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W W W. W C U Q U A D. C O M MONDAY. FEBRUARY 20, 2012

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STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

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NEWS

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OP-ED

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SPORTS

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Safety alerts have campus on edge, Public Safety encourages alertness

By Ginger Rae Dunbar Editor-in-Chief

Public Safety police officers are still investigating the two assaults that occurred on-campus earlier this month. At this time, the University Police have no suspects and do not believe the assaults are related. All enrolled West Chester University students were informed via e-mail with the details of the assaults that occurred approximately at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 5 and Feb. 11, a few minutes before 2 a.m. “We want to keep our campus safe and aware [of the events],” Chief Michael Bicking, Director of the Department of Public Safety, said in regards to the safety alerts that were sent out after the reports were made to the police. The first assault occurred in the path near the water tower when the victim walked from D lot. A female described that a male tackled her to the ground. The victim fled to another building after the attack. The second assault took place in the Residential Quad, between University and Allegheny Halls. A delivery driver, subjected to a punch to his face, reported the assault to a visible Public Safety security officer who was walking near the scene. Despite the 5’8” medium/thin build physical description in both assaults, Bicking said the police do

not believe the male, who was described as Caucasian in both assaults, is the same assailant. As in all assault cases, the investigating officers attended a standard walk-through with the victim to get a visual of the route taken. The video cameras in the parking lots of both crime scenes will

that people would recall more details of how the assault took place. Paris and Detective James Kalavik, the investigators of the case, are still reviewing footage from roughly 16 cameras. The various camera angles allows the investigating officers to “collect pictures to make the story” and

http://wcupa.edu/dps/default.asp A third safety alert was sent out on Feb. 19. *The delayed report was received too late for information to be included in this week’s issue.

be under review to locate the movements of the alleged instigator. Sgt. Matthew Paris said while reviewing the footage, police will look for the suspect by matching the physical description given in the report to persons at the scene. “After three or four nights you have your best recollection [of what occurred],” Sgt. Paris said. He added

a timeline, Paris said. The two officers have completed a one-year FBI crime scene investigation program. Both of the on-going investigations will involve reviewing cameras located in nearby parking lots. The review of the video footage will include hours before and after the approximate time the assaults occurred. This enables the offi-

cers to develop a solid timeline of the occurring events. “We’ve been solving crime this way for a long time,” Paris said, as he deemed the cameras to be a great tool. The security systems, including such technology as cameras, access controls and alarms, are valued at $8.5 million, Bicking said. Along with the footage, Paris said the card swipe access in the residence halls allows the police to know the names of residents who have entered their residence, giving them a list of potential witnesses. The residents who entered the residence halls before or after the assault may be able to help put together a timeline of the events, as well as being able to give the officers information. “This creates a pool of possible witnesses,” Paris said. The investigating officers will be contacting the potential witnesses from the use of the card swipe access machines to the residence halls near by the scenes. Bicking said the technology on-campus has obtained arrests in the past. It speeds up the process of the investigation, Paris added. All crimes should be reported immediately, Paris said, as it helps in aiding police in the investigation. By reporting crimes right away, Paris explained, more officers can respond on–scene to See SAFETY ALERTS on page 4

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Budget cuts worry students, costs questioned. By Clare Haggerty Staff Writer

On Feb. 7, Governor Corbett announced his proposed budget for the 2012-2013 academic year. This proposed budget included a 20% budget cut for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. For West Chester University, these budget cuts would account to $9.5 million. “These budget cuts offer a direct line to each and every student at West Chester,” Dee Giardina, Executive Director of Facilities Design and Construction, said. A common misperception about these budget cuts is based upon new construction at WCU. Many students wonder if we’re having such a budget crises, why are we in the middle of a million-dollar renovation? As a matter of fact, the building in question, the Student Recreation Center, is a $28.6 million project. However, this building is not funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Giardina explained that there are 79 buildings on campus, originally all funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. However, the Commonwealth no longer funds buildings for “auxiliary use,” such as recre-

ation centers, housing or residence halls, and student unions. Academic buildings are still funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. However, Giardina explained, renovations were supplemented by Commonwealth funding over the years because several buildings were built at the turn of the century. “Every student at West Chester University will be affected by these budget cuts,” Giardina said. “Aside from the obvious issues with scholarships and faculty, if classes that you need to take are in a building that is deteriorating around you or improperly facilitated for the class, there’s nothing we can do about it without the proper state funding.” Considering the loss of $9.5 million for WCU alone, the school will need to supplement costs in a different way. According to Giardina, the two most obvious ways to do this are those that affect the students in the deepest way: either West Chester faculty will experience salary cuts or job loss, or tuition for Pennsylvania State Schools will increase for students statewide. Clare Haggerty is a first-year student majoring in English. She can be reached at CH757342@ wcupa.edu.


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Traditional housing converts first floor bathrooms to single occupancy By Ginger Rae Dunbar Editor-in-Chief

Transgender Policy Committee, a subcommittee of LGBTQA created last semester, has an agenda in the works to make West Chester University’s campus a safe environment for all students. The plan will help incoming students. McCarthy Hall is no longer the only traditional housing option with the single occupancy bathroom, which is built similar to a family style bathroom. Wayne, Schmidt, Killinger, Goshen and Tyson Halls now have two single occupancy bathrooms on the first floor of the residence. Jacqueline Hodes, the advisor of the LGBTQA, toured the residence halls with Peter Galloway, Director of Housing Services, to determine which buildings could be converted from a genderdesignated bathroom into a gender-neutral or single occupancy bathroom. Hodes first discussed this with Galloway in the fall 2011 semester. They decided to make only the first floor bathrooms in the traditional residence halls into single occupancy bathrooms by placing a lock on the interior door, Hodes said. The bathrooms, now with locks on the door, are used as single occupancy, despite if a second stall is available. The converted style is similar to the style in McCarthy Hall. “It’s really like us-

ing your bathroom at home,” Hodes said. The recent development required sign changes. For a low cost of the signs, Hodes said, this creates equality. Residence Life and Housing went through and the maintenance staff placed the locks on the doors over the winter break, Galloway said. The signage was changed the weekend the residence halls opened during this semester in late January, Galloway said. According to Galloway, one report was made to the office of Residence Life and Housing. During the spring opening weekend someone reported that another person of the opposite gender had entered the bathroom while they occupied it. Other than the signage change, residents were not informed that the bathrooms were converted to the use of a single occupancy bathroom. Due to the incident, Residence Life and Housing posted a temporary note a few weeks ago, saying “Restroom Notice: These restrooms have recently been converted to single occupancy restroom. Please lock the door behind you. Thank you!” “In hindsight, we could have posted the sign sooner,” Galloway said. Permanent signs with a similar message will be placed on the exterior of the doors. The note is clearer and directs how the space should be used, Galloway

said. The signage informs residents and guests to understand they must lock the door. He said the use of the locks fulfills their intent of converting the bathrooms to a single occupancy. “This isn’t something unique to West Chester,” Galloway said, “It’s something construction projects (will consider).” The change occurred mid-year; Galloway said they could have been more proactive about notifying students. Despite the signage change, for those who did not notice the sign change or the locks on the door, Residence Life and Housing understands they need to make this clear to the residents. The signage made it clear to a degree, he said, however overlooking the lock may have been the missing piece. “We didn’t feel that this took anything away, but rather gave opportunity for our population who . . . may be transitioning,” Galloway said. If concerns are raised, Galloway said they would investigate the reasons. He said the concern might be conquered with education and explanation for the single occupancy bathrooms. He said this is providing something we haven’t been able to provide on-campus previously. Hodes said the positive outcome became possible, as the organizations on-campus involved in this were not resisting the change. Dr. Lisa Ruchti would

agree the little changes would establish positive changes, such as single occupancy bathrooms built into the future campus construction projects. Ruchti is thankful for the support the organizations have given the committee, which makes the bathrooms more accessible for everyone. The Recreation Center, opening in Fall 2012, will have single occupancy bathrooms. This will be beneficial, as Hodes explains it gives everyone the option for a single occupancy bathroom. The Transgender Policy Committee advocated for the change in the bathrooms to make a “safe and accessible environment for all students,” Ruchti said. She is one of two faculty members on the committee.

Ruchti teaches her students about the violence that happens in gender-designated bathrooms against transgender people. The reaction to the fear of getting hurt in the bathrooms, Hodes said, is what prevents transgender students from going into a gender-designated bathroom. Ruchti noted the campus climate survey revealed an increase of transgender students enrolled in WCU and reports of increase of transgender students in PASSHE. The WCU LGBTQA has developed a list of buildings with the locations of single occupancy bathrooms. Hodes, said the change in bathrooms is a way to show transgender students that the university cares about them. Ruchti said people

who have experienced obstacles in their transition have provided the committee with tremendous feedback that has “propelled us to move forward to make sure our campus is safe and accessible for all.” She added that this has been a grassroots and feminist committee. The Transgender Policy Committee has made the process possible, as Ruchti said the feedback from students and the work of the committee has been great. The committee meets once a month. The student-run committee is working on compiling a list of administrators to contact for help or personal needs. This will create a list of resources See BATHROOM on page 5


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WCU Youth for Ron Paul group emerges on campus By Samantha Schaule Special to The Quad

for a visit,” Hissey said, in response to their success. Students, faculty, At the table outside and staff may have of Main Hall, Youth noticed students pefor Ron Paul provided titioning in the Acastudents with infordemic Quad lately. mational pamphlets These students are and even provided gathering signatures the opportunity for to encourage Ron unregistered voters Paul to come to West to register to vote in Chester University’s this year’s election. campus. Ron Paul There were two difis running for Presiferent options at the dent as a Republitable: students can can candidate in the either sign up to be2012 Election. Youth come a member of the for Ron Paul (YFP) Youth for Ron Paul is a student group at WCU, organization or just sign the on-campus petition withthat aims to out becoming a help orgamember. nize, recruit, Interested and mobilize students may young indivisit the WCU viduals to Youth for Ron effectively Paul Facebook support the group for more presideninformation. tial candiStudents can dacy of Ron Richard Alcindor/The Quad also visit www. Paul. Many ronpaul2012. other schools The Youth for Ron Paul group seeks support outside of Main Hall com for more around the information United States have both Feb. 8 and Feb. about his political a Youth for Ron Paul 15, for a total of about campaign. organization. The 10 hours. For only Hissey and others University of Kansas two days of petition- will continue to gain is the largest with ing, approximately support for Youth for about 1,600 mem- 400 students at West Ron Paul, and stubers. The goal is to Chester have already dents may contact have Ron Paul speak signed the petition. Matthew Hissey at at WCU at the end of Hissey stated that MH650111@wcupa. April. their goal is 1,000 edu for more details Matthew Hissey, a signatures, but no on how to get infourth-year Political specific number is volved. Science major with a required to have Ron Samantha Schaule is Latin American stud- Paul speak at WCU. a third-year student maies minor, founded the “West Chester has joring in communicaYouth for Ron Paul the largest and most tion studies. She can be group on campus. active Youth for Ron reached at SS687322@ Hissey said that he Paul group in the wcupa.edu. learned about Youth state, so it is very likefor Ron Paul through ly that he will come For photos see page 6 Facebook in December, and tried to get a chapter started at WCU right away. Even though WCU’s chapter was founded just a few weeks ago, the organization is showing success. Hissey and other Ron Paul student supporters have spent two days in the Academic Quad diligently trying to get other students involved. Youth for Ron Paul students were stationed outside of Main Hall collecting signatures on

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A doorbell has been installed at West Chester University’s radio station as a result of a safety scare that occurred on Feb. 2 when a man entered the station angered by something that he claimed was said on air the previous day. Three DJs as well as an executive member of the station were in the office at the time. After calming the man down, they swiftly escorted the man out of Sykes Student Union. The man was not broadcasted on air and as a safety precaution, Sykes changed the locks on WCUR’s door. SAFETY ALERTS From page 2

gather more witnesses who may still be on the scene, and to collect evidence. The evidence needs to be preserved, he said, before it is destroyed by outside factors. WCU President, Greg Weisenstein, announced via e-mail, a campus community responsibility to report suspicious behavior and all crimes to the Public Safety Police. The newsletter, printed in The Quad, appeared the day after the first assault. Students were informed of the assault a few days later when it was reported to the police. A representative from the Department of Public Safety com-

pletes a monthly report, indicating which lights need replacement bulbs around campus, as well as determines if any areas lack good lighting. Bicking said Public Safety would be looking into the lighting near the water tower, the area of the assault that occurred on Super Bowl Sunday, to determine if additional lighting will be necessary. Both assaults occurred when the victims were walking alone on-campus. The number of requested walking escorts, a service provided by the Department of Public Safety, has not peaked since the reported assaults. “I would like to see students use this

[service] more,” Bicking said. He added that most escorts are requested during the winter, when the weather gets cold, rainy, and snowy. Paris said the escort service allows for the police to interact with students. According to Paris, the night after the second assault, Saturday Feb. 11, only two students requested a safety-walking escort. If you have any information on either assault case, contact Sgt. Paris or Det. Kalavik at 610-4363311 or to call 610-4361000 to leave an anonymous tip. Ginger Rae Dunbar is a fifth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at RD655287@wcupa.edu.


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on the website www. wcupa.edu/LGBTQA for incoming students, and for students who begin their transition during college. The committee is in the process of finding contacts for students who want to change their contact name on their WCU e-mail list to their preferred name, if they do not have a legal name change. One student on the committee is following up from last semester with SSI for a name change on the student ID card. This may involve obtaining a new Ram E card after a legal name change.

Ruchti said everyone they have been in contact with, such as Residence Life and Housing, the Health and Wellness Center, Women’s Center, and other students, have been supportive of transgender students and what they can do to help. The committee discussed affiliated housing as an option for students who want a single occupancy bedroom. Rebekah Balmer, one of three students on the committee, said the students on the Sykes Union advisory Board were supportive when she proposed to designate one bathroom in the Sykes Student Union as a gender-neutral bathroom. Ruchti added that the committee is looking

for some accessibility, whether it is for a single or more occupancy bathroom. Balmer clarified that they do not want people to feel forced to use the gender-neutral bathrooms, rather so, they can have the option. “We’re heading in the right direction,” Balmer said in regards to recent change of the bathrooms. “It shows acceptance.” Contact Dr. Ruchti at LRuchti@wcupa. edu for more information or to make a suggestion to the committee. Ginger Rae Dunbar is a fifth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at RD655287@wcupa.edu.

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THE QUAD OP-ED

Opinion & Editorial

Sykes After Dark is popular

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West Chester University | 253 Sykes Student Union | West Chester, Pennsylvania 19383 Phone: 610.436.2375 | E-mail: quad@wcupa.edu | Web: www.wcuquad.com

Ginger Rae Dunbar Editor-in-Chief QuadEIC@wcupa.edu EDITORIAL BOARD

EDITORIAL STAFF

Angela Thomas News Editor Bill Hanrahan Op-Ed Editor Rebekah Balmer Features Editor Carol Fritz Entertainment Editor Kenny Ayres Sports Editor Lukas Jenkins Photography Editor

Brynn Dougherty Asst. Sports Editor Jess Guzzardo Asst. Photography Editor

COPY EDITORS Kelly Adams Bethany Van de Water Samantha Schaule

DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS & ADVERTISING STAFF Suddenly every Friday night there would be an event taking place on-campus. Alexis Caporizzo Free entertainment would be provided to students and their guests from 9 p.m. to 1 Mike Coia Ginger Rae Dunbar a.m. College students love hearing that. Free. I think most of us do a double take to Business Manager ONLINE EDITION see what’s being offered for free. ***Position Available Laura Blyton Sykes After Dark has stepped up their level of entertainment since it first began. Mike Mills FACULTY ADVISOR Last year, a number of events were a hit. This semester, every Friday night has been a Advertising Manager Dr. Philip A. Thompsen success with over 250 students in attendance. The events allow for students to take a break from their workload and have an enjoyable night on-campus. Popular events include dances and comedians, which are Submissions Policy [suhb-mish-uhnz . pol-uh-see] Guest and opinion columns, letters to the editor, political or social commentary, and artwork is accepted durlikely to continue to be included in each semester’s plan for Sykes After Dark. This ing the academic year. All material may be sent to the attention of the editor in chief, The Quad, 253 Sykes Union Building, West Chester University, West Chester, Pa. 19383, Material may also be dropped semester, WCU welcomed Loni Love and friends. Students can also take home a free Student off in our office, Sykes 253 or e-mailed to quadeic@wcupa.edu. An electronic copy of all work is necessary for publication and should be sent to the aforementioned e-mail address. novelty (t-shirt, stuffed animal, fun picture, etc). The event follows with free food, All submissions must include a name and at least two forms of contact information, such as an e-mail address karaoke in the common grounds, raffle prizes, and the Student Activities Council host and phone number, for verification purposes. Students should include information such as an on-campus address, class standing, area of study, and/or organizational position. Material is only published if the author/ artist can be confirmed as a standing member of the University. Such distinctions include students, staff, a midnight movie. faculty, administration, and alumnus. We do not accept submissions from members of the community that are not associated with West Chester University. Along with free fun for the students in attendance, the event has prompted other Letters to the editor should not exceed 250 words; columns and commentaries should be between 500 and organizations to get involved. The TV club has recently started to videotape parts of 1,100 words. All material may be edited to adhere to our policies, AP style, and space restraints. We do not edit for content unless it is libelous, excessively profane, or harmful to a particular individual or group thereof. the event to put on their channel and on YouTube. The WCUR radio station works Opinions expressed within the letters to the editor, columns, and commentaries are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Quad, its editorial board or the student body, faculty, or administration of West with the event every Friday night, as one of their DJs helps make announcements and Chester University. introduces the on-stage performers. Sykes After Dark coordinators, who plan months The deadline for all Op-ed submissons is the Saturday before Monday’s publication by 2 p.m. in advance, also partner with organizations such as RHA, Greek Life, BSU, and Disclaimers [dis-kley-merz] LGBTQA. Sykes After Dark continues to improve since its start five semesters ago. Copyright ©2012 The Quad. No work herein may be reproduced in any form, in whole or in part, without Fran Boshell, a Graduate Assistant for Sykes After Dark, said the Sykes Union staff the written consent of the Editor in Chief. Opinions expressed within the letters to the editor, columns, and are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Quad, its editorial board or the student conducts research with the help of the Association of College Unions International to commentaries body, faculty, or administration of West Chester University. Founded in 1932 as Quad Angles, The Quad was re-named as such in 1975. The Quad is the independent, plan out the semester’s schedule. student-run newspaper of West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is published weekly throughout the academic year. The Quad is published on 10 Mondays each academic semester and has a weekly newsprint Sykes After Dark has become a place where students find themselves asking circulation of 3,500. The Quad is funded primarily through advertising sales and although we receive a budfriends to join them. So far this semester, Sykes has been anything but quiet on a Fri- get through SGA and the student activity fee, The Quad is run solely by students and is not edited or altered in any way by University faculty, staff, or administration. The University has no prior review of the content. day night. For all the students that help make the weekly event possible, I hope they Rates and mechanical requirements for display advertising can be found on our Web site. Inquiries may be placed at the addresses or phone numbers listed above. Classified advertising may be purchased on our Web can still hear the screams of excitement that ring throughout the building, even long site: http://www.wcuquad.com. The Quad reserves the right to refuse any news items, letters, or advertising thought to be offensive or inappropriate. after they graduate. The Quad exercises care to prevent omissions and factual errors. Corrections for any published error will

~ Ginger Rae Quad Editor-in-Chief

not exceed the space or prominence of the error that occurred. Claims for adjustment must be made within five days of publication. The Quad is printed by Journal Register Offset in Exton, Pa.


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Editorial

THE QUAD OP-ED

Should President Obama be re-elected? The facts suggest that he does not deserve to be re-elected. Since Obama constantly blames his failures on his predecessor, George Bush, we should compare the important numbers such as home prices, gas prices, unemployment rate, and budget deficits. Home prices in the nation’s 20 largest cities have lost about onethird of their value since the summer of 2006. From 2010 to 2011, home prices fell about 3.6 percent in the 20 largest cities. Most of us have probably noticed the chronically high gas prices. The price of gas has doubled since Obama took office. The average price per gallon today is about $3.56. We can thank Obama’s hostility toward energy sources that actually work (in favor of fantasizing about “green energy”) for at least part of this increase. Obama, if elected for another four years, is on track to add more to the debt than all 42 of the presidents who preceded him combined. He has had deficits of over $1 trillion every year he has been in office. So far, Obama has added $5 trillion to the deficit. The debt is racking up at an alarming $49,000 per second under the Obama presidency. Obama called Bush “un-American” for deficits that were one-third the size of his. Obama also promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, which is just one of the many promises he has broken. Finally, unemployment rates under Obama have averaged well over nine percent. Under Bush, the average unemployment rate was about six percent. Obama promised that his massive deficit spending would keep unemployment under eight percent--just another example

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of a promise not kept by this president. The Obama presidency has been an epic failure. A vote for him is a vote against America’s future. A vote for him is a vote for more generational theft. If you want America to continue to decline then, by all means, vote for Obama in November. --Bill Hanrahan, Op-ed Editor


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THE QUAD FEATURES

Leapin’ lizards! Leap Day, a day to celebrate By Carol Fritz

Entertainment Editor

Life has a plethora of underappreciated aspects, such as looking at the clock in the middle of the night and realizing that there are still a few hours left until the alarm goes off, or seeing one’s breath on icy cold days, or right-out-of-the-dryer blankets. In addition, many holidays pass by without appreciation such as Flag Day (June 14), Leif Erikson Day (Oct. 9) and Leap Day, which is on Feb. 29. Leap Day occurs every four years on Feb. 29 when a calendar year is designated as a “leap year.” According to National Geographic, the Earth orbits the sun every 365.242 days. Because of this odd number, extra days have been added to the calendar since ancient times. Early calendars in Rome were previously based on lunar months, but a year consisting of lunar months only totals about 354 days. Eqypt decided to adopt a leap year system, which added an extra day every four years. In

46 B.C., Julius Caesar introduced a single 445day long year to correct the drift from previous years. This began the Julian calendar, which incorporated a 365day year with a leap year every four years. However, 365.25 (the .25 being Leap Day), was slightly longer than the Earth’s 365.242-day orbit. After 1,628 years, the calendar was about ten days off, so Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar, the modernday civil calendar. This calendar made a slight adjustment, adding the restriction that only one out of every four “century years” would be considered a leap year. Therefore, while the years 2000 and the 2400 are leap years, the years 2100, 2200, and 2300 are not, so those calendar years will not include a Leap Day. Nevertheless, 2012 does include a Leap Day, so this rare occasion should be acknowledged and celebrated. Towns in the United Kingdom know how to commemorate Leap Day—Cornwall News

reports that West Britian readers can obtain a free parking voucher from the newspaper to use in town on Leap Day. Also, the Press Association also reports that more than 5,000 employees of The National Trust will be allowed to take off of work on Leap Day if they agree to volunteer in their local community. Some possible Leap Day celebratory activities include the following: play the childhood game “leap frog” with some friends; say everything four times; say everything four times; say everything four times; say everything four times; take a trip to Anthony, Texas, the Leap Year Capital of the World, and attend one of their Leap Day festivals; sing “Happy Birthday” to rapper Ja Rule, who was born on Leap Day in 1976; watch the 2010 movie “Leap Year,” starring Amy Adams; or bake Leap Day-themed treats. Carol Fritz is a thirdyear student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at CF716022@wcupa.edu.

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Animals, more than pets By Angela Thomas News Editor

Five out of ten dogs and seven out of ten cats are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them (ASPCA.org). That statistic alone is a disappointing and astounding. Although these lives might not be human, they are still carelessly thrown away because they are considered “unwanted.” With countless animal shelters around the country, it is surprising to know that many animals go unadopted but with the rising number of nokill shelters, the livelihoods of animals are starting to improve. However, according

to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 63 % of households have a pet and according to the Pet Food Institute, dogs are owned by 75 million people in the United States. Cats take the gold medal in the most owned pet in the U.S. with cats being owned by 85 million U.S. citizens. With that many dogs and cats being owned, it is surprising and sad to know that 5-7 million dogs and cats and other “companion” animals are brought to animal shelters and 3-4 million are euthanized because they were kept at adoption shelters too long and never adopted (APSCA.org). So how can we prevent these

lives from being ended? According to the Animal Planet, animal shelters are the best place to get a house pet. Shelters have a great selection of both adult animals and baby animals and most shelter animals are eager to find their “forever home.” “Animals from a shelter are typically already given vaccinations, and are altered before they may go home,” Bonnie Balmer, a cat socializer at the Humane Society of Harrisburg said. “This is important if you are a responsible pet owner. A free dog or cat see ANIMALS on page 14

A different kind of college transition A young man’s story

By Ginger Rae Dunbar Editor-in-Chief

Most first-year students living in the residence halls have to adapt to living away from home. For some, they walk down a hall to shower, noting the lack of privacy. For Breckin DeWane,

his biggest concern involved his choice of which gender designated bathroom to use, due to a fear of a consequence for his decision. To most people, they obey the gender designated restroom signs without much thought. For DeWane and others who identify as trans-

gender, the visual of the sign that indicates male or female can dictate their fate from the minute they enter the restroom. He started his transition during his second semester of his first year of college. see TRANSITION on page 12


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FEBRUARY 20, 2012

How to dress for your body type

Column by: Lauren DiCrecchio Practicum Writer

“Fashion is an architecture; it is a matter of proportions,” quoted by none other than the meticulous fashion couturier herself, Coco Chanel. When it comes to dressing yourself, it is important to remember to focus more on what to wear and what to avoid. There is no such thing as the “perfect body,” but unfortunately, in todays society we are surrounded but what is presumed to be the ideal figure: size two, tall and flawless. Luckily for the rest of us, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is not necessarily flattering to compare ourselves to pears or hourglasses, and although it may be painful to look in the mirror and determine our body shapes, it is a necessary step to create the illusion of a proportionate figure. It is important to remember that when first determining your body type, size does not matter. It is all about proportions. Here I will focus on the most common body types and how to better balance your-

self

when dressing. The first body type, I will categorize as top heavy. This figure is more likely to have a heavier upper half, bigger breasts, broader shoulders, sometimes with a tummy, shorter waist and skinny legs. It is important for

type are more likely to have bigger breasts, a well fitting bra is vital. It is common and I have seen first hand amongst my friends, that many women wear the wrong bra size. Stores such as Victoria’s Secret offer fitting sessions for free. Thin

women with this figure to draw more attention to the bottom half. I do not recommend tight fitting tops. Shaped pieces will be more likely to balance your figure. Since women with this body

straps, delicate fabrics or shirts with complicated hemlines are not flattering for this body type. I would also stay away from high waisted bottoms. Skirts and pants with flares are a great fit, and create a

more proportionate illusion. Higher shoes with a slimmer heel will compliment your shapely legs. A fitted blazer with minimal buttons under the breasts will help define the curvy shape. Celebrities with this body type: Scarlett Johan-

to draw attention to the top half! As comfortable as loose shirts may be, some fabrics are incredibly too clingy and this is something that needs to be avoided. We also want to stay away from side pockets and super slim jeans. Vertical patterns and dark colors on bottom are very slimming. Boot cut pants create a nice lean look, and bottoms with a flat front are great for this body type. I recommend light colored tops with big lapels or embellishments along the neckline to even the look out. Cone heels are a great way to balance the lower half. I also recommend straight winter boots. Jennifer Lopez is a great example of a celebrity who is bottom heavy. The top and bottom heavy body http://blog.fabmagazineonline.com/ type is a combination of the first two. Think Kim son and Salma Hayek. Kardashian. This body Next we have the has broader shoulders bottom heavy body type and bigger breasts, a which has a smaller small and defined waist top half, smaller waist, that sits on top of biglarger thighs, calves ger hips (love handles and legs that do not as some would say) and hold much definition. has a booty. Don’t hide For this figure, we want behind baggy clothes,

this is something to show off! Fitted clothes with v-necks and scoop necks are a must for this body type. Straight leg denim is the most flattering for this figure. I would avoid high waisted pieces and focus more on waist defining tops. Stay away from bulky material around the hips and tummy. And to top off this look, add a pair of wedges or peep toe heels! Lastly, we have the no curves body type. By wearing draping dresses or patterned fabrics, you will be able to obtain that hour glass figure. Halter tops and skinny jeans also help create a defining look. With this body type, bra size also comes into play. Never over-pad. Also remember to always wear a bra, even under flimsy fabrics, it’s not a classy look. You also want to accessorize. Belts are a great add-on to help define the waist. Two final things to always remember: black and darker colors recede and horizontal stripes make everything look wider. Lauren DiCrecchio is a fifth-year student majoring in liberal studies with minors in journalism and Spanish. She can be reached at LD658004@wcupa.edu.

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Going green while on a college budget Column by: Devon Dadoly

Special to The Quad

As most of us know, the typical college student lives a modest lifestyle, with little to no money for anything but the necessities. But the weeks of latenight studying are followed by weekends of parties and using what little money we do have for pizza, drinks, and other irrational financial decisions because it’s tough to maintain a healthy budget wisely. The question everyone should be asking themselves is, “How can I save some money?” So, for those of you who are having trouble maintaining a healthy bank account, here are some tips to easily stretch your dollar on everyday products. Natural Cleaning: Cleaning can be expensive and confusing. With a million products to choose from, it’s difficult to decide what cleaning products are best for what chore. From sprays to powders to concentrated soaps, it’s nearly impossible to understand how to use them properly. Wouldn’t it be great if there were products that could be used for more than one function? Castile Soap: Castile Soap is a concen-

trated olive-oil based soap and comes in many scents including peppermint, lavender, hemp, tea tree, and others. Castile Soap is known as a miracle product because it can be used as dish washing liquid, laundry detergent, body soap, shampoo, floor cleaner, etc. Castile soap is inexpensive, extremely functional, and can be found at your local grocery store in the soap and shampoo aisle. Vinegar: Vinegar is an easy and inexpensive way to clean countertops, tile, and bathrooms. When combined with fresh-squeezed citrus like lemon, grapefruit, or orange, its acidic properties break down gunk and buildup quickly and effectively. Try making a spray by mixing 50% water, 50% vinegar, and some citrus juices for a light, fresh scent. Natural Skin Care Milk: Out of makeup remover, or simply can’t afford it? A little known way to remove makeup is milk. Milk has enzymes that soothe redness and cleanse the skin gently, especially acne prone skin. Its exfoliating properties soften the skin and allow the pores to breathe healthily, which is important while sleeping. Skin that can’t breathe is a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria.

So before nightly cleansing, apply milk with a cotton ball to rid your skin of any impurities. Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is a plant that is known for providing lasting hydration to the skin. It can be used topically or internally. It is a wonderful daily moisturizer because it is non-oily and eliminates shine, while remaining inexpensive. Most people know that aloe soothes redness and heals burnt skin, especially in the summertime, but its moisturizing properties are wonderful year-round. Baking Soda: Running low on toothpaste? It’s almost guaranteed that you have the products in your cabinet to clean teeth. All that’s needed to make adequate toothpaste is water and baking soda. Though this may sound strange, baking soda is very effective in cleaning teeth without being abrasive. Baking soda is also an effective air freshener, and even deodorant. Baking soda has odor-absorbing properties allows skin to breathe making it a perfect choice for the student on a budget. All of these products and more like them can be found at your local grocery store. Devon Dadoly is a second-year student majoring in art. She can be reached at DD742228@wcupa.edu.

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Internship proves valuable for senior

By Christina Klaproth Special to The Quad

Internships are a staple in today’s college culture, and everyday more independent businesses are beginning to catch on to the trend. In the unique situation between an independent, small or local business and its interns, both parties gain valuable experiences. By learning from each other and working closely together, growth is achieved, creativity is explored, and skills previously learned in the classroom are utilized. West C h e s ter University’s Christina Klaproth teamed up with a local boutique, G r e e n Eyed Lady, as a public relations intern. Klaproth is a senior communication studies major with an art history minor. Upon graduation, Klaproth plans to pursue her dreams of artistic expression through interior decorating, fashion, musical performance and event planning. This internship will prove to be a valu-

cludes photo spreads of the stores wide variety of vintage and new jewelry. Along with hiring their first ever intern, the boutique continues to create a buzz with jewelry giveaways on Facebook and provides a consistent circulation of new products both in the store and on the web. The boutique has developed a budding online presence with an e-commerce website. Green Eyed Lady is located right in town at 132 W. Gay Street. It is a shop chockfull of eclectic jewelry and apparel, and they are currently celebrating their seventh anniversary and expansion to a second shop at 100 E. State Street. Kennett Square. For more information about Green Eyed Lady, visit their Twitter, Facebook, Etsy, and the previously mentioned w e b s i t e . V i s i t Green Eyed Lady’s Tumblr, newly created by their intern, at http:// westchesterbid.com greeneyedladyboutique. ager, Stephanie Cartwright, to network with t u m b l r . c o m / . Christina Klaproth various medias, create press releases, and cre- is a fourth year commustudies major ate a new social media nication website for the shop: with an art history migreeneyedladyboutique. nor. She can be reached at tumblr.com which in- C K 6 9 9 0 8 @ w c u p a . e d u . able tool for Klaproth’s professional career. The main goal of the internship will be to integrate several areas of social media with each other in addition to the shop’s website: shopgreeneyedlady.com. These goals will be met by incorporating marketing strategies and development with more traditional methods of publicity. Klaproth is working closely with storeowner, Mary Owen, and man-


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lently questioned him. It made him feel uncomfortable too and it annoyed him when someone would try to DeWane recentdetermine his gender. ly started to use the “I always had the men’s bathroom this understanding in the academic year, his fifth back of my mind that it at West Chester Unicould make people unversity. Normally he comfortable,” DeWane would have to “sprint said in regards to using home” to his dorm room the gender-designated to use the bathroom on bathroom. He preferred his co-ed floor. It was to not use gender-desa place where other ignated bathrooms as residents knew him althe use of one would ready. Mainly, he got indicate his gender. adjusted to resorting DeWane recalled to walk to Starbucks seventh grade as one of only to use the single his youngest accounts occupancy bathroom. when women “I would yelled at him for hold it,” Dehis alleged use of Wane said the wrong bathin regards to room. At the time, having a full he was a young bladder when girl dressed in he’s not near boys clothing with a gender-neua short hair cut. tral or single Every encounter occupancy he had to explain bathroom. “I that he was a girl. got really good He hated that. He at holding didn’t hate when it.” he had to explain D e Wa n e himself. He hated said he’s alto admit he was ways looked a girl since he allike a male ways wanted to be his whole life, boy. which is one “It always reason why makes my day he felt uncomwhen someone call fortable usme sir,” DeWane ing the female Photo courtesy of Breckin DeWane said. For him, he designated. The transgender symbol tattooed on his forearm will always gets happy when Women have be apart of him and he lives comfortably with it. He said he he passes as a a tendency does not want to hide his experience or transition. male, he explained to police the as he smiled. bathrooms, comfortable interaction When someone he said as he recalled calls him ‘miss’ or ‘baby how women have told in the bathroom. He has never girl’ he wonders why him that he was in the been forcibly removed he looks more feminine wrong bathroom. Even from a bathroom. He that day as opposed to before he took the steps got used to the stares other days. While Deto go through a transifrom women who siWane realizes not evtion, he felt subjected Transition from page 9

to the comments coming from the women who acted as the bathroom police. He remembers the condescending comments. “I’d rather have someone say to leave than [for them] to beat me up,” DeWane explained. During most of his collegiate experience, he returned home to his residence to use the bathroom out of fear for his safety. His freshman year he showered in the female’s bathroom at odd hours of the night as to not worry about an un-

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eryone not be w o u l d supportwant to ive of his be asked transiw h a t tion. The their prestudent ferred transpronoun ferred is, he out and w o u l d n e v e r rather apolopeople gized. not asAlong s u m e with supwhat his p o r t s Photo courtesy of Breckin DeWane gender f r o m is. He DeWane wore the male version of clothing while his twin sister wore the female o t h e r f i n d s version of the same outfit. WCU stuit prodents, he be more open about his gressive when people acknowledged his story. He holds the posiask about his genmom is his biggest tion of the speakout coder and want to learn ordinator for LGBTQA. supporter. about his experiences. DeWane underHe has gained support After he came out stands the transition from friends and the as identifying as transLGBTQA community. has been the hardest gender, he no longer DeWane dealt with for his twin sister. His had to explain himself. a bully in middle school family now acknowlHis mom no longer corwho continued to ask edges his twin is now rected people about his only daughter him if he was a boy or the gender. DeWane said among three brothers. a girl. The continuous his mom saw how hapDespite the transicomments built up, py it made him. At the tion starting five years though he was able to age of 15, he realized ago, his twin sister he was trans. To add “Happiness can exist started to call him to his wardrobe and her brother just a looks, he started a trick only in acceptance.” couple months ago. last semester to appear – George Orwell His dad also remore like a male. He cently started calluses mascara to creing him Breckin. ate his beard, which Saving up monfinally not let the commakes him feel more ey for a legal name ments bother him when comfortable using the change, he will officialhis friends encouraged men’s bathroom now. him to forget what the ly be named Breckin He admitted it took bully said. DeWane Samuel DeWane. He some time to perfect and the bully had been picked this name afthe mascara to appear friends in elementary ter the actor Breckin as authentic facial hair. school. The friend- Meyer. The name stuck His casual wear inship ended when the and he favors the name cludes a collared shirt bully transferred out. since it sounds like a with a tie. He has a colThe friendship turned gender-neutral name. lection of over 200 ties. Ginger Rae Duninto bullying when “I just got to know bar is a fifth-year student the student returned myself when I got majoring in English with and noticed DeWane here,” DeWane said. He a minor in journalism. wearing boys clothing. discovered college stuShe can be reached at He also lost a dents were accepting, RD655287@wcupa.edu. friendship in college to which enables him to one person who would


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is never free once it has been to the vet for spay/neuter, and shots. Also dogs from a shelter undergo “temperament testing,” this is a very thorough test to check if the dog gets along with cats, children, other dogs, and people, if it guards toys, and food.” Many people are against breeding and opt for adoption as a choice. “The benefits of adopting over breeding are numerous for both animals and their people,” Sharon McElwee, a volunteer for Stray Cat Blues and Boxer Rescue, said. Stray Cat Blues and Boxer rescue are both based out of Pa. “When you adopt versus breed, you are saving a life of an animal that will probably be put down.” McElwee also noted that adoption fees cover food, medicine, and other items. This shows that animals that are brought in shelters are not just animals that have been cast away and have no hope. According to the Animal Planet, some animals are given up because of a lack of understanding of a certain breed of animal. Different dogs require a wealth of knowledge in order to train and understand them. Most people just see a dog’s cute face and do not think that they require special attention and understanding of the breed. The Animal Planet says that most shelters have animal training classes and behavioral counseling so

THE QUAD FEATURES as to prepare an animal for adoption. This gives the animal a more mar-

shelter in Center City Philadelphia. It was 23 years ago when I ad-

[Honey, Balmer’s cat, that she adopted

body. Another wonderful foster mom of Stray Cat Blue’s took her in.” McElwee has had a lot of experience in both volunteering and fostering dogs and cats. “I have adopted six cats and fostered over 25 cats and dogs,” McElwee said. “You cry tears every time one of your fosters is adopted. You are sad, as you will miss that special animal and happy because you were able to help them to the point of adoption. The best though is when your neighbors and friends adopt one of your foster dogs. Then you have the best of both worlds!” One of McElwee’s favorite adoptions was a cat named Duke of Chatham. “The stories I could tell about him could fill a book. He was an indoor/outdoor cat [not recommended] and had the entire neighborhood in his pocket,” McElwee said. Fostering an animal is one way to help with saving them. When someone fosters an animal they are taking care of the animal

ketable approach. from The Humane Society of Harrisburg Shelter friends can make remarkable and life-long opted Rascha and Mafriends. “The ben- rissa,” McElwee said. efits for you and the Her cat, Marissa, died animal are true love. a few years ago but Animals know what that has not stopped shelters are and love her from helping out even more when you other animals. She pick them to take carries on Marissa’s home,” McElwee said memory by helping out “I have adopted a other cats that are in cat (Honey) in 2011, need. “I now have three and a dog (Ginjer) in girls, Chloe, Cassandra 2012. Honey was a and Babu. Chloe was stray when she was in the last litter of Robrought to the shel- meo and Juliet, a feral ter; she was just over cat couple we tried to a year old. They had rescue for four years. named her “Moose” at Cassie was actually in the shelter not real- the Euthanasia room izing that it was a fe- when she male,” Balmer said. was found “She was so friendly by Stray when I was socializing Cat Blues her, she purred every and taken time I visited with her.” into foster Balmer took it as a care. She pure sign and adopted Hon- is ey because “normally love. Babu once I am home I don’t was found think about specific r o a m i n g animals.” McElwee the streets malhas also had similar so experience in adopting nourished. had animals that she has She hair worked with before. no “My first two cats at all and were from Morris Ani- infections One of McElwee’s foster dogs from Boxer Resmal Refuge, a great all over her cue that was eventually adopted by her neighbor

FEBRUARY 20, 2012 in their home until the animal is adopted. Volunteering at a shelter can also be very beneficial to animals. Many SPCA, and specifically Chester County SPCA depend on their volunteers to help them out. For more information on their volunteer program, go to http://www. ccspca.org/volunteer/. The Chester County SPCA not only is a shelter but they also help rescue animals in terrible situations. According to Amy Rossi, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Examiner, a CCSPCA officer, Craig Baxter, received a call regarding a pit bull that was discovered at the side of a road in Coatesville, Pa. Radar, the pit bull, was taken in by the CCSPCA and will be nurtured back to perfect health. Radar is suspected to be a victim of a dog-fighting ring. He will be quarantined for six months to make sure that he does not have rabies and then Radar will be up for adoption. Things are already starting to look up for Radar and according to Rossi, he was playing with the staff of the CCSPCA. The CCSPCA encourages anyone who may know any information about dog fighting to call 610-692-6113. It is little acts like the one from the CCSPCA that helps the wellbeing of animals. Shelters all over the country are trying to improve the conditions for animals. Best Friends Animal Society, located in Kanab, Utah, was responsible for taking over 20 dogs that were rescued from

Bad Newz Kennel, which was owned and operated by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick. Best Friends rehabilitated the dogs and helped them pass their “Good Canine Citizen” test. Most of the dogs have been adopted and are now in good and loving homes; some are even therapy dogs. Delaware Puppy Rescue is a rescue agency that brings education and awareness on positive training, spay/neutering, and other healthy benefits for dogs. They are also an adoption agency for unwanted and homeless dogs in the area. The Humane Society not only helps cats and dogs but they are the biggest animal welfare group in the U.S. Stray Cat Blues, a cat rescue based out of Colmar, Pa. is a nonprofit and no-kill organization dedicated to rescuing cats and finding them a loving and caring home. Heroes are everywhere for animals. Everyday, these heroes are fighting for the justice of these lives that are just thrown away. When someone saves an animals life, they are grateful. James Cromwell once said “Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” Take this message and advocate for animal rights, be the voice for the voiceless. Angela Thomas is a fifth-year student majoring in English. She can be reached at AT683005@wcupa.edu.


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The Movie Tavern’s comfortable atmosphere is worth the high prices By Liz Thompson Staff Writer

The Movie Tavern, located in Collegeville, gives you dinner, drinks, and a movie- all in one! They just made date night even more fun. It combines the enjoyment of the movies with an intheatre dining experience. I recently went to the Movie Tavern, which is only about twenty minutes away from West Chester, to see what all the fuss was about, and I don’t think I will ever go to a “regular” movie theatre again! “We have first run movies with 100% digital projection and provide an intheatre dining experience. Our guests have the option to have adult beverages and full service dining while watching one of the latest movies.” The General Manager, Mike, explains. “We also have retro movies, classic movies, sports games, and breakfast specials.” My family and I started off with drinks at the main bar. We had some time to kill because the website suggests arriving at least thirty minutes before

the movie plays, even if tickets are bought in advance. One of the few downsides to The Move Tavern is its extreme popularity. My sister and I tried to come o n c e before, but the showing was completely sold out. To save yourself the hassle, b u y tickets in advance, especially on a Saturday n i g h t . Also, it’s better to c o m e earlier t h a n needed, to snag a good seat. A s expected, most of the drinks were a little overpriced, but well worth it. They had a variety of good beer, wine, and some relatively strong, but well made, drinks. Some of the more popular drinks are cleverly named after famous movies. My older sister had the “Titanic Tea.” The bar is stocked with eight draft beers, many more bottled

beers, speciality drinks, and margaritas. The Movie Tavern also has speciality deals for college students. Student

“We try to have him do this for all movies, and this is something we do nationwide. We train the management to greet the guests and

welcoming. My family was very impressed with him and felt incredibly welcomed. The theatres are beautiful and big. There are e i g h t separate theatres that seat 1 , 0 0 0 g u e s t s total. I immedia t e l y noticed how clean they were as well. It was such a change to not be walking on sticky floors full of popcorn butter and candy! The c h a i r s , which are cinedelphia.com c l e a n e d after every The Movie Tavern is located at 140 Market Street in Collegeville, Pa. s h o w i n g , are roomy pricing on weekdays welcome them to the and made of a is $8.50 and $9 on Movie Tavern,” leather-like material weekends. The prices Tracei Hoey, Director complete with a at the Movie Tavern of Marketing for swing around table aren’t bad, but it’s Starplex Cinemas, for dining and a cup easy to rack up a bill said. “Also it is a holder on both sides. while watching the chance for the man- The swing around movie, so watch your agement to explain tables have a blue spending. how the concept button that you press Before the movie works and upcoming when you need began we were specials and movies.” something -- to order, greeted by the She also forgot to a refill, napkinsGeneral Manager, mention that it is a anything. The aisles Mike, who welcomed chance for him to are big so you can all of his customers crack a few jokes as stretch out your feet, and gave us a brief well. Mike was very but make sure not to history of the tavern. f u n n y a n d accidently trip a

member of the wait staff. The waiters and waitresses fly throughout the isles quietly taking orders. “We have over 70 emoployess working on a Saturday Night,” says Hoey. “We have ongoing training and always try to ensure that the staff will not be a distraction to the movie.” They make sure to stay low to the ground during the film so the audience will be able to see around them. I was shocked that none of them fell down or spilled anything. The staff is very attentive, kind, and obviously well trained. The Movie Tavern has about ten employees working one showing, so there will always be someone available to assist you during your film. All around, The Movie Tavern is a great way to spend a Saturday night, but make sure to bring enough cash because it tends to get a little pricey. We were so distracted with the movie that we forgot to look at the prices. Liz Thompson is a third-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at ET715984@wcupa.edu.


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Is there a doctor in the house? A review of Dr. Dog’s sixth album

By Matthew Louridas Special to The Quad

Over the past decade, Dr. Dog has been proving their place in the hearts of many with their wailing, crunchy guitars, groovy drums and bass and profound vocals. Now with the release of their sixth album, the six-man Philly sensation, including former West Chester University students, Toby Leaman, Scott McMicken, and Zach Miller, delivers once again. The album is “Be The Void,” but it does nothing but validate the band as a powerhouse in today’s alternative/indie playground. Starting with the production, it seems as though the band revisited their “do it yourself” attitude. Their 2010 release, “Shame, Shame” was a surprising outburst of the use of a full studio and complete mastering. Not to say that the production on “Be The Void” is lacking or shoddy, but it definitely carries back to that polarizing lo-fi traditional crunch that the band built their fortress on. The step back leans toward older releases like 2008’s “Fate,” but this time around the drums are richer and the guitars are brighter. With the well acquainted replacement of former drummer Justin Stens, Eric Slick, and the annexation of live effects man, Dimitri Manos, “Be The Void” is the product of a

slightly different makeup compared to previous Dr. Dog records. Thanks to Slick, the drums are more forceful, driving, and full. If anyone has ever seen a live show they might recognize Dimitri as the guy in the back playing with all of those fun effects. Now as an official member of the band, a lot more of those sounds can be heard on the actual record, especially percussion. A lot of the drum beats are laid with faint bongo samples and many of the snare hits are backed with a drum pad “snap.” While exciting at first, the snaps slowly become overdone and almost take away from Slick’s craft. The songwriting on “Be The Void” is somewhat less intricate than what we’ve heard before. It’s stacked with more powerful, fast-paced rock songs such as “That Old Black Hole” as well as some very simple, much slower folky sounds. What also makes the sound of the album different from the other albums, as well as the pace and drive is the less frequent honky tonk piano which is replaced with cleaner, less syncopated chords by keyboardist Zach M i l l e r. Fortunately for fans everywhere, the ooh’s and ah’s of the classic Dr. Dog power harmonies are still totally active in the band’s process along with the suspenseful guitar bends and riffs.

“Do The Trick,” the familiar, old tune of lead singer, Scott McMicken features some very soothing backing vocal tracks that sound like something right off of the 2008 release, “Fate.” Other songs also worth mentioning which I feel bring something slightly different to the table are, “How Long Must I Wait?” and “Heavy Light.” These two songs compliment each other as they sound intriguingly alike in the beginning yet differ enough as they build. Both, particularly, “How Long Must I Wait?” carry a style very similar to Shame, Shame bonus track “Black-Red.” The almost funky sound, not as recognizable with the average Dr. Dog track, is not unfamiliar enough that we couldn’t expect them to release it. And although I feel like I’m about to watch the World Cup in South Africa, the fifth song, “Get Away” is a dune rolling anger ballad worth accepting as a decent, consistent Dog song as well. Also accrediting the Leaman/ McMicken track list alternation, the structure is a delicious, evenly layered cake that makes for something brand new. Maybe for some, it could put the “Beatle-grabbing” accusations to rest. As for lyrical content, it’s the same kind of stuff. Tracks like “Turning The

Century” sung by 60’s pop crooner, Scott, are surprisingly personal and intimate with his usually profound imagery. Songs like “These Days” from bassist and co-lead singer Toby Leaman still feature the soul gravel ballads of doubts about growing old and friendship. One song I would have left out of the final cut for the sake of the verbal content would be “Warrior Man”. Not only does the song remind me of a rebranded version of “Big Girl” with the exact chord progression, but the lyrics are juvenile compared to Toby’s other works. For instance, “I am the ancient warrior

man…I invented the computer man” versus “The memories we’ve buried have just taken sea…When springtime comes they’ll turn into weeds and they’ll creep through your window to smother your dreams.” None the less, the lyrical value overall and the album, as a whole, are absolutely something fresh with mostly similar themes; it is what we should expect from this songwriting duo and a talented group of musicians. Criticism of the band’s ability to complete an album with two completely different channels of songwriting and singing nearly goes right out the

window right along with any other skepticisms. Whether a listener is a “die, die, die” hard Dr. Dog fan or they still have yet to get their first bite, it is highly likely anyone will fall in love with this Dr. Dog masterpiece. My Personal Pick: “Vampire” - It’s definitely the “The Ark” and the “Alaska” of “Be The Void.” It slams hard, it whines; it leaves the audience guessing the chord progression, but then comes full circle in perfection. That’s what I love most about Toby songs. Matthew Louridas is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at ML740357@ wcupa.edu.

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Oscar - nominated “The Artist” breaks movie norms

By Angela Thomas News Editor

With Hollywood producing films that include brand new technology that enhances sound and color, it is hard to imagine that there once was an era in film that was dominated by silent movies that were filmed in black and white. Movie goers are so used to seeing vivid, HD images and having surround sound that watching a film with no sound and no color requires viewers to avidly pay attention and is quite an unnerving experience. “The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius, is a

By Molly Herbison Special to The Quad

On the weekend before Valentine’s Day, I reluctantly said “I do” to the year’s first highlyanticipated romantic drama, “The Vow.” The prospect of one hundred minutes of an amnesic Rachel McAdams did not appeal to me for some mysterious reason. On top of that, I will reveal that the muscular heartthrob Channing Tatum has never been my cup of tea. So despite the fact that I could not be less of a typical teenage girl when it came to my expectations for “The Vow,” I found myself packed in a theater along

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silent movie filmed entirely in black and white. The film follows the story of George Valentin(Jean Dujardin), a major silent film actor who is widely successful and entertaining. Valentin also produces most of the films he has starred in, alongside his fellow producer, Al Zimmer (John Goodman). Valentin has the fortune of discovering aspiring dancer and actress, Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), who ultimately replaces Valentin as one of the biggest stars in “talkie” films, which are films that have technology that includes sound

instead of subtitles. The film follows the downfall of Valentin and the success of Miller, who ultimately ends up bringing Valentin to the big screen again. What is interesting about “The Artist” is that it is a film that one must concentrate on. Because the storyline is mostly interpreted and only a few subtitles help with the dialogue, it is a film that requires close attention. Bejo was absolutely charming as the leading female character. She did such a marvelous job playing a young starlet who was ready to take

Hollywood by storm. Dujardin was mesmerizing as the big time silent movie actor, George Valentin. His classic looks were perfect for the role. However, it was the tragic demise of the silent film era that was very prevalent during the film. It was interesting to see the difference between the marketing of the silent films and films that included sound. While silent films included a smaller budget, the “talkies” worked with a big enough budget and produced much excitement that interviews with the “talkie” actresses

and actors were broadcast throughout radio and big bulletins were printed in order to promote the “talkies.” Although the film was mostly silent, there were bytes of sound that surrounded Valentin when his career as a silent film actor was coming to an end. This symbolized Valentin’s world being taken over by sound as his silent world is slowly coming to an end. A final nod to “The Artist’s” canine star, Uggie, who played Valentin’s trusty dog sidekick and the star in many of Valentin’s movies. Uggie won the “Top Dog in A

Movie” award at the first Golden Collar Awards last week. Uggie is a Jack Russel Terrier who won the hearts of millions in his adorable performance in “The Artist,” as he saved Valentin from a tragic ending, proving once again that a dog is man’s best friend. “The Artist” is nominated for 10 Oscars this year, including Best Picture. The 84th Academy Awards air on Sunday, Feb. 26th on ABC. Angela Thomas is a fourth-year student majoring in English. She can be reached at AT683005@wcupa.edu.

with hundreds of these very creatures. “The Vow” quickly cut to the chase. Within minutes, the dreaded car crash scene was already out of the way, giving the audience more than an hour and a half to watch the relationship between Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) deteriorate. I might have enjoyed Leo’s desperate struggle to make his wife remember him if their marriage had been either touching or something to which I could relate. However, their courtship was rushed -- fueled by the characters’ shared loneliness and desire

to be hip and artsy. After Paige loses all memory of her relationship with Leo, she reverts back to the stereotypical rich-girl personality that she possessed before the two met. At this point, I could not decide which of Paige’s two personas was worse. Was it the brooding, vegetarian, artist version of Paige? Or perhaps it was her shallow, sorority girl persona? To compound my dilemma, it became almost impossible to like any of the secondary characters. They became divided by whether or not their personality was compatible with new Paige or old Paige. By the end of

the movie, I could not be sure if I was rooting for the couple’s love to prevail or simply for the movie to be over so that I could escape all of the annoying characters. Although I cannot say that I enjoyed the plot of “The Vow,” I did find myself enjoying several strange phenomena. For example, almost every character had the uncanny ability to cry a single, dramatic tear. Even weirder were Rachel McAdams’s questionable hairstyles throughout the movie. At the beginning of the film, McAdams wears a strange, short wig. After the accident,

her character sports a set of highlights that gives Kate Gosselin a run for her money. My friend summed up our feelings after viewing one scene in which Paige and Leo enjoy a box of chocolate truffles: “This might be the best part of the entire movie! Who stuffs entire truffles into their mouth?” At this point, we were grasping at straws in order to make sense of our decision to see the movie. Although my low expectations were not disappointed by “The Vow,” I talked with several people who love both cheesy romantic dramas and Channing Tatum. They were not so hot

about the movie either. The ending, especially the end credits, which revealed that the plot was based off of a true story, failed to leave them with the same strong feelings they experienced after similar romances like “The Notebook.” In retrospect, I wish I had signed a p r e - n u p t i a l agreement before walking down the aisle to watch “The Vow.” That is twelve dollars and one hundred minutes of my life that I will never get back. Molly Herbison is a first-year student at WCU. She can be reached at MH757997@wcupa. edu.

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Women’s hockey advances to DVCHC Championship By Deanna Vasso Staff Writer For their final regular season game, the women’s hockey team was supposed to compete against American University, but American forfeited the game, giving West Chester a 1-0 win. This allowed West Chester to take the No. 3 seed in the division and earn a spot in the championship rounds that began last Friday in Hagerstown, Md. After Delaware University and California University of Pennsylvania fought against each other in the first round game, West Chester took on Slippery Rock University for more first round action. West Chester beat Slippery Rock 3-1 earning a spot in the Division Championship game.

West Chester started off strong against Slippery Rock by out-shooting them 10-2 within the first eight minutes of play. West Chester’s persistence at the net paid off when forward Becky Dobson scored the first goal unassisted. West Chester continued to out-shoot Slippery Rock for the rest of the period, but neither team scored. Dobson was at the net again at the start of the second period, as she scored again less than four minutes in, assisted by teammate Liz Petry. West Chester was given more opportunities from Slippery Rock, who took a few penalties, but West Chester didn’t score again until the middle of the period, this time while Slippery Rock was on the power play. Despite being on the penalty kill, Dobson

managed to get through Slippery Rock’s defense with an unassisted shorthanded goal. Down by three goals, Slippery Rock knew they had to step up their game in the last period. West Chester was not letting up with shooting at the net, and trying to get another goal. Slippery Rock kept pushing and did finally get through West Chester’s goaltender Aly Golia late in the period. With only two minutes left, the late break was not enough for a comeback. The 3-1 victory against Slippery Rock in the first round game led West Chester to play California University of Pennsylvania in the Division Game Saturday Night. The game started well for West Chester with an early power play, but Cal U

was quick on the penalty kill. West Chester was determined and Dobson delivered again in this game by scoring the first goal unassisted. West Chester was able to keep Cal U out of their zone, but they struggled to score a second goal. Late in the period Cal U had the opportunity to score during a man advantage after Petry was called for interference minor. West Chester was also quick on the penalty kill and the period ended with a one-goal lead for West Chester. West Chester’s defenseman Amanda Vito wasted no time in the second period when she scored assisted by Daria Carzo and Karine Thibault to increase the team’s lead by two. The goal was scored after less than a minute of play had occurred.

West Chester continued to shoot at Cal U’s net, and kept the puck out of the net for the next four minutes. It was then that Vito scored once again with Thibault getting the assist. Cal U did get their fair amount of shots on goal during the period, but they were not getting pucks past West Chester’s wall of defense and goaltender Golia kept pace with the action on the ice. Despite being shorthanded after Virlen Reyes was put into the penalty box for tripping, West Chester defense remained a dominating force and maintained their 3-0 lead into the third period. Again West Chester was quick on the attack when Thibault scored within the first two minutes of the period. Things were getting heated on the ice at the ten-

minute mark when Carzo went into the box for a roughing minor. This gave Cal U a power play opportunity, and they took it when forward Dana Bowersox scored, breaking Golia’s shutout game. Cal U was desperate for another goal, but West Chester dashed their hopes when defenseman Brittany Dalziel scored a fifth goal on an empty net. This gave West Chester a 5-1 victory and led them to the DVCHC Division Championship game. Deanna Vasso is a fourthyear student majoring in English with a minor in creative writing. She can be reached at DV670502@wcupa.edu. *The DVCHC Championship game was played Sunday after this issue was printed. The score can be found at www. dvchchockey.org.

Winning streak to six for WCU men’s basketball By Riley Wallace Staff Writer The red-hot Rams continue their recent tear as they defeated Shippensburg Wednesday night 71-63 and knocked off second place East Stroudsburg 71-65 Saturday afternoon to push its winning streak to six and nine out of its last ten. West Chester (15-9, 12-8) controlled the game throughout and kept Shippensburg (9-16, 6-13) at bay in the first half. Despite never leading by double-digits in the first half, the Rams never trailed in the contest and the game was tied only once at 2-2 early on. West Chester took an eight point lead into the half with the score being 34-26. In the second half it

was much of the same with the Rams controlling the tempo and the game, but the Raiders managed to cut the lead to just one with less than 11 minutes to play in the contest. West Chester held its ground though and slowly built its lead back up and went on to take the road victory 71-63. The Golden Rams were led on offense by senior forward Lance McDowell who had team highs in points with 17 and steals with four. Last week, McDowell was named PSAC East Player of the Week for the second time this season after his standout performances against Bloomsburg and Kutztown. Guards Jon Breeden and Carl Johnson were major contributors as each accounted for 13 points and Johnson led

the team with four assists. As a team the Golden Rams shot a solid 49.2% from the field and 41.7% from behind the arc. The struggles for opposing teams from behind the arc continued as the Raiders shot only 4 of 13 from downtown. Shippensburg was led by Will Royal and Craig Van Scyoc who were the only two Raiders in double figures as they recorded 18 and 16 respectively. On Saturday, the fourth place Rams welcomed the second place Warriors of East Stroudsburg (16-10, 12-8) to Hollinger Fieldhouse. West Chester took advantage of ESU’s slow start as they raced out to an 18-4 lead over the first eight minutes. East Stroudsburg countered with a run of its own outscoring West

Chester 12-6 to pull with eight. West Chester kept the lead there though and led 30-24 at the half. In the second half, it was the Rams who started slow as ESU closed the lead down to one but just like East Stroudsburg did in the first, West Chester countered with a 7-1 run to push the lead back to eight. ESU chipped away at the Rams lead and had it down to two when West Chester pulled off another run this time 8-0 to lead 61-52 with under four minutes remaining. The Warriors made one last run trimming the lead to two once again with 16 seconds left but two crucial free throws by guard Jaleel Mack put the game out of reach as West Chester went on to win 71-65. Mack led the team with 19 points, but it was

McDowell who was the difference maker as he scored 17 points and pulled down 18 rebounds including seven offensive rebounds. Johnson added 17 and forward Corey Blake had 10 for the Rams. Neither team really played well as there were a combined 36 turnovers, 20 of which belonged to the Golden Rams. The Warriors shot an atrocious 1 for 9 from three and missed 15 of its 33 free throw attempts. West Chester never trailed for the second consecutive game. On Saturday Kutztown defeated the Huskies of Bloomsburg to pull the two teams into a tie for first place in the PSAC East division. With West Chester’s victory they are now tied for third with ESU, and

just one game behind both Kutztown and Bloomsburg with only two games remaining on the schedule. All four teams have locked up playoff spots and no seeds have been determined entering the final week of the season. West Chester has one home game remaining against PSAC East rival Cheyney Wednesday night, and they will travel to Mansfield Saturday for the season finale. If the Golden Rams can win these last two games, then they put themselves in good position to claim the second seed and host a playoff game if either Kutztown or Bloomsburg loses one of their last two games. Riley Wallace is a thirdyear student at West Chester University. He can be reached at RW718681@wcupa.edu.


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WCU Swim team takes early lead in PSACs By Brynn Dougherty Asst. Sports Editor While Clarion seeks to earn the first place position at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference to beat the Golden Rams for all-time wins, the men’s and women’s swimming teams have proved their dominant status in the first two days of competition. The men’s and women’s swimming teams expanded their leads and moved further away from Clarion at the PSAC’s on Thursday and Friday, at Cumberland Valley High School. The men’s team, which is seeking their 25th overall win against nine teams in the PSAC’s, started the first day by breaking the record in the 200-yard medley relay. Alex Muraro, Dave McCormick, and returning members Calvin Starosta and Ryan Stahley finished with a time of 1:31.31 to defend their title and qualify for NCAA ‘B’. Clarion’s medley team finished second place with a time of 1:33.22 which also qualified the team in NCAA ‘B’. “Clarion has a rich and proud tradition,” head coach Jamie Rudisill said. “But this year in particular we have an unusual amount of depth. And that’s after losing one of our top men, freshman Andrew Miller, to a back injury. We have an honest shot at having all 18 men, the maximum allowable for the conference team, score in all three of their individual events. We’ve never done that.” The men started the day off on a high note, as freshman Jared Haley and junior Tommy Rhoads gave WCU a substantial lead after the second event, finishing first and second, respectively, in the 1000 freestyle. Haley finished in 9:22.98, while Rhoads finished runner-up for the second consecutive year at

9:24.83. Both were NCAA ‘B’ qualifying times. WCU’s Tommy McMahon and Tyler Adams finished 12th and 13th, respectively. After day one, the men’s team took the lead with 85 points, followed by Gannon and Edinboro who tied for second with 49 points. Clarion, WCU’s biggest perceived competitor, trailed behind in fourth place. Day two produced similar results for the Rams with four additional first-place finishes on Friday. While Rhoads and Stahley took additional individual wins, they also contributed to 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay wins. Friday set the Golden Rams comfortably in first place with 303 points, followed by Edinboro with 184, and Clarion third with 177. The 200 free relay team, comprised of Rhoads, Muraro, Starosta and Stahley, finished with an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 1:22.17. Starosta and Stahley returned for the 400 medley relay, along with Bogdan Grebenyuk and Muraro, and finished in 3:24.26— another NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time. “I’d watch the 200 free and 800 free relays, with the possible emergence of the 400 medley relay,” Coach Rudisill accurately predicted the races to be the strongest group of swimmers. “Those would be the three with the best shots at moving on to nationals.” Coach Rudisill’s predictions continued as he bet on Stahley in the 50 free. Stahley took the individual title, touching the wall in 20.6 seconds, which also qualified him for an NCAA ‘B’ time. Muraro finished in 21.41 seconds for fifth place while Starosta took seventh finishing in 21.58 seconds. “This year I am going to

do everything to defend my title in the 500 free,” Rhoads said before the competition. “I’ve won this event every year since my freshman year, so coming back and defending my title is something that I would love to be able to do.” Rhoads succeeded with his expectations, as he and Haley extended the victories in the 500 free. Rhoads placed first with a time of 4:29.76 while Haley trailed just behind for second place with a time of 4:33.62. Both qualified for NCAA ‘B’ times. “Rhoads should be the favorite in the 500, and will have to beat last year’s champ, Appleby from Clarion, in the 200 free,” Rudisill said. McCormick took the runner-up slot in the 200

women look to earn their sixth straight championship at the PSAC’s. Day one yielded 121 points for the Golden Rams, giving the women an early lead in the competition. Bloomsburg sat far behind in second at 46 points. Clarion sat in eighth place with a mere 31 points. The Rams started the meet off with a win in the 1000 free from freshman Alexis Walley, who finished with a time of 10:12.20. Kacie McNichol finished second in 10:12.55 and Codyanne Murtaugh came in third with a time of 10:33.64. Freshman Kendall Somer finished fifth with a time of 10:29.54, while Mackey McGeary was 12th, finishing in 10:35.79. Each was an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time.

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individual medley with a time of 1:52.15, which also qualified for an NCAA ‘B’ time. Bogdan Grebenyuk placed sixth (1:55.72), Phil Letcavage took seventh (1:56.20) and Evan DeaKyne finished in 1:57.4. Clarion’s earliest finisher did not qualify for nationals and finished in ninth place. The women had similar success in the first two days, holding a strong advantage in first place against a total of 13 teams in the PSAC’s, also at Cumberland Valley High School on Thursday. The

The 200 medley relay team, comprised of Megan Winslow, Dani Doughty, Leah Varvo and Murtaugh, also took first, finishing in 1:45.55. “We’ve built this team for this meet,” Rudisill said. “We have an honest shot, as with the men, of having the 18th best swimmer score in all three of her individual events. It’s never been done before.” Day two offered continued success with wins in the 400-yard medley and an individual victory in the 500 freestyle for Murtaugh.

Murtaugh finished with an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 5:00.29. McNichol also had an NCAA ‘B’ time of 5:02.17 for third. Walley finished ninth, while Kathy Gast and Skylar Doss were 12th and 13th, respectively. Winslow earned second in the 200 individual medley final with a time of 2:06.7, and Amelia Buckley took sixth with 2:09.13. Lauren Carastro took ninth with a time of 2:08.8. Each had NCAA ‘B’ times. Kim Brownrigg finished 12th, while Jess Healy took 14th and Lauren Keenan took 15th. “I think that everyone I will be swimming against is a great competitor,” Buckley said of the competition before the PSAC’s. In spite of the thick competition, her 400 medley relay team prevailed. The 400 medley relay team consisted of Winslow, Buckley, Varvo and Murtaugh, which also took first with a time of 3:49.94, another NCAA ‘B’ time. In the days ahead, the Rams are set comfortably to continue their domination of the PSAC’s. “I believe the team this year is extremely strong and only becoming stronger,” Buckley said of the young team. “Last year we lost a huge group of seniors, but with all the new swimmers we brought in I feel confident about our success as a team.” Rhoads is preparing for the remaining days in the competition by keeping focused on his events ahead. “I don’t feel that there is just one person that is going to be my biggest competitor,” Rhoads said. “The PSAC conference has many talented athletes, and I just don’t want to let my guard down by just focusing on one individual.” With the excitement in the first two days of the competition, Rudisill prepared viewers for more to watch over the next two

days. “Watch for the three best of our distance girls: McNichol, Murtaugh and Walley, to shine,” Rudisill said. “They’re head-to-head in the 500, 1000 and 1650. Buckley will be tested by Cal’s National Champion sprinter, Melissa Gates, in the 100 breast, and by IUP Mitidieri in the 200 breast. Varvaro will lock horns with Clarion’s Oberlander and IUP’s Hynson in the 200 fly.” Rudisill also discussed Winslow’s success as a sophomore, “A dark horse in the 200 IM could be Winslow. She hadn’t been under 2:17 coming out of high school, and is already down to a 2:07 this year, and she could drop some more.” Rhoads discussed the strength in the young team and his confidence in their future success. “The dynamic on this team has been a little different than past years,” he said. “We have no seniors on our team, which makes us probably one of the youngest teams in the conference. As a team I feel that we are a stronger team than last year. At our midseason meet we had some very nice swims out of everyone, which has given us the confidence that we need going into conferences.” The men and women will follow the same schedule on Saturday and Sunday, facing the preliminaries in the morning and the finals in the evening. Brynn Dougherty is a fourthyear student majoring in economics and finance with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at BD670913@wcupa. edu. *Note: This issue went to press before the results for Saturday and Sunday took place. The times of the races can be found online at www.wcupagoldenrams. com.


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Cs West Chester Diamondmen set to start 2012 campaign By Kenny Ayres Sports Editor With the start of the season just around the corner, the West Chester University baseball team is ready for what they hope will be a huge rebound season. The Rams, who were tied for last in the PSAC East last year at 22-21, missed out on their first PSAC Tournament appearance since the 2004 season. They are ready to make sure they do not miss out again. West Chester was picked in a pre-season poll to finish second in the East this season, behind only the 2010 PSAC East champion Millersville Marauders. They were also nationally ranked at No. 30 by Collegiate Baseball Magazine earlier in the year. The Golden Rams roster looks much like it did last year, led by co-captains Joe Wendle, Josh Heyne, and Justin Lamborn, and a slough of young but experienced talent. Wendle, one of five current players who was on the 2009 College World Series team, is coming off

an incredibly strong season. An extremely talented player, he batted .346 last season with two round-trippers and 32 RBI, in addition to going 6-7 in stolen base attempts and having 13 multi-hit games. He also struck out only three times last season, despite having 136 at bats. “Wendle is a well-rounded player, who can help you win games in all facets. He competes at a high level on every play and I think that is infectious to our team,” first year head coach Jad Prachniak said. Wendle is far from the only offensive threat on the team, however. Senior outfielder Jack Provine and sophomore infielder Chris Pula are two others who are expected to continue their success from last year. Provine batted .333 in 2011 and finished third on the team in RBI with 24. Pula led the Rams last year with 13 doubles, three home runs, and 70 total bases. “Provine has done a nice job to this point, he has shown the ability to make all the plays in the outfield and he handles the bat really well,” Prachniak said. “He is a pretty dynamic player who works

really hard. Pula had a strong freshman season and continues to develop. He has the ability to change the game with one swing and projects as our starting first basemen.” Dylan Zigman, Mike Raimo and Matt Baer are three other players who should have no trouble continuing to produce at the plate. Zigman and Raimo had incredible years last year, hitting .347 and .323, while Baer chipped in at a respectable .261 clip. Co-captains Heyne and Lamborn will look to improve mediocre offensive showings last year, as they

batted just .262 and .223 respectively, with a combined 24 RBI. Though the offense was there most of the time, West Chester did struggle on the mound last year. The Golden Rams’ hurlers had a combined 4.50 ERA last season, so look for improvement from the staff this year. One pitcher who will most assuredly come out strong in 2012 is Jordan Lehman. Lehman struggled last year, going 3-5 with a 5.18 ERA and a team high 26 walks. The 6-foot-5 right hander has been working hard this offseason on his

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Senior outfielder Matt Baer hit .261 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 111 at bats last season.

control, the most important aspect of pitching. “Jordan has looked good leading up to the season; he is attacking the strike zone with quality stuff,” Prachniak said. “He has had a lot of success at this level and we are counting on him to have a strong senior year.” Joe Gunkel and Dylan Porter, two other tall righthanders are also pitchers to look out for, as they both put together solid campaigns last season. Gunkel went 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA and 44 strikeouts, and Porter finished out the season 4-3, a 3.86 ERA, and a team best 58 strikeouts. Look for these three pitchers, and southpaw Conor Kerins to be fixtures on the staff this year. The Golden Rams will also welcome back Breidy Breidenbach, who won 11 games in 2010, and Dave Steig, both of whom missed time last season due to injury. “We have some key guys coming back…both of those guys have been relentless at getting themselves healthy to compete,” Prachniak said. The remainder of the squad will look very similar to 2011, as the Rams lost

only a few players to graduation. With the season fast approaching, Prachniak is impressed with what he has seen from his players and thinks they can live up to their expectations if they work hard and play smart baseball. “I’ve been pleased with the energy level and overall development of the team up to this point, we understand that we need to improve every day and continue to stay focused,” Prachniak said. “I like our overall depth as a team and in each area of the game, we have good depth on the mound, a balanced offense and solid defense…we have a good group of guys that all have worked hard and make it enjoyable to come to the field each day.” The Golden Rams hard work in the offseason will finally be put to the test on Feb. 25, when they hit the road to open up their 2012 campaign with a doubleheader against West Virginia State. The games are scheduled to start at noon and 2:30 p.m. Kenny Ayres is a secondyear student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at KA739433@ wcupa.edu.

Women’s rugby earns tie with No. 5 Naval Academy By Devon Petaccio Special to The Quad On February 18, 2012, the West Chester women’s rugby team took on the United States Naval Academy at an away game in Annapolis, Md. The game started off slow, but picked up very quickly as the teams shook off the dust for the first game of their spring season. The highly physical game ended

with a tie between both teams at 15 points each. The first 30 minutes were scoreless as the teams ruthlessly battled it out, as West Chester held Navy down in their end. The first try took place at 33 minutes when a player from Navy broke through the line and scored. The first try for West Chester occurred about 46 minutes into the game as junior Katie MacLuckie sprinted down the field after a

pass from MaryKay Heaton and dove into the try zone. “[Heaton] committed the defender perfectly, leaving me room to run in for the try,” MacLuckie said. “It was nice to see all of the work we do at practice pay off in a game situation.” West Chester scored again at the 66 minute mark and was made possible by captain Anna McGlade. The conversion was unsuccessful but the

try brought the score to 10-10. As the battle continued, the teams went back and fourth fighting it out for the top spot in the match. In the 75th minute, Navy scored for their third and last time bringing the score to 15-10 Navy. West Chester quickly evened the score as captain Beth Dimassa made it into the try zone at 79 minutes and thirty seconds. The game ended at an

impressive 15-15 for both teams. In the history of the West Chester women’s rugby program, when these two teams met, Navy has always come out on top. This is the first time that the game has ended in a tie. In the past few meetings, Navy has defeated West Chester by a large margin. The last time these two teams met was three years ago, and the score was 62-5. With

Navy being ranked number 5 in the country, this game leaves an optimistic outlook for the rest of the season. The West Chester women’s rugby team takes on Rutgers University March 3 at 11 a.m. at the Rutgers University campus. Devon Petaccio is a third-year student majoring in communication studies with a film minor. She can be reached at DP749140@ wcupa.edu.


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FEBRUARY 20, 2012

Women’s basketball remains in second after 78-54 rout By Joey Samuel Staff Writer In front of a packed crowd on Senior Day, the West Chester University women’s basketball team thoroughly dominated their opponents in a 78-54 win on Saturday afternoon. It was an all-around impressive victory for the Lady Golden Rams. Twelve different players got on the scoresheet, led by senior guard Allison Hostetter, who contributed with 13 points as well as 11 rebounds and three assists. Junior forward Alex Lennon chipped in with 11 points of her own, and an impressive 14

rebounds as well. On the other hand, East Stroudsburg only scored through eight different players, led by Barb Borst with 14 points. We s t Chester dominated throughout. The score was already 48-26 by halftime, and the Lady Golden Rams stretched that lead by two more points in the second half. Towards the end of the game, East Stroudsburg did manage to make a small run, even going on a 9-0 run at one point. But it was not even close to enough. With the win, West Chester remained in a strong second place in the PSAC East, but they still trailed Bloomsburg by two games. After

losing to Bloomsburg last Saturday, each team has won all of their games since then, and now West Chester is left with little chance of regaining first place before the playoffs. Meanwhile, East Stroudsburg was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss, and Shippensburg became the fourth and last team to make the postseason from the PSAC East. The four teams representing the division will be Bloomsburg, West Chester, Millersville, and Shippensburg, but the only thing that is secure is that Shippensburg will be the fourth seed; the rest is yet to be determined.

The game was preceded by the annual Play4Kay festivities, which benefited the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Fans were encouraged to wear pink to the game, which gave them the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day. On Wednesday, West Chester had solidified its playoff positioning by beating Shippensburg, 85-67, in another highly impressive performance, this one on the road. Lennon and Hostetter were impressive as usual in that game, contributing 20 and 15 points respectively, while starting center Ambreelinne Ortman added 15 points of her own. For now, the most

important objective left for the Lady Golden Rams is to win the final two games of the regular season, which will take place this week. On Wednesday night, West Chester will host rival Cheyney, a winless 0-24 on the season, in the regular season home finale. Then they will wrap up the regular season on the road on Saturday afternoon, as they face Mansfield. If West Chester wins those two games, they will have locked up at least second place in the PSAC East, which is important, because it means hosting a firstround game in the playoffs. Falling to third place would mean having to play on the road in the

first round. The playoffs begin with the PSAC Tournament on Feb. 28. It lasts three rounds and includes the top four teams from each of the divisions of the PSAC. If West Chester can find success in that tournament, they can be selected to take part in the Division II NCAA Tournament in March. Edinboro, of the PSAC West, will be favored to win the conference, as they are currently 22-0 and are ranked second in the nation. West Chester is currently unranked. Joey Samuel is a thirdyear student majoring in political science and Spanish. He can be reached at JS719745@wcupa.edu.

Softball under way with doubleheader sweep of Chowan By Riley Wallace Staff Writer The Lady Rams got off to a great start to the 2012 season as they swept their first two games against Chowan College, winning the opener 5-2 and taking the nightcap 6-1. West Chester is coming off one of its strongest campaigns in 2011, where they finished the season 34-19 and advanced all the way to the PSAC Championship game, where they lost to Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After feeling that they have been snubbed by the NCAA for the past two years, the Lady Rams are ready to get back on the field and prove their doubters wrong. Despite reaching the conference championship game last year, West Chester was picked

to finish third in the PSAC East division in the preseason coaches poll, behind favorite Kutztown and Shippensburg. East Stroudsburg and Millersville were tied for fourth which rounded out the division. In the other PSAC divisions, Bloomsburg is favored in the Central, and Mercyhurst in the West. Bloomsburg is ahead of defending champion IUP, followed by Lock Haven, Mansfield, and Clarion. Out west, Mercyhurst is favored, despite receiving fewer first place votes than second place Cal U of Pa., and Gannon, Slippery Rock, and Edinboro round out the division. The Lady Rams bring back a very experienced squad from last year, consisting of nine letter winners. They have a big

hole to fill in leftfield though, as All-American Erin MacNamee graduated last spring. All-League catcher Katie Kmiecinski is the only other starter who didn’t return from last year’s squad. The pitching will be there again this year for the Rams as both righthanders Devon Utterback and Kim Murl return to the circle. The junior and sophomore are two completely different kinds of pitchers which will cause problems for opposing batters. Utterback is a flyball pitcher and Murl is more of a groundball pitcher. As far as catching, senior Nicole Cruts looks likely to replace Kmiecinski behind the plate. The Golden Rams bring everyone back in the infield from a year ago. Sophomores Jillian

Murray (1B), Jessica Norris (SS), and Jess Schuck (3B) join senior Abby Block (2B) as all four started for last year’s team. Freshman Ashley Ford is an exciting young player for this team who only lacks in-game experience at the college level. Outfield is a completely different story as sophomore Megan Kelly looks to be the only constant in centerfield. Transfer Charlotte Conaway appears to be the leading candidate for leftfield, but she played second base for Rhode Island a year ago and can play just about any position on the field. Sophomore Brianna Rowlands seems to be favored to receive the nod in right, but transfer Jess Russ may challenge her for playing time. Overall, West Chester is still a relatively young

squad that has tremendous experience despite its youth. They are in the tough PSAC East which will really test this team and see just what kind of season they are in for. The Lady Rams got off to a great start as they traveled to North Carolina to sweep a doubleheader with Chowan College. In the opener, Utterback (1-0) picked up the victory and Conaway went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored in her West Chester debut. Kelly Anderson went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored to help the Lady Rams win easily 5-2. The nightcap was much the same as Murl (1-0) again shut down the Chowan hitters as she picked up the win, 6-1. West Chester will come home as their dou-

bleheader on Sunday against Barton in Wilson, N.C. was cancelled. They will use this week to get ready for next weekend’s travel back to North Carolina for the Catawba College Invitational beginning on Friday. The Lady Rams will play two games Friday through Sunday beginning with Wingate and Winston-Salem State on Friday. LenoirRhyne and Glenville State will face the Rams Saturday afternoon, and they finish the weekend with Queens and Catawba Sunday afternoon. West Chester won’t play its home opener until March 4 when Shepherd pays a visit for a doubleheader. Riley Wallace is a thirdyear student at West Chester University. He can be reached at RW718681@ wcupa.edu.


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Loss to Stony Brook knocks men’s hockey from playoffs By Kenny Ayres Sports Editor Just over a week ago it was still possible for the men’s hockey team to earn a bid to Nationals. Now their season is entirely over. West Chester’s loss to the Delaware Blue Hens last week denied them a chance in the ACHA National Tournament, and on Friday, their 8-5 loss to Stony Brook in the ESCHL playoffs ended their season completely. West Chester fell behind early when Stony Brook forward Daniel Cassano scored less than 30 seconds into the game. The Golden Rams defense struggled throughout the contest, allowing the shooting lanes to remain open and failing to shut down the Stony Brook forecheck. “Our main problem was that we ran around chasing Stony Brook and we did not lay a body on anyone,” senior defensman Bob McInerney said. “There were way too many times when they had a clear shot at our net.” All of the time spent in the offensive zone paid off for Stony Brook in the first period. After the first twenty minutes, the Seawolves held a commanding 5-2 lead over the Golden Rams and were out-shooting them 17-9. West Chester’s goals came from Adam Ball off a long rebound in front of the Stony Brook net, and Tim Higgins later in the period. The Golden Rams came out much stronger in the second, and managed to cut the Stony Brook lead down to just one. Once again, it was Ball and Higgins who scored. Ball, who had only two goals on the season before

the game, doubled his season total in less than 20 minutes, pulling West Chester within two. Higgins’ second goal came minutes later assisted by Tim Margadonna and Steve Meade. West Chester did have their chances to catch up in the second period, but their strong effort was stymied by even stronger play from the Stony Brook goaltender and defensemen. “We didn’t finish and score when we needed to. Bounces went the other way and unfortunately we were just unable to capitalize,” Meade said. The third period was when it all fell apart for the Golden Rams, as their defense collapsed again and allowed Stony Brook to score another three goals. The Seawolves scored a power play goal early in the period to go up by two, and capped their offensive showing with two more goals in the late five minutes of the game. Stony Brook also amped up their physicality in addition to their offense in the third period. They were not allowing West Chester players to get deep in the zone very often, and were extremely effective along the boards with hard body checks. The Golden Rams did manage one more goal, a power play tally from McInerney in his last game at West Chester. McInerney, despite nursing a knee injury, finished out his season and career strong, scoring four goals in his last five games and providing steady play on defense. The 8-5 loss to the Seawolves knocked the Rams from the ESCHL playoffs and sent them packing much earlier than

they had hoped. The Rams played with little energy for two of the three periods and this time it cost them their season, “In order to get a better shot at winning we should have played an entire 60 minutes, Meade said. “That is the only flaw about our team and it’s what held us back this season from being an elite team.” “It’s hard to really explain what goes on with us,” McInereny added. “We are our own worst enemy; some periods we care and give it 110 percent, and others we just glide around and go through the motions.” For McInereny and fellow senior Brian Ruskowski, it was a disappointing ending to their collegiate career. “It didn’t really hit me until my last shift when I realized this was it... I wish I could have went out with a championship, but everything has to come to an end at some point,” McInerney said. West Chester’s overall season record was 19-13-0 (0-1 in the postseason). Meade led the team in points (47) and goals (25) on the year and Harrison Welch tallied the most assists (24). In addition to Meade and Welch, forwards Chris Doyle (who missed almost half of the season), Margadonna, Chris Gentile, and Higgins, all topped the 20 point plateu. Ahle was the only blueliner to tally twenty points, and led all defensean on the team with 17 assists. McInerney’s late push to 8 goals set him at tops among defenders in that category. While it was most definitely tough for the Rams to end their season this way, it was certainly a vast

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improvement over last season. Next year they will strive to be even better. “We have to continue to grow and move forward,” head coach Shawn Dorsey said. “The Delawares, Rhode Islands, Ohios, of

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the world... that’s what we’re shooting for. I hope that our guys learn from this year, specifically what it takes to not just compete with the elite, but to become an elite team. One thing that I think that became clear to the guys is

that no one can do it for them, they have to not only want it, but actually go out and do it.” Kenny Ayres is a secondyear student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at KA739433@ wcupa.edu.

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Junior forward Tim Margadonna carries the puck through center ice. He finished the 2011-12 regular season with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists), the fourth highest total on the team.


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Cliff Lee is all smiles as he begins his first official spring training workout. The Phillies left for Clearwater over the weekend, where they will begin the long journey back to what they hope is a sixth straight NL East Title. With lots of new faces and many old ones, this Phillies team will be centered once again around strong pitching, sound defense, and a more balanced offense than they had in 2011.

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Top left: Alexandra Lennon and East Stroudsburg center Jessica Martin pose for the honorary tip-off picture. The benefits from the pre-game festivities benefited the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Top Center: Allison Hostetter looks to intercept a pass from the East Stroudsburg guard around mid-court in the second period.

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Left: Tiffany Johnson presses the East Stroudsburg point guard in the backcourt during Saturday’s Pink Zone game.

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Above: Carly Strickland drives to the hoop and attempts a layup. Strickland finished the game with nine points off the bench, helping West Chester to a 74-58 win over East Stroudsburg University.

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Left:Allison Hostetter, who scored 13 points in the contest, prepares to take her first free throw after being fouled in the paint.


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