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VOLUME 103, ISSUE 4

THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

Dr. Weisenstein addresses the University Story on p. 2

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President Weisenstein delivers State of the University address

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s a start to the new school year, President Greg Weisenstein delivered the State of the University address at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Philips Memorial Building. President Weisenstein, the fourteenth president of West Chester University, spoke in front of numerous students, faculty members, staff, and WCU board members. State Representative Dan Truitt also made an appearance. President Weisenstein began the speech talking about the excellence of West Chester University. “We want all the people in the community to be as proud as we are of West Chester University,” Weisenstein said. “We are one of the most sought out destinations in the Mid-Atlantic region.” The speech continued discussing the amount of Twitter followers and Facebook likes the university has attracted. Twitter followers of the university have increased from about 650 to over 3,500, and Facebook likes have surpassed 10,000. Weisenstein elaborated about our students’ excellence, dis-

Weisenstein discusses changes being made to WCU better accommodate students. In another attempt to accommodate students, WCU is working on building robust distance education programs, such as

ward trend. “The budget is workable for our students,” Weisenstein said. He noted how the Frederick Douglass Statue Project only

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cussing the two NCAA Championship titles last year by the baseball team and women’s field hockey. His presentation also showed the increase in the number of student volunteer hours over the past few years. The 1993-94 academic year saw about 10,000 volunteer hours by students, increasing to 175,000 hours in the 2005-06 academic year. Continuing to rise, the 2011-12 academic year saw an astounding 350,000 student service hours, which President Weisenstein used to prove the excellence of WCU students. Continuing the State of the University address, the audience had the opportunity to view four different, new commercials for WCU. They all started with the statement “Here’s a test.” Then the four different commercials showed a question, and then a few seconds later showed a collage of possible answers. Of course, WCU was the correct answer, proving the excellence of the university in all aspects. President Weisenstein discussed the expanding need for advanced degrees and off-site locations. Weisenstein suggested perhaps building branch campuses to

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the online MBA program. Most importantly, Weisenstein touched base on the budget, a growing concern for many universities. WCU received the same funding as last year, ending the down-

needs approximately $15,000 more to complete, so that is one goal of this year. Of interest to many current and incoming students, Weisenstein talked about the facilities planning at West Chester Univer-

sity. The newly constructed Student Rec Center has proved to be a success, as it was a student-initiated project. Some further planning includes the need to add classrooms and office space for students and staff. Another goal in the planning process is the transition of Ruby Jones Hall and Anderson Hall to geothermal energy. The addition of 452 parking spaces next fall is another project, which will help accommodate the large commuter student population and help solve some of the parking issues. Other plans include expanding the South Campus Village apartments and the construction of Commonwealth Hall (in place of the old Sanderson Hall), which will add another 649 beds for incoming and current students. Looking further into the future, WCU plans to renovate Mitchell Hall, add a four-story addition to the Peoples Building, construct an addition to Sturzebecker Health Science Center, construct a new dining facility and continue to transition the rest of the university to geothermal energy. Weisenstein also noted academic planning and how this

planning has emphasised student success. “Student success will continue to drive our future,” Weisenstein stated. The strategic planning also took up a spot in the State of the University address. “We have achieved excellence in much of what we do; now it is building on that excellence,” Weisenstein said. Strategic Planning Co-Chairs Roberta Snow and Dick Swain were mentioned, and Dick Swain said a few words elaborating on the strategic planning steps. Weisenstein extended a warm welcome to the 32 new faculty members of WCU. Closing his speech, President Weisenstein presented 201213 Civility Award to political science professor Peter Loedel. President Weisenstein extended his appreciation to WCU faculty and staff on helping contribute to the University’s excellence. Concluding the speech, refreshments and food were served in the Green room, where many students, staff, and faculty joined President Weisenstein. Samantha Schaule is a fourth-year communication studies major. She can be reached as SS687322@wcupa.edu.


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Brandywine Hall hosts Roommate Appreciation Day

WCU students begin university chapter of Autism Speaks

“Password.” In the game, “password,” a roommate has to guess a secret password based on one-word hints from their roommate. Other floors had crafts that roommates could make for each other. One floor had a key-chain mak-

Students establish Autism Speaks U to raise autism awareness

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n Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 8 to 9 p.m., Brandywine Hall residents joined together for Roommate Appreciation Day. Also known as R.A.D., this event

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It was fun to see everyone bonding with their roommates in a nice, relaxed environment.

was the first all-hall social of the year. The goal is for there to be one all-hall social every month. With a different activity on every floor, there was something for everyone to enjoy. Floors had roommatebonding games, like

ing craft, and the sixth floor had coloring sheets. There was also free candy available. R.A.D. had a great turnout, according to sixth-floor R.A. Holly Blair. “It was fun to see everyone bonding with their roommates

in a nice, relaxed environment,” Blair said. The R.A.s of Brandywine spent about three weeks planning this social. They advertised the event for weeks. Some R.A.s sent out emails to their floor. Others notified their residents personally. Floors also received door-hanging invitations. Each floor had huge posters, shaped like folded invitations, informing residents of the event. In addition to planning an all-hall social every month, Brandywine R.A.s plan individual floor socials. These socials have included a Wii social, an athletic/sport social, a laundry-magnet making social, and many more. Theresa Kelly is a first-year student majoring in English literature secondary education. She can be reached at TK780615@wcupa.edu.

By Amy Shah Special to The Quad

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s the month of October is quickly approaching, a group of students have come together to create a new organization known as Autism Speaks U, the collegiate version of Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is a nation-wide organization that promotes the autism advocacy and conducts research on the effects of autism and the ways to further improve those with autism. Autism Speaks also provides a small portion of proceeds to families with autistic children and family members who are in need of therapy. Autism is a brain disorder that results in the inability to have healthy social interactions and relationships, communication problems, and limited activities when it comes to physical activities and games, such as sports. Because it tends to be a genetic problem, one in 88 people are diagnosed with autism and one in 55 people diagnosed are boys. In order to overcome the challenges of being diagnosed, people with autism are suggested to go through management and therapy pro-

grams that are modified to the individual’s needs. Although there is no national medication to assist with the behavioral problems, the therapy does help those diagnosed progress and become more able to socialize. Since many people are unaware of the above information, it is time to learn more about West Chester’s Autism Speaks chapter. Jennifer Allen, Samantha Sallade, and David Wooten, members of the group starting the organization on campus, talked about their motivation for creating the West Chester University chapter of Autism Speaks. Allen has first-hand experience with autism, for she has cousins who deal with it on a daily basis. Allen says that watching her cousins’ social progress through the years has been amazing. Sallade, on the other hand, interned at Spark, an autism center, over the past summer and absolutely loved it. And with enthusiasm from both Allen and Sallade, Wooten just absorbed their passion and motivation and has also jumped on board to assist in trying to get the West Chester chapter of Au-

tism Speaks approved. Once approved, Autism Speaks plans to commit to a lot of community service events, such as the 2012 Walk Now for Autism Speaks, institute a mentor program, fundraise, and start a program of pen pals with local schools in the area. At the moment, Autism Speaks U is planning a threeon-three fundraiser basketball game on South Campus to raise awareness for what autism is about and how West Chester students can help to make a difference in a child’s life. Currently, Autism Speaks U is looking for new members to join. If interested, the organization meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Brandywine Hall 004. If students are unable to attend the meetings but would like to be updated on the organization, e-mail Jennifer Allen at JA760262@ wcupa.edu or the secretary, Emily Polefka at EP766180@wcupa. edu. For more information on Autism Speaks, students can visit their national website at www.autismspeaks.org. Amy Shah is a first-year student majoring in computer science. She can be reached at AS793452@wcupa. edu.


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East Goshen Park hosts weekly farmers market

By Nicholas Devoe Practicum Writer

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olorful fruits, impressively large vegetables, crafts, and an abundance of other goodies can be found at East Goshen’s Farmers Market. The local fair is held every Thursday afternoon at the East Goshen Park located on Paoli Pike. The event equips West Chester residents with the quaint experience of a farmer’s market without the hassle associated with parking in the borough. If readers have frequented the Saturday farmers market on Chestnut Street, they would greatly appreciate this alternative. This past Thursday, an array of vendors presented themselves with various tents or mobile vehicles like the lunch

trucks one might see on Church Street. The first stand toted bright, beautiful fruits and vegetables, all of which were extremely high quality, low price, and grown with as little pesticide and herbicide methods as possible. From cute ornamental pumpkins to “magnum-sized’ cucumbers—this place had it all. There was also a tent that had brewing coffee down to a science. Golden Family Farms Coffee Roasters is a family-owned and -operated business in West Chester. Their representation at the East Goshen Farmers’ Market is a must for various reasons. These coffee experts artisan-roast their own coffees locally in West Chester, practice fair trade, have bird friendly harvesting techniques, and are certified organic. The sample was a fulfill-

ing house roast that tickles the olfactory and taste senses. Now that’s a cup of joe. St. Peters Bakery of St. Peters, Pa. was another food vendor present Thursday. Their presence was equally vital because of the amazing products they hand-make themselves. After sampling the almond croissant, words cannot do it justice. Soft, fluffy, flaky layers of the croissant are scattered with almonds. A truly comforting but light breakfast sweet. In addition, St. Peters Bakery had an assortment of fresh baguettes from whole wheat to traditional French style. Their breads, desserts, and pastries are all made from scratch from unbleached flour. The craft scene at the East Goshen Farmers’ Market held some unique qualities. Ellen April

Soaps presents a selection of hand-made aromatic soaps. This Downingtown-based company is owned and operated by Ellen April herself. Her product is hand-crafted luxury soap. Once thing is for sure: this is not just any soap. She uses high quality ingredients with vegetable oils in the old traditional cold process technique. April’s intriguing soaps will be present every week at this market. Lastly, let us discuss desserts. The desserts at East Goshen Farmers’ Market are absolutely incredible. Readers with a sweet tooth should save this for last in their carousing around the stands. John and Kira’s Chocolates, a Philadelphiabased chocolate company, dished out some free samples. Their stand gave out decorative sugar-covered fruit snacks that were

not particularly exciting. However, the chocolates were exquisite. The caramel filled “chocolate bees”(decorated as bees, not actual bees) were creamy, caramelly, and comforting. Additionally, these chocolatiers do flat rate delivery for $7.95 any amount to any address in the US—now that’s chocolate service. This farmers market possesses flare in so many ways, but a celebrity retailer was present. If anyone watches the Food Network, there are only two words: Cupcake Wars. That’s right; winner of the Cupcake Wars TV show, Dia Doce, was present last Thursday. Well established among the vendors, Dia Doce had their “cupcake truck” to distribute at the event. Creative varieties of cupcakes cluttered their showcase on the side of the truck.

Blueberry with a sweet vanilla frosting on top was particularly delicious, but they provided quite a variety. Each and every gourmet cupcake is made from scratch, and can be gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan. The East Goshen Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Readers should certainly give this local experience a try, not only because of the emphasis on locality, but simply because of quality. Readers should at least give the website a look, and perhaps someone could set up their own stand to contribute to the farmers market fun in East Goshen. Readers can access the website at http://eastgoshenfarmersmarket.blogspot.com/. Nicholas Devoe is a fifth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at ND626335@wcupa.edu.

WCU graduate introduces landmark anti-bullying legislation By Jason Goodman Special to The Quad The Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC) is proud to announce the introduction of the Pennsylvania Safe Schools Act, or PASS Act, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives: a landmark moment in the battle against bullying in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The PASS Act, independently drafted by students in collaboration with key stakeholders in the educational community and state legislature, aims to provide critical updates to Pennsylvania’s notoriously weak anti-bullying law. Striking bullying at its core, the PASS Act would promote prevention and appropriate remediation of bullying incidents with educators and school staff, along with raising conscientiousness of cyberbul-

lying that takes place within schools’ jurisdiction. The legislation would provide a clear and accessible way to report incidents and put in place more practical definitions of bullying. More than a dozen states have adopted similar legislation in recent years including Arkansas, North Carolina, and New Jersey. The bill was introduced on Sept. 21, by Rep. Dan Truitt, an alumnus of West Chester University. A member of the House Education Committee, Rep. Truitt has been a vocal proponent of bolstering the quality of education in Pennsylvania. Bullying in Pennsylvania is being seen as more severe and pervasive – with the deaths of students relating to extreme bullying becoming more visible – such as Joshuah Delos Santos, 13, of Nanticoke, Pa. last week. There is widespread and bi-

partisan support for the PASS Act in the General Assembly. Mayors across the state who have signed onto the PASS Act principles include Mayor Ravenstahl of Pittsburgh and Mayor Troxell of Gettysburg. For Rep. Truitt, the introduction of the PASS Act is personal. “I was bullied in grade school and middle school. I dreaded gym class, bus rides, and any other time when there would not be close adult supervision. I was discouraged from participating in extra-curricular activities and spent a lot of time alone. Children learn more when they enjoy school. The victims of bullying can’t enjoy school. If this legislation can help children with certain attributes to get more joy out of childhood, it will be a very good thing for all.” Pennsylvania’s first anti-

bullying policy, passed in 2008, has come under fire in the past for omitting several key components of effective safe schools policies. In many Pennsylvania schools, students and teachers are unaware of their school’s own policy on bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment. The current law stands as a well-intended but inadequate guide for school districts’ antibullying efforts, requiring that districts craft and uphold a policy, but not incorporating important details of what such policies should include. With limited and vague definitions in the current state law, thousands of Pennsylvania students experience bullying every day without the necessary support and solutions. “The legislation is designed to increase reporting and awareness of bullying without putting a huge, new burden

on education administrators or professionals. I see no down-side to it,” Truitt said. Bullying is widely underreported: as students may be unable, unaware, or intimidated to do so or feel that reporting would not help them. A report issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in 2009 indicates that 19 percent of Pennsylvania students were bullied on school property in the preceding year, with 10 percent of Pennsylvania students stating they had been involved in a physical altercation on school property. “Bullying is a serious form of violence which deeply impacts the social and academic development of young people.” Pennsylvania students are distressed everyday in our schools without the effective policies to make it better. Too many young people in Pennsylvania have chosen to end

their lives to escape this type of violence. It is critical that the Pennsylvania General Assembly review and adopt the PASS Act at full speed ahead,” PSEC Executive Director and University of Pennsylvania student Jason Landau Goodman said. Numerous studies have found that targets of bullying and harassment can experience lower psychological well-being, absenteeism, and decreased academic performance – while aggressors can develop into adults who promote domestic and sexual violence, criminal behavior, and discrimination. For more information on the Pennsylvania Safe Schools Act, visit www.pasafeschoolsact.com. Jason Goodman is the PSEC Executive Director and a student at the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at jgoodman@pennsec.org.


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hen I first started contributing to this newspaper, I only wanted to be a part with the sports section. I covered hockey, baseball and wrote other sports stories, and when I became sports editor in my sophomore year I was content on staying there for the remainder of my time at West Chester. But now as I sit at the Editor-In-Chief’s desk for the first time, I am happily embracing the opportunity to make a difference in The Quad. Sure, it was certainly out of my comfort zone, and to be honest I did not really want to do it at first, but then I realized that staying in the sports section would not allow me the opportunity to try anything new.

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A message to all of the opponents of ‘free’ birth control

By Joy Wilson Special to The Quad

go to Wal-Mart once a month whether I have a list of needed items with me or not. I go to the pharmacy, give the teller my name and birthdate, look around Wal-Mart for ten minutes or so, return to the prescription pickup desk, pay $25, and leave with my birth control pills for the monthly. This mundane task fits a routine chore. Last month I went to the pickup desk, dollars in hand, to be sent on my way with my birth control and my dollars still in hand. The teller informed me that a new health care bill was passed making many birth control options free. I was delightedly surprised to say the least, since $25 saved meant I might actually afford to eat the next day. Nevertheless, as I walked away there were thoughts gnawing there in the back of my brain: “If I am not paying for

this, who is? Why is my birth control free when going to the eye doctor costs an arm and a leg?” In a matter of seconds, I was decidedly against this new healthcare law. This was a strange decision for me since I am decidedly pro-publicly funded health care. I simply had a hard time wrapping my head around the standard that birth control would be free when medicine to fight a cold or fever is not. Birth control is my choice. If I chose to go the safest route – abstinence – birth control would not cost me a thing. It should not be anyone’s responsibility but my own to pay for the choice I make regarding my sexual activity. Therefore, when I sat down to write this article, I completely intended to write an article about why free birth control is wrong. Yet in spite of my intentions, after a quick bit of research and a little added perspective, I find myself writing a completely different article.

Firstly, as I began my research, I began to see the argument on a larger scale. On one hand, like I mentioned, my sexual activity is my choice. However, while men my age have the same choice, they have the privilege of making that choice knowing that the consequences will not affect them like they will affect me. They will not bear the embarrassment of a fat belly pointing out the obvious. They will not have to take time out of school or work to spend in the hospital, or at home raising a child. They will not receive the harsh words and looks, and likely they will not even have to pay the same monetary price. In that light, free birth control actually, in many ways, is attempting to level the playing field between men and women. Also, while my sexual activity is my choice, why should I be less free to make that choice than someone who can more easily afford birth control?

I work hard to pay my own college tuition and rent. I barely have money left over for food, much less birth control. Does that mean I do not deserve the same freedom to make a personal decision as someone who is supported by their parents and therefore has their own money left over to pay for birth control? Not only does free birth control make strides to level the playing field between men and women, but also between social classes. As I continued to research the debate over free birth control, I found that opponents of birth control go so far as to argue that free birth control encourages irresponsible, immature young people to make the choice to have casual sex. Let’s be realistic here. I have already covered the idea that these people are immature and irresponsible. What makes anyone think that they are not going to have sex because they do not have access to

pretty hard to concentrate on an empty stomach. Somehow a bag of chips or a Pop-Tart manages to make your life seem less miserable at the moment. Plus it’s a good way to make friends in that class; everybody likes that person who brings food. Second would be to take a bathroom break. It is a three hour class. Who is going to notice if you take a nap on one of the couches in the restroom for 20 minutes? I have done this a few times and I have to say it makes the class a bit more bearable. Plus this means you can text and tweet to your heart’s content without having to worry if your teacher can see you staring down at your crotch. Third is to stop at Starbucks; even if you have to

wait in line outside the door for half an hour, you will thank yourself later. I know I did not start getting decent grades until I decided loading up on caffeine everyday. This is college. You will sleep when you are dead. Practice your doodling skills. It still looks like you’re actually taking notes, when really you’re just creating a masterpiece in your notebook. I often like to imagine what people would look like as animals, so I usually draw my professors into whatever animal I think they look like. It’s usually something along the lines of an ostrich or a turtle. Finally, if you absolutely cannot stay awake, I like to sit behind the biggest dude I can find in class. I am talking the linebacker

of the football team. You want to find someone with broad shoulders that makes it absolutely impossible for you to be seen from the front of the room. That way you can hide behind them when you inevitably fall asleep without the teacher noticing. In all seriousness, night classes may suck, but there are ways to make them more bearable. Be sure to study hard, stock up on those energy drinks, and steal those naps when you can. Here is to another year of cramming and stress. Welcome back to college.

Tips on how to stay awake during class

By Kristin Fenchak Special to The Quad

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h yes, the night class. It always seems like a great idea at the time doesn’t it? I’ll have all day to sleep in and catch up on all that other stuff I have to do! But by the time you get to class and your teacher starts droning on about some theoretical nonsense, you realize you are about to pass out. Immediately it dawns upon you that scheduling this was a mistake. How does one manage to not fall asleep in that 7-10 p.m. class with a professor who is very uninteresting? First off, it would be wise to bring a snack. It’s a night class so eventually you are going to get bored, and start thinking about how hungry you are. It is

Kristin Fenchak is a second year student majoring in English. She can be reached at KF763925@ wcupa.edu.

birth control? The idea is preposterous. People engaging in casual sex are going to engage in casual sex whether they have the means to do so safely or not. Then would it not be a good idea to remove barriers keeping them from doing so? Too many babies are born without mothers or fathers who cannot or do not wish to support them. Too many children fill cold orphanages and unwelcoming foster homes. Perhaps free birth control will allow the sexually active teens and adults who do not wish to become parents the opportunity to prevent pregnancy in a safe and reliable way. As I was thinking this whole idea over and starting to think maybe I could change my initial thoughts entirely, it all suddenly clicked. Unlike my original impression from my experience at Wal-Mart, the bill does not make birth control like candy at a parade. This is free. Instead, it is requiring insur-

ance companies to provide members with free options. I pay $15 a month for my health insurance which pays nearly nothing out for me. Furthermore, I pay more for my health insurance than I would if I were a male who did not need coverage in case of pregnancy. So, who is paying for my birth control? I am. I realize now that I am a proud supporter of insurance coverage for birth control options. This does not mean I am okay with a trip to the eye doctor costing me an arm and a leg, or the high cost of medicine to treat a common cold or fever. However, while I may not quite be ready to argue with anyone about whether or not the United States should move towards publicly funded health care, I would be happy to explain to the opponents of “free” birth control why I deserve to keep my $25 a month. Joy Wilson is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at JW794401@wcupa.edu

Weekly Comments

Isareli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been at the UN speaking on the issue of Iran. It would be a wise move of Obama to not get dragged into this, because we know what Netanyahu would say. He would want us to take bolder and more aggressive actions with Iran. This kind of behavior will only inflame tensions with the country. I understand Israel’s fear of an attack from a Muslim country, but Netanyahu only makes the problem worse. Recently during a Holocaust memorial he took time out of it to talk about the dangers of Iran. He is an extremist in Israel and would only bring this country problems that it does not need. The debates are gearing up for this week. They should prove to be intersting. Both Romney and Obama are good speakers. This gives a chance for Romney to bring back his campaign from the depths from which it has fallen in the past weeks. It could work out for him if he plays his cards correctly. Debates can be the deciding factor in elections

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WCU needs more bike racks

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By Dylan Star Speacial to The Quad

arking on West Chester campus is not easy, and I am not talking about parking a car. West Chester University should invest in more bike racks on campus. They should do this especially in the Academic Quad and near the new rec center. The number of bicycles on the West Chester campus has increased tremendously over the past four years, but rack spaces are few and far between on campus during the week. It is no wonder! According to the West Chester University website, the number of students has increased by 1.2 percent since fall 2008, resulting in roughly 14,500 undergraduates. With the increase of students, housing is more difficult to come by, making students live further away from campus than in past years. Throughout my four years at West Chester University, I was lucky enough to find housing nearby on Walnut Street and Matlack Street. Now that I am back for one more semester, I had to settle for housing a little further away, near Route 52 down Price Street. I am

not complaining, however. If I did not have a bicycle, my commute would consist of a 20-25 minute walk or stressing out over whether or not I put enough money in the meter. Riding a bike in West Chester is a smart idea. During the day, traffic in town can make a typical five-minute drive turn into a fifteen-minute drive. According to gasbuddy.com, gas prices have more than doubled what they were in November of 2008. Bringing them from $1.61 in 2008 to $3.87 today. Moreso, parking enforcement in the borough is ridiculous. They give out parking citations like candy on Involvement Fair Day. Now, do not get me wrong, parking a bike is a lot easier than parking a car. If there is not any rack space available, you can always find a sturdy fence. However, a fence does not give you the security a bike rack does. According to an inventory done in 2003, there was approximately enough space for 267 bikes in bike racks on campus. This would only satisfy 1.8 percent of the current undergraduates on campus. In March of 2010, West Chester made a map indi-

cating bike rack locations on campus. According to this map, there are 27 bike racks on North Campus, with only seven of those in the Academic Quad. A mere five are located near the Bull Center. South campus surprisingly only has three bike racks. Students should be encouraged to ride their bikes, especially down to south campus. Ed Bruno, a member of facilities management, explained that the bike racks throughout campus are different sizes. Unfortunately, we cannot get an accurate count of how many bikes could be locked up. I feel as though West Chester University should put one bike rack, if not two, at the new recreation center. There are two bike racks at Lawrence, however those are usually full. With West Chester promoting sustainability and healthy living, there is no reason they should not be able to find a few extra dollars in the budget to accommodate those on two wheels. Dylan Star is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at DS672157@wcupa.edu.com.

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Dear Editor, According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), 2/3 of sexual assaults are committed by someone who knows the victim. These assailants are acquaintances and friends. They can live down the hall or sit behind us in class, and yet we do not seem to take sexual violence and assault on WCU’s campus seriously. What we should be asking ourselves is how are we, as students on a college campus, taking action to prevent sexual misconduct? “That test just raped me” is something commonly heard by students after difficult assignments. A drunken sexual encounter is the funny story re-told at the cafeteria the next morning. We mock the 5’8” white male wearing a hoodie described in campus emails. The problem lies in turning rape and forms of assault into jokes that invalidate real instances of sexual violence and assault. When we start to take these issues seriously, we can work towards changing the campus climate. We need to step up as West Chester University students to combat sexual violence and assault in our personal lives by not tolerating the use of rape as a joke in our classrooms. We need to stand up to our friends when they try and take someone home who is clearly unable to consent. We need to take responsibility for our own bodies and our actions. Studies have shown one out of four women on West Chester’s campus will be sexually assaulted before graduation but only 5% will report it (RAINN). It is now easier than ever to log on to www.wcupa. edu/sexualmisconduct and report an act of sexual assault or violence. Even if a victim does not want to come forward, anonymous reporting alerts the school that we have a problem on campus—and we do have a problem. We cannot let sexual assault and sexual violence remain invisible in our campus community. Sincerely, Chelsea Perugini

Dear Editor, I would like to point out that while some students can easily overcome the stress of an eventful and overwhelming semester by reading a motivational quote, this is simply not the case for others. As a student and one of the 3.1 percent of Americans suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, I often have a very difficult time dealing with the every day tasks involved in being a student. Unlike others, I cannot simply breathe to overcome my stress. When I first saw your article titled, “Overcoming the stresses of a new semester,” I was expecting to read an article that would help students with and without anxiety disorders take control of their stressful semester immediately and effectively. However, the article that I read focused on controlling stress by picturing the long-term goal of graduation and reading inspirational quotes. I find that this is not necessarily helpful for anyone, especially those who suffer from anxiety and panic disorders. I strongly believe that in the future, it would be imperative to write articles that would help all students focus on short and long-term responses to school related stress such as effective steps to overcome anxiety and stress. Sincerely, Brittany Herron


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Jake’s Bar pleases public for 74 years

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ake’s Bar, now open for 74 years on the “make a little on a lot” philosophy, and tucked away on West Chester’s Matlack Street, reigns as the town’s gem, beloved by all ages and walks of life. Jake’s Bar is the quintessential corner bar; it is the hole which everyone finds themselves tumbling on multiple nights - even days and mornings - every week. The inescapable maze entices you with dollar beers, regulars who become family and bartenders who insult you teasingly. Playful smoke snakes from cracked, worn lips that belong to overworked, over-Jake’s-ed bodies that are entrapped in a cycle which Jake’s has become a part of. Broke college kids and routine “old-heads” clutter this tiny space. Wallpapered with neon beer signs, a single TV broadcasts to the bar. Scuffles and shuffles are not solely meant for the walking strip (that is still crowded with standing-roomonly guests after the insufficient amount of seating is occupied), but for the sandy table that lines the side wall. A chalkboard hangs to remind the players who is up and who is down

on their luck with the pucks that night. Sultry voices escape the jukebox, while liquid gold fills the bulky glass mugs dished out at the wet bar from bartenders everyone knows and loves. Foam spiders down the curved walls of the glass, enticing you to drink more as it thins to the bottom. Promises of constraints and restraints always fall short: never pull through once you are pulled into Jake’s.

backgrounds that go on for days. The college kids, with their pitchers and take-out beer, push the tables together and forget about school for a while. When asked about their favorite part about Jake’s, the resident, self-acclaimed “oldhead” regulars automatically shout, “Being harassed by the damn bartender.” Dwayne, arguably the most loved bartender, returned from a week-

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The masks are shed when you walk through the door. Voices carry, conversations clash and combine, and vocabulary becomes speckled with colorful language inappropriate for the outside world. When you find Jake’s, you find your new home. The rough crowd that frequents Jake’s, typically overcrowding the shuffleboard and barstools, has intriguing stories and colorful

long vacation from the bar, and was awaited by every regular upon his arrival at 5 p.m. “I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else every night. There’s always a change of pace and the people that come in here make it something new all the time. Mostly it’s loud but calm, everybody’s laughing and having fun, but other times, it can get a little hostile. The booze starts flowing

and the guys get a little hot sometimes. You just have to break it up and know who you’re dealing with…then it goes right back to normal,” Dwayne said. Opened in 1938 by Jake Nastase, Jake’s has been a successful family-run bar, completely customer-centered, with all walks of life filtering in and out of the cozy building. Nastase, when asked about the struggles they have faced over the years, automatically grunted, “Damn underage kids trying to get one by us – hah!” After chuckling at his cut-throat humor, he added, “The town wasn’t a desirable place to live in – there were racial problems in the town and you had to be very careful. This bar took care of all of them and had balance.” A graduate pf Villanova University from Snow Shoe, Pa, Nastase had family contact in the area and opening a bar “wasn’t a choice. Jake’s is a place you can count on. We’ll be here a long time, and the regulars will always be here.” Arasio Nastase, the blunt daytime bartender, commends his father on his business ethic saying that his father is a type of person who is “never satisfied, he never settles, and he wants to take it to the next level – he’s never complacent.” Having drinks inside of Jake’s is not for everyone, but they have still found a way to take care of those customers, as well. “The cheapest six-packs I’ve ever seen in my life is why I go there, I just can’t stand the cigarette smell inside, then coming out smelling like one even after a minute” said senior Alyssa Brown. Perhaps the most

OCTOBER 1, 2012 unique thing about Jake’s is how dedicated their clientele are. Another regular, a 61 yearold fondly referred to as “Tex” because of his famous buckle belt collection and time spent in Texas during his war-time years, walks six miles every day to Jake’s and is there by 11 a.m. “This is my place, man! What would I do all day without Jake’s? Nothin’! I met some of the coolest people here and I’ve been coming here for thirty-some years, I can’t just stop now!” he says just before going to put a mix of Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline on the jukebox. The conversational ability of the Jake’s crowd is incomparable. Anyone can walk off the street, sit down at the thick wooden bar, and start a conversation with whoever is there. You might be there for hours more than you intended, but you will never hear stories anywhere else like the ones you hear from Jake’s. Arriving at 8 a.m. every morning, Nastase cannot stand the empty bar. “It’s not Jake’s until the people that hang out here get here… this building is nothing without them,” he says early one morning. But it does not take long for that to happen – with the door open, floor still freshly mopped, and carpet not yet laid out, the first customer of the day walks in at 8:47 a.m., and Nastase automatically throws a Miller Lite on the bar. The clothing of the crowd all resembles each other: disheveled, worn, paint-or-grease stained, with ripped hats and over-worked boots. It is the working man’s bar. Everyone knows each other’s

lives, lovingly teases everyone, and makes an effort to make you feel welcome. The jokes never stop and each sentence is peppered with a curse or so. Volume is set on high, and voices compete to be heard over one another. “Sometimes I can’t take it. I just sit there and shake my head at the ridiculous things being said, grab a six-pack and go home. Other times, I’m just another one of the obnoxious people there with my buddies,” nearby resident Jay Ferriola says while motioning to an argument rising in the corner. Jake’s Bar has continued to evolve over time to keep up with their ever-changing clientele while still holding to their roots, which has kept it a unique, irreplaceable part of West Chester. Visitors to the town, whether they are from another state or country, are automatically told they must check out Jake’s. More times than not, they buy one of the four-dollar Tshirts for sale, which stay the same each year, except updating the year in the middle. Residents of the town proudly wear their Jake’s Bar T-shirts and the older the year on the shirt, the more highfives you get. Jake’s will always be a beloved part of the town, whether you’re a regular, takeout, once in a while, or retired customer with fond memories. The relationships forged in Jake’s, with the help of some cold beer and warm shots, are unforgettable, and the bar itself serves as a melting pot for spans of generations and occupations. Gabrielle Rosati is a fourth-year English major with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at GR688985@wcupa.edu.


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Fall semester recruitment reaches record levels By Liz Thompson Practicum Writer essica Dixon, a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon and the Panhellenic Council President, and Kathryn Librizzi, a sister of Alpha Sigma Tau and the Vice President of Recruitment for the Panhellenic Council, must be pretty pleased with themselves right now. “This year’s Fall Formal recruitment was the most successful it has been in WCU Panhellenic history!” Dixon exclaimed. “The recruitment team was able to break the records for the number of women who were registered for recruitment, as well as stayed in the process.” Almost 300 new members joined the Greek community through the formal recruitment process, and it is all thanks to the councils and recruitment counselors’ (pi chis) goal planning, extensive training, and hard work. “Our main goal as a recruitment team this fall was to keep women in the process. We had several recruitment team training days were we spent hours going over possible conflicts that could arise and situations and how to address them with the Potential New Members (PNM’s) to not allow them to drop in the middle of the recruitment process,” Dixon said. The Panhellenic community is now over 700 members strong. Each sorority reached quota with at least 35 new members. Each organization has about the same size new member

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class, which has never happened before. The reasoning behind the major success achieved by the Panhellenic Council comes down to strategic planning and creative marketing. In years’ past, the council has made a theme of recruit-

for more people across the board - it did not just apply to one group of girls. It was very plain and simple and straight to the point,” said Maria Martin, the president of Delta Phi Epsilon. The theme was not the only thing different about this recruitment

The junior/senior bids were suggested by Cara Jenkins, the Interim Greek Life Advisor, who started her position this summer. Jenkins was in a sorority in college and was a Greek Life Advisor before. The most shocking change was the bid day shirts, or lack thereof. The Panhellenic Council and Jared Brown, the previous Greek Life Advisor, made the decision for all sororities to give their new members lettered shirts on

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ment that was relevant throughout the week, but this year they decided to go in a different direction. “The Panhellenic community voted on just using the standard National Panhellnic Conference crest and colors,” Dixon said. The colors are dark green and white, and the crest includes a sword, a lamp, and leaves in a shield formation. However, Dixon and her team decided to add their own spin on it and make the crest a floral design, similar to designer Lilly Pulitzer’s creations. It was very appealing

though. One of the other major changes was the implementation of junior and senior bids. A junior/senior bid is an invitation for an upper classmen to join a sorority without having to go through the formal recruitment process. Sororities individually invited girls and extended them a bid. Almost every sorority extended junior/ senior bids. “The junior/senior bids were a great way to get older girls to join a sorority. They also made each new member class more diverse age wise,” said Jessica Rolfe, a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon.

bid day. This was a very controversial decision that shook up the Greek community. Usually, one must be an initiated sister to wear letters. “I like that they got letters on bid day because it isn’t the letters that make them a sister, it’s what they do after they get the letters. New members seem to only care about getting letters once they’re initiated, so if we give it to them on bid day, they can look forward to the sisterhood instead,” explained Mazi Kuba, a sister of Alpha Xi Delta and the Vice President of Programming for the

PAGE 9 Panhellenic Council. The roots of the decision are for new members to earn their pins, not sweatshirts and T-shirts with fancy letters sewn on them. So many new members are focused on being able to wear letters once they are a sister when they should actually be focusing on learning their organizations values and earning their official badge. Many other sorority members see this new decision as helpful as well. In fact, it seems that the decision was used as advertising for the Greek community. The presence of sororities will be more known on campus now that more people are able to wear letters. “The fact that so many more women will be wearing Greek letters on campus will really get people talking about Greek life,” said Erin Evans, a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon. “Each sorority got at least 35 new members, so over 700 women will be wearing letters!” Another change to recruitment was the way each new member received their bid. In years’ past, each new member’s recruitment counselor, also known as a pi chi, would individually deliver bids. This year, all the PNM’s opened their bids together. This gave the PNM’s a chance to meet other girls who received a bid from the same sorority as themselves. “It’s easier to console the girls if they aren’t happy with their bid at first because we are literally right next to them. Also, even if a girl doesn’t feel super excited about her bid- she will notice the excitement around her and start to generate the same feelings. Also, for the Panhellenic community as

a whole, it increased our numbers because more girls accepted their bids. It was easier for us to get the girls to the purple gym to meet their new sorority and then become more certain with their decision to accept their bid,” Emilia Levisay, a Pi Chi and sister of Delta Phi Epsilon, said. Before this year, the new members would then go to Hollinger Field House and be called to the center of the gym to be presented to the entire Panhellenic Community and to their new sorority. Many people found this a little uncomfortable and nerve -racking for the new members, so the Panhellenic Council decided to switch things up. Now they are called in groups and presented to their new sorority as a whole. “Although this year was a little different, with so many girls, it seems inevitable that recruitment would have to be different, despite all the girls not being called out one by one as they gathered in a circle, you couldn’t help but jumping for joy hoping your sorority was going to be called and you could run out and greet them. It was different no doubt, but change is good and with so many new girls sororities are all changing and growing,” Colleen Fox, a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon, said. Dixon hopes the changes will become new traditions and will create inspiration for even more changes in the future. With the council’s overwhelming success, they can officially credit themselves for collectively changing the face of sorority recruitment. Liz Thompson is a fourth-year communication studies major with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at ET715984@wcupa.edu.


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“Ben and Kate” brings competition to the sitcom scene

Eryn Aiello Practicum Writer he Fox comedy “Ben and Kate” premiered last Tuesday, adding a new splash of humor to the sitcom line-up. Ben (Nat Faxon) and Kate (Dakota Johnson) take on the roles of a typical brother-sister duo. They would do anything for one another, yet do not always see eye-toeye, mainly because of their completely different lifestyles. Kate is a young, single mom who is trying to juggle the job of being a positive role model for her witty 5-year-old daughter, Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones), while also trying to find love. Ben, on the other hand, displays the typical characteristics of the “never wanting to grow up” older brother. Ben’s funny one-liners and overall childish personality are a perfect fit for this family-comedy sitcom. The pilot episode opened by introducing Ben and Kate as children as they hid underneath their kitchen table, escaping from the reality of their parent’s continuous fighting. Their little ritual of crawling under tables continues into their adult life and is something they do later in the episode, adding to the idea that the two are extremely close as siblings.

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Ben is introduced as the typical off-beat brother who pops in and out of Kate’s life, causing quite a bit of mayhem when he does come around. The opening minutes of the show display repeated scenes of Ben entering Kate’s home asking obscure questions, which leaves viewers with the impression that he is living an unconventional, carefree lifestyle. Although a certain love interest is in the mix for Kate during the first episode, viewers find out later that he may not be Mr. Right. Kate looks to her best friend, BJ (Lucy Punch), for advice with all things in her life, especially men. BJ works with Kate as a bartender at a local restaurant and is the wild, eccentric best friend that Kate needs. BJ adds a spark of spice to Kate’s life, especially since Kate took a brief hiatus from the social and dating scenes to become a mother. Kate’s daughter, Maddie, is an adorable, comedic asset to the sitcom. Maddie is five going on 25, adding clever, intuitive comments to the plot that go way beyond her age level. In one scene when Ben decides to crash his ex-girlfriend’s wedding, he takes Maddie along with him while Kate goes on a date. He prompts her to tell

people that she is his foreign cousin and if anyone approaches her with questions she is to say, “No hablo inglés.” Ben and Maddie’s relationship exudes a sort of playful, yet loving uncle-niece bond. Ben acts as a key male role for Maddie in her life, since her real father ran away from Kate as soon as she told him that she was pregnant (a situation that is played off in a brief, humorous scene during the first minutes of the episode). Once Ben realizes that he cannot win back his former love, and Kate concludes that finding the perfect man will not be as easy as she hoped, Ben tells Kate that he wants to move in with her and Maddie so he can be there for the both of them. The show’s writer, Dana Fox, used her own older brother as inspiration for the show, modeling Ben and Kate after their close brother-sister relationship. These are the first starring roles for Faxon and Johnson, although neither one is new to the acting scene. Faxon has played a role in “The Babymakers,” “Bad Teacher,” and “The Cleveland Show,” just to name a few titles. Johnson most recently played roles in “The Five-Year Engagement” and “21 Jump Street.” The smallest star of the cast, Jones, shared a

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starring role with Matt Damon in “We Bought a Zoo.” At only sevenyears old, little Ms. Jones already has quite the acting credibility and will be a great asset to this family comedy. The pilot episode of “Ben and Kate” contains some minor clichés, but this is something that is expected within the first few episodes of any new series. The most notable example of this is when Kate attempts to take off her sweater while on her date and her tank top gets stuck, causing her to awkwardly flash her bra to her date and the entire restaurant (an embarrassing situation similar to a scene in “Mean Girls”). Other than that, the humor seems a bit forced, but it is nothing to make viewers want to turn away from watching further episodes. As long as the writer keeps the comedy and plot lines new and inventive, because of the not so typical storyline, “Ben and Kate” will surely take off as one of the best new family comedies of the fall, and maybe even give big Emmy winner “Modern Family” some pretty decent competition. Eryn Aiello is a fourthyear student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at EA694104@wcupa. edu.

Tweets of the week Rob Delaney @robdelaney Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in every movie that is made now & that’s ok with me. I find him delightful.

Megan Amram @meganamram Every time you use glitter glue, remember that it used to be a My Little Pony. Perez Hilton @PerezHilton We are more similar than we are different! If you can’t see how, then look harder! It’s okay to stare! #Perezism

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“Big Bang” premiere does not live up to expectations

Kenny Ayres Editor-in-Chief

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hursday’s season premiere of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” was quite the opposite of a big bang. The lack of any substantial humor or plot twists made for a mundane episode that left the viewer feeling more negative than an electron. The premiere began with NASA scientist Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) floating in space aboard the International Space Station, quibbling with his ever-invasive mother about his recent marriage to Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). Howard’s mother, who is extremely overprotective, is fussing about him not being able to send postcards or letters from space and saying that Bernadette will tear him apart from her. The Wolowitz mother/ son drama continues throughout the episode, producing few laughs and a even fewer surprises. In past episodes, Howard’s mother tried to pull him one way and Bernadette tried to pull him the other, and it left Howard in a vulnerable, predictable situation between the two women in his life, and left viewers wondering when the scene would become funny or interesting in any way. It was an episode strictly dealing with the relationship status of the show’s major characters, and lacked the scientific, nerdy, droll aspect that makes the show so unique and watchable. Leonard Hofstadter, played by Johnny Galecki, spent the whole

time attempting to have a serious talk with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Penny (Kaley Cuoco), after she rejected his untimely, mid-coitus proposal last season, and the two were interrupted by their lonely friend Rajesh (Kunal Nayaar) who is the only person in the episode who does not have a significant other. The three of them begin to watch a football game, and, as Raj gets drunker, he gets more loquacious. He spills his feelings and informs Penny that she should tell Leonard she loves him, which is something she has never done. Penny ends up booting Raj from the apartment, and Raj makes his way to the comic book store where he shares a strange dance to “Bassanova” with Stuart, the store owner. Raj realizes he is uncomfortable and leaves, only to turn around and ask Stuart if he wants to hang out. Stuart says yes and later says to himself, “I could do much worse,” which mildly suggests he may be interested in Raj in a romantic manner. It will be interesting to see how that plays out throughout season six. Perhaps the only bright spot in the episode is Sheldon Cooper, the socially inept physicist played by Jim Parsons. Sporting a new comb-over hairstyle, one cannot help but laugh as Sheldon continuously blurts out inappropriate, yet hilarious sayings. The best of Sheldon comes when he is out to dinner with his equally strange, yet brilliant girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik). As Sheldon goes through

dinner saying all the wrong things—a behavior to which Amy usually gives no heed—she suddenly gets upset and threatens to break up with him if he cannot say something meaningful. Sheldon transcends his thick emotional barrier and whips up a beautiful, poetic speech that has Amy practically in tears, only to reveal that it was actually a quote from the first “Spiderman” movie and then asks if she will split the bill. Considering Sheldon’s emotional range is generally quite limited, Amy goes with it and their relationship lives to see another day. Despite Sheldon saving what would have been a practically unbearable episode with his usual strangeness, the premiere lacked the endorphin-releasing excitement and humor that made the show one of the most popular on television. It almost seemed too realistic, which when talking about “The Big Bang Theory,” is not a good thing, considering the amount of eccentric and unrealistic characters. The show was made in order to be so different and outlandish that it was hysterically funny, and from this first episode it seems like every other relationship drama on television. Howard may have been sent into space, but this premiere was far from the proper way to blast off a new season. Kenny Ayres is a thirdyear student majoring in communication studies with a journalism minor. He can be reached at KA739433@wcupa.edu.

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Mindy Kaling strikes again

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Julie Singer Special to The Quad

have been a huge Mindy Kaling fan ever since I started watching “The Office” years ago. On the show, she is always funny, refreshing, and energetic, and it never seems overdone. When her memoir, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” came out, I bought it and loved every part of it. It is honest and funny—two traits that help make her so successful. When I heard Kaling was starring in and writing a new show, I was anxious and excited for the pilot to air because

I was eager to see her in a different setting from “The Office.” Although I have watched other pilots that have gotten me hooked faster than this one, the inconsistent yet professional character of Mindy quickly got to me. I hope her character develops into a more mature doctor, and finds someone to share her passion with. The character of Mindy is a true depiction of how life is today—we get into messes and have to get out of them— with positive and negative repercussions. The best surprise was seeing Andy Helms, an-

other cast member of “The Office,” as Mindy’s blind date. It was hilarious to see the two work together again in a different setting. It was the perfect touch to the pilot Overall, I’d give the pilot of “The Mindy Project” 3/5 stars. The storyline and characters definitely need to show growth. However, I do not think Kaling will have any problem with building up a larger fan base than she already has. Julie Singer is a first-year student majoring in special education and middle grades prep. She can be reached at JS781397@ wcupa.edu.

Famous People Born This Month Joshua Shapiro Staff Writer

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hey may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” These famous words have come to define a man who turned the world upside down in the early 70’s with his radical vision of an idealistic society. This man, of course, was John Lennon. Born to Julia and Alfred Lennon on Oct. 9, 1940 in Liverpool England, John Winston Lennon was named after his grandfather, John “Jack” Lennon, and then-British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He received his first guitar at the age of 15 and shortly after started the Quarrymen, the band which would later evolve into The Beatles. Lennon first met Paul McCartney—considered the co-founder of The Beatles—at one of the

Quarrymen’s first gigs at a local church function, and by 1962, the band had added guitarist George Harrison and drummer Ringo Starr. After achieving mainstream success in Britain, The Beatles took the world by storm, with their single “Please Please Me,” holding the number one spot on the billboard chart for 30 weeks straight. Lennon himself was once quoted saying that “[The Beatles] are more popular than Jesus,” which, although extremely controversial, may not have been too far off at the time. As a political activist, Lennon was not afraid to make his opinion known. In the 1969 “Bed-In for Peace,” his actions drew national attention, as newlyweds Lennon and Yoko Ono remained bedridden for two weeks to symbolize a non-violent method of protesting U.S.

involvement in Vietnam. Following the dissolution of The Beatles in 1970, Lennon used his music to advocate for peace, releasing his first solo album, “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band,” only months after leaving the band. In the 10 years before his death in 1980 he would release six more albums, with a seventh album, “Milk and Honey” released posthumously in 1984. Lennon’s life was cut short outside of his New York apartment on Dec. 8, 1980 when he was shot several times by a fan for whom he had signed an autograph earlier that day. His legacy, however, is still alive today, reminding us that we must be the change we want to see in the world. Joshua Shapiro is a second-year student majoring in English and education. He can be reached at JS762110@wcupa.edu.


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Bid Day at WCU By Ilana Berger Asst. Photography Editor After three long nights of recruitment, meeting close to 300 women and learning about their sorority’s morals, values and philanthropies, the day was finally here. Approximately 720 women came together this past Sunday morning to celebrate a very special day. On this day, potential new members all sit in the Theatre in Sykes Student Union, where they anxiously await to find out which sorority they received a bid from. All of the Pi Chis, currently disaffiliated women who help potential new members through the process, lead their groups down to the purple gym where the sorority women anxiously await the new members’ arrival. Each sorority member shouts and cheers for the day to begin. Once the event began on Sunday, Sept. 23rd, everyone quieted down to hear each lady’s name. They were called down from the bleachers, inside of the purple gym, to join a group one by one. After the whole group was

called, Jessica Dixon, President of Pan-Hellenic Council, calls out “I present to you the lovely ladies of (which ever sorority they are joining)!” Each new member was then embraced by their new sisters and brought back to join the sorority’s group, given letters and goody bags. The remaining unknown affiliation was of the Pi Chis’. The women stood in the middle of the gym all together and revealed a lettered shirt. The catch was that these letters were not their own. Shortly after each woman removed these letters, she revealed her true letters so that her sisters could run out to get her. Everyone cried with excitement for the sister they hadn’t been able to interact with since August. A photographer then took group pictures of all of the sorority women and new members in the middle of the gym. Standing before them were 720 strong women from eight different sororities with different morals and values, but one united Pan-Hellenic community. Ilana Berger is a third-year student majoring in Psycholgy. She can be reached at IB736696@wcupa.edu.

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You are cordially invited to attend the...

West Chester University Student Recreation Center “Grand Opening Celebration�

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at the new location on the corner of North Campus Drive and South New Street, adjacent to Lawrence Center and Tyson Hall

Featuring a greeting from WCU President Dr. Greg Weisenstein, and SGA President Ms. Michelle Strausbaugh, a ribbon cutting ceremony, Rec Center tours, food, music, and give-a-ways to mark the occasion!

Additional Tours will be offered on Oct. 19 and 20. For more information, please call Student Affairs at 610-436-3511.


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Goodbye McSteamy, hello BCB The ninth season of “Grey’s Anatomy” premieres with major changes

Carol Fritz Staff Writer

Sloan finally confessed that he had always loved Lexie and that she needed to live so they could start a family. But within the first ten minutes of the show, I had already forgotten how betrayed Season eight’s finale had left me. With Lexie dead, Sloan in critical condition, Arizona with a severe leg wound, Derek with an injured hand, and all of the surgeons still unreached in the woods, no one had any idea what to expect from the ninth season’s premiere. And certainly, no one expected Sloan to be taken off of life support and

After what was, by far, the worst season finale in the entire series, the ninth season of “Grey’s Anatomy” kicked off this past Thursday night, tying up loose ends that the horribly unrealistic and unsettling eighth season finale had left dangling in May. While most “Grey’s Anatomy” fans have come to expect some “dark and twisty” moments and the death of a somewhat important character during each season finale, the end of the eighth season was unnecessarily overthe-top. The writers www.zap2it.com of the show have an impeccable talent for taking fairly unbelievable storylines and molding them around the superb cast’s acting in a way that makes human shish kabobs and miraculous healings seem like everyday occurrences. However, a “Lost”-like plane crash that almost all passengers survived but stranded them in the woods for days last May damaged the credibility of the drama and had viewers wondering what Viewers will miss McSteamy, played by the writers would not do for TV ratings. Eric Dane, on the ninth season of “Grey’s So after last seaAnatomy.” son’s finale bombed, (not literally, like the Christina Ricci bomb die halfway through. (What episode during Season 2, is with Shonda Rimes oblitwhich is probably in the erating popular characters top three “Grey’s” episodes in pairs? My heart still ever) the writers had a lot aches every time I hear the of audience respect to re- phrase “double-oh-seven” gain. Let’s not even men- and think of George and tion that the one major fa- Izzie.) But Sloan’s devastating tality in the finale was the better half of the beloved departure was just one maSlexie romance right after jor change that Season 9 is

bringing to the table. Cristina ended up accepting a fellowship in Minnesota where she is drowning in her one weakness—teamwork—while Karev eventually ended up declining his fellowship at John Hopkins. April went back to her family’s farm and is seen at the end of the episode hanging out with live, healthy pigs instead of slicing apart dead ones for surgical practice. And throughout the entire episode, viewers are led to believe that Arizona also died from her injuries or at least left the show for another reason. Thankfully yet sorrowfully, Callie meets Arizona at home at the end of the episode and the audience is relieved to know that there is an Arizona in Season nine—but an Arizona with one less leg. The premiere definitely reminded viewers why we all love “Grey’s Anatomy”—it is poetically relatable, emotionally captivating, and subtly hilarious. Although it will take some time to overcome the deaths of two adored characters, we know we will be comforted by Meredith’s narrative gems of advice about life and death at the beginning and end of every episode. Not only did the premiere regain fans’ respect, it instilled hope for the promise that Season 9 nine holds. And if some viewers are still skeptical about the changes this season, Dr. Bailey being dubbed BCB (Booty-Call Bailey) is reason enough to keep watching. Carol Fritz is a fourthyear student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at CF716022@wcupa.edu.

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“Pitch Perfect” hits a high note popcorn at the thought of team bonding and spontaneous eruptions into song? Why should they see “Pitch Perfect”? Well, joining Kendrick is an all-star cast of rising comedic talents. Adam DeVine of “Workaholics” plays Bumper, a member of The Treblemakers. Dubbed “the bad boys of a cappella,” The Treblemakers will get skeptics choking on popcorn for different reasons. They are those people we love to hate—the ones with such inflated senses of

and “What to Expect Molly Herbison When You’re ExpectEntertainment ing,” and has even apEditor peared alongside DeVine on “Workaholics.” Most At first glance, ads for of the brilliant, tensionthe upcoming comedy splitting one-liners in film “Pitch Perfect” reak the movie seem to come of “Glee.” There is singout of Wilson’s mouth. ing. In fact, there is a One of my favorite concappella. There is comversations is between petition. And, of course, Fat Amy and Bumper. there are underdogs. Bumper admits, “I have However, Buzzfeed.com a feeling we should kiss,” reports that “[Pitch Perand Amy dryly replies, “I fect] is not ‘Glee.’ In fact, sometimes have a feelRyan Murphy should ing I could do crystal take note if he wants to meth, but then I think improve the show.” ‘mmm better not.’” Buzzfeed’s report “Pitch Perfect” is the may come second movie as harsh produced by news to actress Eliza“Glee” fans, beth Banks. but luckNot only does ily, “Pitch the rookie proPerfect” ducer do a fanwill bridge tastic job in the gap this respect, between but she as“Glee” lovserts her veters and eran comedic “Glee” hatchops in the ers by incorminor role of porating elan inappropriements that ate commenanyone can tator for the enjoy. school’s singwww.insidemovies.ew.com A n n a ing competiK e n d r i c k Wilson and Kendrick give strong performances in “Pitch Perfect.” tions. Other stars as notable apBeca, the newest mem- self-importance that pearances are made by ber of her college’s all- they become hilarious. Brittany Snow, and newgirl a cappella group, DeVine plays that per- comers Skylar Astin and The Bellas. Kendrick, son to a tee, delivering Anna Camp. nearly 30, plays a college Bumper’s lines in such a The movie, based off student with remark- rude and unsavory way of Mickey Rapkin’s book able ease. Her charac- that he leaves the audi- of the same name, preter transforms from the ence in stitches. Plus, miered in select theatres role of reluctant ‘Bella’ watching him dance to on Sept. 28. If you missed into a symbol of hope “Right Round” is some- your chance the first around which her team thing I would not want time around, the movie can rally. This storyline to miss. will premiere everyis clichéd, but for a good Joining DeVine is Reb- where Oct. 5. Get ready reason: a lot of people get el Wilson, who plays Fat to be “pitch slapped,” their kicks from inspira- Amy in the film. After people, because, no mattional montages and all reading a few #pitchper- ter who you are, it is gothat other feel-good stuff fect tweets on Twitter, ing to feel really good. from shows and movies Wilson appears to be the like “Glee.” It is a proven undeniable crowd favor- Molly Herbison is a secformula for success. ite. The comedienne has ond-year student majorBut what about those played minor, yet unfor- ing in Spanish. She can people who can feel gettable roles in movies be reached at MH757997@ themselves choking on such as “Bridemaids,” wcupa.edu.

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Ed Sheeran mesmerizes a Penn’s Landing audience Victoria Holt Special to The Quad

There was a surprisingly quiet crowd gathered at Penn’s Landing on Sept. 23 and it was all for British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. Sheeran, a native of Suffolk, England, is an up and coming artist who has written songs for the popular boy band One Direction and performed at this year’s Olympic Closing Ceremonies, where he sang Pink Floyd’s famous song, “Wish You Were Here.” The ginger-haired singer played not with a band, but with his acoustic guitar, for a sold-out crowd at the River Stage at Great Plaza as a part of VH1’s You Outta Know Tour. The show started relatively early; Sheeran started his 11-song set list a little before 8 p.m. Sheeran

performed songs from his debut album “+,” as well as his multiple EPs. He also performed two cover songs. He performed the first cover with both of his opening acts, Selah Sue and Passenger. The other cover was Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband.” Sheeran entertained the crowd with his stories between songs. He talked about life in Suffolk, meeting his opening act Passenger, and the backstory of “Kiss Me.” “Kiss Me,” a song about two friends falling in love, is about Sheeran’s godparents. They asked Sheeran to write and perform a song at their wedding. This heartwarming story was slightly short lived because Sheeran noticed a girl in the pit section who had fainted. Sheeran wait-

ed until the girl received vor from a concert audimedical attention and ence. He asked for silence even asked the audience during multiple songs because he to sit tight wanted the while he www.last.fm audience made sure to get the the girl “intimate” was all feeling of right. Forhis songs, tunately, including she was. “Kiss Me.” UnfortuHe also pernately, formed “The part of the Parting set was Gift,” a tracomproditional folk mised by song, partly fireworks without the across the use of a miDelaware crophone River, but Ed Sheeran played in Philly on the 23 during his Sheeran encore. The r a l l i e d at Penn’s Landing. crowd of through it and treated his audience mostly teenagers stood silent with the appearto an additional song. During his performance, ance of awe on their faces. Sheeran asked an odd fa- Sheeran also asked mem-

bers of the crowd to refrain from singing along to a few songs so they could hear the raw emotion in his voice and get a full feel for the song. The up and coming musician gave his own taste of Philly to the audience. Before one song, Sheeran explained one of his tour traditions: if he has the time, he tries to get a tattoo in every city in which tours. In this case, he got a tattoo of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” logo on his arm. Additionally, during his first encore song, “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” Sheeran switched up the music to rap the theme to “Fresh Prince,” which threw the crowd into a frenzy of rapping and filled the audience with Philadelphia pride. Sheeran finished the

lively show with a more popular song, “The ATeam,” but unfortunately could not stay and meet fans because the performance was in a residential area. Currently, Sheeran is finishing up the VH1 tour and recently announced his own North American headlining tour for the winter. Unfortunately for local fans, Sheeran did not announce a date for the Philadelphia area. If you are interested in hearing his music, make sure to pick up or download Sheeran’s debut album “+.” Victoria Holt is a secondyear student majoring in communication studies with a journalism minor. She can be reached at VH758202@wcupa.edu.

WANTED: Graduating Student to Present Greetings at Commencement An Undergraduate Student will present greetings from the graduating class at the December 2012 commencement. The student speaker will be chosen by audition, to be held on Oct. 24, 25 , and 26. Applications are now available in the Registrar’s Office: 25 University Avenue, Ground Floor At the audition, each applicant will read the speech that he or she will present at commencement. The speech must be no longer than 3 minutes. A typed, double-spaced copy must be included with the application. The student selected must present the speech at the commencement rehearsal, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 14.

All completed applications and speeches must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22. You will be notified in advance to schedule an audition time.


DO YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO VOTE THIS NOVEMBER IN PENNSYLVANIA? Are you Registered to vote?

To vote in Chester County, you must be registered in Chester County! Register at Chester County Voter Services: http://dsf.chesco.org/election/site/default.asp Or pick up a voter registration form at Chester County Voter Services in the Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, Suite 150, or in the SGA Office (217 Sykes Union). Last day to register for the November 6 General Election is Oct. 9, 2012!

You MUST present one of the following forms of PHOTO ID when you go to our poll place to vote in the General Election this November 6, 2012: Pennsylvania driver’s license, currently valid or expired for less than 12 months An ID issued by PennDOT, currently valid or expired less than 12 months A currently valid U.S. Passport A currently valid Ram E Card ID, issued by West Chester University, containing a printed expiration date on the front, bottom right

A currently valid military depedent’s ID. A currently valid active duty or retired military ID, including PA National Guard A currently valid employee ID, issued by the Federal, PA State,a PA county, or PA municipal government A currently valid ID issued by a PA Care facility

**All Photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current, unless otherwise noted** As a current WCU student, to use your Ram E Card as a valid form of voter ID, you must obtain an “expiration sticker” from the Ram E Card Office. You can obtain a Ram E Card expiration sticker by showing up in-person at the Ram E Card Office, lower level, Sykes Union, between 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., beginning Monday, Sept. 4, 2012. The Ram E Card Office will be open from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on the day of the General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Please do not wait until the last minute to make sure you are prepared to vote in the General Election!


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Penalties, lack of offense contribute to 0-2 start for men’s hockey team over the puck. Syracuse could sustain pressure so the Rams were battling just to get the puck out of the zone. When they did manage to move the puck espite a third period out, they were met at neusurge that erased tral ice and had trouble a late two-goal finding quality shots, and deficit, the West Chester then the same thing hapmen’s hockey team was pened over again. unable to complete the “We couldn’t get the comeback as they fell in a puck out of our zone and shootout to Syracuse, 4-3 when we did our rushes, on Saturday. [they] were one on two As was the case in Friand that’s why we had day’s 1-0 loss, penalties no offense. It goes handand a lack of offensive in-hand,” captain Steve pressure opened the door Meade said. for Syracuse and buried However, despite the the Rams. West Chester sloppy second period and had five penalties in the early part of the third, first period alone, and alWest Chester did pull it though the special teams together for a final churned out sevpush just in time to eral gutsy kills, tie things up. playing a man In what was only down so often their second power throughout the play of the game, game caught up Matt O’Brien to them. scored to pull them “Penalties within one with killed us,” head just a few mincoach Mark Gonutes left to play. salves said. “PenThen West Chester alties killed us showed the same yesterday and fire they did in the penalties killed us first period, returntoday. Teams like ing to a physical, that don’t stop, fast-paced brand of they wear you hockey. out, they screw up “We changed the the lines and they forecheck up a little throw your mojo bit, tried to get two off.” men going hard Syracuse threw and create more the Rams’ mojo chances,” alternate off early on, when captain Tim HigRussell Suskind gins said. “Being capitalized on a power play to tie Jess Guzzardo/ Photography Editor physical is everything, it’s how you the score at one apiece with five Captain Steve Meade is pressured by Syracuse’s Wes Rene. Meade had two assists in the get pucks loose and get chances.” minutes left in game, including the primary assist on the game tying goal with 1:12 left in the third. They did get sevthe first period. eral chances in the From that point on, things fell apart for to keep West Chester in only led to a heavy amount coming shifts, but when of shots on Japchen, it di- they did not score, Gonthe Rams. They had tre- the game. He just could not hold rectly affected the offense salves called time out with mendous trouble putting quality shots on net, and off the pressure for the as well. It was a cycle. The about 1:45 remaining. “He reminded us that failed to establish an ag- entire game. Syracuse offense could not sustain gressive forecheck. Most scored once in each period, pressure, so Syracuse took we were in the same posi-

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of their 36 shots on Syracuse’s Austin Lefkowicz were taken either from the outside or were shot right into his pads. “We’re not testing their goalies and when we do shoot, we’re shooting right into the guy,” Gonsalves said. “It has to be a role reversal. We have to be cutting down the shots we’re giving up and putting more on the other guy.” The shots that they gave up totaled 37—just one more than they took— but Syracuse was finding easy paths to the net and testing junior goalie Randy Japchen, who made several remarkable saves

taking a 3-1 lead into the final five minutes of the third period. When West Chester sunk back in the second and early in the third, Syracuse stepped up. Their persistence in pursuit of the puck was strong and for a while, West Chester could do nothing to break up their forecheck. “When they come to our end, they don’t stop, Gonsalves said. “You can knock them off the puck, but they keep going like there was nothing stopping them. It’s a mindset. It’s a battle. You have want that puck more.” The struggle to control the defensive zone not

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Junior defenseman Mike Ahle puts a shot on net during the shootout in Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Syracuse. tion we were in last night, and as a team, we needed to dig deep and fight until the final buzzer,” defenseman Gordon Nicholson said. They dug deep. Higgins found a pass from Meade behind the net, and wrapped it around with a backhand off the post and in. Just like that it was a fresh game. Both teams played hard through overtime, but nobody found the net and the game was to be decided by shootout. In what was an all too familiar theme from earlier in the game, West Chester did not get many good shots off, failing to score in any of their three attempts. Syracuse scored on one, but it was all they needed to secure the 4-3 victory. Higgins, O’Brien and Harrison Welch were the goal scorers for the Rams, and Welch also added an assist. Meade had two assists in the game while Chris Tamminga and Tim Margadonna tallied an assist apiece. Syracuse’s

goals came from Suskind—who also scored the lone shootout goal—,Chris Rurkowski, and Aaron Witzel. With the loss, West Chester moves to 0-2, but being so early in the season, there is little concern. “It’s a learning process,” Gonsalves explained. Coming out and losing two in your own barn is not the best way to start the season, but I see positives, a lot of positives. We had some young guys in tonight that really showed us something and to have that resilience and effort are always a good thing.” “We’re still figuring things out but I like that this happened early on,” Meade added. “Because now we know what we have to improve and honestly, I really hope [these losses] piss some guys off and we play with some attitude now.” Kenny Ayres is a third-year student majoring in communication studies with a journalism minor. He can be reached at KA739433@ wcupa.edu.


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mpressive is the only word to describe the West Cheser women’s soccer team as of late. The No.4 ranked Lady Rams (9-0) continued their success as they traveled to Erie this weekend with matches against Mercyhurst and Gannon. With each amazing performance by the ladies, their unbeaten streak grows, but so does the target on their back. The schedule first had West Chester visiting Mercyhurst (4-5), who could have jeopardized the Rams’ undefeated season, but the Lady Rams would not be denied. Led by player of the game, Marie D’Angelo, West Chester would score first and never look back. Twelve

minutes in the match, D’Angelo would connect on a perfect cross by sophomore Ashley Saylor to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The Lakers would strike back on a penalty kick from senior Sara Hawksworth, who placed it directly out of goalkeeper Shannon Fedyk’s reach. D’Angelo would come out in the second half on fire, adding two more goals to finish off Mercyhurst, 3-1. Showing their true talent, West Chester again displayed all of the different ways they attack their opponent. Each night, another Ram is coming out with a tremendous performance, and winning is starting to become contagious for this squad. With their solid goalkeeping and airtight defense, the women keep proving why they deserve their No. 4

rank in the whole country. Another obstacle for the ladies on their path to perfection was a meeting with Gannon on Saturday. It was a tough test for West Chester as the Golden Knights had only one loss prior to their match, but that would change thanks to the Rams’ great play. Senior captain Jen Hutchinson started off the scoring for the Rams as she notched a goal in the sixth minute, but Gannon would answer. Sammy Valloud tallied her seventh goal for the Knights, tying the game as the teams headed into halftime. Teams this evenly matched usually separate themselves by not committing turnovers and taking care of the ball. This proved true in the 62nd minute for West

Chester as a corner kick knocked off a Gannon defender and into the net, giving the Rams a lead. The goal ended up being monumental as the ladies held off Gannon for a final score of 2-1. Fedyk played another fantastic game between the pipes as she stopped eight of the nine shots she faced. Another encouraging statistic was West Chester’s ability to be outshot and still come away with a victory. Even though they were outshot, the Lady Rams were far more efficient by having a high percentage of their shots on target. Coming up next for the women’s team is a visit to Kutztown University (6-4) on Oct. 6 for a 1 p.m. start time. The Golden Bears have a respectable 5-2 record in conference play, so

there remains little room for error as West Chester enters into the second half of their season. After three straight games away from home, the Golden

Rams will then come back to host Slippery Rock University (6-3) on Oct. 9 for a 3:30 p.m. start time. Taylor Maren can be reached at TM741168@wcupa.edu.

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Defender/midfielder Brittany Bakeman takes a throw-in. Bakeman started in and was a key part of WCU’s win over Gannon on Saturday.

Did you know?  WCU faculty have entered their 2nd year without a contract.  Faculty have not received a contract offer comparable to that of any other state union.  The state’s current offer would force ¼ of WCU faculty to teach 25% more classes for no additional pay.  Faculty are being asked to give up most of their healthcare support after retirement & face steep increases to current healthcare plans.  The union representing WCU Faculty & Coaches (APSCUF) has offered binding arbitration* to the State System of Higher Education to settle this dispute. Will they accept? These conditions will not attract & retain high-quality faculty. Ask a faculty member you trust for more information. Photo by Brynn Pezzuti

Defender Morgan Figliola boots the ball downfield to her teammates. Figliola has been a fixture in WCU’s defense to start the season, frequently playing the entire 90 minutes of matches, which is not common in college soccer.

The quality of your education & the value of your degree are affected by the quality of faculty at WCU! * Both sides would be “bound” to accept the contract that a 3rd party proposes.


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West Chester downs Mercyhurst for eighth straight win Rug The field hockey team remains perfect in PSAC play and is ranked No. 1 in the country

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he West Chester Lady Rams continued their win streak with a convincing 8-1 victory over Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon. Kelsi Lykens, who registered three goals and one assist, led the No. 1 Golden Rams. The Rams wasted no time and netted the first goal of the match just 44 seconds into play. Nancy Stehman scored her second goal of the season, putting West Chester on top early, 1-0. Her teammates followed suit as both Lykens and Kelsey Cheek each scored a goal within 30 seconds of one another, extending the lead to 3-0 and keeping the momentum with the Rams. After allowing three quick goals, Jessica Richards was substituted in for Jess Wess. Following this goalkeeper change, Mercyhurst gathered themselves and stepped up their defense for the remainder of the half. The Lakers were able to penetrate the Rams’ tenacious defense and tack on a goal of their own as Marissa Faso tapped in a rebound and scored just before the first half ended, making it 3-1 West Chester heading into the locker room. The Golden Rams came out strong early in the second half, as West Chester scored twice more early on. Lykens scored her second of the game and Stef Pirri followed with a goal less then five minutes after, giving the Rams complete control of the game at 5-1. Lykens completed her second hat trick of the

season and eighth goal of the year in the 60th minute off an assist from Stehman. Four minutes later, Stehman hit teammate Michele Schrift for the seventh goal of the game. The Rams added one more for good measure from Alexis Versak to make it 8-1, capping off an offensive outburst and total domination of their PSAC West opponents. “Our offense has just been so aggressive and eager to score. When we score once, we don’t want to stop. We don’t settle,” Lykens said. West Chester finished with an impressive 27 shots against the Lakers, breaking the 20-shot plateau for the third consecutive game. On the other hand, their stifling defense held Mercyhurst to just two shots, giving goalkeeper Kristin Arnold a well-deserved rest in net. Earlier in the week, the No.1 Rams traveled to No.9 Slippery Rock to take on another PSAC rival. Despite trailing late, the Lady Rams persevered and overcame The Rock, defeating them 3-2 in a closely fought battle. West Chester took the early lead 1-0 off a goal from Schrift. However, Allison Shade of Slippery Rock tied the game at 1-1 seconds before halftime. Shade added her second goal of the game one minute into the second half, giving The Rock the lead 2-1. Just when things began to look bleak, co-captain Kayla Gluchowski tied things up with an unassisted goal. Then, Megan Callanan scored the game-winning

goal with five minutes to play off Lykens’ second assist of the game, giving the Golden Rams a hard fought and well-deserved victory. Top-ranked West Chester also defeated PSAC East foe East Stroudsburg earlier in the week with a score of 3-0. Gluchowski, Callanan, and Schrift all scored for the Golden Rams and Kristen Arnold registered five saves, solidifying the Ram’s defense. The Rams have only allowed eight goals during their eight game win streak, an attribute to their ferocious defense. “Our defense has been phenomenal. People have stepped up their game so much,” Gluchowski said. “Whether it’s first-time starters, people who are used to being out there, or subs, it doesn’t matter. The girls playing back on D set such high standards for themselves. I have nothing but 100 percent faith in them every time the opposing team gets down on their offensive end. “Sure, slip-ups happen, but what they do after them is what’s most important. They keep their head high no matter what and I couldn’t be more proud,” Gluchowski said. The Rams (9-1) look to extend their win streak and preserve an undefeated home record this Wednesday against Kutztown (4-7). They will remain at home for the following game, which will take place on Saturday against rivals Bloomsburg. Timothy Mulqueen is a third-year student majoring in marketing. He can be reached at TM734386@wcupa. edu.

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Junior midfielder Nancy Stehman looks to pass the ball. Stehman notched a goal in the team’s 8-1 win over Mercyhurst. It was her second tally of the season.

Athlete of the Week: Kelsi Lykens wcupagoldenrams.com

By Timothy Mulqueen Special to The Quad

The Quad’s Athlete of the Week honors for the week of October 1st go to field hockey’s Kelsi Lykens, who notched a hat trick in an 8-1 rout over Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon. Lykens is a junior midfielder from Mohrsville, Pa.


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Rugby dominates in scrimmage Cross country runs hard at Lehigh two more tries from both Jackie Sacco and Cheryl Johnson. Later in the half Severn scored two more n Saturday, the tries, but it was not enough West Chester Unito defeat the Golden Rams. versity women’s Erin Gallagher contributrugby team took on the ed a try and Sam Tretter Severn River women’s made six conversion kicks team and came through to add another 12 points with a victory of to the West Chester 52-17. This game win. Cheryl Johnson was scheduled ended the day with five as a scrimmage tries and Jackie Sacco in preparation finished the game with for their upcomtwo, defeating Severn ing divisional River 52-17. game against This game added anPittsburgh Uniother win to the West versity on Oct. Chester record for this 13. West Chesseason. On Oct. 13, the ter came out Rams will have their ready to play, Ilana Berger/ Asst. Photography Editor second divisional game and within the WCU rugby took part in a scrimmage on Saturday, against University of first 10 minutes, Pittsburgh at home. defeating Severn River 52-17. three tries were Devon Petaccio is a fourth-year scored; two by ever, Severn River scored majoring in communicaCheryl Johnson and one their first try making the student tion studies with a film minor. by Jackie Sacco. After bat- score 26-5. West Ches- She can be reached at DP749140@ tling it out for the remain- ter came right back with wcupa.edu.

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der of the first half, the score stayed at 19-0, West Chester. The second half was kicked off by another try by Cheryl Johnson, and it seemed as though West Chester was on their way to a shut out. In the 51st minute of the game, how-

By Kyle Banta Special to The Quad

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ain made for very muddy conditions for West Chester’s Golden Rams cross country team at Lehigh University’s Paul Short Run this past Thursday, where the team finished 18th. “I thought times would be slow, but we raced really well and ran some fast times,” Coach Andrew Huber said. “There were 283 runners in the men’s division and we placed 18th out of 33 teams, beating Kutztown for the first time in at least five years.” Zack Musselman finished in 84th place with a time of 26:43, which is the third fastest time at this course in the last nine years by a West Chester Golden Ram. Curran Kneebone turned in a time

of 26:50, the fourth fastest time at this course in over nine years and good for 94th place. Sean Sebeck and Ed Brittingham each ran a time of 27:01, and Jake Siegel finished with a time of 27:16. The Golden Rams women’s team placed 27th out of 39 teams with 342 total runners in the field. Amanda Eisman took sixth, running 22:15. This is the second fastest time on this course by a woman team member of West Chester in the past nine years. Brittany Boyer had a time of 24:00, which was the ninth fastest time on this course in the past nine years. Also finishing was Mara Kelly with a time of 24:21, Leigh ManningSmith with 24:34, and Trish Evans with 25:01. “We are racing really well right now, despite

some injuries and a lot of the team being sick. We are looking forward to a weekend off from racing next week, before the big push to the end of the season,” Huber said. The Blue and Gold Invitational at The University of Delaware is the next meet for the Golden Rams at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. That is the last meet before WCU begins the postseason portion of its schedule, which spans several weeks. On Oct. 20, the Rams will compete in the PSAC Championships at Slippery Rock University. If the team is successful, it could move on to NCAA Regionals on Nov. 3, and potentially the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17. Kyle Banta is a third-year student majoring in English. He can be reached at KB683859@wcupa.edu.

WCU women’s golf takes sixth place at Clarion Fall Invitational

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he West Chester University women’s golf team finished sixth out of 12 at the Clarion Fall Invitational on Sept. 22 and 23. The Golden Rams were led by Nicole Cavalcante, who shot a 163 in the 36-hole event, tying for seventh place individually. The team finished with a combined score of 691, while Kutztown won the tournament with a 662. Throughout day one, the Golden Rams were ranked in fifth place, but still within striking distance of taking the lead. Cavalcante shot a 78 for the day and was ranked second overall. Gabby Couture shot an 86, Nicole D’Urbano shot an 88 and Jenna Hopkins shot an 89 as the Rams turned

in a team total of 341. Coach Doug Hendricks was certainly happy with the team’s play through the first day. “For any two-day event, the first day is always important, Hendricks said. “In most cases, a good start will give you the confidence to be successful in the second round.” “After day one we were only a few strokes back from being in second place,” Cavalcante said. “As a team, we all saw where we could have saved a few strokes during our round and knew we should have been fighting right behind Kutztown for second or first place.” The big story following the first 18-holes was the performance of Cavalcante. “Nicole Cavalcante had a terrific first day,” Hen-

dricks said. “With her talent, we should see more rounds in the 70’s this fall. Her putting was the key to her first round success. She had 11 putts on the front nine, which is terrific.” During day two, Grace Battista led the team shooting an 81. Cavalcante shot an 85 and Gabby Couture shot an 87. D’Urbano and Hopkins each shot a 97, but only one those counted towards the team’s second day total of 350. Battista, who had struggled on the first day, finished the tournament strongly as she ranked 17th overall. She was the only Golden Ram golfer to drop her score from the first round. “Our captain, Grace Battista, had a turning point from day one into day two as she knocked

ten strokes off her first day score (91),” Cavalcante said. Overall, the Golden Rams were disappointed with their performance and realized they did not make the most of their opportunities in the final 18-holes. “As far as our team performance, I do not think that we played up to our capabilities,” Cavalcante said. “We need to be more consistent as a team.” The Golden Rams are hopeful they will take a lot from the tournament at Clarion. “I believe the team was very disappointed in the second round and hopefully we can learn from the experience,” Hendricks said. “Our sixth place finish at Clarion can only impact the rest of our season in a positive way,” Cavalcante

said. “As a team, we saw our strengths and weaknesses and what we need to work on for the next four weeks as we prepare for PSACs in Hershey.” The team had the past week off, as they prepare for Kutztown on Oct. 6. Coach Hendricks has a firm idea on how he will prepare his team. “It was quite obvious by the stats, that if we putt better, we will knock several shots off of our team score,” Hendricks said. “We will spend the majority of our practice time this week on and around the green.” “After coming off a tough weekend we have nothing but motivation to get better and compete to our full capabilities,” Cavalcante said. “We will work on the in’s and out’s of our game as we physically and mentally pre-

pare.” Last year at the Kutztown Invitational, the Golden Rams finished second to the home team. However, this year, Cavalcante is hopeful the final results will be different. “We know we are just as good as our fellow PSAC competitors, so we will put much hard work into reaching our goal place placing top three in PSACs,” she said. “We will give them a run for their money on their home course and hopefully come out on top.” The team’s next competition is the Kutztown Fall Invitational, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Justin Park is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies with a psychology minor . He can be reached at JP727711@ wcupa.edu.


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Men’s soccer team splits pair of matches in Erie

Joey Samuel Sports Editor

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he West Chester men’s soccer team split a pair of difficult matches in the Erie area this weekend, beating Mercyhurst on Friday, but losing to Gannon one day later. On Saturday, West Chester faced off against Gannon, who is ranked as the No. 4 team in all of Division II. While West Chester fought hard and played tough, Gannon was able to break a scoreless tie in the 78th minute when they finally got a shot past Rams goalkeeper Garrett Bleiler, who was spectacular throughout the match. Facing a top team like Gannon, the Rams would have been satisfied to

appointing, it came just one day after a solid win over Mercyhurst, meaning the Rams were able to leave Erie, where both teams are located, with their heads held high. On Friday, the Golden Rams put on what may have been their best performance of the season so far, defeating Mercyhurst in a back-and-forth contest that saw West Chester win, 2-1. West Chester got off to the best possible start when Taylor Eisenhauer scored on a header after Roberto Silva had delivered in a well-placed corner kick in the fourth minute. Mercyhurst would answer, though, when 10 minutes later Alex Manea managed to beat Bleiler. But West Chester would reclaim the lead once again in the 21st minute

That’s an eight to 10 hour drive [to Erie]. You’re tired, you’re bored, you just don’t feel like playing, but we showed up... We took down a very good team. Mercyhurst is not an easy win. leave the match with a 0-0 draw, but Gannon somehow found a goal and took all three points. Shots were just about even throughout the match, with West Chester recording 15 and Gannon taking 13. The loss snapped an unbeaten start to the conference portion of the Rams’ season. West Chester had won two and tied one in its first three PSAC games. While the loss to Gannon on Saturday was dis-

when Brett Snyder found an open Christian Benner, who buried what would go on to be the winning goal. Although Benner’s goal would eventually be the winner, West Chester came close to blowing the lead a second time. In the second half, Mercyhurst was awarded a penalty shot after an infraction in the box by a West Chester player. But Bleiler came up huge, stopping the ensuing penalty kick to pre-

serve the 2-1 lead. Bleiler put on a masterful performance throughout the entire second half, making save after save on other plays, not just on the penalty kick. West Chester managed to hold on for the win, its second in three PSAC games. The Golden Rams did not win a single PSAC game in all of 2011, but this year, they already have two. While they ended up falling to Gannon on Saturday, the team still has a solid seven points from four conference games, good enough for third in the PSAC. The two teams that sit above West Cheser are none other than Gannon and Mercyhurst. “It’s great. That’s an eight to 10 hour drive [to Erie],” said senior midfielder Jake Maxwell. “You’re tired, you’re bored, you just don’t feel like playing, but we showed up, and we played, and we took down a very good team. Mercyhurst is not an easy win. “We got that first goal, that’s so important. It’s something we’ve been focusing on as a team, and I think going forward as a team that’s huge for us. We’re finally getting those confidence wins under the belt. I think it’s only up from there,” Maxwell said. With two wins already in the bag, the Golden Rams have already earned more PSAC points than they did all of last season. Such a turnaround is huge for the team’s confidence, regardless of the close loss to Gannon, who is one of the best teams in the entire country. “Especially after last year, where we were one of the only, if not the only, West Chester teams to end up with zero wins in the PSAC,” said Maxwell. “Coming into this year,

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Goalkeeper Garrett Bleiler looks on as defender Taylor Eisenhauer looks to pass downfield. Bleiler was spectacular in goal over the two games, while Eisenhauer scored against Mercyhurst. obviously we’ve been motivated to make ourselves known. We have a bunch of seniors and talented undergraduates, so we’ve been working hard and finally getting the results that we deserve as a team.” While the team would probably like to continue this strong run of form in conference, it will actually get a break from PSAC action in this upcoming week. The Rams will first host Philadelphia University on Thursday night at Farrell Stadium. Then, they will host Nyack College on Saturday afternoon. The team will resume PSAC action the following week with a home game against Slippery Rock and an away match against Lock Haven. Joey Samuel is a fourth-year student majoring in political science and Spanish. He can be reached at JS719745@wcupa.edu.

WCU athletics schedule 10/1-10/7 Oct. 1 -no sports scheduled Oct. 2 -no sports scheduled Oct. 3 -field hockey vs. Kutztown, 4 p.m. Oct. 4 -men’s soccer vs. Philadelphia U., 7 p.m. Oct. 5 -women’s tennis @ Clarion, 3 p.m. -men’s and women’s swimming & diving vs. S. Conn. St. and Shippensburg, 5 p.m. -volleyball @ PSAC West Crossover Edinboro, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 -women’s tennis @ IUP, 9 a.m. -volleyball @ PSAC West Crossover Mercyhurst, 7 p.m. -women’s soccer @ Kutztown, 1 p.m. -football @ East Stroudsburg, 1 p.m. -field hockey vs. Bloomsburg, 1 p.m. -men’s soccer vs. Nyack, 1 p.m. -women’s golf @ Kutztown, 1 p.m. -volleyball @ PSAC West Crossover Gannon, 3 p.m. -men’s and women’s swimming & diving vs. S. Conn. St. and Shippensburg, 5 p.m. Oct. 7 -women’s golf @ Kutztown, 10 a.m.

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Golden Rams upset No. 6 California to stay perfect in PSAC

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inebacker Ronnell Williams’ interception with 1:18 remaining helped visiting West Chester hold onto a 37-34 victory over sixthranked California (Pa.) Saturday afternoon. Running back Rondell White recorded his second 200 yard rushing performance of the year as he piled up 280 all-purpose yards, leading West Chester (4-1) to the upset victory. By defeating Cal (41), it marks the first time since 2009 that the Golden Rams defeated a top 10 opponent, and ended a personal four-game skid against Cal. Safety John O’Donnell kicked things off for the Rams just over two minutes into the game, as he scooped up a fumble by Cal’s Nadir Brown and took it 48 yards to the house, giving West Chester an early 7-0 lead. This was the second touchdown of the year for O’Donnell who also had a 48-yard interception return against Gannon earlier in the year. This was the fourth straight game in which the defense or special teams have scored a touchdown. Wide Receiver Jim Kelly stretched the lead to 14 with a seven-yard reception from quarterback Mike Mattei with just over six minutes to go in the opening quarter. In the second quarter, both teams exchanged a pair of touchdowns, with each missing an extra point in the process. Cal struck first with a touchdown halfway through the quarter to cut the lead to 14-7, but West Chester responded on their next possession. White capped off a 10-play, 65-yard drive

with a 22-yard catch from Mattei. Cal refused to be dominated at home as they went 77 yards in only 1:21 to make the score 2113. Kelly caught his second touchdown pass of the game, this time on a 51yard hook-up, providing West Chester with a 27-13 lead going into the locker rooms. The third quarter saw Cal capitalize on two West Chester turnovers, cashing in on both for touchdowns and tying the game up at 27 heading in the final quarter.

second-and-five play, Williams intercepted a pass that deflected off a Cal receiver, and the Golden Rams took three knees for the victory. White led the way for the Golden Rams as he piled up 200 yards on 36 carries, while also catching six balls for another 80 yards receiving and a score. The Rams outgained the Vulcans 211 to 73 on the ground, averaging almost five yards per carry. Mattei led the aerial attack completing 23 of his

With our defensive play, and the way that our offense is rolling, the sky’s the limit for our football team.

Kicker Shawn Leo put the Rams in front for good with a 43-yard field goal with 7:28 remaining. Following a three and out by the Vulcans, West Chester drove 60 yards topped off with a one-yard White plunge to push the lead to 10 with only three and half minutes remaining. Cal responded quickly though as they drove 78 yards for a touchdown in less than a minute making the tally 37-34. After West Chester recovered the onside kick attempt, they were stopped on three plays as Cal burned their three timeouts in hope of getting one more chance on offense. Following a West Chester punt to Cal’s 17 yardline, the Vulcans took over with 1:59 to play, only needing a field goal to tie. Their potential gamewinning drive wouldn’t last long though as on a

43 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns. He threw two interceptions in the game, compared to zero in his previous three games. While his play was far from perfect, he made the passes when he needed to and in the end, got the road victory. For the second straight week, Kelly recorded over 100 yards receiving. Saturday he caught eight balls for 123 yards and two more touchdowns bringing his total to a team leading five. While the Vulcans outgained the Rams through the air 342289, West Chester did average almost a whole yard more per completion, and outgained Cal offensively 500 to 415. Williams and fellow linebacker Mike Labor led the way as the defense shut down another prolific offense and provided key turnovers.

“Their offensive line is probably the best that we’ll see all year,” admitted Labor in an interview earlier in the week. “They play really fast, so in practice we focused on the speed, rather than the physicalness.” The self-proclaimed Batman and Robin of the defense had another solid performance capped off by Williams interception that sealed the deal. Williams and senior defensive back Carl Barnes led the team in tackles with seven apiece, and redshirt freshman Courtland Bragg had the defense’s other interception. Marking their fourthstraight victory and undefeated record against Division II opponents, the Golden Rams seem to be firing on all cylinders offensively and defensively. “With our defensive play, and the way that our offense is rolling, the sky’s the limit for our football team,” Williams said when talking about the recent winning streak. The next stop for the Golden Rams is a trip to East Stroudsburg (2-2) on Saturday. The Warriors are coming off a tough loss 31-27 to Clarion and are looking to rebound for their homecoming game against West Chester. The Rams look to keep pace with No. 10 Bloomsburg and No. 21 Shippensburg atop the PSAC East, who are both 2-0. This will be the third straight road game for WCU who will try to improve to 3-1 away from Farrell Stadium before coming home for three straight games. Kickoff will be at 1:05 p.m. Riley Wallace is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies with a journalism minor. He can be reached at RW718681@ wcupa.edu.

Page 23 Volleyball from page 24 team, is currently in a similar situation with the Rams, drawing even through their first 12 matches played (6-6) this season. Both sides came into Friday’s action following a busy weekend at the crossover, with the Warriors going 2-1 in at home, and West Chester unable to come up with a win in all four matches played at Hollinger Fieldhouse. The Rams would finally put an end to their drought with a definitive win over East Stroudsburg in the minimum three sets (24-28, 2516, 25-16). The first set, ended with a kill by Julia O’Brien, was a good indication of how the rest of the match would play out. The Warriors would end up costing themselves 27 points by the end of the contest due to failed attempts on offense (-.076 attacking percentage). Kegerise led the team in points (11), adding to her season totals with 10 kills, two block assists and three digs. Setter Mary Faust contributed for 18 of the team’s 31 assists, and Tori Hutchinson added an additional nine helpers. The win improved the Rams record to 10-9 heading into the final game of their home stand against Lock Haven on Saturday. The Eagles have played exceptionally well against conference opponents this season (4-1) despite an only above average 8-7 record entering the game against West Chester. Lock Haven ousted the Rams in both of their meetings last season, with each match decided by a 3-0 score line. This game would be no different, as the Eagles would need only three sets (25-19, 25-16, 25-21) to continue their winning streak over the

Rams. The game was lost due to a “lack of drive and determination” according to head coach Kassie Bellaver. Lock Haven was led by their three-time PSAC east player of the year Gao Xuan on offense with 17 points and 15 kills. Kelly Martin had a solid game on offense, putting up six kills, one service ace and one block assist. In her best performance of the season, Hutchinson posted 12 assists, one service ace, and four digs in the loss. Defensively, libero Morgan Litak and Dana Markol recorded nine and 10 digs respectively. With a split in this weekend’s action, the Rams find themselves at 1-5 in conference play thus far in the season. “Communication is the backbone behind any good team and we need to work hard to better communicate with each other,” Martin explained. “Playing wise, obviously our passing, setting, hitting and serving all can improve, but our communication is what is making us fall behind. We need to strive to be more consistent and aggressive.” Hopefully, the girls will be able to work their way out of a rather rocky start through five games. They hit the road next weekend to square off against Kutztown on Friday, followed by Mercyhurst and Gannon on Saturday at the PSAC West crossover. Coach Bellaver will look to shake things up this week at practice with a few lineup changes in the hope they will produce a positive result come game time next Friday. West Chester currently sits in fifth out of seven teams in the PSAC Eastern Division. Joshua Shapiro is a second-year student majoring in English and education. He can be reached at JS762110@wcupa.edu.


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The National Football League finally reached a new collective bargaining agreement with the referees’ union this week, ending a labor dispute that had lasted months. The NFL had been forced to hire replacement referees, who were widely criticized for poor officiating throughout the first three weeks of the season.

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West Chester volleyball tops East Stroudsburg, falls to Lock Haven in pair of home matches By Joshua Shapiro Staff Writer

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he women’s volleyball came into this Friday’s action looking to put an end to their longest losing streak of the season. Winless in their last four, it was evident that the team needed to regain their early season momentum. “So far, our play is nowhere as good as it can be. I do think improvements are being made daily, but there is still significant room to improve. I always try my best to be encouraging and hold my teammates to a high standard because I know they are capable,” senior captain Lexi Kegerise said. With a .500 record after 20 games (10-10, 1-5 PSAC), there is no doubt that the squad has performed reasonably well when considering the number of freshmen starters on the team. In fact, first-year players have been responsible for 117 kills, and roughly 40 percent of the Rams assists with 274 on the year. However, reasonably well is not what the team is looking for as they aim to make another post-season run this year. Friday’s contest saw the girls do battle with the Warriors of East Stroudsburg. ESU, led by head coach Allison Keely in her first year with the

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