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VOLUME 99, ISSUE 7

THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE News:

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Former Governer Gary Johnson Visits Campus Discusses marijuana legalization, government spending Charles Brenner Copy Editor

Op-Ed:

Repent, Joe Buck Page 4

Features:

Counseling Center Services Page 7

The West Chester University Students for Sensible Drug Policy, or SSDP, hosted former governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson on Friday, October 15 for an informative discussion on the drug war in America. Students met in Sykes Ballroom A at 3:30 p.m. for an hour long examination of the effects that current drug policies have on the nation, as well as brief discussion on other issues facing the United States. The event was a success for SSDP, who were able to draw a diverse population of students who were interested in Mr. Johnson’s views and experiences as a former state governor. Prior to the event, many of the students socialized with those around them, sharing their reasons for attending the event and their personal opinions regarding current drug war policies - especially those regarding marijuana. The conversations which took place between students exposed a wide range of opinions among the participants, all of whom were entering the forum with open minds and a sincere curiosity. Gary Johnson took his place at the front of the crowd and immediately introduced himself as an entrepreneur first, and as a politician second. This background in business was crucial in shaping Gary Johnson’s policies and beliefs when he entered into politics, winning the New Mexico race for governor in 1994 with no political experience.

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Johnson’s campaign, as he explained, was run based on a “common sense business approach” regarding state legislature and deficit spending. As a governor, Johnson vetoed hundreds of spending bills presented from both parties and actively voiced his belief that the drug war was misplaced government spending. Johnson was one of the few high-end politicians publicly calling for the end of marijuana prohibition. After giving students insight into his political background, Johnson addressed several issues which have been making national headlines before moving full steam ahead into marijuana reform. As a former border-state governor, Johnson calls for immigration law reform. He stated that the suggestions to build a fence on the border or station national guard troops were both ineffective and not cost-efficient. Johnson has also voiced his opposition to the War in Iraq, as well as the current health care reform bill which was passed this year. The issue which was on everyone’s minds was Johnson’s position on marijuana prohibition in the United States. Johnson has publicly denounced the current legislation regarding marijuana and, in his speech to students, addressed each of the main supporting statements used in favor of the prohibition. Johnson made it clear that it would never be legal for a minor to purchase marijuana in dispensaries, nor

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Local geologist discovers new dinosaur remains in Argentina By Anthony Fioriglio

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Acclaimed geologist Dr. Kenneth J. Lacovara gave a presentation titled “Giants at the End of the World” profiling the discovery of a new sauropod dinosaur in South America to an overcrowded auditorium in the Merion Science Center on October 20. Lacovara, who received his doctorate from the University of Delaware, has been featured on the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel among other outlets. His archaeological team made the discovery of the sauropod dinosaur in the Southern most Patagonia region of Argentina. The Patagonia region describes the southern portion of South America, mainly Argentina and Chile, and uses the Andes Mountains as a border. “It’s very remote,” Lacovara said. “It’s about a ten-hour airport trip to get there and back.” The first trip was in January and February, 2004. The purpose of travelling was to test the hypothesis that the sauropod class of dinosaurs evolved into smaller sizes at the end of the Cretaceous period. Instead, Lacovara appeared to have proved the opposite by finding a fossilized femur that measured 2.2 meters in length on January 22. By the end of the trip, the group had found several more

bones. By studying the femur, it was determined that the bone came from an undiscovered herbivore, or plant-eating dinosaur, that weighed approximately 60 tons, which is the size of approximately

12 African elephants. The National Science Foundation funded a second trip to the same spot in March and April of 2005. On the first day of the trip, a second femur was found and by the end of the trip, a mass of

articulated fossils were found, most notably the tail section. On the third and fourth trips, in February and March of 2006 and January and February of 2007 respectively, Lacovara and his

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NEWS

“I don’t know how they got me to do half the stuff I did.”

OCTOBER 25, 2010

On The Record

“It’s like, this is album number three. You guys have had fair warning!”

-Lea Michele, of ‘Glee’ fame, on the racy GQ photoshoot featuring her, Dianna Agron and Cory Monteith. gq.com

-Taylor Swift, on her habit of using names and distingushing information in her music. people.com

“My work and experience are in good shape, but I haven’t found a partner, so what can I do?”

“You are not alone. You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied. And there is a whole world waiting for you, filled with possibilities.”

-Chen Wei-Yih, a Taiwanese woman who is marrying herself.

-Barack Obama, in his It Gets Better ad, for the Trevor Project.

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Dinosaurs from page 1 team continued to find a wealth of fossilized bones from the same dinosaur, ultimately leading to the most complete super massive dinosaur that has ever been discovered. “It is a privilege to ever see a

an X-ray machine and examined by police dogs. The trailer was then loaded onto boat and shipped to Philadelphia, where they will remain for the next four years. The fossils are currently being cleaned and studied in the Academy of Natural Sciences. The public can watch the entire process in the Academy and ask

site like this,” Lacovara said. The super massive class of dinosaur consists of dinosaurs which weigh more than 20 tons. The sheer size of the creatures tends to make it rare for more than a few fossils to be discovered. This is due to scavengers of the period making off with various pieces of the dead beast to eat. Another reason for the rarity is the size of the animal also generally prevented any kind of thorough preservation. In February and March of 2009, Lacovara had to go down to Argentina on a diplomatic mission to get necessary exportation permits in order to transfer the fossils from Argentina to Philadelphia for study. After obtaining the permits, the fossils were loaded into a truck trailer, which then had to be examined by

questions to the people doing the work. Lacovara hopes to have learned enough about the fossils to formally announce the findings and the name of the newly-found behemoth in the spring of 2011. He could barely hide his excitement when talking about the entire process and the formal announcement coming up in the spring. “I have a list of dinosaur names hanging on my refrigerator right now,” he said. More information on the work currently being done can be found on the website of the Academy of Natural Sciences at ansp.org/ museum/dinohall/paleo_lab.php. Anthony Fioriglio is a student at West Chester University and can be reached at AF650463@wcupa.edu

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Johnson from page 1 would it be legal for someone to operate a motor vehicle under the influence. In this regard, laws would reflect current policies on alcohol consumption. In addition, by requiring an ID for marijuana purchases, Johnson proposed that underage users would face more of a challenge acquiring marijuana than they would buying it on the current black market. Johnson also addressed how marijuana prohibition has strengthened drug cartels operating on the Mexican border. As a former border state governor, Johnson’s experience has led him to believe that the regulation of marijuana by a government agency would “take the money out of marijuana,” effectively ending marijuana cartels by making their product less lucrative. Johnson suggested that marijuana decriminalization would decrease border violence in Mexico and the United States. Johnson has been an active supporter of Proposition 19 on the 2010 California ballot, which would effectively legalize marijuana for recreational use. Johnson compared the proposition in California to New York state’s decision to stop enforcing alcohol prohibition, which swayed federal policy to repeal Prohibition in the 1930’s. Johnson stated that it was his hope that the passing of Proposition 19 would

encourage other states to follow suit. Johnson blamed drug prohibition for the creation of such artificial narcotics such as methamphetamine, which became popular as a cheap and easily manufacturable alternative to cocaine. Johnson encouraged students to think of drug

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addiction as a medical condition as opposed to a criminal one. He promoted support for federal policies which would send addicts of hard drugs to rehab centers as opposed to prison. The overall theme of Gary Johnson’s presentation was one aimed at reducing deficit government spending. The conservative

students in attendance were able to relate to Gary Johnson as a small-government Republican. His message was remarkably effective in this manner. For the students who leaned further to the left, Johnson resonated because of his direct approach to a taboo issue and his witty take on a potential marijuana industry. Johnson jokingly responded to a student’s question regarding the tobacco industry’s role in such an industry by saying “If Marlboro wants to start selling Marley-boro’s instead, then they should have that right.” The big winners of the afternoon, however, where the Students for Sensible Drug Policy, who not only gained further recognition from the student body and faculty for their event, but also helped push their organizations primary goal of sharing knowledge and eliminating propaganda in the general public. The Students for Sensible Drug Policy hold weekly meetings in Sykes Room 255 on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Anyone searching for more information on the chapter can find it at the group’s Facebook page (West Chester University Students for Sensible Drug Policy). For more information on Gary Johnson, there is a Facebook fan page with all of his positions on national issues, as well as his possible presidential campaign in 2012. Charles Brenner is a second-year communications student and can be reached at CB679085@wcupa.edu


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The evolution of Halloween By Anthony Fioriglio Practicum Writer

On October 31, millions of people in America and around the world will celebrate Halloween. Children dressed up as Iron Man or Optimus Prime will knock on the doors of relative strangers, with the intent of bartering for either a trick or a trea. These youngsters will receive their treat more often than not. In 2009, Americans spent approximately $4.75 billion on Halloween products, including decorations, costumes, and candy according to the National Retail

Federation. Movie studios release a plethora of horror movies in the weeks building up to Halloween, targeting consumers who want a good scare to help get into the Halloween spirit. Horror films, such as “Saw� and, appropriately enough, “Halloween,� receive a late October release and quickly make millions of dollars. Unquestionably, Halloween has become one of the most celebrated holidays in America and around the world. Despite its popularity, many people still do not know the origins of the holiday.

People such as those from the ancient Celtic cultures found in Europe in the days of the early Roman Empire, began celebrating on dates near October 31. The Celtic calendar began on November 1 so the Celts celebrated with an event called the Samhain festival, which served to both honor those who had died the previous year and to celebrate the year as a whole in much the same fashion that so many people currently celebrate New Year’s Eve. During the Samhain, the Celtic tribes honored the dead and warded off evil spirits by

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performing rituals around a fire while wearing masks and face paint. The practice of “trick-ortreating,� another staple in the modern celebration of Halloween, originated in the Middle Ages from a Catholic celebration on November 1 referred to as All

practice began to dwindle and the event slowly began to morph into nothing more than a fun event. Media references to modern Halloween practices first began appearing in the 1920s and continued to grow as America drew closer to World War II. Once World War II began and

Unquestionably, Halloween has become one of the most celebrated holidays in America and around the world.

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Saints Day or Hallowmas. On that day, young children and the poor would go door to door and receive food in exchange for offering prayers to the deceased in a practice called “souling.� In Mexico, el Dias de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is still practiced. On the Day of the Dead, families honor their deceased by cleaning and decorating their gravestones and having celebrations. Throughout the rest of the world, however, ancient traditions have given way to the modern celebrations that October 31 mark. Coinciding with the immigration boom in the latter part of the 19th century and moving into the 20th century, Halloween became less focused on the religious customs and began evolving into a social holiday. The Europeans who came to America that still practiced souling continued to do so in their communities. However, the religious connotations to the

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America rationed so many food products, including sugar, trickor-treating essentially stopped. Following the war, references to the practice of trick-or-treating began appearing in everything from various children’s magazines to the Jack Benny radio program. With the media coverage of the practice, trick-ortreating became solidified in its spot as a staple of Halloween. Since that time, Halloween practices have continued to evolve. Haunted houses and corn mazes continue to flourish. Millions of people go to pumpkin patches to find the perfect pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern. Halloween began as a festival to ward off evil spirits and honor the dead. It has become a night that invokes the imagery of those evil spirits, knocking on the front door with the barter of a trick or a treat to be made. Hopefully, for everyone, it will be a treat. Anthony Fioriglio is a student at West Chester University and can be reached at AF650463@wcupa.edu


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As a Phillies’ fan and WCU student, this week has been a series of extreme moments and encounters, the first of which took place on FOX. Watching the Phils vs. Giants series has surely given me some minor form of heart trauma, and a minor case of heartbreak after last night’s loss. However, I’m hoping this extra week of post-season rest will give the team a better recovery than last year . Think about it: constantly going to the post-season (and World Series) cuts the amount of off-time drastically, and the boys need a chance to rest up in order to come back stronger in the spring. Even though the Phillies ended their post-season involvement Saturday night, most of my distress came from all the distractions surrounding the game, namely the announcers. As a student journalist, I understand that most news is only as unbiased as its writers/reporters, but I also understand that those individuals are supposed to at least TRY to remain unbiased, particularly on a nationwide news network. I am used to watching games on PHL-17, a channel devoted to the team and miscellaneous TV shows such as “Entourage” and “Family Guy.” In my mind, this is an appropriate forum for team spirit and biased announcers - most of the viewers are in fact Philly fans, and the network caters to that audience. However, FOX is a nationallyviewed network, with no foundation in a particular city (or for that matter, a sports team). Therefore, I expected fair, balanced announcing - but this was apparently a foreign concept for Joe Buck.

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Perhaps this is a bit of my defensive-Philly-fan side coming to the surface, but Buck’s announcing became increasingly annoying and anti-Philadelphia over the course of the series, enough so that I’m ranting about him in my weekly editorial instead of focusing on the fact that both teams played a great series. Over the course of the week, I saw a direct correlation between the number of pro-Giants/anti-Phillies exclamations made by Buck, and the number of Facebook groups dedicated to hating him (many of which were not based in Philadelphia).

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Point is, clean announcing is expected from an unbiased source. While everyone knows the general political sway on their various news networks, sports announcing becomes a different entity entirely. If FOX paid for the rights to air the series, they should provide coverage that doesn’t detract from the sport itself.

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----- My other “extreme” this week involved the event taking over the rest of this week’s Op-Ed section: the “Repent America” rally/protest that occupies the front of Main Hall every year. I’m not going to reveal my political opinion on the content matter of the protest, but I’d rather like to address my complaints about the event itself. Every year, Repent America comes to our campus with posters, sermons and overly-inquisitive and assuming cronies. Every year, WCU students revolt and bring the same three things in opposition. Every year, the day ends and no one’s minds have been changed. I really noticed this stagnant revolt this year - after being let out of class early due to class disruption (from the protesters, four stories below and several thick walls away). I made my way out of Main Hall towards Anderson, and I was stopped by several people who asked me my opinion on “the matter at hand.” Each time, I said that my opinion was that everyone should just go home. I received several less-than-eloquent responses, many of which decided I’d be burning for eternity. This is exactly my point. Yes, I do have a political opinion on the content of the protest, but I did not want to show it in that context. As an individual trying to make her way through the crowd, taking no position, I was still judged and made into part of the protest. I truly believe that there is no benefit to this protest happening on our campus every year; no minds will be changed, no opinions will be swayed and no good will come of it. So I plead to Repent America: please stay off our campus. You know the ridicule you face every year, and by bringing yourselves onto our campus, you put yourself in WCU student “territory.” Putting yourself in our place of study and residence does not help your cause, and only disrupts classes, campus maneuverability and student minds. And students - though I fully understand the defensive need we feel as members of the WCU community, wouldn’t it be wiser if we investigated a way to keep protests like this off of our campus? peace to you, TjT


OCTOBER 25, 2010

Molly Morgan

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There is a new fad sweeping our youth’s culture today and it goes by the name of Four Loko. The name tells you all you need to know about its effect; Four Loko is an alcoholic beverage which is sold in a 24 ounce can and contains a high alcohol content paired with an equally high amount of caffeine, sugar, guarana and taurine. The phenomenon has taken over Facebook news feeds and has conquered America, but no one seems to be able to decipher this epidemic. It doesn’t taste great,and it’s not great for you. However, it seems as though every weekend more and more young adults, especially college students, are becoming fans of this seemingly dangerous product. Because it contains alcohol, a consumer must be at least 21 to purchase the drink. Regardless of whether or not they can legally purchase it, the drink is obviously targeted towards the younger generations. There are a variety of flavors including Fruit Punch, Orange Crush and Blue Raspberry, as well as a slew of other sweet, fruity flavors which are sure to appeal to both drinkers and non-drinkers. Four Loko cans are decorated with bright colors and almost have no indication of alcoholic content besides the small “Contains Alcohol” label around the lip of the cans. The can lacks Nutritional Facts, but lets the consumers know that it contains 12% alcohol in addition to the caffeine. One of the strongest appeals to Four Loko consumers is that the beverage can be purchased for a mere $3.00 at almost any alcohol distributer, which is a great price for a college student on a budget. Four Lokos are also turning up in places far from college campuses: low income communities. I asked a local West Chester resident about this topic and he wholeheartedly agreed. “It [gets you drunk] and you can get it at any local hood spot. That’s why we drink Four Lokos.” Essentially, the reasons the drink appeals to college kids are the same reasons it appeals to anyone else who may find themselves strapped for cash and looking for a good buzz. Intrigued by all the propa-

ganda surrounding it, I turned to some valued companions to discover some more answers. I mean, beer is cheap, accessible, and is even available in larger quantities than a 24 oz. can. Almost everyone I talked to told me that I had to actually try it in order to “really get it,” but their general consensus was that the caffeine content is what sets this beverage apart from any other choice at your local beer store. Drinking before going to the bar, or “pregaming” as it is more commonly referred to, is a ritual practiced by almost

their menu has experienced fewer fights and altercations as a result.” Because Red Bull does not contain alcohol, but only caffeine, it’s safe to say that the caffeine can change a night of drinking into a night of insubordinate blackout behaviors. A similar product called Sparxx recently recalled their beverage and reissued it – without caffeine. Their sales dropped drastically because, without caffeine, it’s not appealing. The combination is both the best and worst part about the product for which there are already rumors of much needed government bans. Aside from the obvious effects of mixing drugs and alcohol- after all, caffeine is a drugthere are other health concerns associated with not only Four Loko, but all alcoholic energy drinks, including the ever popular concoction of Red Bull and vodka. One can of Four Loko carries a whopping 660 calories and 60 drinkfour.com grams of sugar while all college students. providing no healthy benefits It’s typically done before going whatsoever. It’s the absurdly out, in order to prepare oneself high sugar content which makes for a night of drinking and it such a health risk. This also partying. One of the reasons increases the chances of getting Four Lokos are so appealing a hangover from drinking it: for pregaming is, apparently, because sugar, caffeine, and the caffeine. Instead of taking alcohol all dehydrate you, shots of liquor and leaving for this leads to drinking more the bar in a slight stupor, this and getting drunk faster. drink allows you to not only The alcohol industry’s job loosen up, but also provides you is to market their product with the energy needed to keep to the demographic most going all night long. Because likely to consume it, in this you feel so much more awake case targeting 18-24 year old and alert after drinking the drinkers. Although we can’t sugar-laced beverage, you also stop fads from spreading, we feel more sober and capable of can at least inform potential doing things such as drinking consumers about possible more or, God forbid, driving. outcomes. The product is so new This is where the dangers begin. that people are intrigued by it Four Loko drinks have been and when purchasing alcohol linked to frequent blackouts, are drawn to the colorful and treacherous hangovers, and unfamiliar cans which stick out alcohol poisoning. Any basic among the amber colored beers Google search on the drink will we’re all so accustomed to. let you know this. Although This “liquid cocaine” as it’s any liquor in the right amount been called, doesn’t seem to can cause these problems, it be a fad which will be going seems they are much more away any time soon. As college prevalent after consuming a students, we will likely have caffeinated alcoholic drink. to make the decision at some I talked to a West Chester point whether or not the cheap bartender on the subject of high is worth the damage. Molly Morgan is a fifth-year energy drinks and he reported student at West Chester Univerthat although he doesn’t know sity majoring in English. She much about Four Lokos, what can be reached at MM628622@ he can say is that “almost every wcupa.edu. bar in town that has eliminated Red Bull [Energy Drink] from

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Want to work for The Quad? Send applications for Op-Ed editor to QuadOpEd@ wcupa.edu. A senior’s guide to post-graduation work Mark Gionta

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As mid-terms have come to pass, those seniors expecting to graduate in May are starting to feel the pressure and anxiety of the realization that the real world is right around the corner. With the current state of the economy, seniors are coming to the harsh realization that it may be tough to find a job in the field of their degree after graduation. Although economists say that the economy is “on the up,” many employers are still hesitant to hire new full-time employees with the risk of the economy destabilizing. It isn’t just the salary that may sway them away from new hires, but also the cost of health care and benefits for those same employees. Graduating seniors have enough stress already with upper level classes and internships, without the added worry about where they can find a job soon after May graduation. This pressure and stress may feel like the weight of the world on your shoulders, but you need to remember a few things to make sure your senior year isn’t full of anxiety. One key thing to remember is that you do not have control over the economy, or the employers of the American workforce. You are not personally responsible for the rise or fall of the economy, so you can not fill your head with the worry of not finding a job because employers are hesitant to hire. Another tip to relieve your stress is to be as organized as possible. Most seniors are balancing school and work, so it is easy to become unorganized very quickly. Make sure you know when your assignments need to be done, so you set aside enough time to get your work done and get to your job. Most importantly, remember to put aside some time to have fun, responsibly of course. This is your senior year of college and you need to make sure that you still go out and enjoy yourself with your friends. The best way to ensure you do not have a stress filled year is by letting yourself relax when you have the opportunity. Although you do not have the power to decide whether or

not the economy turns around, there are a few things that are necessary to prepare yourself to be in the best position to be hired for your dream job. The first thing that you need to do is make sure you have done everything necessary to graduate. Every year many students are expecting to graduate in May, when they are told they have not done everything to fulfill their degree requirements. Make sure you speak to your advisor and ensure that you have taken all the necessary courses to get your degree. Another key step in preparation is creating an up-to-date resume for all of your potential employers. You need to stand out from all the other applicants that may be applying for the same job as you, and there is no better way to do so than to show professionalism. A resume is something that only takes a few minutes to create, and it goes a long way when being considered for a job. The next thing to remember is that while on the job search, network with as many people as you can. It doesn’t take much to go out of your way to introduce yourself to someone, but it can open doors for you that previously were unknown. Simply having a conversation with someone may lead to a job opportunity and recommendation down the road, or a mention of a position in passing. Finally, apply for as many jobs related in your work field as possible. Although you may not land your dream job right away, you need to start somewhere. By applying to multiple jobs, you can help ensure that you find work somewhere. It may take a while to work your way up the ladder, but giving yourself the opportunity is the key. There is no shame in not being hired for a job, so don’t take anything too personally. For those graduating seniors filled with stress and anxiety, follow these tips and before you know it you will be at graduation in May fully prepared for the next step in your life. As long as you remember to find a balance between preparation and fun in your free time, you will have a great senior year. Mark Gionta is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at MG649676@wcupa.edu.


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OPINION & EDITORIAL

OCTOBER 25, 2010

Weighing in: Repent America’s campus visit We cannot fight evil Johnny Wood

seeds in a field, and among the wheat he had intended to I heard Repent America had sow, weeds popped up also (in come, yet again, to show off this case, tares, which looks large graphics of mutilated much like wheat in early fetuses and Bible verses used growth). When asked if weeds to condemn college students should be uprooted, Jesus said for, well, living like college no. Why? You kill perfectly students. About two years ago good wheat in the process. to the day of their most recent The argument against visit, I groups like walked Repent past America is these not, in my people mind, their with opinions their themselves; displays, everyone witbelieves nessing in highly counterdisagreeprotest able things, after especially counterin issues protest such as pop up abortion. like danRather, it delions in is in their May. My stoking ultimate those fiery concern disagreewas not ments the added that will noise of continue other to burn groups, and never but resolve, rather yet never the group progress. repentamerica.com, 2008 that There is insists on doing this yearly. no dialogue, only noise. I approached the preacher While I do not believe in of this group (his name may student (or general) inactivhave been Michael, but I do ity to hateful and misguided not quite remember) asking groups such as Repent him how he scripturally America, perhaps the best justified what he was doing. solution is to not give them I insisted what he was doing the attention they seem to turned people off to the idea crave. While I do not believe of religion in general (Chrisin letting evil progress and tianity at the very least), spread to the point that it and that it simply didn’t line seems uncontainable, we have up to the teachings of Jesus. only one imperative to bring I cited the Parable of the good into this world, regardless Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, if of our life stories and religious you really feel like looking affiliations: we must live it out it up) as being irreconcilourselves, the best we can. able with what he and Repent Johnny Wood is an alumnus of American were doing annually West Chester University. He can outside of Main Hall. In be reached at woodj318@gmail. this parable, a man sowed com. Special to The Quad

Free speech or unnecessary distraction?

Eliza Hadrick

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Every year we have to be subjected to the raving of our dreaded visitors. They stand in the middle of campus saying, “If you have an abortion you’re going to Hell!” “Jesus loves you but you are an abomination to him if you sin!” All the while, they are trying to proclaim that they live with the generous love of Jesus Christ in their hearts. I for one think that these people should be banned from setting foot on our campus. Yes, in our wonderful country we have the right to say whatever we please because we are free, but they are a distraction to our community and the environment that West Chester University has created to be conducive to learning in the classroom. It is one thing to speak on a cause you believe in, but Main Hall is not the place to be ranting against abortion, sexual immorality and sin. There are classes going on, and people trying to learn. I am paying my tuition to WCU in order to get the best education that I can, not to be

believe that Jesus spread a message of love, not hate. And although there are sins that Jesus hated, the hate was never directed toward the person who sinned. These people are directing their hate toward people by yelling at them and telling them they are going to Hell. But even the Bible says “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” Meaning, unless you are perfect, you shouldn’t be pointing out my imperfections. To sum things up, I simply believe that people should not be allowed to have forums and boisterous repentamerica.com, 2008 rallies during to hear or see. class time because they are Students can hear these a distraction to students and proclamations through the campus life, no matter what windows of classrooms. People they are “preaching” about. stop to listen and investigate The graphic and fanatical the spectacle, then run in an message that the “anti-aborattempt to avoid being late to tionists” are declaring is the their class. For people like ultimate distraction of the me, the protestors are simply semester, therefore we should in the way of my pathway do something to prevent to get to my classroom. them from being a disrupDon’t get me wrong, I am a tion in our community. This Christian myself; I am a very happens every year; it’s strong and firm believer of time to do something. my faith. These people who Eliza Hadrick is a fifth-year claim to be “disciples” are, student at West Chester Univerin my opinion, the opposite sity majoring in nursing. She can be of what I know of Jesus. I reached at EH630014@wcupa.edu. distracted by someone yelling at me for something someone does (or doesn’t do for that matter). Honestly, if I am going to be distracted, it should be by an activity of my choosing, not by something I care not

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Counseling Center offers services to college students: one on one and groups available By Matt Boyd

Practicum Writer

Although the WCU Counseling Center provides guidance and help to approximately 400 students a semester, an email survey indicated that the majority of the WCU student body is unaware of the valuable services that the center can provide, free of charge. Dr. Dora Ghetie, one of the eight experienced psychologists of the WCU Counseling Center, explained that the center wants to get the word out about its services, and encourage students to come and ask for help if they need it. “College is a difficult time for people,” Dr. Ghetie said. “Figuring about who you are, what you want to do, and who you want to be can be hard.” The Counseling Center, the quality of which has been nationally recognized through an accreditation by the International Association of Counseling Services, is located on the second floor of Lawrence Hall. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. students can make appointments in person, or over the phone by calling 610-4362301. A student who makes an appointment has the option of attending one-on-one sessions with any of the eight psychologists, both male and female, on

staff, or attending weekly group meetings. Some of the groups include a “Sexual Identity Group,” an “Interpersonal

cially only open during the hours of business mentioned above, the center keeps at least one psychologist on call “24/7” during the

dispel the negative stigma that some people attach to counseling and therapy, saying that “the number one factor [for students

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The Counseling Center offers several group sessions as well as individual counseling to college students. Students are encouraged to seek counseling, no matter how mild or sevre their situation is.

Problem Solving Group,” and a “Veteran’s Group” for people that have been involved in the military. Although the center is offi-

school year, so that any student in need of immediate help can be accommodated. Dr. Ghetie explained that the counseling center wants to

not getting help, if they need it] is that people are embarrassed, or don’t know about the Counseling Center.” Dr. Ghetie continued by explaining that students should

feel welcomed to come and talk about any problems that they feel they have. “We help students with a wide range of problems ranging anywhere from anxiety or depression, to relationship problems, to drug and alcohol problems.” The Counseling Center wants to encourage and welcome students to ask for help with any problems that they feel that they may have, regardless of how mild or severe. “The longer you let a problem go on, the longer it will take to fix,” said Dr. Ghetie, explaining that students should not feel “weak” or “ashamed” for asking for help. Any student with any problem, from simple anxiety, to severe depression, should not hesitate to benefit from the services that the staff of the Counseling Center can provide; the staff is passionate about its job. “To see somebody start to feel better, to make changes in their life, is a privilege for me,” Dr. Ghetie explained. “College is a time of change for most people, and if we can help somebody figure something out about themselves at this age, it could really benefit them for the rest of their life.” Matt Boyd is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at MB634884@wcupa.edu.

Pennhurst re-opens as an attraction after abandoned for 23 years By Ginger Rae Dunbar Features Editor

Pennhurst had also been named Eastern State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic. This raised admission rates, while the number of discharged patients remained low. In 1946 Pennhurst had seven physicians aiding over 2,000

patients. According to www. opacity.us, with 1,000 names on the waiting list, the number of Pennhurst patients grew to 3,500 by 1955. The patients ranged in age from infants to about 70. The staff was overworked and had low wages. The patients

were overcrowded and became neglected of the proper care they needed. The website www. opacity.us published that the lowest functioning patients were mostly bed-ridden in cribs and were unable to move much. A lawsuit was filed against

Pennhurst State School and Hospital opened in 1908 to treat people with mental and physical disabilities and closed in 1987 after reports of abuse to the patients. The site in Spring City reopened in Sept. 2010 as Pennhurst Asylum, a Halloween related attraction. The construction of the buildings to host Pennhurst began in 1903. The first buildings were completed and opened five years later. The whole campus of Pennhurst was completed in 1921. Pennhurst was originally opened to provide care and schooling to mentally and physically disabled persons. According to www.opacity.us, the institution was overcrowded even prior to www.opacity.us admitting “epiPennhurst State School and Hopsital was shut down in 1987 after lawsuits were filed and Pennhurst staff was found guilty of violating patients’ leptics of normal mental capacity.” constitutional rights.

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Pennhurst in 1974 as the abuse of residents was documented. Pennhurst was found guilty in 1977 of violating patients’ constitutional rights. Patients were moved to other institutions before it was finally closed in 1987. Despite protests against re-opening Pennhurst as a Halloween attraction, the site opened in Sept. and is now known as Pennhurst Asylum. The Arc of Philadelphia board has been active in protesting the re-opening of what they called the “Institute of Terror.” Ken Oakes, the Board President, would like to see Pennhurst be a “respectable” place to those who lived and died at Pennhurst, as opposed to making an “amusement” of the history of Pennhurst. Pennhurst Asylum has been open for a month to tourists who have heard the stories of the institution and some had visited the site after it was abandoned. Tourists talked to other groups as they waited in line, exchanging stories. Several tourists, about mid 20s and older, told stories of visiting Pennhurst after it was abandoned. Some said they came to the site and remembered how creepy it was, and wanted to come back to see what has become of Pennhurst. Some see PENNHURST page 8


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Student Poll Question: What will you do now that the Phillies are not playing in the World Series?

Name: Matt Sonon

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Response: Cry. I’m going to cry and do homework.

Response: Be bummed out. There’s always next year.

Name: Molly Aaron

Name: Stephan Glansberg Major: Accounting Year: Second-Year Response: Watch football now. Watch the Giants.

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A patient’s bed in a room at Pennhurst, the interior of the building is decaying.

tourists claimed to have already been inside some of the buildings and now wanted to see the new attraction. Pennhurst Asylum has their tourists enter through the admissions building. Several rooms had actors dressed as doctors, some who would follow the tourists or try to scare them. The end of the attraction has the tourists find their way out by traveling through an underground tunnel. The tunnel would be pitch black without the use of strobe lights. Graffitti remains on the tunnel walls. The tunnel leads the tourist out to the entrance of Pennhurst, past the campus buildings. Tourists were standing in line, waiting to reach the admission building, and could hear others screaming on the inside. Strange noises traveled through the crowds, like a small echo of a blunt object hitting the walls. While waiting in line, many tourists were asking each other, “Did you hear that?” or “What was that?” Ginger Rae Dunbar is a fourthyear student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at RD655287@wcupa.edu.

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An Artist Review: “New Works” By Sarah Griggs

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If you like all things bright, bold, and beautiful, then you should definitely head over to the Swope Music Building to check out their newest art exhibit “New Works” by Belle Hollon. This exhibit is shown in the Knauer Gallery, and will be shown from now until December 7 of this year. The first thing the viewer will notice is all of the bold colors used throughout Belle’s thirty-piece collection. From the fiery, blood reds, to the deep turquoises, to the rich purples and greens, the colors used to paint the Northern Mexican landscapes are exotic and enchanting. Belle painted just four of her paintings in her Maryland hometown and left the rest for the foreign landscapes of Mexico. She said the only problems she encountered were the changing weather patterns, rattlesnakes, and steep rock ledges, but even those added inspiration to her works. “My pictures don’t capture the true grandeur or drama of Mexico’s earth and sky, but I did love the thrill of making work in this context,” Belle said. Even though these works resemble landscapes, the large brush strokes and unnatural colors made them more abstract than real-life scenes. This made them imperfect and gave the paintings more character. It also makes the viewer delve into the piece to see what it represents. Interacting with the exhibit, studying it, and becoming part of it makes it not only interesting, but very exhilarating as well. It is easy to picture oneself in the scene, looking up at the night sky, feeling the cold wind in your hair, hearing a coyote in the background; these abstract works really inspired me and will inspire you too. One of my favorite pieces was titled “Amy’s Kitchen.” I was drawn to this one due to its many colors, but I also enjoyed that it actually showed objects in their true form. Instead of just blended lines and abstract shapes, it portrayed a Mexican kitchen overlooking a backyard. There was a window, and underneath were bright multicolored tiles, and sitting on them were blood-red flowers. I was drawn to it because to me ,it was the ideal of how Mexican kitchens look. The clay walls, the brilliantcolored backsplashes, the dry dust that every window leads to it fit my thoughts perfectly of how a Mexican kitchen should look. It was cool to see how colorful and decorative their kitchens were compared to those in the United States. I also really enjoyed “Neighborhood Pines,” which seems to represent her home back in Maryland. This one was interesting because this gray, average -looking home was surrounded by a fiery orange sky and ground mixed with accents of midnight blue and forest

greens. The contrast between the neutral house and the backgrounds that surrounded it made quite a statement. It was interesting to see how different their atmosphere is from what I’m used to. The rolling hills, the vast valleys, mountains, even the inside of their houses differ greatly from what I see day to day. It was just remarkable to see how cultures differ from each other, and I think these paintings are a good example of the vast beauty other countries have to offer. As with any show, everything is not perfect. The only flaws I found with this collection would be the likeness between most, if not all, of the paintings. Each one was different in a way, but the sameness between the colors and landscapes sort of made them blur together, making me have trouble distinguishing one picture from the next. The other thing I noticed about some of the smaller water colors is that they were plain dull. The rest of the collection used such exotic, exuberant colors, and then two or three were just neutral and blended into the tan of the painted wall they hung on. A little contrast between paintings would be good, but to go from extreme bold color to none, was a little dramatic and confusing to me. This exhibit was a lot better than I was originally expecting. I am no art buff, but after viewing such intense pieces, I am starting to become more interested in art in general. This collection, “New Works,” takes the viewer on a journey from Belle’s home in Maryland and ends deep in the beautiful mountains and valleys of Northern Mexico. By viewing this exhibit you will feel as if you just traveled to a different country without stepping foot outside of West Chester. I would recommend everyone venture over in between classes to get a glimpse of these beautifullybold works. All works can be purchased starting around $250, the most expensive being $850. Okay, so maybe they don’t come cheap, but even though you may not have one on your bedroom walls, the colors and scenes will be burned in your mind for days to come. So why not give it a look, you will be very happy you did. Sarah Griggs is a second-year English education major. She can be reached at SG688409@wcupa. edu.

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“ The Pajama Game” provides plenty of laughs

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By Mark Gianta Practicum Writer

On Friday Oct. 22, the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre had a certain buzz in the atmosphere as the student-performed play, “ The Pajama Game,” opened. The stage was set with vibrant colors and decorated with a border of pajamas, rousing the excitement of the audience as the orchestra began to play. As soon as the character Vernon Hines, played by Douglas Atkins, began the first musical number you knew that you were in for a funfilled night. “The Pajama Game” is a romantic comedy set in a small town in the Midwest during the fifties. As the workers of the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory work harder, they realize they should be paid as much as the workers at other factories. The factory union, led by Prez, seeks to get a pay raise of seven and a half cents an hour, but the strict head of the factory, Myron Hasler, has no intention to grant a raise. In the midst of the labor dispute, the leader of the Union Grievance Committee, Babe Williams, has an interesting encounter with the new superintendent of the factory, Sid Sorokin, who seems to have sparked a romantic interest. The other girls at the factory have clearly taken notice of the chemistry by teasing Babe, but she continues to reject Sorokin during the song “I’m Not At All in Love.” Meanwhile, Vernon Hines, the factory timekeeper, tries to squash his jealous ways in

regards to his love interest, the company secretary, Gladys Hotchkiss. Sorokin’s secretary Mable tries to help Hines change his ways in a hilarious exchange during the song “I’ll Never Be Jealous Again.” Prez also stirs up a romantic situation of his own when he attempts to make advances on Gladys at the company picnic, during the song, “Her Is.” Gladys does not take kindly to this but Prez does not give up. He decides to try his luck with Mae, a member of the Grievance Committee, who gives in to his advances during a reprise of “Her Is.” The romantic exchanges throughout the play between Babe, played by Rebecca Righi, and Sorokin, played by Colin Earyes, helped maintain a serious romantic tone to an otherwise comedy-filled production. The audience was enthralled with the excellent performances from the two, as they kept you on the edge of your seat in wonder of how their relationship would turn out. The relationship between Hines and Gladys, played by Beth Serowsky, seemed to be a riot to the audience all night as the outlandish pair generated plenty of laughs. The two of them provided hilarious performances throughout the whole play, with Hines stressing his obsession for time, while Gladys panicked every time Hasler would walk into the room. Their relationship reached its comedic peak during the song, “Hernando’s Hideaway,” when the drunken couple came to a head stumbling all over the stage.

Factory union head Prez, played by Frank Schierloh, was another main stay for laughs on the stage due to his promiscuous nature with any woman he encountered. During his performance of “Her Is”, he roused the audience with his persistence of courting Gladys, chasing her all over the stage. As that did not work in his favor, he once again got a rise out of the crowd by performing “Her Is,” but this time his target Mae was wooed by his charm. The romance between Mae and Prez came to a halt at Babe’s house, when Mae becomes sick of the idea of Prez being married to another woman. Although the comedic performances kept the audience laughing, the performance of the night belonged to the whole crew as they performed “Hernando’s Hideaway,” giving time for all of the members of the play to shine with their singing and dancing. The set took a red and black color change as the silhouettes of actors stood still in the dark nightclub, Hernando’s Hideaway. This excellent dance performance led to a few major plot twists in the play to help set up the conclusion. The Pajama Game was a very entertaining performance, filled with singing, dancing, romance and plenty of laughs. All of those involved with the production did a great job in providing the audience with a quality performance. Mark Gionta is a fourth-year with a major in professional studies. He can be reached at MG649676@wcupa. edu.


OCTOBER 25, 2010 ENTERTAINMENT Planning a Halloween party this weekend? Rather than subjecting party-goers to the same old party music, why not embrace the spirit of the season and indulge your wild side. These five CD’s are guaranteed to thrill and chill this Halloween. 1. Alice Cooper - Constrictor (1987): This album was not only the official soundtrack to Friday

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the 13th Part VI, but also captures the spirit of the hockey-masked maniac with tunes such as “Teenage Frankenstein” and “Man Behind the Mask.” Released at a time when heavy metal ruled MTV, this album is heavy on guitar solos and rapid-fire drums.

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2. Black Sabbath - Paranoid (1970): Sabbath set out to recreate the horror movie vibe with their self-titled debut, but Paranoid finds the band at a creative high. “Iron Man,” “Electric Funeral,” “War Pigs,” and the title track are all established Sabbath hits, but the rest of the album is all killer-no filler. 3. Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman (1981): The Prince of Darkness returned from the successful Crazy Train tour and recorded this heavy metal gem. Every song on this album showcases the brilliance of guitar player Randy Rhoads, who died shortly after its release. The title track is one of the most haunting in Ozzy’s catalog, and songs like “Little Dolls,” “Flying High Again,” and “Believer” deliver with excellence.

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4. Wednesday 13 - Fang Bang (2005): The only album on this list from the new millennium has lyrics.smashhits.com earned its place among the greats for songs which pay homage to the horror movie classics that inspired the artist. Former singer for the Murderdolls, Wednesday 13’s tongue-incheek lyrics make songs like “Til Death do us Party,” “Happily Ever Cadaver,” “Faith in the Devil,” and “Haddonfield” essential to a Halloween celebration. CAUTION - Those easily offended by vulgarity and necrophilia jokes should stay away from this one.

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away from the taboo and delightfully frightening aspects of life. Their cover of “Monster Mash” should bring back childhood memories of when Halloween was about trick or treating and candy, instead of college parties and booze. Nonetheless, any Misfits anthology should deliver the chills with hits like “Last Caress,” “Die Die My Darling,” showbizgossips.com and “Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?” Honorable mentions for this list included albums by Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, AC/DC, and Motley Crue. On that note, stay safe this holiday, and rock on metal maniacs! Compiled by Charles Brenner of The Quad.

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Movie Review: The Lost Boys By Patrick Viesti Staff Writer

Long before the conception of the “Twilight” films, there was another movie based on teenage vampires living in a small town. Unlike the “Twilight” films, this movie delivered real vampires and a good deal of laughs. That production was the 1987 film “The Lost Boys.” The film begins with the Emerson family moving to the town of Santa Carla after Lucy (Dianne Wiest) splits up with her husband. Michael (Jason Patric) decides to head into town to see what’s going on. He soon meets a girl named Star (Jami Gertz) with whom he is instantly smitten. However, after his first encounter with her friend David (Kiefer Sutherland) and his gang, Michael’s world is turned upside down as he becomes cursed by the vampires. Michael’s decent into vampirism only makes things worse for those around him. His younger brother Sam (Corey Haim) is a dorky, comic book reader who discovers that his brother is becoming a vampire. Freaked out by this, he desperately tries to find a cure with the help of “vampire experts” Edgar and Alan Frog (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander, respectively). Both Patric and Haim’s performances create a believable brotherly bond as they deal with the supernatural. One interesting bit of movie trivia is this film was the first time both Corey Haim and Corey Feldman worked on set together; forming a friendship and acting career so strong that it would label them in Hollywood as “The Two Corey’s.” Director Joel Schumacher’s

vision of the film showcases the dark, gritty, and bizarre mid80s teen culture. His visual style shows everything from the fashion trends of the Lost Boys leather jackets and hideout to the comic book shop that Sam visits on his first outing. The town of Santa Carla itself takes a life of its own with a population of bizarre characters. From teens with Mohawks, Goths, and misfits walking the streets, the real vampires almost seem normal in comparison. The film’s plot is split up among its three main protagonists: Michael’s encounters with David’s gang, Sam consulting with the Frog Brothers and Lucy dating the local video store owner Max (Edward Hermann). The film’s pacing is rather quick, especially for an 80s teen film, so don’t expect the plot to slow down anytime soon. The film’s soundtrack reflects the teen influence of the movie nicely as Michael and Sam encounter with the occult. From a cover version of The Doors’ song “People are Strange” by Echo & the Bunnymen, to the song “Good Times,” a duet

between INXS and former Cold Chisel lead singer Jimmy Barnes; the soundtrack keeps the film pumped and lively. One song in particular that really sticks out is the main theme song, “Cry Little Sister,” originally performed by Gerard McMahon. Its haunting melody and lyrics capture the feel of the film. From Michael’s battle with his inner demons to the budding romance between him and Star, the mood is beautifully set. Each actor gives a solid performance, giving real life to

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their characters and having fun with their parts. This is especially true with Sutherland’s performance as the bold, suave, and ruthless David. The scenes with Haim, Feldman and Newlander checking for vampires alone are funny. “The Lost Boys” tries its best to look menacing as Michael, Sam, and the Frog Brothers must face off against David and his vampire gang. However, any attempt to make the film seem scary either comes off as silly, ridiculous, or way too over-

thetop. But that same token is what gives the film its B-Movie charm. This is the kind of teen vampire film that does not try to take itself seriously, as it is more akin to more of a horror comedy. As long as you’re able to go along with it, you will have a fun time. At least these vampires don’t sparkle in sunlight! Patrick Viesti is a fourth year student at West Chester University, majoring in communications studies. He can be reached at PV682167@ wcupa.edu

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Even Jerry Springer is surprised by his life

By Gail Pennington

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jerry Springer never set out to be “Jerry Springer.” In an eclectic 40-year career, he never purposely set out to be anything except an aide to President Robert F. Kennedy. “Politics was what I loved,” he says when asked to reflect on the path his life has taken. “Politics was what I wanted to do.” Fresh out of Northwestern University Law School, he was recruited by Sen. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. But Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, and Springer never made it to the White House. Instead, he practiced law in Cincinnati, ran for Congress (he lost) at age 26 and became mayor of Cincinnati at 33. A Cincinnati TV station hired him as a news anchor, then assigned him to host a talk show. He wasn’t thrilled. That was 1991, and the rest is “The Jerry Springer Show,” now in its 20th season of shedding light on such topics as “I’m Leaving You for a Stripper” and “Lustful Lesbians.” Every day on what TV Guide called “the worst show in the history of television,” Springer is greeted like a rock star by a young audience chanting, “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry.” Guests curse and flash and punch one another while the cheering, jeering crowd eggs them on and beefy guards stand

by to break up scuffles. “I know it’s crazy,” Springer said by phone from Connecticut. “My job is to host. I don’t endorse the behavior. I never thought the show was me, but I realize it does have my name on it.” America saw another side of him, however, when he competed on Season 3 of “Dancing With the Stars,” explaining that he’d promised his daughter he’d dance with her at her wedding. “I was surprised that people reacted so favorably,” Springer says. “My wife told me, ‘That’s because they’ve never seen you being you.’” The mild-mannered, grandfatherly Springer also turned up as host of “America’s Got Talent” for Seasons 2 and 3. And he’s the one audiences see when the Springerhosted “America’s Got Talent Tour” stops in their cities. And yes, for the record, Springer does believe America has talent. “What’s nice about the show is that we don’t usually have a chance to see talented people before they’re famous,” he says. “Here, we see the process of going from nothing to fame. In a way, I see this show as a real manifestation of the American dream, where if you work and try hard

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Life should have been sweet for Ali Selim. The Twin Cities native dazzled the independentfilm circuit four years ago with his Minnesota-filmed feature “Sweet Land,” and prepared himself to be ushered into the mainstream. But the invitation never arrived. “After I won a Spirit Award, my agent said, ‘That was great, but nobody gives a crap,’” said Selim, who watched one film project after another fall by the wayside. “I think there’s this fallacy that the industry will call you and give you something. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t frustrating and confusing.” Selim finally got help from, of all places, a psychiatrist’s office. He’s directed six episodes of “In Treatment,” the Emmywinning HBO drama starring Gabriel Byrne as a not-assteady-as-he-seems shrink with a steady stream of highprofile patients, which returns Monday for its third season. Not everyone would consider that assignment a gift. Even the most veteran directors might be hamstrung by a series in which almost all the “action” takes place within 50 feet of the doc’s couch, and scenes rarely include more than two characters. “It gives me such a headache,” said co-executive producer Paris Barclay, who won two Emmys for his work on “NYPD Blue” and directed a dozen upcoming episodes of “Treatment.” “You take away the toys and all you’re left with is putting the camera in the right place and making sure the performances are the best they can be. Those things can be more difficult than playing with the toys.” Selim came recommended

by actor/producer Danny Futterman, who took over as one of “Treatment’s” show runners this season. He’s been friends with Selim since they worked together on a steak-sauce commercial. Barclay said he was impressed by Selim’s preparation (he reads each script at least 75 times before shooting) and how smart and sensitive he was with the actors. That’s saying something when the cast includes Golden Globe winner Byrne and three-time Oscar nominee Debra Winger, who plays an aging movie star struggling to deal with her dying sister, her estranged daughter and the fact that she keeps forgetting her lines. It’s the first time Winger has done a TV series since she slipped into Wonder Girl’s uniform on “Wonder Woman.” “I was not familiar at all with this sort of thing, so I hoped for the best, and got that in the form of Ali,” Winger said via e-mail. “He was incredibly present, prepared and inspired. What more could a girl ask for?” Selim said he wasn’t at all intimidated by the star-studded cast. He couldn’t afford to be. “You have to quickly hurdle that notion that they’re famous, or that they’re a better actor than I am a director, or you’ll fall flat on your face,” he said. “If I had tripped up on my first note to Gabriel, I wouldn’t be talking to you today.” Wait a second. Notes? For Gabriel Byrne? You betcha. Selim said even the best performers need feedback, especially one who doesn’t want to know where the story is going until it gets there, so he can be as surprised as his character. Selim said one of his primary duties was reminding Byrne where they were in the story

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arc and keeping his character one step ahead of his patients, which this year include an angry gay teenager and a grieving immigrant from Calcutta. Barclay believes the results are likely to be remembered come awards season. Winger, most notably, hasn’t had this meaty a showcase since the mid-’90s. “Debra’s worked with some very big directors and Ali was able to rank right up there with them. She listened to him like he was James Brooks,” said Barclay, referring to the “Terms of Endearment” director who made her a major star. “Her performance is going to get a lot of acknowledgment, and some of that will come back to Ali.” The gig is already starting to pay off in other ways. Selim has co-written a script with “Sweet Land” star Tim Guinee for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s company about the 1963 college basketball season in which Mississippi State finally agreed to participate in an integrated NCAA tournament. (Strangely enough, Guinee got the role of Olaf in “Sweet Land” after Futterman had to bow out to write “Capote,” the film that won Hoffman an Oscar.) Selim also has a film project at Universal Studios, a special-effects-heavy fable about a teenage girl growing up in an industrial egg farm in the heartland. “In Treatment” isn’t the only reason more opportunities are coming Selim’s way. He also credits moving his home base from Minnesota to Los Angeles three months ago. “I somehow thought I could do it there, but the playing field is L.A.,” he said. “If you’re not standing on the sidelines, they’re not going to call you in.”

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The Eagles: It is nearly impossible to talk about the Philadelphia Eagles without debating who should be under center. Personally, I thought Kevin Kolb should be the quarterback for now and the future. He is young, confident and with a year or so under his belt he and his young offensive weapons could jell into one of the most explosive offensive’s the NFL has seen. Then he suffered a concussion in the second quarter of the first game of the season. Michael Vick comes in and looks better than he did back when he was with the Atlanta Falcons. In fact, before his injury against the Washington Redskins, Vick threw for 799 yards with six touchdowns and perhaps most importantly zero interceptions. The one negative number on Vick is that he has been sacked 11 times. Kolb, on the other hand, has also fared well when given the opportunity. Kolb has thrown for 804 yards, completed nearly 68 percent of his passes, and has five touchdowns and two interceptions. Surprisingly the less mobile Kolb has only been

sacked nine times. Either way both players have been playing well. If you add their passing totals together you get a top-five NFL quarterback. As long as both quarterbacks keep playing well, the Eagles will continue to win games. The offense is ranked 7th in the league in points with 25.5 per game. The Eagles have averaged 380.3 yards per game which ranks 4th, 246 passing yards per game and 134 rushing yards per game which are both 8th in the NFL. Who would have thought that six weeks into the 2010 NFL season the Eagles would be tied at 4-2 (excluding week 7 results against the Tennessee Titans) for the best record in the NFC. If Kolb and Vick can continue to play at such a high level, I think these 2010 Philadelphia Eagles could prove a lot of so-called experts wrong.

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When you’ve given Philadelphia reason to celebrate for the first time since the 76ers won a championship in 1983, you become idols in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies did just that when they won their second World Series in 2008. The Phillies made a much-discussed trade in the off-season. They shipped out Cliff Lee and eventually brought Roy Halladay to Philadelphia. Midway through the season, the Phillies completed their starting pitching line-up when they brought in Roy Oswalt from the Houston Astros. With the pitching situation in place, the 2010 Phillies were arguably the best team that Philadelphia has ever put together. They secured their third straight NL East title in the end of September. From the looks of their three-game sweep over the Cincinnati Reds, the Phillies were in the position they needed to be to find themselves in their third-straight World Series. The Phillies aren’t returning to the World Series after a disappointing exit from the NLCS, but baseball fans should have an exciting couple of weeks before the season’s end. The main question running through Phillies’ fans’ heads is “what off-season moves is the office is going to make?” Do we get rid of Jayson Werth because we can’t afford to keep him around? Do we possibly get rid of Jimmy Rollins, who has been the heart and soul of the organization for so long, in order to keep Werth’s spot in the line-up?

The Flyers: Last year the Flyers captured the city of Philadelphia in an improbable playoff run. They got into the playoffs on the last day of the 2009 regular season in an overtime shootout win over the New York Rangers. The Flyers then took care of the New Jersey Devils in the eastern conference quarterfinals, winning the series 4-1. After falling into a 0-3 hole against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the hockey world declared them dead. Everyone gave up on the Broad Street Bullies except for themselves. The Flyers then did the unthinkable; they came back from a 0-3 series deficit to win game seven and move closer to the Stanley Cup. Philadelphia sports teams do not execute comebacks; fans of this town are used to getting disappointed by its teams. The Flyers got everyone’s attention after defeating the Boston Bruins. After easily dismantling the Canadians they earned the right to

play for the Stanley Cup. Despite losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup there is still a lot to be optimistic about. In seven games this year the Flyers are 3-3-1. You might say that is not impressive, however Michael Leighton is still recovering from surgery. In the off season the Flyers brought in defensemen Sean O’Donnell, and Andrej Maszaros to be the third defensive pairing and to give guys like Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timmonen some rest. It is still very early to predict how well the Flyers will do, but I think everyone learned last year not to count them out. When Leighton gets back between the pipes we will be able to really see what this team can do. Do they have another Stanley Cup run up their sleeve? Perhaps the team is full of winners. Captain Mike Richards has won everywhere he has been, including a Memorial Cup with the Kitchner Rangers, a Calder Cup with the then Philadelphia Phantoms, and a gold medal in last year’s Olympic Games for team Canada. It is only a matter of time before Richards and his teammates are hoisting the Stanley Cup for the Philadelphia Flyers.

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WCU cheerleaders support community By Amy Festa Sports Editor

The West Chester cheerleaders had the opportunity to give back to their community last weekend when they put together an event to raise awareness and generate support of families that have been affected by suicide. Although they are primarily recognized on the sidelines of West Chester sporting events supporting Golden Ram athletics, the cheerleading team is also dedicated to becoming actively involved in the community. The event, which was called the Out of Darkness Walk, was dedicated to a friend of multiple cheerleaders who was lost to suicide last year. With the number of suicides in the United States escalating year after year, the benefit intended to raise national awareness about suicide and depression, and mainly, prevention. Out of the Darkness Community Walks

are a benefit that is run by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which supports suicide research and education programs for suicide prevention. According to their website, a person dies by suicide in the United States every 16 minutes. WCU cheerleader Dana McCarney, who was a close childhood friend of the victim, was the organizer of the event and creator of this specific team, Team RBK.

“The cheerleading team has made a vow to try and get more actively involved in the surrounding communities and participate more frequently in benefits and fundraisers,” McCarney said. “Suicide is seemingly becoming more prevalent among our peers. So, when it came time to look for an organization to support, I wanted to do something to help raise awareness and support suicide prevention.” The walk, which took place at

WCU Cheerleaders hosted a benefit walk to help raise awareness and prevention of suicide.

Lehigh Parkway in Allentown, welcomed friends and the family of the victim. The cheerleading team received tremendous support from businesses who wanted to contribute as well. “A t-shirt company offered to donate 150 shirts,” McCarney said. “We also had someone volunteer to design and print all of the t-shirts. Although it was unexpected, the amount of donations and support we received for the event turned out to be extremely

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beneficial.” Although the event was held in memory of someone who was lost so tragically, the day ultimately turned into a positive experience for everyone who attended. “We remembered those that were lost and united to help support prevention, in hopes that families across the nation could one day be spared,” McCarney said. “It turned out to be a beautiful day.” The cheerleading team is hoping to continue their support of the community in the future. “The Out of Darkness walk was our first community event of the year,” WCU cheerleader and walk participant Jillian Morgan said. “However, we will continue to do a different community service event each month. We want to show people that the West Chester cheerleaders are willing to help out and put their time towards a good cause. We hope that by contributing to events such as these, it will help us get recognized, not only as West Chester students and athletes, but as active contributors to our community.” With the help of the cheerleading team, Team RBK has already raised $2,475. Donations will be accepted until the end of this year. For more information about suicide awareness and prevention, visit www.outofthedarkness.org.

Amy Festa is a fourth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at AF649219@wcupa.edu.

Losing continues for WCU club hockey By Kenny Ayres Special to the Quad

Coming off a rough weekend at their Ohio showcase, the WCU Men’s Club Hockey team looked to start fresh and pull their record back above .500 with a home-in-home series against University of Delaware. Unfortunately the skid continued as the Rams were beaten badly in both games by scores that should not be seen in a hockey game. Friday night started off fairly harmlessly as the first period ended with a 1-0 deficit for the Rams. Matt Murnane let in a wrap around goal, but it was not dwelled upon, and the team looked to come out with a strong second period. As the second started, the Rams were still very much in the game. Things quickly turned for the worse as the intensity never picked up after the first. The defense did not show up for the game, as Delaware put home 10 goals on 61 shots in the game. The lack of defense came from two key sources Friday night. While Murnane let in some shots that could have been corralled, the defense gave him no chance when Delaware kept finding high quality shots. Goalie Matt Murnane said, “Seeing that many high quality shots is very difficult, which is what Parra and I faced, and the score tells us we walked in unprepared.”  When a team has that many high quality shots no goaltender can shut them down, which Delaware proved quickly.

“We came out in the 2nd period and stopped skating,” Murnane said.  “I let up a few goals I should have stopped as well as a few hopeless goals”.  Normally a goose egg in the goal column is something to be addressed, but the defense did not allow the Rams to even keep themselves in the game. Game one ended rough, but the team knew what they needed to fix and had a day to get ready and come back strong against the exact same team. Saturday’s game faired no better. The game played out almost exactly the same as the night before. Will Parra started in the net and did a nice job keeping the team in the game through the second period, when once again the defense seemed to have been left in the locker room. The Ram’s were routed in the second half of the game as the final score showed yet another double-digit offensive showing in a 12-2 loss. The offense showed a little life as Steve Meade and Joe Mango found the back of the net on assists by John Reitz, James

Kuhlman, and Tim Higgins. However, no offensive showing can compete with 12 goals. For the weekend, the goalies had a .862 save percentage, which is sub par, but the fact that 121 shots were taken shows that Delaware was around the goal way more than an acceptable amount. A worried Coach Dorsey attri-

the effort department, and until that improves, we are going to continue to plummet,” coach Dorsey said. A dismayed Dorsey went on to say, “This is the biggest reason why our scores have looked lopsided lately, and as a coach it is very disheartening to see my guys just quit.” “I’ll never be a person that accepts losing, but I think that I could tolerate it more if the guys were working hard consistently.” Losing this badly is tough to swallow, but it is even worse when the team shows up flat and gives up when faced with adversity. The Ram’s to Photo courtesy of wcuhockey.com need start by butes the losses not just to a taking the positives from their lack of defense this weekend, games and building on them. but also to a mentally unpreMany times when a game or pared team. “Our current slide series of games goes roughly, that we are on is due completely there is a positive to take from to lack of effort. There has been it. Even though this weekend a terrible lack in consistency in went terribly wrong, at least

one positive was found among the ruins. “The only positive we got out of this past weekend was we realized how hard we need to work to keep up with the talent in our league, this is the turning point in our season,” Matt Murnane said. There is nothing that can be done about past games except forget them and learn from the mistakes that were made. In order for the Rams to end this losing streak, they need to come out physically and mentally sound next weekend and play tight defense, forcing ineffective shots. Their goalies will keep them in the game as they have shown they can in the past. Coming out with intensity will set the tone and make everyone feel like they have a shot, and, in turn, will make the team play a much more fundamentally sound game. There is no problem with going back to the basics, especially when a team is scored on 20 times in two games. The key for this team will be to come out of the locker room after every period giving 110 percent. They seem to have it early in games but their drive weakens as the periods go on. As Murnane mentioned previously, “this is the turning point in our season,” and that is exactly the attitude that is needed to help take this team from the cellar back up to the top. The climb begins now. Kenny Ayres is a first-year student. majoring in communications. He can be reached at KA739433@ wcupa.edu.


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Playoff implications on the line By Ryan Frisco Special to the Quad

Only one game remains on the schedule for the West Chester Lady Ram rugby team’s fall season. That game occurs this Saturday, as the women take on visiting Delaware in their own Farel Stadium. A win in that game will solidify West Chester’s number two seed going into the end-of-the year Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union tournament. Going back to recent history, the Lady Rams have been a normal shoe-in for the number one seed as well as the EPRU crown. By winning that title, they earn a high seed in the Mid Atlantic Rugby Football Union tournament that takes place early in the Spring. A high seed in the tourney virtually locks up a spot in the end of full season NCAA Sweet 16 tournament, in which West Chester has been an annual competitor since their entry into NCAA play. But things have changed this year. Princeton used to be WCU’s top competitor in the EPRU, and West Chester has since proved their dominance over the Tiger squad. Last season brought with it two new participants, as Shippensburg and Delaware joined the crowd, battling West Chester for the crown. West Chester has shown they have enough to handle both of those tough teams. A new team has once again joined the ranks of the EPRU; and they won’t be nearly as easy

to overcome. That team is the Penn State Nittany Lions. The same Nittany Lions that attend the school where Joe Pa has coached the football team since the beginning of time. The same school that, at main campus alone, has more students than people in the city of West Chester. The same Nittany Lion rugby team that has been a consistent finalist for the NCAA Division I championship. That is who West Chester has to contend with now. The Lady Rams no longer have the tough road to Nationals they once did. Now they have arguably the toughest team in the nation to deal with, right in their own division. The season started off with the Rams annual match-up against the Maryland Terapins. In their trip down South, the WCU Golden Rams took the season opener down to the wire, bringing home the victory in the game’s final seconds. Maryland drew first blood, as they became the first of the two teams to score on the year with a try early on in the first half. That try put them up 5-0 after an unsuccessful conversion. Six minutes later, West Chester put up their first points of the season, as Priscilla Torres ran in for a try, evening the score at five. The Lady Rams then took their first lead of the game, as Megan Lamm converted on a penalty kick for three points, putting West Chester up 8-5. That lead was short lived, as Maryland came right back with a try, this time successfully converting to put them up 12-8.

Maryland would carry that lead into the half. Already up in the game, Maryland notched the first try of the second half, going up by nine, 17-8. Although West Chester was quick to close in this time, as two minutes later Alex DiCicco scored her first try of the season. A converted penalty kick would bring the Golden Rams to within one, down 17-16 deep into the second half. The two teams would then trade trys, as Brianne Feinour scored one for West Chester in that span. With seconds left on the clock, the Lady Rams found themselves down by one and desperately trying to find the trizone. In those final seconds, the Rams were granted with one final chance to claim the game. In that moment, the game was in the hands of veteran kicker Megan Lamm, as she had the chance to convert on a penalty kick and give West Chester their first win of the year. Lamm prevailed. With the successful kick, WCU left the field as victors, on the good side of a 24-21 game. A great start to the season. The very next day, West Chester played host to East Carolina University in their home opener. In a well fought game in front of the hometown crowd, West Chester fell to the Southern foe. An early score by Cheryl Johnson gave WCU the lead in the game, but the Pirates came storming right back with a try and successful conversion to take a 7-5 lead. West Chester did not back down, as Mary Kate Heaton

would score her first try of the year, putting the Lady Rams back on top 10-7. The Pirates had a swift answer, scoring yet another try with a successful conversion. They would never look back. West Chester never gave up in the second half, but they never managed to cross the ball into the trizone again in the game. The final score at the end was the ECU Pirates 21, WCU Golden Rams 10. West Chester got back into the win column the next week against LaSalle, as they ran over the host in a one sided game. Brianne Feinour scored West Chester’s first try in the game, her second of the year. Megan Lamm converted, making it a 7-0 lead. Lamm would go on to convert two penalty kicks in the first half to give WCU a 13-0 lead at the break. After the somewhat slow first half, West Chester broke loose, running all over the field and finding their way into the trizone multiple times. Of those to score in the half were Britt Miller, Anna McGlade, and Cheryl Johnson. When it was all said and done, West Chester had won their second game of the year by a final score of 32-5. West Chester’s fourth game of the season brought with it their biggest test yet, as they faced the top-ranked Penn State for the first time ever in division play. Penn State struck very early on in the game, going up quick 5-0 on a try. West Chester came right back, scoring on a penalty by Megan Lamm to come within two. Penn State proved way too

much for the Golden Rams to handle, as they scored three more trys before the half, leaving West Chester with ground to make up. The Lady Rams never gave up, and came out the second half charging hard. Cheryl Johnson scored West Chester’s first try of the game early in the second half to bring their total to eight. Unfortunately, that would be their only try of the game. Penn State took the victory by the final score of 39-8. The game against Penn State was West Chester’s best showing against the Nittany Lions since 2007. They showed heart in the game, and proved they can challenge them. When they face Penn State in the EPRU tournament, they need to stop them from scoring on the long runs to have a chance to come out the victor. With their record at .500 and 0-1 in the division, West Chester took on Princeton, who has been their biggest rival in the EPRU since they entered the division. The game belonged to Britt Miller, as her two trys, along with Megan Lamm’s conversion and penalty kick, totaled the 15 points it took to down the hosting Tigers 15-8 and giving the Lady Rams their first win in the division of the season. West Chester’s next game will take place Oct. 30 against Delaware, as West Chester plays their third and final division game before the tournament. A win there would give them the momentum of riding a two game win streak over division rivals. Ryan Frisco is a graduate of West Chester University. He can be reached at ryanafrisco@gmail.com.

West Chester breaks PSAC drought By Travis Pearson Staff Writer

West Chester men’s soccer followed up a two-week span where they went 3-2 in their best week of the season. Over the first span, WCU was blowing out their nonconference opponents, but continued to struggle with Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) teams, against whom they remained winless at 0-5. That was not the case last week, as the Golden Rams won their first PSAC game and tied another against one of the top teams in the nation. However, West Chester lost their first game of the week, a 1-0 nonconference game against visiting Chestnut Hill on Tuesday. The loss marked the seventh shutout of the season for the Golden Rams, as well as the eighth one-goal loss. Peter Weiss started in goal for the Rams and was perfect in the first half, recording seven saves. The offense could not get going, though, as the team only mustered two total shots. The first half ended in a scoreless draw. Despite the great effort, it ended up being too little for Weiss and fellow seniors, who were playing their final game in a West Chester uniform. Kevin Marron played the first 25 minutes of the second half in goal, and faced zero shots before being replaced by Garrett Bleiler. Neither team got on the board until the 78th minute when Chestnut Hill’s Darryl Richardson scored from inside the

penalty area by beating Bleiler to the near post. Carl Essenthier was credited with an assist on the play. West Chester failed to put a lot of pressure on Chestnut Hill’s defense throughout. They only managed four shots the entire game and only one of those had to be saved by Griffins’ goalie Mike Goldstein. They also only took three corner kicks. Chestnut Hill had 12 shots, seven on goal and took eight corner kicks. The win improved Chestnut Hill to 9-6. Overall, WCU sat at 5-9 following the loss and evened their record to 5-5 at home. In their next contest, West Chester played No. 4 Mercyhurst (13-0-3, 3-0-3 PSAC) to a

1-1 tie in double overtime in a game in Erie, Pa. Although a tie, the game was a massive success for WCU. Mercyhurst has no losses on the season, and is ranked by many publications as the No. 1 team in the entire Atlantic region while they attempt to win the PSAC regular-season title. Being No. 4 nationally is impressive as well. Neil Gallagher started the scoring early for the Rams when he headed in a cross from senior Ricky Williamson to beat Mercyhurst goalkeeper Diego Gustin in the 17th minute to take the team to the lead. They held on for a long time, but in the 59th minute Christopher Hampel scored for

Mercyhurst to even the game. Alex Manea assisted with a crossing ball that Hampel was able to put in the upper-left corner of the net. The rest of the game had no score, but plenty of action. Mercyhurst took a remarkable 28 shots to only six from West Chester, but Weiss’s steady play kept the Rams in the game. Weiss played all 110 minutes and recorded 11 saves. Gustin made one save for the home team. Mercyhurst took 11 corner kicks to zero for WCU. West Chester finally broke their losing streak in the PSAC with the tie, bringing them to 0-6-1 in conference and 5-9-1 overall. The very next day, the team took it a step further by breaking their PSAC hex with a 3-2 win over No. 12 Gannon in a game played at Edinboro (11-6-0, 4-4-0 in PSAC). Conor Malarney got the Rams off to the fast start Lukas Jenkins/ The Quad

they have lacked all season in conference play, as he scored off a feed from Ricky Williamson and beat Gannon goalkeeper Michael Kickel to the right side after only 3:49 had elapsed. Gannon had to switch to Jason Barbarino in goal early in the game after Kickel received a red card in the 25th minute. Williamson converted the ensuing penalty kick to make it 2-0. The defense was superb through the first half. WCU goalkeeper Weiss only had to make two saves out of 15 total shots for Gannon. West Chester really made their shots count by putting two of their seven into the back of the net. In the second half, the story was a little different with added dramatic flair. Gannon’s Afrim Latifi scored twice on the Rams by the 84th minute mark despite the Golden Knights being down a man. Only three minutes after the equalizer, though, Malarney continued his outstanding freshman campaign by scoring his team-leading seventh goal of the season off an assist from Jake Maxwell to take the lead for good. For the second game in a row Weiss made double-digit saves while facing a lot of shots and preserving WCU’s first points of conference play. West Chester will look to continue their run of success in PSAC play next Saturday in their final game of the season at Millersville.

Travis Pearson is a fourth-year student majoring in English. He can be reached at TP651537@wcupa.edu.


Kutztown downs WCU volleyball PAGE 18

By Steven Fisher Asst. Sports Editor

The West Chester University Golden Rams volleyball team suffered a close loss to PSAC rival Kutztown, but swept both Cheyney University and Lincoln University over the weekend. The Golden Rams were unable to hold off a strong Kutztown University squad in a pivotal matchup that had two of the top teams in the PSAC Eastern Division go head-to-head. Inside Hollinger Field House, more than 200 spectators cheered on the Lady Rams in perhaps their most competitive match of the season. West Chester dropped its second-straight league match, falling farther behind divisionleading Kutztown (18-7, 8-7). The Golden Bears set out to avenge a sweep they suffered at the hands of WCU in Keystone arena last month by painfully close scores of 24-26, 28-26, 25-21, 23-25, 15-9. The match, held on Tuesday Oct. 19, featured 46 ties and 24 lead changes, including 17 ties in the first game alone. Each of the first four sets in the match was tied at 20-20. A total of nine lead changes occurred in the first set as well. “I try to stay even-keeled during every match but that was one of the most exciting matches that I have ever been a part of so it was not easy,” coach Bellaver said. By the fifth, and deciding, match, West Chester had fallen behind, 8-4, when senior middle hitter Michelle Powers was called

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for a carry. Kutztown benefitted from the two-point swing to take a 9-4 lead. The Lady Rams battled back to 11-9; however, the Bears garnered their second wind and closed out the match on a 4-0 run. “WCU has always been a strong team and a tough opponent for us. We like playing them because they push us just as much as we push them, fortunately for us this time we were able to come out on top,” said KU’s Nora Alexander. One of Kutztown’s main objectives going into the match was to shut down the Golden Ram’s twin towers. “Our main concern was to shut down Michelle Powers and Kelly Martin. Although we didn’t shut them down completely we did not allow them to get as many opportunities as last game,” Alexander said. KU’s Katie Lutz registered 20 blocks as the Bears posted 25 blocks as a team. Erin Kissling recorded eight assisted blocks as well. West Chester sophomore

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Lexi Kegerise led WCU with a game-high 18 kills. Powers contributed with 14 of her own, while Allison Grammer had 11. Helen Fitzpatrick registered 10 kills, 50 assists and 14 digs,

posting her first triple double of the season. Her 50 assists was a season-best effort. Lisa Campbell tied a seasonhigh with 33 digs to lead the Golden Rams. Kissling notched 16 kills and 10 digs for a double-double. Jamie Celia matched her 19 digs defensively as well. Lindsay Confer posted 15 kills for the Bears. Despite a tough loss, Bellaver and her squad remain optimistic. “The good news is that we still have eight matches remaining and we plan on winning from here on out,” Bellaver said. After a tough loss against Kutztown, the Lady Rams took out some of their frustrations against Cheyney University. On Friday night WCU swept Cheyney 3-0 in a PSAC women’s volleyball match inside Cope Hall. WCU won by scores of 25-8, 25-11 and 25-4. Cheyney’s overall record now stands at 1-19 and 0-14 in the PSAC. WCU has now won four of its last six contests and swept the season Lukas Jenkins/ The Quad series over Cheyney.

Jamie Hughes had nine kills and Alyssa Brown recorded eight to help lead the Golden Rams’ attack. Hannah Sweitzer recorded 13 assists while Dana Markol and Tyler Schaefer each posted six digs. Senior, Ashley Focht also contributed with six kills on Friday night against Cheyney. On Saturday, WCU traveled to Lincoln University to play a nonconference match inside Manuel Rivero Hall. West Chester easily defeated the Lincoln Lions with a 3-0 sweep. The Golden Rams now have a record of 19-9 overall and are 6-9 within the PSAC Conference. At home, WCU is 6-4 on the season and on the road the Lady Rams have an impressive 9-2 record. At neutral sites WCU is 4-3. Bellaver and her squad stand just one win away from yet another 20-win season. With six games remaining WCU feels pretty good about accomplishing that feat. West Chester is back in action Friday, Oct. 29 when they take on Lock Haven University inside Hollinger Field House, the game starts at 7 p.m. The Golden Rams will play host to East Stroudsburg at 2 p.m. and Bowie State at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. The remainder of the season will have Philadelphia University and both PSAC rivals Shippensburg and Millersville all coming to Hollinger Field House to take on the Golden Rams. Steven Fisher is a fourth-year student majoring in communications with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at SF674180@wcupa.edu.

WCU struggling in Atlantic-10 By Brynn Dougherty Staff Writer

After turning around their previous six-game losing streak with several wins, the Golden Rams face a bind after falling to four straight teams, three of which were conference games. The Golden Rams faced two consecutive shutout defeats against the Temple Owls and the Richmond Spiders in Atlantic-10 conference games. The Temple Owls defeated visiting West Chester with a 3-0 shutout victory in an Atlantic10 field hockey match at Geasey Field Sunday afternoon. West Chester entered their third league contest with a 1-1 record in the Atlantic-10 series and left with their second straight league match loss. The Golden Rams are 5-9 overall with a 1-2 A-10 record after Sunday’s game. Temple has a 2-1 Atlantic10 record after their victory over West Chester, as well as a 7-9 season record. Caryn Lambright was a key player for the Owls as she pushed in both the second and third goals, putting the game away for Temple. Temple placed offensive pressure on the Golden Rams early in the game, with a particularly aggressive first half, as they outshot West Chester by a 7-2 margin. In the first half of play, Bridget Settles tacked on the Owls’ first goal from a penalty corner putting Temple up 1-0 in the 13th minute. Leah Angstadt, who watched from the sidelines with stress fractures in both of her tibias, said that watching the game from the sidelines changed her perspective on the game. “It felt like we were playing

as individuals, not as a team,”Angstadt said of Temple’s first goal against the Golden Rams. She added that she felt that the team gave up on themselves after they let up the first goal. Eight minutes after Settles’ goal, Lambright knocked in another for the Owls, off an assist from Kaylee Keener from the right side, giving the Owls a 2-0 lead 21 minutes into the game. Lambright didn’t cap the scoring there. She started the second half with her second goal of the game, third overall, off of a pass from Mandi Shearer from the right side of the net for the final tally of the game. The Golden Rams offense was halted as their hosts outshot them by an 11-4 margin overall. In the second half, West Chester was held to only two shots, both of which were credited as saves to Temple goalkeeper Sarah Dalrymple. Dalrymple earned four saves overall, as well as her fourth shutout this season. West Chester goalkeeping was split between redshirt

freshman Kristen Arnold in the first half and sophomore Gabby Panasiewicz in the second half. Arnold (4-5) suffered the loss in the cage giving up one goal and making two saves. Panasiewicz made two saves and allowed two goals. Temple will proceed to another Atlantic-10 conference game where they take on Massachusetts. As painful as shutouts are for the Golden Ram field hockey team, they did not cease after the Sunday afternoon game. In their fourth A-10 conference game, West Chester was defeated

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2-0 by the Richmond Spiders on Friday afternoon at Vonnie Gros Field. The loss marked the Golden Rams’ second straight conference shutout defeat and third straight conference loss. Although both games were labeled shutouts, Angstadt said that she did not feel the Golden Rams deserved the loss. “Our game against Richmond was a great fight,” Angstadt said. “We were definitely ready for that game and we gave it our all.” Dani Pycroft and Jessica Hollis were the two goal scorers from Richmond. Katelin Peterson and Chelsea Davies were credited with the assists. Pycroft knocked in the team’s first goal off an assist from Chelsea Davies just 4:13 into the first half, putting the Spiders up 1-0. West Chester retreated to the locker room with a one-goal deficit. “We still felt pretty optimistic at halftime,” Alyssa Gallen said. “I know the capabilities of our offense and I knew we had the power to turn this game around in the second half.” In the second half, the Golden Rams were down by one with the chance to tie it up and send the game to overtime. With two minutes left of play, the Spiders fizzled that possibility after freshman Jessica Hollis put the game in the bag with her third goal of the season. Senior Dani Pycroft leads the Spiders with eight goals this season. Peterson leads Richmond with 19 points on the season. “Once again we just couldn’t find the back of the net and they did,” Angstadt said. “That was definitely was of our hardest and best games of the season.”

Kristen Arnold received another loss in the cage with two allowed goals and six registered saves. Anna Zarkoski (4-4) took her second season shutout win for Richmond with three saves. Richmond outshot West Chester by a 12-5 margin. West Chester’s A-10 record took a hit, now 1-3 in the conference. The visiting Richmond improved their record to 2-2 in the A-10, and 7-9 for the season. Richmond will continue with a conference game against LaSalle on Sunday. The Golden Rams will face the Lock Haven Lady Eagles on Sunday. Lock Haven had an eightgame winning streak during their season and had an 11-5 overall record and is 2-1 in the Atlantic 10 conference. Their last win was a 4-1 victory on Tuesday versus St. Louis Billikins. “Our game tomorrow is definitely going to be a challenge,” Angstadt said. “Lock Haven is a good team and we are going to have to put up a good fight.” She continued to say that the team has a shot as long as their offense gets going again. The Lady Eagles are known for their come-from-behind victories, and will by no means be an easy win. “We’re looking forward to playing Lock Haven on Sunday,” Alyssa Gallen said. “I’m confident that our offense will pick up and we have every intention of coming back and giving the Lady Eagles a real contest.” The Golden Rams will travel to Lock Haven on Sunday at noon for another A-10 conference game at Charlotte E. Smith Field. Brynn Dougherty is a third-year student at West Chester University. She can be reached at LH639694@wcupa. edu.


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Bloomsburg ends WCU’s quest for PSAC Title

Golden Rams fall 45 - 21 to Huskie s By LJ Harrell Staff Writer

At the beginning of the 2010 season, the West Chester University Golden Rams (3-5, 3-2 PSAC East) had high hopes of winning the PSAC East and a PSAC Championship. After a slow start to the season, West Chester had an opportunity to fulfill those goals by winning every game for the remainder of the season. Unfortunately for the Golden Rams, the quest for a conference title came to an end on Saturday after division rival No. 16 Bloomsburg University Huskies (7-1, 5-0 PSAC East) manhandled West Chester 45-21 in front of Bloomsburg’s large homecoming crowd. “In a game like this you can’t let the good teams jump out on top of you,” head coach Bill Zwaan said. The Huskies got on the board early and often against the Golden Rams in the first quarter. Freshman sensation running back Franklyn Quiteh, who leads the nation in rushing, averaging 164 yards per game, got things started. He ran three times for 51 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown run to get Bloomsburg on the board first. “It’s really good,” Zwaan said of the Huskies running game. “It’s the best run game we’ve

faced all year. They are real good at it year in and year out.” “Defensively we need to get it together,” senior defensive end Travis Ford-Bey said. “We need to get our gaps, do our assignments and do what we’re supposed to do. We need to be more aggressive and more physical out there.” On their next offensive possession, the Huskies mixed the run and pass as they were able to move the ball down the field on the West Chester defense once again. After Andre Morales’ 16-yard run, Quiteh fumbled when sophomore cornerback Bob Sabol hit him, but the Golden Rams were unable to recover the fumble. Bloomsburg continued to run the ball until quarterback Pat Carey found wide receiver Kyle Fisher for 14 yards. On the next play, Carey connected with tight end Ben Weaber for a seven-yard touchdown to make it 14-0. After another three-and-out by the West Chester offense, the Huskies once again found the end zone. Starting at the Golden Rams 37-yard line, it only took Bloomsburg three plays before adding to their score. Carey hooked up with wide receiver Tyler Guise for a 30-yard touchdown to give the Huskies a three touchdown lead. The second quarter was a different story for West Chester.

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Sophomore quarterback Mike Mattei led his best drive of the afternoon. Right before the end of the first quarter, Mattei connected with senior wide receiver Dan DePalma for 23 yards on third-and-two to help build some momentum going into the second quarter. Mattei then connected with junior running back Jackson Fagan for ten yards and freshman running back Rondell White for nine yards before hitting freshman wide receiver LaRonn Lee for an 18-yard touchdown to get the Golden Rams on the board. “I’m not about individual efforts,” Lee said. “That touchdown was for the team.” At the end of the second quarter, West Chester orchestrated a 13-play, 62-yard drive to get within a touchdown of the Huskies. Mattei completed a 21-yard pass to Fagan to get within Bloomsburg territory. Mattei then connected with DePalma for 11 yards before rushing for 13 yards on third-andten. After a 15-yard pass interference penalty was called on the Huskies defense, Mattei made the Bloomsburg defense pay. Mattei found redshirt freshman wide receiver Tim Keyser for a five-yard touchdown to make it 21-14 with 28.6 seconds left in the first half. The Huskies wasted little time in getting back on the board. Bloomsburg pulled a play out of their bag of tricks when Carey threw behind the line of scrimmage to Weaber, who then threw a 53-yard pass to Fisher to get to the Golden Rams three-yard line. On the next play, Carey found Weaber for his second touchdown of the game to give the Huskies a 28-14 halftime lead. “I thought we fought back,” Zwaan said. “We did a great job of putting the ball in the [end zone] at the end of the half.” In the third quarter, after forcing a Bloomsburg punt, the West Chester offense went back to work. On second-and-ten, senior running back D’Andre Webb took the handoff and ran down the right sideline for a 77-yard touchdown run to make it 28-21. “Emotionally going into the

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locker room where we should have been on a real high back in the game with a legitimate shot of making something out of this,” Zwaan said. “It’s just such a stupid football play defensively to let that happen.” Unfortunately for the Golden Rams, that was the final time they would reach the end zone. Four minutes later, the Huskies would increase their lead. On third-and-23 from their 46-yard line, Carey completed a 47-yard pass to Guise over senior cornerback Cordero Newkirk. Two plays later, Quiteh finished off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run. “If we make a play there,” Zwaan said about the third-and23 conversion by Bloomsburg. “It’s a different football game.” West Chester went into their bag of tricks, but unfortunately the result was not what they wanted. On second down, Lee took the handoff and threw the ball down field looking for Keyser but the pass was intercepted by Justin Rivera. The first turnover of the

game for the Golden Rams took away any shot for them to make a comeback in the game. “It was my fault,” Lee said of the interception. “I misread the safety; he was deeper than I thought. That was bad judgment on my part.” Bloomsburg finished off the scoring in the fourth quarter when Quiteh scored his third rushing touchdown of the game with a 17-yard run to make it 45-21. Webb led West Chester with 83 yards rushing on three carries (27.7 yards per carry). Mattei finished 13-29 for 143 yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers. Quiteh led all rushers with 161 rushing and three touchdowns. Codie Butler chipped in with 110 yards on the ground. Carey finished 7-13 for 122 yards and three touchdowns. The Golden Rams finished with 250 yards of total offense, compared to the Huskies 510 yards of total offense. This Saturday, West Chester travels to Kutztown to face the undefeated and 21st ranked Golden Bears at 6 p.m. as they plan to play spoiler as Kutztown looks to continue their historic season. “We have to practice hard and come back next week better,” Lee said. “All we can do is stay together and try to finish the season strong,” Ford-Bey said. LJ Harrell is a graduate student majoring in communications studies. He can be reached at LH639694@wcupa.edu.


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WCU clinches playoff berth

Overtime victory keeps Rams on top

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With their wins this past week, WCU holds onto first place in the PSAC and clinches a PSAC playoff berth.

By Amy Festa Sports Editor West Chester is coming off a huge tally in the win column last week that placed them above the rest in the PSAC standings. After taking down the previously top-ranked California (Pa.), the Rams have regained the position they held for so long: first place in the PSAC. Three weeks after dropping a pivotal game to Bloomsburg that halted West Chester’s undefeated season and shutout streak, the Rams went onto Cal’s turf as the underdog and knocked the Vulcans from the top spot in the PSAC in what was a huge confidence booster for West Chester. “The win against Cal was exactly what our team needed,” senior captain Jess Bennett said. “The loss against Bloomsburg was awful, but really set everything into perspective for us. We bounced back well and haven’t looked back since.” In 12 of their 15 games this season, the Rams have held their opponent scoreless. They have outscored their opponents 37-7. After that critical game last week, Sarah Oswald was named the PSAC Player of the Week, as well as the ECAC Player of the Week. Oswald contributed both game winners against Ship-

pensburg and California (Pa.). The latter not only won the game against the previously undefeated Vulcan’s, but also elevated the Rams into first place in the PSAC. Shippensburg’s game also helped Oswald break the school record for career assists with 30. The last four games of the season consisted of one nonconference team and three teams that sat at the very bottom of the PSAC; two of which had yet to tally in the conference win column. The Rams traveled to the Western side of the state this past weekend to meet up with Mercyhurst and Gannon. “Going into our remaining four games, it is easy for us to set our sights on the end goal and skip the steps in between,” Bennett said. “We still have four tough teams coming up that we can’t overlook. We have been trying to constantly remind ourselves that on any given day anything can happen.” This sentiment became a reality for the Rams this past weekend when they traveled to Mercyhurst. The 6-8-1 Lakers were four minutes away from stunning the Golden Rams and sending them home with a tie in the conference standings. Sara Hawksworth gave Mercyhurst the early lead when she netted the game’s first goal only five minutes in. However, West Chester retal-

iated just two minutes later when Lara Bodenstab scored her first goal of the season to tie up the game. The Rams went into halftime locked in a tie with the Lakers, but Hawksworth struck again when she gave the one goal lead back to Mercyhurst. Both of Hawksworth’s goals were scored on corner kicks that she headed into the back of West Chester’s goal. With West Chester looking at a possible loss to Mercyhurst, Bennett took a ball from Sarah Oswald and took a shot from about 30-yards out to put the two teams back into a tie. Regulation ended this way and West Chester was taken into overtime by the much lower-seeded Mercyhurst. It wasn’t until there were only four minutes left in the second and final overtime period that West Chester was able to secure the victory. Oswald took a corner kick for the Rams that found its way to the back of the net for the game winner. The win gave West Chester two points in the PSAC standings to put them two points over the second-place California (Pa.). With only a day’s rest, West Chester was back in action on Saturday afternoon in a cold and rainy game against Gannon. Gannon went into the game against the number one team in the PSAC with a 3-7-2 record in the conference

and a 4-8-3 record overall. After a close game with Mercyhurst, West Chester was taking no team for granted. West Chester outplayed Gannon in the first half, outshooting them 10-1. Gannon was unable to get one shot on goal in the first half. West Chester’s relentless efforts eventually paid off when Oswald got the Rams on the board in the 32nd minute. Jen Gangl was credited with the assist and the Rams went into halftime holding onto a one-goal lead. Gannon came out of halftime with a little more angst and started to play a more even-sided second half. West Chester needed to play a tighter defense to reduce the amount of opportunities that Gannon was getting on their end of the field. In the beginning of the game, West Chester worked Gannon goalkeeper Sabrina Chirco much harder than their own Lyndsie Bernardini who didn’t make her first save until the 47th minute. West Chester finally doubled their lead in the 77th minute when Bennett took a shot from 20 yards out that beat Gannon’s keeper to the lower left corner. Gangl was, again, a contributor on the play and picked up her second point of the day. In the final minutes of the game, Maddie Mitchell all but ended the game when she

took a ball from Jen Hutchinson and beat Gannon’s keeper in a one-on-one. Mitchell put the ball in the lower righthand corner for the third West Chester goal of the afternoon. The game eventually ended in another shutout for the Rams who beat Gannon 3-0. Bernardini played the full 90 minutes for West Chester to capture her 11th shutout of the season. After the win at Gannon, West Chester still leads the conference with 35 points. With Cal’s win over Clarion, they still trail West Chester by only two points. With the week’s wins, the Rams have also secured a spot in the PSAC playoffs, which begin on Nov. 2. “The conference title isn’t going to be handed to us,” Bennett said. “If we want it we have to earn it. The PSAC and NCAA tournaments are always going to be in the back of our minds but we cannot let ourselves dwell on those games yet.” West Chester plays their final home game on Tuesday night in a non-conference tilt against Philadelphia University. Their final game of the season comes on Saturday when they travel to the last place Millersville’s campus for the season finale.

Amy Festa is a fourth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at AF649219@wcupa.edu.


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