selected for first team all PSAC east and Benovy was selected for second team all PSAC East. For Sicinski, this is her first time being selected for first team, last year she was chosen as second team all PSAC East. For Ely and Benovy, this is both of their first selections to either team. Congratulations to all three of these players on extreme-
ly successful seasons. The biggest thing to take away from this season? The future. Looking back to the beginning of the season, many questions were raised on the starting lineups, the bench, and really how successful this team could be. Today, those questions are all answered. This tightly knit, young and energetic starting five is hungry and just getting started. West Chester will return all five starters next year, and most of their bench, all in search of the prized PSAC championship. Congratulations to the Rams on turning heads all year long and showing the success that can come through teamwork and fundamentals. We will certainly be in for a treat come October 2014. AJ Arcaini is a second-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at AA 788494@wcupa. edu
Women’s rugby returns, starts second half of season 2-1 Oliver Suskin-Santarelli Sports Editor
fter a long break from the start of their season, the West Chester women’s rugby team is back in action, improving to 7-3. Before returning on Mar. 1, the team had played from September to November, finishing that part of the season 5-2. The team has since played Harvard, Princeton, and Kutztown, fighting their way to improve their winning record. The squad first competed against Harvard University, losing their
spring opener to the Crimson with a final score of 17-5. The loss
puts the Golden Rams at 3-4 against other NCAA varsity programs.
In the road loss, Mia Schwerizerhof experienced her first carry try. The Crimson’s team, Jose Mestre/ Asst. Photography Editor however, was unfortunately too much to handle. With the Rams looking to bounce back from the loss, the team hosted Princeton University at John A. Farrell Stadium in a non-conference matchup. Showing they are not to be doubted, the Golden Rams ended up beating the Tigers with a final, impressive score of 38-14. Multiple players Women’s rugby returned to start their second half of the season 2-1. on the Rams stepped Pictured above is the team in action against Princeton University, in up in the win, including Sophia Schwab, which they won 38-14. Arielle Grant, and Ni-
cole Benedetti. Schwab had four trys during the game, while Grant had three trys, and Benedetti scoring twice. Following their win against the Tigers, the Golden Rams won again the next day, beating Kutztown University with a final score of 658. Benedetti, Arielle Gantt, Anna Bocchino and Jeannie Connolly all had a pair of trys against the Golden Bears, helping West Chester advance to their current record. The Golden Rams will next compete in the Mason-Dixon Tournament starting Mar. 29. The team will be playing at
home in the first matchup, though the opponent has yet to be announced. The next two games of the tournament will take place in Charlottesville, Pa., on Apr. 5 and 6, though the opponents for those games have also yet to be announced. The team returns home for the final game of the tournament on Apr. 12, playing the Maryland Exiles. The game begins at 11 a.m. Following the MasonDixon Tournament, the team will end the season with the USA Nationals. Oliver Suskin-Santarelli is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at OS753461@wcupa. edu.
Jose Mestre/ Asst. Photography Editor
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