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W W W. W C U Q UA D. CO M MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013

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n Sept. 21, MakeA-Wish partnered with the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon to host Get Stoked, a charity event whose proceeds would be donated to help enrich the lives of children with cancer. The event was held at Farrell Stadium on West Chester’s south campus, featuring a number of raffles, a dunk tank, and ladder ball games in conjunction with a twohour run, which generated more than $2,000 of proceeds for Make-AWish. Donors pledged a set amount of money towards individual runners or teams who then paced themselves around the track inside the stadium for two hours. Another option present for donors was to pledge toward the total mileage incurred by Photo by Colleen Goldhorn

all of the runners. The work done this past Saturday is guaranteed to bring about change in the lives of children in need. “We chose to work with the Make-A-Wish foundation because my buddy growing up had a wish granted,” said Steve Love, a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon. “I wanted to do this for another kid in his honor.” The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which was founded in 1980 in Arizona, was kicked off by fulfilling 7-year-old Chris Greicius’s dream of becoming a police officer. He was brought into the DPS Station in Scottsdale, Arizona where he became the first and only honorary officer. Since that fateful encounter between the Greicius family and the folks that would later form Make-A-Wish, the organization has aided more than 226,000 children in realizing their

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Sigma Phi Episilon hosts fundraiser to benefit Make-a-Wish foundation single strongest wish amidst a life ridden with illness. “It’s been more than 30 years since my son Chris received his wish, and I am still amazed and inspired how one little boy’s dream to be a policeman has touched the lives of so many thousands of people,” said Linda Pauling, Greicius’s mother, this past year. It is that exact feeling of wonder Get Stoked aspired to create. The Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers, who did this of their own volition, serve as a testament to just how far volunteer work can go, and just how great it can feel. Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded over a century ago in Richmond, Virginia in 1901 as a fraternity with a goal in mind to help young men maximize their free time.

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ASA is offering to pay research subjects $18,000 to stay in bed. NASA wants to monitor subjects as they lie around for 70 days in order to understand the effects of space flight on the human body. The hitch is that subjects cannot move at all - even for the bathroom - and they have to be as fit as an astronaut in order to be considered for the study, knowing that their muscles will atrophy. Subjects also have to undergo rigorous psychological testing to see if they can handle the effects of being immobile.

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South African woman was robbed of her groceries as she was leaving a farmers market - by a baboon. The baboon pounced on the woman, who had her hands full, and stole her fresh vegetables before returning to the forest. man from Western Pennsylvania has been charged with driving drunk while carrying an open can of beer. The catch is that the man was driving a riding lawn mower. Police found the man cruising down the street at 1:30 in the morning. The man explained that he was just driving home -- which was more than six miles away. The man is required to go to court to face charges including driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.


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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 Get Stoked continued from page 2 “Sigma Phi Epsilon taught me that I did not have to choose between academic success and the close personal relationships that make life meaningful,” says Andrew Bergurland, a 2010 graduate of Sigma Phi Epsilon, signifying the change Greek life can bring about in the life of a university student. “The importance of philanthropy in Greek life is to give back. We raised over $3,800 so

far and are continuing to raise money. We are given such an amazing opportunity by being in these organizations in college and have the means to give back, so why shouldn’t we?” Love said. At the end of the day, participants walked away with more than just Get Stoked t-shirts. They left Farrell Stadium with the satisfactory feeling of helping children in need. “I am so proud to be a member of such a great organization. There is

THE QUAD NEWS no better feeling than helping people out and the thought of granting someone a wish who has a serious illness is so rewarding,” said Matt Scott, another brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon. “Not only were we raising a lot of money, but we also had a great time doing it and it was great seeing people come out and supporting a great cause. Overall the event was a huge success and it was a great day.”

Launch your international career through Peace Corps service. PEACE CORPS AT WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY Wednesday, Oc tober 2 Sykes Student Union building INfORmATION TAbLE 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. fall Career fair INfORmATION SESSION 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Room 225

Jeffrey Holmes is a second-year student majoring in secondary English education. He can be reached at JH791223@wcupa.edu.

Obama makes decision regarding Syria

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The U.S. chose diplomacy for now, but Syria is on a “short leash”

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n Sept. 14, the U.S. and Russia came to an agreement to seize and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons that were used against their own people on the Aug. 21 attack. The attack occurred near Damascus, the capital of Syria, killing more than 1,400 citizens. President Obama held off from taking military action, which gave U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov time to meet in Geneva and discuss possible solutions to removing the chemical weapons from the Syrian government. The deal between Russia and the U.S. is an attempt to seize the ongoing civil war in hopes to strike peace within the country of Syria. It also will require Syrian President Bashar Assad and his government to provide

information about their arsenal of chemical weapons and to turn them over. Failure to turn the chemical weapons will result in penalties to Assad and the Syrian government. “Ensuring that a dictator’s wanton use of chemical weapons never again comes to pass, we believe is worth pursuing and achieving,” Kerry said in an interview after the deal was finalized. According to CBS news President Obama said this deal “represents an important, concrete step towards the goal of moving Syria’s chemical weapons under international control so that they may ultimately be destroyed.” Before this deal was struck, President Obama was prepared to strike with military force. During his address to the nation, Obama said he would postpone the voting in Congress. This allowed John Kerry and the Rus-

sian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov time to finalize deal that would essentially be a more peaceful end to the situation. The Syrian government and Assad has one week to comply with this agreement. It will be a long process in removing these chemical weapons from the country. International inspectors will be in Syria in November and all components of the chemical weapons program are to be destroyed by mid-2014. The U.S. government is on a short leash with Syria. “There can be no games, no room for avoidance or anything less than full compliance by the Assad regime,” Kerry said on the matter. President Obama also made it clear that Syria is on thin ice. “If diplomacy fails, the United States is prepared to act.” Sean Breen is a fourth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at SB718728@wcupa.edu.

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Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people several weeks ago in one of the latest attacks in the Syrian civil war.


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The papacy turns a corner Pope Francis thinks the church should be a “home for all”

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ope Francis stated in an interview that he thinks the Catholic Church is too focused on gay marriage, abortion, and birth control. This comes as a big surprise to many, since the Catholic Church has a reputation for being conservative – and to some, close-minded. “The church has sometimes locked itself up in small things, in smallminded rules,” Pope Francis said. “The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.” This is not the first time that the new pope did something shocking. Pope Francis also chooses to live in Casa Santa Maria, the Vatican guesthouse, rather than the papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace because it is less isolated. “I cannot live without people,” Pope Francis said. Pope Francis has indeed been making waves since his papacy began six months ago, but this latest development is arguably the most progressive statement to come from the Vatican since before Pope John Paul II. Reverend Antonio Spadaro, editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, was interviewing the pope when these remarks came to light. Pope Francis said that the church has become too “obsessed” with a few issues rather than taking care of its congregation. He further criti-

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WELCOME TO CAMPUS! ~ FROM THE FACILITIES DIVISION ~ We hope that you are settled in and enjoying your time at WCU this semester. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves or reacquaint you with our services. We work behind the scenes most of the time so we’d like to let you know who we are and what we do. The FACILITIES DIVISION is comprised of two sections: Facilities Design & Construction, which is responsible for directing all construction and renovation projects on the campus; and Facilities Management, which oversees the operational and maintenance aspects of Facilities including Plant Operations, Custodial Services, Grounds Maintenance, Boiler Plant, and Financial & Support Services.

cized the church for “prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized,” according to an article in the New York Times. “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time…The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. We have to find a new balance, otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards,” the pope said. The opinions of the new pope have not changed any doctrines or procedures, but Francis succeeded in giving hope to liberal Catholics. After his remarks were publicized, many of them took to social media to discuss a possible return to the church. Pope Francis did not vocalize his support of marriage equality or abortion; he stated that the position of the church on those issues is clear. However, back in July when he was asked about his opinion on gay priests, Pope Francis’s response was enough to make headlines: “Who

am I to judge?” He further clarified in this most recent interview that he was referring to all homosexuals, not just priests. While these progressive comments have invoked enthusiasm among liberal Catholics, Catholics who fall on the other end of the spectrum are now on the defensive. “Nobody should try to use the words of the pope to minimize the urgent need to preach and teach about abortion,” said Reverend Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life. Despite his naysayers, no one can say that Pope Francis has not brought a new point of view to the Vatican, a view that many Catholics all over the world find incredibly encouraging. “I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugar,” said Pope Francis. “You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.” Clare Haggerty is a third-year student majoring in English. She can be reached at CH757342@wcupa.edu.

Our goal for the summer months was to complete as much work as possible when the campus was less populated in order to minimize disruption to the academic mission of the University. This past summer, we completed many projects. These are some of the more significant ones: • • •

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South New Street parking structure with 450 parking spaces New picnic patio and landscaping along South Church Street in front of Schmucker Science Center In addition to updating the decal on the buses, we also added two hours to the schedule and an additional bus during peak times. You can access the bus schedule on this app for your smart phone: m.wcupa.edu Installation of a modular trailer near Merion Science Center to house the Anthropology wet lab Installation of window AC units in student rooms in Tyson and Killinger Halls Installation of additional electrical capacity in each student room in Killinger Hall Renovation to Hollinger Fieldhouse basketball arena (air conditioning to come later) Construction of a new artificial turf soccer field on South Campus Renovation of 20 bathrooms and kitchens plus renovation of an exterior brick patio, including landscaping, at College Arms Apartments Painting/re-carpeting of Wayne Hall and four South Campus Apartment buildings Campus buildings power-washed – Anderson Hall, Philips Memorial, Ehinger Gym, and Peoples Building Installation of warm air hand dryers in FHG Library and Ehinger Office Annex Conversion of three resident lounges to temporary classrooms in Goshen and Tyson Halls (to replace classrooms at Mitchell Hall, now under renovation) Painting of windows at Old Library Relocation of three site sculptures from Mitchell Hall to the Arts Venue along E. O. Bull Center Installation of new concrete sidewalk at Filano Hall

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Find your niche in university life

nevitably, West Chester students are surrounded by things to do on campus. This university gives students the opportunity to be involved in ways they will never again find in the “real world.” From intramural sports to the anime club, and from special guests to full blown concerts, sometimes the range of possibilities is almost overwhelming. In fact, when I transferred to West Chester from a community college, I was floored by the opportunities before me. Despite saving me a large hunk of money, my community college experience was one without a lot of benefits. I probably could have been involved in more ways than I realized, but without the magnitude of options constantly surrounding students, I spent my first two-and-a-half years of college only on campus to suffer through classes and run to my car.

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FACULTY ADVISOR I could look back now and regret the opportunities I missed. Furthermore, I could Dr. Philip A. Thompsen coast through West Chester the same way I did my previous two years and then in another two years down the road I could regret all the opportunities I would be missing here. Thankfully, when I transferred to West Chester, I stopped watching life pass by and started being a player in my own success. Specifically, I started writing Submissions Policy Guest and opinion columns, letters to the editor, political or social commentary, and artwork is accepted during the for The Quad. academic year. All material may be sent to the attention of the editor in chief, The Quad, 253 Sykes Student Union

My first semester writing consisted mostly of a couple hot headed rants on society that were oh so graciously printed in the Op-Ed section by former Op-Ed editor, Jack Barnett. Seeing my name in print for the first time ensured my continued involvement in The Quad, and the following semester I found myself exploring new topics, developing informed opinions, and stretching my writing skills each and every week. Needless to say, I learned a lot. Then one day, I saw an ad in The Quad for the Op-Ed editor position as Mr. Barnett was graduating and moving on. Here I sit today in a plush swivel chair at a beatiful Mac desktop I could never dream of affording, writing to you, the student body of West Chester University. I am not sure if it is my unique opportunity to reach out to all of you, my fondness of writing, editing and design, or the pleasure of meeting with the awesome staff here at The Quad each Sunday morning, but I know for sure that two years from now when I look back at my experience at West Chester University, I will not have a single regret. To those students with any interest in writing, editing, design, or media of any kind, I strongly encourage you get involved with The Quad. To all those other students, I realize that you may not all be avid writers, but I encourage you to find your niche the way I found mine. The opportunities on this campus are ever abounding. Take advantage of them while you can. - Joy Wilson Op-Ed Editor

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iPhone 5 couples innovative technology with sleek design

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By Alyssa Cappola Special to The Quad

he market for technology is a forever growing and changing industry. There is constantly a new desirable and “must have” piece of equipment out and ready to be purchased. From cameras, to phones, to iPads, to Kindles, there is technology available for everything and for everyone. A couple days ago, the iOS 7 update became available for all iPhone owners, along with the new iPhone 5c. This phone is capable of many similar tasks from the previous

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iPhones, however there are quite a few differences. The one main difference between this iPhone, is that it is made out of plastic. This will make the phone more desirable because all of the preceding iPhones have been made of glass, which is

easier to break and crack if dropped. Also, this new iPhone comes in several different colors such as green, blue, yellow, pink and white. These colors bring the phone to life. Under the smooth surface of the seamless outer shell, there is a steel-reinforced

The banners were set up in front of Main Hall, displaying the horrifying images again, just like three years ago. The word spread quickly, whether it was word-of-mouth or via Facebook, the support was amazing. There is no way to adequately describe how proud I was of my school to see the counter-protest that students engaged in, and the support for that counter-protest. Repent America is the name of the organization that was here on Friday. Their mission, according to their website: “We must go out to where the sinners are. We must go to those who would never come into our churches – to the atheists, to the religious, to the self-righteous, to the God-hating and win their souls to Christ.” Our college is not filled with God-hating sinners. Our campus does not breed hate or evil. We are a body of people that serves 400,000+ service hours in a year, we are a

school that produces multitudes of student leaders throughout all facets of campus life, and most importantly, we are a community that comes together and tears down bigotry and sexism when it tries

frame that provides more structure. On top of the different colors, you can also add one of six Apple cases that are impossible to ignore because the case design allows the color of the actual iPhone to show through underneath. The case obviously protects your phone, but there are also 30 different color combinations and it helps the phone stand out and makes it more personal. This phone come with an A6 chip which allows 10 hours of LTE browsing time, 10 hours of talk time, and 10 hours of video playback time. This chip is also designed to hold a

more powerful battery life, which is more convenient not having to worry about bringing a charger along when leaving the house. This phone also has 13 LTE bands, which is more than any other smartphone currently available. This makes this the fastest iPhone and the download time and speed is incomparable. The number of LTE carriers that supports iPhones around the world continues to grow, so while traveling you can take advantage of this network. The 8MP iSight camera is a high quality and has a great resolution. This camera comes with a fun ap-

plication that allows you to snap images in a square format, and you can also choose from 8 different filters that can be applied before or after a picture is taken. Overall the iOS 7 is cleaner and simpler with the interface and the new features supplying so many different and fun things to do. This phone is the most up to date and most advanced piece of equipment available, also not to mention very colorful! Alyssa Cappola is a third-year student majoring in marketing. She can be reached at AC756570@wcupa. edu.

Repent America protests abortion at West Chester University By Joseph Deegan Special to The Quad

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ne of my first few months here at WCU, I distinctly remember walking to a class I had in Main Hall and seeing children holding signs filled with pictures of what looked like aborted fetuses. I was offended, horrified, and most of all, I felt physically ill. Now to clarify, I did not feel sick about the images or what they were preaching, but instead, I felt sick about what means this organization was taking to present their information. They were using children, no more than age 10, to display their revolting message. I am never going to forget that day, as it was the first day that introduced me to the extreme methods that some groups will use to convey their message. Besides the occasional preacher that would stand in front of Main Hall and spew some passages from the Bible, I did not have to deal with these images again, until this past Friday.

to come to our campus. Repent America preached on Friday that all sinners will find their hell; all people that betray God will eventually meet their lake of fire. But I ask, what will happen to them? They are preach-

ing a child. There was one woman that I saw on Repent America’s side on Friday, and she was the only one. It was apparent that most of the protesters were men. This makes no sense to me. I do not see men having to deal with the side-effects of being pregnant, side effects that last for nine months. And I believe that if they did have to deal with those side-effects, then “abortions would be easier than getting food poisoning from Taco Bell,” (to quote one of my favorite signs from the counter protesters). There is nothing wrong with being pro-choice. Contrary to popular belief, pro-choice does Photo by Kenny Ayres not mean anti-baby. I do not understand I choose what I want this argument, I do not to believe. I believe that know who started this arwomen should decide gument, but once again, what they want to do with it is asinine. Everybody their own bodies. I believe is pro-baby. Babies are that while I may consider adorable and wonderful myself to be pro-choice, it and they do gross things is not entirely up to me, too, but it’s okay because as I will never be bear- they are babies and they ing hate; is that not going against God’s word? But that is their choice. They make the decision to go location to location, projecting their terrible views. They make those decisions, and I make my own.

look cute, even when doing gross things. But I digress. There is one more thing I remember about Friday, that despite all of what was going on in the quad, there were still tours being given. Tours being given to impressionable high school students that are interested in West Chester University. This is what makes me so proud, because they were able to see our counterprotest. I am glad that these students could see that we are passionate about women’s rights and the freedom for one to do what they want with their own body. I hope they will remember WCU as a school filled with educated, critically conscious individuals. However, if those high school students saw us as a bunch of radical, Godhating feminazis, then I believe that they have no place on this campus. And that is my own decision to make. Joseph Deegan is a fouth-year student majoring in English Education. He can be reached at JD739130@ wcupa.edu.


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Agent Orange still plagues veterans and their families

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is going to come out as a health problem. It is already, but we just need to get people to understand that.” Imagine being doused in a pool of pesticides for days, weeks, months. For many Vietnam veterans, this was precisely what was happening. At the time, the soldiers (many who were already there against their wills, although the government will have you believe that 75% of them volunteered) felt the chemicals were innocuous. To them it was an afterthought. “The government thought, we’ll bomb them after we spray defoliate on them, the trees and the jungles, to get rid of all that.” Agent Orange was just one of many chemicals used in the Vietnam War – others included Agents Purple, Pink, White, Blue, and Green, which were known as the Rainbow Herbicides. The colors had nothing to do with the spray, but with band colors on the barrels. Dow, who was one of the leading producers of Agent Orange, has advocated that there is not enough evidence supporting that the effects were caused from their chemicals. Eliminating the jungle was the main priority because it made the enemy more visible, as U.S. forces were essentially fighting an army using guerilla warfare tactics. To put it into perspective, an excessive total of 18 million gallons were used throughout the course of the war. As the war progressed, the government essentially felt that more land needed to be vanquished, so our sol-

diers could see who they were fighting. As a result, the chemical companies sped up production, which lead them to turn up the heat, thus creating more dioxin and hazardous

chemicals in the defoliant. “If it made everything brown, they were happy,” Morris stated. In 1984, there was a class action case that was filed out of court, as 180 million dollars of compensation was allocated among an estimated 10 million veterans. This was a hard fought battle for veterans and a small moral victory, but it hardly covered anything, and even if it did, the monetary compensation could never truly make up for the damage done. The diminutive funds that were distributed went into two programs- a payment program and a class assistance program. However, in 1997, the budget ran out, as the funds were claimed to be fully distributed. Perhaps, the most insulting part of the whole situation is the denial by not only the chemical companies, but by the government. Since these two entities claim there is no proof, (despite the

It was in the water, the food, and the wind would cause it to spread further across the land. This was an extremely corrosive substance that still has detrimental side effects for those living in Blog.sacbee.com the nearby area. And yet, the United States government or chemical companies such as Monsanto have taken no responsibility overseas either, and have continued to deny compensation for Vietnamese who were affected. There are VVA chapters scattered across the country promoting the same causes. Chapter 436 of the VVA represents Chester County and has 140 members, but only have skirted around the about 20 remain very acissue is to make veterans tive members of the orgashow proof that they were nization. Together, they sprayed, a task that is vir- help coordinate commutually impossible. Howev- nity service projects, but er, the bigger concern for most notably they helped the chemical companies bring the moving wall to is not the veterans, but West Chester University’s their children and grand- campus (The moving wall children, and so forth. is a replica of the memo“It’s affecting guys like rial wall in Washington). me, ideally we have 15-20 This was a supreme honor years on our life left, and because it marked the first that’s what the govern- college in America to disment looks at. You drag play the replica of the meinto the equation children morial. But the cause they with 60-80 year life spans; are still most devoted to they think well, we don’t is raising awareness and want to take care of them receiving benefits that for that amount of time. will help them and their So they’re resisting giving children. Currently as it out benefits to the chil- stands, only one illness dren of Veterans because is recognized as a result of Agent Orange, which of that,” Morris said. But it’s not only af- is Spina Bifida, a disease fecting our veterans and that impairs the spinal their children, but the cord. “We want them to children and people of recognize more illnesses Vietnam. They had much in veterans, we have othmore exposure to these er diseases and illnesses chemicals. Many of these that we can relate back to exposed children are be- the Agent Orange spray,” ing born without limbs, Morris pointed out. On October 2nd from 1 eyes, ears, among many other adverse effects. p.m. - 7 p.m. at Philips Auoverwhelming trend of similar illness and birth defects for the children among veterans) it has allowed them to successfully deny further compensation. One way that they

tograph library, there will be a panel to discuss the ramifications of the poisonous dioxins that were used throughout Vietnam. The Chester County chapter VVA 436 will be hosting the event, which was named in honor of Vietnam Veteran Louis F. Guillemin, who lost his life serving our country. Guillemin was a West Chester University graduate and only known M.I.A. and P.O.W. from Chester County. The event comes at an opportune time because Guillemin’s remains were recently discovered overseas and are now being shipped back to the states on October 4th. “We felt this was perfect; it was like an aligning of the stars,” Morris said. On the following day, October 5th, there will be a funeral service to commemorate Major Guillemin’s life. Throughout the day of the event there will be a series of different speakers who will discuss the history of this topic and have the families of the victims come in and speak about the impact these chemicals have had on their lives. But the event doesn’t only cover the Vietnam War, it will also touch upon our veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and how certain chemicals have affected them. For more information on scheduled speakers visit http://www. vva436.org/. “We don’t see the end, we can’t, until our children stop being born with birth defects, it won’t end.” This is a generational problem, one we must fight together- we can start by raising awareness. Evan Smith is a fourth-year student majoring in political science and minoring in communications. He can be reached at ES777403@ wcupa.edu.


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Warner Bros. misses opportunities in Batman reinvention By Drew Mattiola Special to The Quad

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hristian Bale made it relatively clear that portraying Batman is no walk in the park. Only a select few can drive the Batmobile and operate Wayne Enterprise the way Bale did. With a grapple gun in one hand and a martini in another, Bale turned the role of Bruce Wayne into selective process for Warner Bros. casting agency similar to Sean Connery’s influence over the James Bond franchise. The selective process for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel was not thought-out. In fact, Warner Bros. casting of Ben Affleck is the crowning achievement of mediocrity and flagrance. For Ben Affleck to beat out frontrunners, Karl Urban and Josh Brolin is simply absurd. Examining Affleck’s dubious catalog in pieces will surely reveal his weaknesses as an A-list actor and illustrate his inability to fill Bale’s void. Deciphering Affleck’s acting style isn’t rocket science. While he’s capable enough to carry a lead role, the projects he undertook earlier in his career weren’t entirely attractive to film scholars and moviegoers as opposed to the sensational endeavors of performers such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Denzel Washington. Despite winning an Oscar for Good Will Hunting, Affleck was never able to duplicate the success of his magnum opus until later in his career. Affleck was never fully committed to his roles nor did he take risks in his early days of stardom. Actors such Robert De Niro and Christian Bale were dedicated to playing their respective characters through a form of method acting in which the per-

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What will the next face of Batman look like? former immerses him or herself into the role. The end result of this classical technique develops a lifelike character. De Niro for instance lived in Sicily for The Godfather Part II, he gained approximately 60 pounds and learned how to box in preparation for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, he grounded his teeth for Cape Fear, he worked as a cab driver for several weeks for Taxi Driver, and taught himself to play the saxophone for New York, New York. Even Bale was ambitious towards the beginning of his career when he lost a considerable amount of weight in order to achieve to the proper physique for his role as a narcissistic investment banker in American Psycho. Other than Good Will Hunting, Argo, and The Town, hardly any of this craftwork has shown-up in Affleck’s work and if these methods were visible they were poorly executed; hence Pearl Harbor and Paycheck. If Affleck followed suit much like Bale or De Niro earlier on, he most likely would have made better choices selecting his roles. In the early 2000s, Affleck saw his stock as an A-list actor plummet after the colossal failures of starring-vehicles like Gigli and Daredevil in which the latter was a superhero film created by Marvel Studios. Affleck’s stiff performance in Daredevil alone

is enough to convince the masses that the actor is far from Bruce Wayne material. Daredevil as a film was an all-around mess. To further sum up Affleck’s performance, his dialogue as the velvetymasked vigilante was simply laughable, his general personality was relatively dull, and his overall backstory was uninspiring and uninteresting. I remember seeing Daredevil in theaters with extremely low expectations as if I were a stooge taking his girlfriend to see a dreadful Twilight film. Strangely enough, I couldn’t help but think the film was eventually going to scrape the bottom of the barrel. It didn’t become a realization until America left the theaters repulsed by Affleck dressed in bright red elastic attire. With that being said, Affleck’s character in the film was drab and pathetic, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of its audience. After the unfavorable results of Daredevil, Affleck confirmed he would never reprise his role for a sequel, stating wearing a costume and portraying a superhero was simply degrading. It’s pretty hypocritical coming from the actor who just undertook the role of Gotham’s triumphant. If Affleck can’t surmount to the role of a lesser-known superhero such Daredevil what makes you think he’s adequate enough to grasp the role of Batman?

In a nutshell, Affleck is too soft and martiallyinexperienced to play the Dark Knight. It has been over eight years since the release of Batman Begins and approximately sixteen years since the lackluster smudge of Batman & Robin. The franchise has seen a wide range of ups and downs over that span. From the bizarre Tim Burton renditions to homosexual innuendos found in Joel Schumacher’s ill-fated adaptations, the Batman film franchise has come a long way from the humiliation and campiness emphasized in those films. The maturity and illumination of Nolan and Bale’s films were not only unanimously profound but widely respected. Warner Bros. decision to go with Ben Affleck isn’t an awful one as George Clooney and Val Kilmer truly gutted the series in the late 1990s but it is certainly a step back. Now here’s my biggest gripe with Warner Bros. Pictures – Why even recast the role of Nolan’s Bruce Wayne? Why not instead develop a new character that will succeed Wayne as the protector of Gotham City? Before you throw out your issue of The Quad and go about your day, hear me out. No one ever said that Batman was solely the property of Bruce Wayne. In fact several characters have taken over for Bruce Wayne at one point. In the late 1990s, Warner Bros. created a new animated Batman television series entitled, Batman Beyond, which was set 40 years into the future and revolved around a retired Bruce Wayne and his successor, Terry McGinnis. Wayne served as an elderly mentor to a younger McGinnis after he suffered a mild heart attack in his final years of defend-

ing Gotham. Due to the infestation of crime and the evolution of technology and weaponry, an aging Wayne was forced to abandon his lifelong principles by threatening his enemies with a gun. He finally came to the conclusion that he was no longer physically capable of preserving justice therefore hanging up his Bat suit. He vowed never to return as Gotham’s gallant hero and handed over his primary duties to a virtual unknown whom he trusted and strongly related to. The overall style of Batman Beyond closely resembles the dark eerie macrocosm Nolan created and if contemplated would serve as an excellent tie-in to The Dark Knight Rises. If Warner Bros. were to venture down the Batman Beyond avenue instead of constantly appending Nolan’s trilogy with a different actor, the fan reaction a month ago would have been slightly positive. Another reinterpretation of the Batman series would produce stale results and a gruesomely predictable origin film we’re so used to seeing in theaters today. Looking ahead at the future is just as important and exploring a new character assuming the role of Batman would be a refreshing start. Bale previously stated in an interview this year that he would only reprise his role if Nolan were attached to the film but unfortunately for fans, Nolan declined to make another sequel, claiming the story of the Dark Knight has concluded indefinitely. Nolan however, has assumed the chair as a consultant and an executive producer of the Man of Steel franchise, aiding Zach Snyder and Warner Bros. with the story arc of Superman. There are plenty of logical options

laid out for Warner Bros. Pictures to choose from. They could easily re-cast Affleck with a more classically-trained actor, they could undergo a new story treatment involving another character carrying out the responsibilities of Bruce Wayne or they can discontinue Nolan’s Batman roman-fleuve altogether as the Dark Knight trilogy is told impeccably well. Warner Bros. had a golden opportunity to really delve deeper into the Batman series and deliver the news of a fleshed-out Nolan-esque picture but if history serves correctly, the studio’s incompetency has blinded them and instead they acquired Daredevil to portray their beloved hallmark character. Quite personally, I would rather have Al Pacino portray Bruce Wayne on the big screen because at least he can raise the film’s intensity with his strapping vocality. I place my trust in Pacino to commandeer the franchise more than I do with the man who starred in Surviving Christmas and Jersey Girl. With all joking aside, I firmly believe Warner Bros. will regret their abrupt decision to sign Affleck for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. Nolan or not, Batman was Bale’s character. He essentially rectified the grizzly image of the Dark Knight and transformed the hammy juvenile Adam West-veined series into a dystopian novel of epic proportions. Ben Affleck has enormous shoes to fill because if he falls flat on his face as the Dark Avenger Gotham’s grown accustom to, expect a national uprising. It may possibly be our reckoning in Batman’s defense. Drew Mattiola is a second-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at RM814408@wcupa.edu.


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Miss America backlash exposes racism still prevelant today By Elizabeth Coppa Special to The Quad

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he Miss America Pageant--a staple of American culture-announced their winner, Nina Davuluri last week, who is the first Miss America winner of Indian descent. While usually this is a time for celebration, the hours following the contest results were brutal. People on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook did not hold back their harsh words. It's unfortunate to live in a society where times of celebration are tainted by such negativity and stupidity. Buzzfeed, a well-known site that shares common Internet trends, collaborated several posts that were posted publicly shortly after the announcement. Tweets like "This is America, not India" were common. "I

swear I'm not racist but about the values held by this is America" were Miss America pageants. among the more ironic "The four points of the ones. There were also Miss America crowns are Tweets naming Nina a scholarship, service, sucMuslim which is just ignorant. Several other commenters considered themselves offended that such a decision would be made so close to September 11. The stupidity and ignorance of some people will never surprise me, but the hate and abuse during such a modern culture do. Why do we still have issues like this? I decided to sit down with a former Miss Pennsylvania's Independent.co.uk Outstanding Teen (this pageant system is the "little sister" to the cess and style. I walked Miss America pageant). away from my experience Julia Rae is a former with skills that I still West Chester University use to this day." She exstudent, and I asked her plained to me that the or-

ganization truly upholds their values and consistently finds intelligent, poised, and compassionate women to represent

them. I asked her about her stance on the negative responses that came after the Miss America results were announced.

"I think it's fantastic that an Indian-American woman won Miss America this year. Miss America embodies the entire nation and there is incredible, beautiful diversity in this country so it's definitely time for that to be acknowledged on this national platform. " The diversity in this country is a beautiful thing. The United States has been a combination of several cultures, yet some people fail to acknowledge that. The hardest part of all this that I cannot seem to wrap my head around is that society that has been so diverse for a very long time, still cannot accept some of the cultures remotely different from themselves.

What do these widelyshared views of hatred say about our definition of beauty? Are some so closed minded we cannot get past the image of a white, southern, blonde as a standard for our beauty? Or is it that we truly are a racist nation blind to the things that really matter? It is hard to understand the Americans who look at the contestants' beautiful faces, bodies, hair, and vast around of talent and still find ways to discriminate. The sad, hard truth is that racism still exists. Can we even assume our country is making progress? Nina Davuluri is American. She is just as American as my Italian, Irish, and German self, and as American as the person sitting next to you. Elizabeth Coppa is a third-year student majoring in communication studies and minoring in journalism. She can be reached at EC744351@wcupa.edu.

Make WCU a healthy campus this fall with a few simple tips By Kristen Kauffman Special to The Quad

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ith fall well on its way, the sniffles can be heard campus-wide. How can we make WCU a healthy place? I am by no means an expert, but I try to live a healthy life. So should you! If we all follow these five simple steps, WCU could be on its way to being germ-free. 1. Get outside. Fresh air can provide many benefits to your cold-stricken body. For starters, fresh air improves the cleansing pattern in your lungs, helping to get rid of those nasty germs you caught while hanging out with your new study buddy. 2. Eat a sweet potato.

Or Five. Fall is the perfect time for sweet potatoes. They are rich in vitamins A and C, both great if you are trying to prevent a cold. If you add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the potato, it is the epitome of fall. Also in season are apples and pumpkins: go to a local orchard for a festive Saturday activity, getting some fresh air while you are buying local. 3. Get some sleep. There are countless reasons to get eight hours a night, but mental well-being is the most important. In the fall and winter, many people have seasonal affect disorder. Getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night can help improve

your mood and your overall mental health. Being well rested provides you with natural energy and

4. Go for a run. I already mentioned the benefits of being outdoors, but you can even run in-

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helps you to concentrate. This makes you more productive and hopefully pleasant. Now, go take that power nap!

side if you prefer. Treadmills at the Rec Center or the Clubhouse Gym on South Campus are high-tech and fun to run

on. If you want to run inside but need a change of scenery, the indoor track in the Rec Center is the thing for you. Running does numerous beneficial things for your body, but specifically relieves stress and depression that the seasonal change might cause. 5. Make study habits. As mid-terms and eventually finals approach, you don’t want to be stressing out about the big test. Planning ahead and setting due dates on assignments will help you not only academically (oh yeah, that’s why we are here isn’t it?), but also mentally. I am not against making to-do lists solely for the purpose of checking off something each day. Never underes-

timate the feeling of accomplishment, friends! If these five simple tips seem like too much work for you, at least do your fellow students a favor and wash your hands. Especially after you blow your nose (hopefully on a tissue), and before you eat. These may sound obvious, but it is amazing what novelties we think we have to give up when we are living the “college life”. General health and hygiene is not one of them! Practice healthy habits and spread the word about this thing called fresh air. Now go eat a sweet potato! Kristen Kauffman is a second-year student majoring in Nutrition & Dietetics. She can be reached at KK808697@wcupa.edu.


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Sykes After Dark keeps students entertained and out of trouble By Daniel O’Connor Special to The Quad

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est Chester Public Safety knocks on the door and cites everyone for underage drinking. Most of us have either been in that situation or know someone who has been in that situation. Not only does this event ruin your night, but it could end in court dates, alcohol classes, and legal fees. If found guilty not only do you have the courts to deal with, but you also have to deal with West Chester University. It’s almost as though you get punished for the same mistake twice. Is it worth it? Absolutely not! Our campus is such

a unique one. We have many activities offered to students that cost little to no money and will keep you out of trouble. Perhaps the biggest one is Sykes After Dark. Sykes After Dark is something that you might remember that first Friday of Freshman year if you lived on campus. Your RA took you to our student union after a floor meeting and introduced you to this unique program at West Chester. However, the party doesn’t stop after that night. Every week, Sykes After Dark brings in entertainment such as comedians, improv groups, and casino games. In addition, every week there is karaoke, a free give-a-way, and

free food! On top of that, you can see the midnight showing of the Student

are always looking for suggestions for the entertainment. Not only do you get

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Last Friday Sykes After Dark hosted a comedy show. Activities Council’s movie, which is almost always a movie not yet out on DVD. The best part about Sykes After Dark is that they want to hear what you think. The organizers of Sykes After Dark

to enjoy the events, but you can pick them! However, Sykes After Dark is not the only thing you can do on a Friday night. The Francis Green Library is there for more than just studying during

finals week. There are hundreds of movies, popular and unique, available completely free to rent for three days! Just like Sykes After Dark, if you don’t see a title that you want, just add it to the suggested movie list. They constantly are updating their selection of great films to fit whatever mood you are in. You don’t need alcohol to have a good time. It sounds cliché, but it is true. I have taken advantage of these services at West Chester since I was a freshman and have had some of the best times doing so. Even now that I am twenty one, I still have nights that I choose to stay in with some friends and

check out what is happening at Sykes After Dark or rent a movie from the library. Alcohol is not worth adding difficulty to your life. However, if do you decide to drink, make sure that you follow the tips on the Stall Seat Journal and from the Health Center in order to have a safe night. It is my hope though that you will choose to stay in and stay out of trouble. So, is going out to that party worth it? That’s a decision you have to make on your own, but it does not need to be a difficult one. West Chester University has your back. Daniel O’Connor is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at DO747960@wcupa.edu.

Miley Cyrus critism shines new light on sexism in US society By Lauren Devan Special to The Quad

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ost people who know me understand that I have a limited knowledge of pop culture, just enough to get by when socializing at a party. Some people are disappointed in my lack of knowledge of “household celebrity names” and that I have not seen that movie absolutely everyone has seen. What I do know about pop culture, however, is that women, more often than not, get the short end of the stick, especially if they act or express themselves “inappropriately” or “trashy” for a woman. That was also how the 17th century Catholic Church thought too. Last week, in my French literature class, I learned that the Catholic Church excommunicated actors and actresses of the theater. The actresses of the time period, because they were no longer part of the church, were seen as “fair game”—sex with them was not considered sinful. I am

sure one can only imagine the sort of treatment these women endured. Nowadays, this “fair game” mentality would be considered disgusting and immoral. Interestingly enough, the mindset has not completely disappeared. Although the Catholic Church is no longer the powerhouse of authority it once was, there is a plethora of television, magazine, Internet, radio, and newspaper input telling us how to treat people. The most recent controversy getting everyone worked up is Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance with Robin Thicke from late August (yes, people are still talking about it). Unfortunately, they are all worked up for the wrong reasons. Miley Cyrus’ performance has been described as inappropriate, trashy, and disgusting. Unsurprisingly, there has been little talk of the cultural appropriation and exploitation of black women in her performance. Now, quite honestly, I do

not care for Miley Cyrus or her music. The pop music stations are not my first radio choice while driving to work in the morning. Despite my dislike for her and her art, it is still just that—art. Women who express their interpretation of art receive the short end of the stick compared to men. While society is far from the days of stockings, petticoats, and bonnets, women are still harassed and tormented for their choice of dress and behavior, while men are praised for the same sort of antics in the same breath. Miley Cyrus chose to dress in a skin-colored bra and panties with heavy makeup and parade around stage shaking her butt, dancing and rubbing against her male performance partner, Robin Thicke. I doubt there would have been as much uproar had it been a shirtless male, or even a dude sporting a Speedo dancing around on stage. Miley Cyrus has been mocked by everyone from concerned mothers to ra-

dio show hosts to high school girls, while barely a word has been said against Robin Thicke. He was proclaimed “man of the summer” after his song “Blurred Lines” became a hit. Robin Thicke had no problem belting out the lyrics to his song promoting sexual assault and abuse. For those of you who believe “Blurred Lines” is a fun, innocent song about two consenting adults who want to have a good time, I encourage you to listen a little harder and put yourself in the position of the female being pursued. So what about that 17th century excommunication mentality? Television, Internet, magazines, you name it, have all, in a sense, “excommunicated” Miley Cyrus from being treated like a person who deserves respect, understanding, and decency (please hold all comments about “slutty women” not having their own sense of self-respect and decency because it takes an

extreme amount of confidence and self-love for women to put themselves out there and have a good time, whether it be on TV or at a party). Have we made celebrities free game for shame, ridicule, and harassment? If so, why do we exempt most men from this same standard we hold to women? Why do we shame artists like Miley Cyrus and Ke$ha and reward artists like Taylor Swift for being the “right kind of girl?” There would only be one issue if society “excommunicated” celebrity women only, but we hold regular, everyday women to these standards as well. Men and women alike continuously shame the women who show “too much” skin, who like to dance at parties, and like to have a couple drinks. Men, on the other hand, can be shirtless, drink as much as they want, and have sex as much as they want. Artists like Miley and Ke$ha have chosen to demonstrate that women,

as well as men, have a choice in their behavior, dress, and attitude, promoting the idea that not all women have to wear t-shirts and sneakers rather than short skirts and high heels to be worthy of respect. Women can be confident, demanding, and sexual and still deserve respect. However, that does not exempt women from being criticized for their harmful actions, such as claiming an aspect of black culture as your own and exploiting that same culture on stage. So society, I cannot give you an “A” for effort on the Miley Cyrus controversy, but I think you can do better next time. Be aware of the slut-shaming and stop yourself if you find you are engaging in it. Acknowledge when a women is freely making her own expressive choices, and start calling out the people who are being truly offensive and harmful. Lauren Devan is a third-year student majoring in French and minoring in Spanish. She can be reached at LD762362@wcupa.edu.


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heers to no longer being the wet blanket of the family,” my older sister, Col, said while clinking her beer against mine on my 21st birthday last month. As the youngest member of my Irish and, for lack of a better word, thirsty family, my 21st birthday was a long-awaited celebration. Gone were days spent withering under my grandmother’s glare after reaching for an unattainable beer at family parties and the nights of being the automatic designated driver for my Happy Hour-bound parents. Much like baseball players who win the World Series and proclaim, “I’m going to Disney World,” I, after successfully surviving everything the universe had thrown my way for 21 years, wanted to climb the nearest mountaintop and yell, “I’m going to the bars!” Ever since I was old enough to understand what bars were, I had a clear mental image of what they were like, almost entirely based on episodes of “Cheers” and Bruce Springsteen’s discography. To me, bars were the gateway to real adulthood. Lifelong friends and memories were made in bars, unlike in the overcrowded parties that I had grown accustomed to. Walking hand-in -hand with my own naivety, I was ready to abandon my old life of house parties and fraterni-

ties and embrace my soonto-be “glory days” at the bars in West Chester. For the two school years prior to my birthday, I had my share of experiences with the underground party life, typical to most universities. Flurries of text messages are forwarded on Friday and Saturday nights to every friend and friend’s friend in a 10-mile radius of the school, quickly outlining the details of the night. It is the same every weekend. Two years of this familiar routine almost every week-

to course through my veins did not last very long. “Hey,” I heard someone shout in my general direction. After turning around, I had to stifle a groan. A behemoth of a football player from my high school was stumbling his way towards me. I had no time to flee. “You- you went to my high school,” he slurred at me, “there’s no way you can be 21!” I did not see the point in explaining the concept of time moving at the same pace for everybody, regard-

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end was enough for me. I was more than ready to graduate from West Chester’s underage scene to the new experiences waiting for me a few blocks away at the bars. These so-called new experiences began at Ryan’s Pub on Gay Street, a casual place with a nice outdoor bar in the back with an entertaining soundtrack of beerfueled socialization. Yet, the feeling of long-awaited adulthood that was starting

less of his or her alma mater, so I smiled and tried to wiggle my way out of his clutches. Before I could make my great escape, however, he managed to string enough words together to ask about my long-gone high school boyfriend and offer to buy me a drink. People always say that you can’t stay 17 forever, but it’s nice to know that there’s a few brave souls out there still trying. My next and last stop for the evening was the infa-

mous Barnaby’s on High Street. According to the long lines wrapped around the entrance at almost all times, Barnaby’s is the place to be in West Chester. My friends and I arrived late enough to bypass any sort of wait, but we soon discovered the reason why: everyone who was anyone was already inside. It was filled to the rafters with people, mostly college kids or recent graduates in their mid-twenties. After working our way to the most popular area, the bar, I gazed upon the crowd before me and was suddenly hit with wartime flashbacks to all of the parties I had been to during my pre-21 days. The life I had envisioned for myself at the bars flashed before my eyes. I did not see a single trace of a “Cheers” episode or a Springsteen song anywhere. Throughout the years, I had managed to create an alternate universe, in which everyone who turned 21 instantly morphed into a difference species of mature people who are also fun to hang out with. My preconceived notions of the realities of bars had been tossed out of the window during my eventful first night out in the town of West Chester. After spending years of my life romanticizing the bar scene, I had finally arrived at an important crossroad: to either become a bitter, pretentious hater of all things nightliferelated, or to shrug off my disappointment and make the best out of the situation at hand. When it comes down to it, it was foolish to believe that living through 21 birthdays would change my life from a typical college student to the protagonist in a catchy Bruce Springsteen song. I have to learn how to don my white t-shirt and blue jeans, complete with a bandana in the back pocket, and make my own memories. Maryellen Kennedy is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at MK756584@wcupa.edu.

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Finding family in gospel choir By Kristen Martin Special to The Quad

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off key). And slowly, but surely I began to learn the importance of a college life. A life not restricted to academics but also personal growth, and maybe even equally, the freedom to establish a community, to network, to express, and to enjoy. I am a senior now, and I continue to represent the Gospel Choir, serving on the executive board, and contributing ideas to promote our organization. In all ways,

recall four years ago, in 2009, a feeling that was indescribable as I entered the rehearsal of the WCU Gospel Choir for the first time. It was a bit overwhelming, quite unusual, but in retrospect, simply warm and loving. The consuming harmony, the flow of unity, and the swarming love of God captured me as I stood in the face of strangers feeling like I was t h e i r family. Furtherm o r e , the scary feelings of the transition into Goodwinmbchurch.org my first year of we still college, the course exacknowledge God, and pectations and assignments, seemed to calm therefore accept all that when I entered this wish to come; people of all races, sizes, and small room. Years passed and I walks of life are welgrew into a family of come. We have a place perfect strangers, who for everyone, whether to in their own respective dance, mime, sing, play way, cultivated me into an instrument, plan a more responsible and events, capture photos, better student. I grew organize our web datainto a lover of people, base, conduct socials, an expressionist, shar- advertise and advise, ing, gentle, patient in- record minutes, manage dividual. Though not our account, participate overnight, I experienced in community service, complete transforma- the opportunities are endless. And most imtion. portantly there are NO Every rehearsal was a relief, every person AUDITIONS. was a bundle of joy, every note was heartfelt See GOSPEL page 13 (even those that were


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Trying to make it in a right-handed world By James Weir Special to The Quad

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cissors, spiral notebooks, desks, inky hands, and can openers. For most people, this seems like a random and unrelated list of items, but for lefties this list represents a cruel reality that this world was not built for us. As a left-handed American, or lefty as we are commonly referred to, I have faced many disadvantages throughout my life: getting looks of shock from colleagues when I present my left hand to shake; having my elbow float in the air as I write because the arm of my school desk is on the right side; and not being able to find a good lefty golf club. The inhumanity! Why must I and my left- handed brethren be subjected to these dastardly forms of torture on a day-to-day basis? Why must we be constantly insulted and put down in today’s seemingly accepting culture? There are many places I could point my finger, my left-hand finger, but the true root of this discrimination started long ago. The persecution of lefties has been around for centuries. This ancient discrimination has entered our culture so deeply that even everyday words harbor ill will towards the left-handed. Let’s begin with the key word itself. The word “left” comes from the AngloSaxon word “lyft” which means “broken, weak, or foolish.” Additionally, the Latin word for “left” is “sinister.” “Sinister” gained the negative connotation it has today because Christians believed that those who were born left handed were touched by the devil and therefore evil. This belief

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was so strong that a lefty wasn’t even allowed to become a priest. Surprise, surprise; every connotation related to being right-handed is good. The word “right” comes from the Old English word “riht” which means “good, proper, and fitting.” We get the word “dexterity” from the Latin word for right, “dexter.” Dexterity literally means right on both sides, so being dexterous is like having two amazing right hands to work with. Smug bastards. These inherent prejudices that infect our language have harmed and suppressed the lefty for far too long. So long, in fact, that the bigotry has seeped into our culture. We have “left-handed complements” which is an insult described as a complement. A “lefthanded marriage” is when a married man cheats on his wife with a mistress. When dining, any lefty who dares sit to the right of a right-handed person is always blamed for the inevitable bumping of elbows. They are quickly scolded and told to emigrate to the far end of the table like a proud native forced off his or her land. Why must lefties be subjected to this unwarranted mistreatment? Is it because we make up only 10 percent of the population? Does the vast majority simply guffaw at our small numbers and try to pass it off as proof of supe-

riority? Are right-handed people inclined to put lefties down because they are afraid of them? Despite being such a small percentage of the population, a Saint Lawrence University study found that there are more people with IQs over 140 that are left-handed than there are right-handed. Is right-handed society oppressive to left-handed society because they are jealous of the supreme intellect that left-handers possess? I have no way of proving such a claim, but I think it is safe to say yes. Perhaps, and this is a longshot here, lefties are partially to blame for their own mistreatment. There are scholars who believe that lefties are one of the last unorganized minorities in society. This lack of organization could be the source of this cultural mistreatment. If a lefty coalition had come together years ago and fought for equality, then maybe I would be able to walk into a classroom and find a left-handed desk right away. Maybe I could get a nice pair of left-handed scissors, the ones with the form fitting orange handles, instead of being forced to use the tiny universal scissors that get hap’hazardly thrown into a bin and are so dull the idea of them actually cutting anything is farcical. Maybe if lefties finally banded together against their right-handed oppressors we could all live in a world where a left-handed person isn’t expected to die nine years earlier than their right-handed counterparts? Until this dream is finally realized I’ll just be a guy with a chip on his shoulder. His left shoulder. James Weir is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at JW761614@wcupa.edu.

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Growing up N.O.B.L.E. By Kellie Carle Special to The Quad

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n a room upstairs, the walls are covered with gold badges, each marked with an eagle profile posing in the center. People witness these badges when being pulled over, arrested or seeking a special clearance. However, gold and silver badges have always been a part of my life. Law enforcement is my family’s first choice when it comes to careers. Growing up, the discussions of government benefits, salaries and driving an undercover car were a big part of my parents’ conversation. At the conclusion of these exchanges, everyone would turn to me grinning and confronts me with the same statement, “So, looks like you’ll be following in your parents’ footsteps.” “No” never seemed to be an option but was the first answer that came to mind. I have always known my parents were considered executives in the law enforcement community. When attending N.O.B.L.E. (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) conferences throughout the country, those with lesser rank would flock to them, complimenting their success and questioning their plans for the future. I attended for

the free stuff, my favorite being the free black bags, in different shapes and sizes with every coming year. Growing older, I learned what it took to become a part of this community. The ability to scale a six foot wall, run a mile in a matter of minutes and the threat

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of having to shoot someone made my “no” a clear answer. My father, assigned to an office in Philadelphia, was the man at the end of the long conference table surrounded by leather chairs that reclined with wheels. He had a receptionist in the lobby and a flat screen television located by the windows that surrounded the outer walls of his office. To me, he was God, a figure I would always talk to my friends about while poking out my chest with pride. My mother worked in the field, the images of her carrying a weapon, receiving awards decked out in full uniform, her

shoes letting off a shine that matched the flash of the camera. These two were my heroes, my parents who encircled themselves with others that matched their credentials. All children of N.O.B.L.E. were expected to follow in their parents’ footsteps. At conferences, children were separated from the adults, taken into rooms to watch the crime dog, McGruff, stop criminals on the screen, given booklets about right and wrong while plastic police hats and handcuffs were our play things. During one conference, McGruff warned N.O.B.L.E children about guns, shooting the weapon to show us how dangerous they can be, I squealed and ran out of the room, searching for my mother. In 2010, I accompanied my father to a firearm training facility in Delaware. While there, he encouraged me to try a training simulation in which I would be placed in front of a screen, a common scenario would appear that young agents encounter. I was expected to know whether to “shoot or don’t shoot” with my fake gun. I agreed, it’s not every day you have an opportunity to participate in a simulation with a gun. The room goes black, on the screen a message appears advising me that I must respond because

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eautiful, intelligent Taylor Sauer spent the last moments of her life looking down at en of her cell phone instead of ere ex- the road in front of her. w in their She knew what she was teps. At doing was dangerous, but children she took a chance and from the gambled with her own nto rooms safety. Trying to pass he crime the time during her fouruff, stop hour drive from Utah on the State University to visit ven book- her parents in Caldwell, ut right Idaho, Sauer sent her fing while nal message to a friend olice hats over Facebook that read, handcuffs “I can’t discuss this now. ur play Driving and FacebookDuring ing is not safe! Haha.” A nference, few seconds later, Sauer warned crashed into the back of a .E chil- tanker truck at 80 mph. out guns, When emergening the cy responders found her on to vehicle, it was almost us how unrecognizable. Invesus they tigators found that she squealed did not even have time the room, to brake, which killed y mother. her faster than a snap of accompa- the fingers. After checkto a fire- ing Sauer’s cell phone acility in records, investigators le there, discovered that she was me to try messaging approximately ulation in every 90 seconds during be placed the course of her drive. screen, a With almost every perrio would son in America owning a young cell phone, texting and er. I was driving has become one w wheth- of the leading causes of or don’t accidents in the United fake gun. States today. The Nationnot every al Highway Traffic Safety an oppor- Administration (NHTSA) cipate in has reported that texting th a gun. while driving is six times black, on more dangerous than ssage ap- driving while intoxicated. me that Although not every driver d because in the United States does text and drive, 60 percent of drivers have been reported using their cell phones while operating a

driving. vehicle. My life W h e n Brunswicksheriff. com was at sending risk, even or reas a pasceiving a senger in message, another five secvehicle. onds is Accordthe avering to the age time National that your Occupant eyes are Protection off of the Use Surr o a d . Imagine Sauer, who was vey (NOPUS), approxisending and receiving a mately 660,000 drivers message every 90 seconds are using cell phones or during the course of her manipulating electronic drive. It is horrifying to devices while drivingimagine how many total -a number that has held seconds, even minutes steady since 2010. I cannot say that I where her eyes were off of the road in front of her. have never texted while Texting while driving is a driving. I have. But I do danger for even the most not anymore, because I finally understand the experienced of drivers. Even if you do not text risks and dangers assoand drive, how many ciated with it. As young times have you gotten in adults, we feel that we a car with a friend who can multi-task. We get does? How many times do complacent on the road. you look over at the cars We get bored. We feel surrounding you and see the impulse to constantly someone focused on their check our phones. Checkcell phone instead of the ing messages, Facebooking, surfing the internet, road? I have never personally and paying bills are only experienced a disaster a few of the many things while texting and driv- we do on a cell phone. The ing, but I did conduct my impulse to constantly be own research while driv- on it is there, even if we ing home from school the are operating something other day. The drive from that we know can cause West Chester University harm to ourselves and to my home in Broomall others if we aren’t paying takes approximately 30 attention. Although Sauminutes with minor traf- er did not hurt any other fic due to congestion and people in the process, her amount of stoplights on life was cut short due to West Chester Pike. Hav- her lack of attention to ing a friend drive me the road and because she home in order to do my felt that she could multiresearch, I counted 22 task behind the wheel. What if you received a drivers total that were distracted by their cell phone call from someone phones. Twenty-two driv- that told you that your ers put not only them- best friend died in a horselves at risk, but all oth- rible accident, all due to er vehicles around them a simple message that at risk due to their lack could have waited? What of attention and careless would you tell them if

they were still alive today? Better yet, would you still have the audacity to text and drive? For your sake along with others, I hope the answer would be no. If you are a compulsive texter and always feel the need to be on your phone, here are a few tips that can help save yours or someone else’s life: First thing is first, put it away. Put your phone on silent or turn it off, and stick it in your glove box or inside the pouch of the back of your passenger’s seat. If you do not hear it ring or beep, you won’t feel the impulse to check it. Do NOT text or call another driver if you know they are in the middle of driving. Even if you are not present, how would you feel knowing that your best friend died because the person they were texting was you? If someone is in the car with you and you have to keep your phone on or need to respond to a message, have the passenger answer for you. There are also apps available from ZoomSafer and iZup, which are anti-texting software that prevents drivers from being on their phones while they drive. The next time you get in your car, stop and think about Taylor Sauer and her last words, “I can’t discuss this now. Driving and Facebooking is not safe! Haha.” Better yet, type it into your phone before you get in the car, and stare at your screen. Soak in those last words and actions, because that was the last thing Taylor did before she died. Michele Patarino is a student at West Chester University. She can be reached at MP616535@wcupa. edu.

PAGE 13 NOBLE from page 12 a woman is complaining about her abusive spouse. Pointing my gun towards the screen, a woman in a pink top, breasts dangling by her belly button appears, cursing and drunk. I yell, calm down but in her drunken rage she reaches for an empty bottle which happens to be lying on the porch. This threat cannot go unnoticed and I tell her to put her weapon down. She reaches back, my finger rests on the trigger ready to shoot. When she arches her back, my finger flinches, her arm extends towards me attempting to release the bottle in my direction but instead it flies to the side. The simulation ends and my father asks, “Why didn’t you shoot?” I point the fake gun towards the ground, showing him that I am not strong enough to pull the trigger. While the badges, pictures of my parents in full uniform, life achievements and the golden emblem of N.O.B.L.E still adorn the walls of our home, they no longer faze me. My parents still surround themselves with friends who, at one point of their lives, were members of N.O.B.L.E. (two became my adopted grandfathers, one goes by the name Top Sarge and another was the first black supervisor for the Drug Enforcement Agents (DEA) in the Nation) I am glad they were able to use their strong influences on my cousins, two successful DEA agents. However, after many years of being in law enforcement, they have not given up on me but maybe having four representatives at N.O.B.L.E conferences is enough for one family. Kellie Carle is a graduate student studing English creative writing. She can be reached at KC793959@wcupa.edu.

GOSPEL from page 11 We take pride in participating in events such as, the WCU Homecoming, Martin Luther King Annual Celebration, AIDS Walk, Kwanza Celebration, Banana Day, countless programs sponsored by SGA, Relay For Life, Freshmen move- in , and of course our two featured concerts: Joy Night (Fall Semester) and Year End Gospel Explosion (Spring Semester). We have collaborated with organizations such as: The Social Work Club, The Wellness Center, The Black Student Union, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sykes After Dark, etc. But we look forward to also collaborating with other diverse organizations on campus to promote love and unity. Through love, we glue together the pieces of diversity and accomplish the impossible, the unexpected. Love motivates us in our careers, in our families, in our friendships in our organizations and in our studies. It provides meaning, even through the challenges. And because of love, I joined the West Chester University Gospel Choir and have not turned back since. I guarantee that if you had just one moment to experience the love of God like I did, at the WCU Gospel Choir Rehearsal (Thursday’s at 7:30 p.m. in Swope 320), it would change your life forever too. Kristen Martin is a fourth-year student majoring in religious studies and English writing with a minor in theatre. She can be reached at KM726264@ wcupa.edu.


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Follow the Quad on Twitter! @TheQuadWCU QUADENTERTAINMENT@WCUPA.EDU “Grand Theft Auto V” breaks records opening day

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that can make or break the procedure, and even lead to death. The comically scorching ith its scathcommentary on our coningly humorous temporary culture is pracsatire and chatically an afterthought. otic disarray, publisher Tearing into the right and Rockstar Games’s most left wings with an equirewarding video game table aim, the game frefranchise, “Grand Theft quently enjoys making a Auto V,” broke over $800 mockery of our overly-PC, million retail sales when spoiled, entitled generait launched this past tion. Xenophobia, racial Tuesday. It clobbered Acinjustice, and homosexual tivision’s previous $500 panic are all harshly paromillion record for “Call died in hope to divert our of Duty: Black Ops II.” attention to real world Taking into consideration bigotry. Even the game’s that these numbers only razor-sharp meta-critique account for opening day turns the gun on itself sales, Rockstar and Takewhen it comes to the charTwo Games are en-route acter of Jimmy, Michael’s to some remarkably profson. Contradictory to his itable cash-cow earnings bratty and celebrity obthat are much deserved. sessed sister who spends Set in Rockstar’s cherher time obsessing over ished state of San Anreality television and dreas, the city of Los Sanhanging with sleazy movtos, and its surrounding ie producers, Jimmy sits regions, the game marks in his room all day, playa familiar homecoming to ing violent video games 2004’s PlayStation 2 title, eurogamer.net and yelling obscenities to other players on his headset. It is hard to get on the “Grand Theft Auto” hype train without acknowledging its glaring moral vacuum. There is a much talked about torture scene the player is required to take part in order to advance the story. White-knighted media crusaders (who, in all likelihood, have not touched a controller since playing pong on the clas“Grand Theft Auto V,” released on Sept. 17, earned over $800 million on its first day of sales. The game easily sic Atari) are bent on eradicating the game broke the previous record of $500 million held by “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” to protect the impres-

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“Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” For the first time in “GTA” history, the user takes control of three interchangeable lead characters instead of one. The introductory character, Franklin, is a young gangbanger and repo man of the urban district of Los Santos. Then there is Michael, a 40 year old retired con artist (reminiscent of Tony Soprano), living in the Hollywood hillside undergoing his midlife crisis. Finally, there is Trevor, a psychopathic dirtball who distributes methamphetamine across the San Andreas backwoods. “Grand Theft Auto V’s” world brilliantly offers the player a fully-realized, thriving metropolis. Exploring the world offers an immersive experience filled with multiple, compelling narratives and content to explore. Outside of the main storyline, there is no shortage

of things to do; the player can easily be kept occupied for hours. Whether the player is investing in stock, flying planes and military aircrafts, customizing vehicles, hunting wildlife, or participating in triathlons, “Grand Theft Auto V” never limits activities. As the narrative is set into motion, the player is hurled into commissions of bank robberies and major heists. I often found myself reminded of Michael Mann’s 1995 crime film “Heat.” These sizable, large-scaled operations are a main focal point of the gameplay, allowing players to choose how they want to undertake the burglary. Everything from hiring crew members to planning the course of action is totally left up to the user. Heists can also go wrong, leaving the player to ad-lib, or forge instinctive decisions

sionable children. While I completely endorse their concern, not only do protestors fail to recognize how far video games have come as a storytelling medium that is just as artistically valid as any other form of entertainment, but they dismiss the fact that titles are no longer exclusively tailored and watered down to cater to parental regulations. Nor should the games be pigeonholed, given the wide fan base that is not underage. The bottom line remains: kids are not the only demographic in the video game market. The game’s MA rating indicates that the product is an adult experience best avoided by kids. Having said that, I am still aware of the hoops children will put themselves through in order to obtain a copy. I should know, as I distinctly remember scheming devious strategies to attain my own copy of Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” (2002) during my pre-adolescent years. So are kids going to find ways to maneuver around the rating system? More than likely, yes. Do I think the game has potential to leave a tainted and negative impression on the wrong vulnerable youngsters? You bet. In spite of this, I would never go to great lengths to protest or boycott its release. As someone who grew up with excessively violent material, including the “GTA” franchise, I like to think I turned out alright.

In retrospect, the “Grand Theft Auto” franchise never nearly scared my fragile mind as the traumatic, real-world nightly news did. Putting the heavy stuff out of the way, my final thought on “Grand Theft Auto V” is that it is a technological achievement that pushes the boundaries to their fullest potentials. The sprawling, starlit portrait of our City of Angels is a testament to how far video game design has come as an art form. Peering over the canyons and Hollywood hills after nightfall, the city’s luminous glimmer becomes a breathtaking sight to behold. The storytelling and characters contribute to a rich tale of crime-laden madness that combines sardonically caustic humor with poignant drama. It offers a superb, diverse soundtrack from gangsta rap artists like N.W.A and Snoop Dogg, to feverish 80s performers such as Kenny Loggins and Hall & Oates. Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash provide easy listening when cruising the San Andreas back roads, and punk-charged tunes from Black Flag and T.S.O.L supply aggressively piercing music to cause destruction. The gameplay has been refined to its maximum potential, fulfilling all expectations and then some. “Grand Theft Auto V” truly is the game of the year. Robert Gabe is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at RG770214@ wcupa.edu.


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Viewer speculation increases as “Breaking Bad” comes to a close

a diner to purchase a car with a trunk full of guns. I believe that Walt will reew shows keep me turn to New Mexico to free leaning forward in Jesse, to right the wrongs my seat to the point between the two of them of developing a sore back, at this point in the series. prevent me from speaking As for his family, I think to others for close to an they have seen the last of hour, and leave me anaWalt. He knows that they lyzing every single word. are better off without him, However, Vince Gilligan’s and as evil of a man Walt “Breaking Bad” does all of has become, he still puts these things each week. his family before everyThe fifth and final thing else. As for Walt, season has been thecampusion.com it is truly saddening to nothing short of a watch him go through masterpiece thus losing everyone he held far. As fans know, dear. I think Walt may the wildly popular use the ricin he has series follows Walhidden in his house to ter White (Bryan ultimately end his own Cranston), an unlife. derachieving and While I am just specoverqualified high ulating, many other school chemistry people I have talked teacher who is diagto have had their own nosed with terminal wild theories about lung cancer. Walt is The series finale airs on Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. how the show will end. forced to make a difOne thing is for sure, ficult decision and teams tional episode. My predic- the finale will be one of up with a former student tions will look either very the most memorable teleJesse Pinkman (Aaron smart or just outright vision events in recent Paul). The pair cooks and wrong. history. I could not count distributes crystal meth “The Granite State” re- on both hands the amount and goes on to become the fers to New Hampshire. of times my jaw has been biggest enemy of the Drug “Breaking Bad” is set in left helplessly hanging Enforcement Agency of New Mexico, so it is safe when the show cuts to a New Mexico. to assume that Walt has commercial or rolls the In the fifth season, ev- fled across the country famously-frustrating closerything comes to a head. and abandoned his old ing credits. The writing Walt is on the verge of be- identity and family. Jesse and character developing discovered by his DEA has been kidnapped and ment in this series has brother-in-law, Hank forced back in to cook- been nothing but utter Schrader (Dean Norris), ing crystal meth, Walt’s genius. I have to say this and Walt’s empire is on family broke ties with has been one of the most the verge of crumbling. At him, and any evidence unpredictable shows I the time I am writing this, that linked Walt to being have ever watched, but I the most recent episode, the biggest drug lord in am fairly certain the fina“Ozymandias” (Season 5, the Southwest has died le will end things with a Episode 14), provided a with Hank, his brother- bang, and “Breaking Bad” moment “Breaking Bad” in-law DEA agent. Walt will go down as one of the fans have been waiting has nothing left. In the best series to ever air on for: Walt’s son finds out beginning of the season, television. about his father’s horrible we were shown flashcriminal past. The scene forwards into the future Chris Black is a third-year student in communication studies. is utterly heart-breaking. where Walt was meet- majoring He can be reached at CB767056@ Walt’s family, whom he ing with a shady man in wcupa.edu.

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has done so much for, crumbles, and the last shred of his normal life is obliterated. By the time this issue is released, another episode will have aired on Sept, 22 titled “Granite State.” I am going to do my best to offer a prediction of the end of the season; it will be difficult considering whoever is reading this will have seen one addi-

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Elvis Costello teams with the Roots for Wise Up Ghost

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lvis Costello is a musician close to my heart. I heard a lot of him growing up on my dad’s car radio, and had the pleasure of seeing him a few years back on his “Wheel of Songs” tour (my dad bought the tickets). Tunes like “(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea,” “Radio Radio,” and “Watching the Detectives” were staples in my iPod throughout high school. His musical chops have always surprised me, with his mastery of new wave, reggae, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, and soul. So, hearing that he was putting out a collaborative album with similarly diverse, Phillynative, Jimmy Fallonbacking the Roots, I was naturally ecstatic. Four times. That’s how many times I heard this album on repeat the day it came out. The album is exactly what you expect out of it on the first listen: bandleader Questlove’s sharp, funky rhythms and Costello’s signature warble and croon. That isn’t to say Costello has gone hip-hop on us (not that there would be anything wrong with that). With each listen, the album deepens, revealing backing instruments and alle-

goric, metaphoric lyricism typical of Costello. The album starts out with “Walk Us Uptown,” a Sly & the Family Stone/ proto-funk-reminiscent track with funky horns and foundation-building electric organ. As the foyer of the album, it is warm, welcoming, and telling of style presented throughout the rest of the album. Cue the second track: “Sugar Won’t Work”, featuring fluttering and sweeping strings and Costello’s typical melodic guitar and tender croon. Then it seems that Parliament-Funkadelic and Bob Dylan broke in and recorded a guest track, “Refuse To Be Served,” but no, it is still Costello & the Roots, proudly boasting patter-lyrics, heavy funk riffs, and roaring, percussive effects. Marking the halfway point of the album, the tender 6/8 ballad, “Tripwire,” makes an appearance, sounding much like if Smokey Robinson covered Costello’s hit “Alison.” Immediately following “Tripwire,” “Stick Out Your Tongue” brings Beck’s 1999 electro-funk album Midnite Vultures to mind, sporting mellow vocals, effect-laden guitar, and plenty of computer-

generated peripherals. The last track of note for this review is the titular “Wise Up Ghost,” which channels the dark, androgynous, and whimsical spirit of the funky, theatric, and ever-relevant icon that is David Bowie. Undying praise aside, is this album considerable for Album of the Year? Probably not. Album of the Week? Much more likely. While Costello’s artistic vision is always fresh and seeking fresher, after his initial rise to songwriting fame, he was able to take up pet side-projects which struck his fancy. The albums tend to be remembered as a whole, framing a distinct plot development in Costello’s musical journey, rather than creating memorable singles. Where that journey will end, I’m not sure. What I do know is that out of the approximately 30 albums of his almost four decade career, this will definitely be one of the most memorable in the latter half, mainly due to his incomparable, connecting groove that he shares with the ever-solid, neverslacking the Roots. Dillon Sweigart is a fourth-year student majoring in liberal studies. He can be reached at DS734656@ wcupa.edu. avclub.com


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Local artist Dan Orlando shoots music video for debut album

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performed as an accompanying vocalist. While Orlando was always a songwriter, his skills progressed through those cowriting sessions. Currently, when not promoting his new album,

Flash. Riot Media Works was running the shoot. Nick Pavano and Tim Kornblum were the co-directors of the shoot. Orlando first met Kornblum when he roomed with him in New York City three years ago.

an Orlando, a local musician, released his debut album Range of the Irrational this month. “Range of the Irrational” is a pop-rock album that has been in the works for two years. The album is about “personal and professional struggle and dealing with it in an optimistic way,” according to Orlando. Over the ten song album, Orlando shows his musical versatility through his role as lead vocalist and pianist. As a co-writer on all of the songs, Orlando illustrates his journey as an artist quite clearly on Range of the Irrational. The aldanorlandomusic.com bum was produced by Charles Peck. Orlando’s debut album, “Range of the Irrational,” was released this Orlando has been month and is streaming on danorlandomusic.com. playing piano since age six. However, he is now at a point in Orlando is performing in Kornblum was a part of his career where he says, a wedding band. He also the off-Broadway tour “I feel comfortable within performs as a cocktail pia- of “Avenue Q.” Pavano and Kornblum have both my artistic space. This al- nist at individual gigs. bum was a chance to build The current focus for worked on multiple indeoff of my sound, instead of Range of the Irrational is pendent projects. As the directors just experimenting with promoting the lead single it.” “Talk Too Much.” The wheeled the camera in Well-known in the area, song’s jazzy undertones front of the band, the band Orlando has performed give it a unique sound. skillfully performed “Talk in various locations since “All of our problems don’t Too Much.” The original high school. His brother, have to be hard/I think scenes were meant to look Greg Orlando, a WCU they are because we talk like a practice before a big jazz performance major too much,” Orlando sings show. While this type of acting from the class of 2011, of- in the chorus. “Talk Too ten accompanies him on Much” catalogues a re- could have daunted anybass. lationship that seems to one, the band looked inOrlando’s seasoned go wrong from overcom- stantly comfortable with songwriting abilities were plicating things (by – yes the idea. Once told to reperhaps further devel- - talking too much about lax and act like it was any practice, the band easoped from his time with them). the Cari-Cole Music and On Sept. 17, Orlando ily fell into their routine. Voice Company in New recorded a music video for Chatting with each other, York City. For nearly two the song. The video shoot playing air guitar and years, he did songwriting took place from 11:30 a.m. air drums, and laughing with the company and to 6 p.m. at The Kennett through the song, this was

clearly a band that had played together before. At one point, Orlando borrowed a drumstick and casually played on a cymbal before jumping back into playing the keyboard. The band easily realized the directors’ vision of a fun, laid back rehearsal scene. Although Orlando was in the spotlight, dressed in a red shirt, the entire band was clearly appreciated. The directors spent time gathering individual close-up shots of each of the band members. The entire band has played with Orlando in various gigs over the years. From the beginning of the shoot to the end, it was clear that each member was vital to the creative vision. In between shots, it was still clear that this band was made up of seasoned musicians. Without prompting, Dan Orlando and his band would begin performing various songs they had played together before. Jamming

together, they played off of each other’s strengths. Singing songs like “Heard It through the Grapevine” and “Moves like Jagger,” they entertained the crowd of extras. Dancing like they were at the best concert of their lives, the extras were the crowd for the performance shots. The director took various shots of the crowd from different angles, even coming into the crowd to gain the perspective of an audience member. With various shots needing to be edited together, the music video is still in production. It will probably be released midNovember. Anyone interested in seeing Orlando perform live can see him at The Kennett Flash on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Not only did The Kennett Flash allow him to film his video there, Orlando said, “they have always been very supportive” since his first

gig there in 2007. A music café, the Kennett Flash is only fifteen miles off campus and has live performances every Friday and Saturday, as well as open mic nights on Sundays. Dan Orlando and the Stage Door Band will be performing “The Beatles and the Beach,” a tribute concert featuring music from The Beatles and the Beach Boys on Nov. 1. Tickets are $15 at the door with a college ID, $20 at the door without a college ID, and $18 in advance. Tickets can be purchased at www.kennettflash.org. Range of the Irrational can be listened to for free at danorlandomusic.com or purchased for a minimum of seven dollars. Orlando can also be followed at Dan Orlando Music on Facebook, @Danorlandomusic on Twitter, and Daniel Orlando on YouTube. Theresa Kelly is a second year student majoring in English literature secondary education. She can be Photo by Theresa Kelly

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J.K. Rowling begins writing new Potter-verse movie Jen Appell Special to The Quad

ing world.” Fans will get to experience the familiar world from a different perspective, this time before the rise of Voldemort. After the release of the final Potter book installment in 2007, Rowling

the grandson of Newt Scamander. t may not be our HogThere is no news yet if warts letter finally areither of these characters riving via owl post or will have any involvethe release of an eighth ment in the movie, but book, but after two years actor Evanna Lynch, who since the last film inportrayed Lovegood in stallment, the last four Harry Potter Potter movies, has shown fans finally great enthuhave something new to siasm for the look forward new film via to. J.K. RowlTwitter. ing, author of “‘I liked him the famous so much that I “Harry Potter” even married series, has anhis grandson, nounced that Rolf, to one a new Potter of my favourite characspin-off film ters from the series is in the series, Luna works. According Lovegood.’ to the offi#justsaying,” cial Facebook Lynch wrote statement on the day of from Sept. 12, the announcement, quotRowling will ing Rowling’s be writing the Facebook screenplay statement. for the Warner Brother’s Later that day, film “Fantasshe tweeted, tic Beasts and “Maybe “Fantastic Beasts” Where to Find will turn into Them” and its a long thing sequels. The like [Harry film, which Potter] did & I is based off can play Luna of a textbook as an old lady? in the Potter @wbpictures books, will folcollider.com #hopeful #fanlow the fictitious author tasticbeasts.” Newt Scaman- Rowling is currently adapting her Potter spin-off In 2001, der. Scaman- “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” into a Rowling reder’s story will leased an acmovie for Warner Brothers. tual version begin in New of “Fantastic York during the 1920s, roughly 70 gave the readers some Beasts and Where to Find years prior to the story of information about what Them” for Comic Relief our favorite characters Charity. The forty-twoHarry Potter. While we are not like- were up to now that the page book contains an inwere finished. troduction by Scamander, ly to see Harry or his books friends in the upcoming Luna Lovegood, a Raven- several sections such as films, Rowling stated claw friend of Harry Pot- “A Brief History of Mugthat the series will be “an ter, was revealed to have gle Awareness of Fanextension of the wizard- married Rolf Scamander, tastic Beasts,” “Magical

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WCU Department of Theatre and Dance gets “Absurd”

he West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance is elated to be opening its 51st season with something a little bit different. When discussing the upcoming performances of “Come and Go” and “Endgame,” professor and director Leonard Kelly says, “[they’re] a challenge, be ready for that.” Why a challenge? Because the audience glimpses into Samuel Beckett’s world of the Absurd. Beckett is a prominent Irish playwright, novelist, and director from the mid20thcentury. His plays, including “Endgame” and “Come and Go,” are part of the Theatre of the Absurd. This avant-garde movement emerged from Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter of Paris) in the 1940s and focuses on a general principle: life has

no meaning, so communication falls to pieces. Kelly describes Beckett’s writing as “a philosophy made manifest” because it begs the question: What is life really about? “Come and Go” and “Endgame” dismiss the linear plotlines and structure of traditional realism and “well-made plays.” Instead, they use the quick comedy of Vaudeville, repetitive dialogue, circular plots, and characters in endless or hopeless situations to create the world for themselves and the audience. To find the right mindset to play in such a world, the director and actors have a meditative rehearsal process. Dramaturgical work pulls from Middle Eastern philosophy and helps the actors find mindfulness in their dialogue and movement. They use yoga and t’ai chi along with other body and breathing exercises to

prepare for performances. The movement and language is stylized in Beckett’s writing, so proper attention must be paid to these elements. Kelly also uses Beckett’s detailed textual notes and vast research on Beckett himself to help shape the shows. “Come and Go” and “Endgame” open Thursday, Sept. 26 and run through Sunday, Sept. 29. Tickets are $10 General Admission (students receive a discount). Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.wcupa.edu or one hour before the start of the show (if not sold out) at the Department of Theatre and Dance Box Office located on the ground floor of the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts. Questions? Call the Department of Theatre and Dance at 610-436-2533.

Beasts in Hiding,” “Why Magizoology Matters,” and “What is a Beast?” The book also contains an A-Z directory of fantastic beasts with Ministry of Magic classifications and detailed descriptions. While readers may recognize the names of some of the fantastic creatures, such as thestrals and hippogriffs, quite a few creatures were not mentioned in the Potter books. The book was sold alongside “Quidditch Through the Ages,” another real-life rendition of a popular Hogwarts library book. The forward to the Comic Relief version of “Fantastic Beasts” was written by Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of

Hogwarts during Harry Potter’s school career. As a result, some fans are speculating as to whether or not Dumbledore will have a role in the new film series. Neither Rowling nor Warner Brothers have made any statement on the matter. As of yet, the details concerning the Fantastic Beasts movie are sparse. Beyond the main character being Newt Scamander, fans are unsure of what to expect. The majority opinion amongst Potterheads seems to be that the film will follow Scamander on his travels as he gathers research for his book. While on his travels and through his research, fans are hop-

ing that we will get to see many of the magical creatures described in Rowling’s book. No estimated release date has been set as Rowling continues collaboration with Warner Brothers. Further details of the film series are expected as the film develops. Fans across the world are eager for the new addition to the Potter-verse, and while it may take a bit of time until we can finally see it, we Potter fans have waited two years for something new; I guess we can wait a little longer. If only we had a Time-Turner.

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Alexandria Shermot is a fifth-year student majoring in theatre performance and minoring in creative writing. She can be reached at AS770990@wcupa.edu.

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GroupIove’s sophomore album delights fans

Rachel Alfiero Special to The Quad

t seems to be the curse of the music industry that a band will have major success with their first record, only to have that triumph fade away with the release of a mediocre second album. Let’s face it; there are a decent amount of sophomore albums that just don’t have the greatest reputation. This year however, there is one band that has seemingly surpassed this industry calamity: none other than LA-based, indie-rock sensation, Grouplove. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Christian Zucconi, bassist Sean Gadd, drummer Ryan Rabin, guitarist Andrew Wessen, and Hannah Hooper on keys and vocals. Grouplove first exploded onto the scene when their single “Tongue Tied” was featured on an Apple iPod commercial in 2011. Their first full-length

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reaking onto the music scene in 2002 with the release of her widely successful album, Let Go, Avril Lavigne quickly became a mega-celebrity. In fact, she signed her first record deal, worth over $2 million dollars, when she was only 16 years old. Not too shabby for a sophomore in high school. When later asked about her singing career, Lavigne replied candidly, “All my life this is what I’ve wanted, what I’ve dreamed about, and I knew this would happen.” Born on Sept. 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario, Avril Ramona Lavigne is

album, Never Trust A Happy Song, produced a few other hits including “Itchin’ on a Photograph” and “Colours.” The band released their second studio album, Spreading Rumours, on Sept. 17, and it has already garnered a lot of buzz. The first single off Spreading Rumours, “Ways To Go,” was released over the summer and has since received a decent amount of airplay on alternative radio stations. The upbeat song gets under listeners’ skin in a way that makes them want to dance. I would also recommend checking out the music video; it will probably produce a good laugh for those who get the reference. As far as the rest of the CD, there are a few songs that I really fell in love with, namely “Borderlines and Aliens,” “Raspberry,” and “I’m With You.” “I’m With You” is the album’s first track, and has

a slower feel. Its mellow tone caught me off guard a little, because I am usually accustomed to an album’s first song being fast-paced and attention grabbing. I have to say I

lines and Aliens” definitely made up for whatever catchy and cheery feeling that was not as presently obvious in “I’m With You.” The song starts out with a killer guitar riff, accompaaureview.com

Grouplove’s “Spreading Rumours,” was released on Sept. 17. was pleasantly surprised with the calm, rhythmic sense, and the chorus did deliver a certain catchiness. The next track, “Border-

nied by bizarre lyrics that do not make whole lot of sense but command you to instinctively sing along to them anyway. Probably my favor-

ite track off the album is “Raspberry.” The lyrics are lighthearted and do not make much sense either, which is something that I admire about Grouplove’s music in general. Their songs are an interesting mix of nonsensical and meaningful lyrics, which is a difficult balance to achieve in my opinion. There is just something about the chemistry that Grouplove has when they perform a song. Christian’s raspy and somewhat uneven vocals meld perfectly with Hannah’s more fun and cheerful voice. Every element comes together to create a truly individual and modern sound. What added to the band’s modern image even more were their marketing strategies. A few weeks leading up to the release of Spreading Rumours, Grouplove’s YouTube page featured a 3060 second animated video as part of a series called

“Toonlove” for each of the songs from the upcoming album. The level of creativity and craftsmanship put into the videos is pretty awe-inspiring. Most of the videos feature the chorus of each track and give a visual background story to each song. I recommend downloading the deluxe version of Spreading Rumours off of iTunes to get three bonus tracks. Overall, this is a 4 out of 5 star kind of album. The songs are refreshing and vibrant, and more importantly, they are a perfect testament to the growth and maturity a band gains with the release of a second album. I believe Grouplove has successfully dodged the sophomore album curse, and will continue to crank out great alternative music for the foreseeable future. Rachel Alfiero is a first-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at RA806657@ wcupa.edu.

Celebrities born this month: Avril Lavigne the second of three children. She began singing at the age of two, and would frequently go to church and sing with her mother, Judy. The vocally gifted Lavigne loved singing so much she used to sing herself to sleep, causing her brother to mock her growing up. Luckily, she did not let this taunting stop her from doing what she loved, and by the age of 14 she was performing at local karaoke sessions. In November of 2000, the head of Artista Records listened to a recording of Lavigne singing in her parent’s basement. The record exec was so impressed after 15 minutes he immediately of-

fered her a contract for two albums. Her first album “Let Go” catapulted the Canadian artist to the second spot on the Billboard 200, and would go on to sell over six million copies in the U.S. Since recording “Let Go” Lavigne has produced four more albums, most recently the self-titled “Avril Lavigne” released on Nov. 5, 2013. In addition to her musical success, she has released her own clothing line (Abbey Dawn) and founded an organization focused on helping children with disabilities. Joshua Shapiro is a third-year student majoring in English and education. He can be reached at JS762110@wcupa.edu.

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Vampire Weekend returns to Philly after four years the crowd. With 15 minutes left to play, the band came out to perform a three-song encore, starting off with fter a dreadfully one from the new album, long four-year hia“Hannah Hunt,” which tus from Philadelhad the crowd all singing: phia, Vampire Weekend “There’s no future, there’s made their triumphant no answer.” return Thursday night at Next came a surprise the Mann Center’s new when they roared into the Skyline Stage. The band ultimate call and response that was once awarded the song, “One (Blake’s Got A title of “whitest band of New Face).” The set ended the year” took the stage in with a very explosive vertheir common wardrobe of sion of “Walcott,” their sweaters and polo shirts, self-proclaimed “goodwaved to the roaring bye song” which had evcrowd, and quickly ripped ery member giving it all into “Diane Young,” the they had to close out first single off of their nme.com the beautiful, breezy chart-topping new alnight it was. Vampire bum, Modern Vampires Weekend’s Ivy League of the City. After visitenergy was so pleasing ing some of their old clasand amusing, I almost sics early, like the quirky forgot I was standing in “White Sky” and beloved a crowd of nearly 5,000 “Cape Cod Kwassa people as I looked over Kwassa,” the band flew the beautiful, lit up, through multiple tracks Philadelphia skyline. on the new album such With this being the as “Finger Back,” “Un- Vampire Weekend played the Mann’s first show of a massive believers,” and “Step,” Skyline Stage on Sept. 19, U.S. tour, the band keeping the electronic came ready to play, and samples and vocal effects a constant theme through- fully awkward through- definitely kicked off the out the show, displaying tour with an incredible out the night. Drummer Chris Tom- his talents, switching be- spark. Modern Vampires son’s drum kit had more tween keyboard, organ, of the City has officially punch added to it, mak- and a shredding guitar. made Vampire Weekend ing his hard-hitting tom His high-pitched vocal an enormously talented work even more power- harmonies gracefully add- spectacle in indie rock, ful; it complimented the ed to the presence of Koe- showing that they are large outdoor environ- nig’s scattered melodies, not afraid to change their ment. Bassist Chris Baio even when they were elec- sound during a scene that kept his side of the stage tronically modified, like in has stayed fairly conentertaining with static the new religiously under- tent with itself over the dance numbers, constant- toned song “Ya Hey.” The past few years. It is still ly swaying his legs and band evenly distributed strange to see them headshoulders. About half- the songs from their cata- lining arenas instead of way through their set, in logue, playing seven songs theaters or clubs, but no between two songs, lead from each album to create one can say that they have singer and guitarist Ezra the exciting 90-minute not deserved all of the sucKoenig twiddled around set. The ample light show cess they have gotten with high up on the neck of was striking yet pleas- now three extraordinary his guitar, teasing the ant, lighting up the mas- albums under their belt. crowd with what would sive floral backdrop of the Drew Drevyanko is a fourth-year quickly lead into the all- stage with a giant mirror student majoring in communicatime crowd favorite, “A- in the center that was re- tion studies. He can be reached at Punk.” This instantly ally a camera pointed at AD739888@wcupa.edu.

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brought heavy animation to the audience, getting everyone off their feet to dance and pogo. Koenig then took a moment to explain to the audience how beautiful it was to see people from Pennsylvania and New Jersey (where he hails from) celebrating together at a concert. Then he made it clear that people from Massachusetts “hate all of us,” which segued into their old B-Side track, “Boston (The Ladies of Cambridge).” Multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij stayed fairly quiet and delight-

Review It! with Anthony Micalizzi

Anthony Micalizzi Special to The Quad The Conjuring (2013) Director: James Wan Writers: Chad and Carey Hayes Genre: Horror, Thriller Stars: Patrick Wilson: Ed Warren Vera Farmiga: Lorraine Warren Ron Livingston: Roger Perron Lili Taylor: Carolyn Perron Rating: R Grade: A Shortly after moving into their new house, the Perrons start experiencing strange occurrences. The increasing frequency and magnitude of these events cause the family to seek outside help: the Warrens. The Warrens are a couple of “demonologists” who are hired to rid the house or family from demons by any means necessary. Upon arriving at the house, the Warrens realize even they may not be able to save this family. Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” is a heartpounding thriller that will leave you frightened. It combines aspects from the original “Exorcist” and “Paranormal Activity” to create a very scary, well-

written movie. It does a perfect job leaving viewers on their toes not knowing what will happen next. It uses pop outs, gore, demons, and intense music to terrify viewers. Rather than keeping people on the edge of their seats, it causes them to sink back and use anything possible to cover their eyes. Turn off the lights and succumb to the fear, but good luck sleeping later because “The Conjuring” will even make the biggest and bravest scream. We’re The Millers (2013) Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Writers: Bob Fisher & Steve Faber Genre: Comedy Stars: Jason Sudeikis: David Clark Jennifer Aniston: Rose O’Reilly Emma Roberts: Casey Mathis Will Poulter: Kenny Rossmore Rating: R Grade: B Desperate for money, drug dealer David Clark takes a job to travel across the Mexican border to pick up marijuana. In order to look inconspicuous, David hires three people to take the trip with him: a stripper, a runaway,

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and an awkward neighbor. The four of them rent an RV and fake being a family for a few days until their return. Shortly into the trip, they begin to run into complications which worsen as the journey progresses. With an interesting plot, it seems it has either the potential to be funny or another failed comedy. “We’re The Millers” starts off slow. It begins with all vulgarity and little humor. As the story continues, the humor grows. It uses awkward situations, sarcasm, and vulgar language to create a funny movie that even has laugh out loud scenes. It fails in that it seems to try too hard to evoke laughter with certain jokes. Nevertheless, “We’re The Millers” is a comedy worth seeing. It compares with recent successes “Bad Teacher” and “Horrible Bosses.” Anthony’s Picks of the Week: Horror Movies: Sinister, Paranormal Activity, Insidious Comedies: The Hangover, Horrible Bosses, Bruce Almighty Anthony Micalizzi is a second-year student majoring in history. He can be reached at AM787857@wcupa. edu. huffpost.com

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also a wide receiver, caught McCartney’s other touchdown pass, finishing with two catches for 19 yards as well. Erik Brundidge had two catches for 17 yards, and Tim Keyser had one catch that went for 40 yards. White, always a threat in the passing game as well, had one catch that went for three yards. the best part of the Gold- great day running the ball The wide receivers of as well. Having his best en Ram’s day against Oliver Suskin-Santarelli West Chester have been day of the season thus far, Millersville, with Rondell Sports Editor extremely crucial to the White and his backup, Monk ran for 175 yards offense through these Brandon Monk, combin- and two touchdowns off three games, moving the ing for five scores on the of just 15 attempts. Even n a rainy night at chains and getting M i l l first downs time ersville and time again. University, the With McCartney Golden Rams firing on all cylinmen’s football ders, this receiving team contincore should conued its perfect tinue to put up big season, pulvernumbers, in addiizing the Milltion to wreaking ersville Mahavoc on opposing rauders with defenses. a final score of Speaking of de48-3. fenses, West ChesWest Chester’s defense didn’t ter, currently let Millersville get ranked No. 20 a single touchin Division 2 down. With Millfootball, is now ersville only able 3-0 on the seato connect with son. In the first one field goal, the two games of Golden Rams put the season, the on a show on the Golden Rams defensive side of put on domithe ball. nant perforLeading the mances against team in tackles the likes of the Photo by Millersvilleathletics.com this week was lineUniversity of backer Mike Labor New Haven The West Chester Golden Rams took on the Millersville Marauders in the pouring rain Saturday night. The Rams would go on to win 48- with seven (three and Gannon solo, four assisted), 3, led by Rondell White, Brandon Monk, and a stellar defensive effort. This marks their third win in a row to open the season. University. who also had half Their outing a sack and a forced against Millmore impressive was do without their offensive fumble. Labor, one of the night. ersville was no different. White, who has been Monk’s longest run of the line. Senior tackles Justin leaders of this defense, Quarterback Sean Mcunstoppable so far this day: a 93-yard run that is Bathurst and Adam Citko has been a great cog in Cartney had another efseason, had another out- the third-longest run in have protected McCart- the defensive system, ficient game, going 9-ofstanding game against West Chester’s history, ney extremly well, while consistently flying to the 13 for 168 yards and two the Marauders, finishing and the 12th longest run guards Trey Farmer and ball before any big play touchdowns as well. McJames Colivas, along with can happen. Labor should the day with 227 yards in PSAC history. Cartney has looked sharp Though he might be be- center Derek Schatz, have continue to thrive in West and three touchdowns week in and week out to off of 34 attempts. It was hind White on the depth created many running Chester’s defense. start off the season, and Fellow linebacker RonWhite’s second week in a chart, make no mistake lanes for White to get this game was no excepnell Williams only had row rushing for over 200 about it: when Monk has through with ease. tion. Hitting his receivElsewhere on the offen- two tackles on the day, yards, a statistic that the ball in his hands, he ers in stride, McCartney proves of just how impor- often capitalizes on the sive side of the ball, Gold- but made the most out of continues to display the Display- en Ram’s wide reciever it by making one of those tant he is to this team’s opportunity. skills of a quarterback ing lightning-quick agil- Tim Brown had a solid count for a sack, resulting success. who could lead his team However, often over- ity and great vision of day, catching three passes in a loss of eight yards. deep into the playoffs. looked backup running the field ahead of him, for 89 yards and a touch- Defensive linemen Brian Rushing the ball was back Brandon Monk had a Monk is a great change- down. Adam Dempsey, Butler also had two tack-

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of-pace back for when White comes off the field. The two of them together make for a great tandem that will be hard for any defense to contain this season. The offensive line also deserves a tremendous amount of praise for their role the past three games in West Chester’s wins. Though they might not be the flashiest players on the team, McCartney, White and company couldn’t get as many yards and touchdowns as they

PAGE 23 les and a sack on the day, making his count for a loss of ten yards. For the defensive backs, Blaise Schieler led the backs in tackles yet again, gaining six total (four solo, two assisted). John McGilligan, a freshman for West Chester’s defense, had his first interception of his young career, as well as three tackles. Al-Hajj Shabazz had three tackles on the day as well. Other key players for West Chester’s defense included linemen Eric Edwers, who had five tackles total (two solo, three assisted) and half a sack that went for a loss of eight yards. Shawn Krautzel chipped in with three tackles (all assisted), and Byron Cooper had three tackles as well (all solo). The Ram’s defense, after letting up 41 points last week, bounced back extremely well against Millersville, showing what this defense is made of. With a group of wellrounded players that seem motivated to win it all this season, West Chester’s defense will be hard to get by as opposing offences look to points up against the Golden Ram’s. As Millersville proved this week, it’s easier said than done. West Chester’s next game will be at home on Sept. 28th, also Family Night, against Kutztown University. Kutztown has yet to win a game this season, and when they travel to John A. Farrell Stadium, the Golden Bears will have a tough time taking on the always-improving Golden Rams. Expect another solid outing from the home team, as they put on a show for the families of West Chester University. Oliver Suskin-Santarelli is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at OS753461@wcupa. edu.


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Men’s soccer jump to 2nd in PSAC

Ryan Calpin

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he West Chester University men’s soccer team went 1-0-1 this week. They had a 3-1 win at Lock Haven on Wednesday, and had a scoreless double overtime tie at home against Bloomsburg on Saturday. On Wednesday, they were in a good matchup against Lock Haven, even though the score does not dictate it. Throughout the entire first and second half it was locked up at one a piece. Nine minutes into the game, Connor Malarney scored after the ball ricocheted off his body for his fifth goal of the season. Lock Haven then tied up the game in the 53rd minute

on a goal by Asher Kla- sixth of the season on an physical battle with numerous opportunities for hold. That was the only assist from Alex Caplan. The Golden Rams both sides, both teams attempt that Lock Hacame up short ven had on and it ended in goal, with a scoreless douthe rest of ble overtime tie. the game West Chester being domhad 25 shots on inated by goal to BloomsWest Chesburg’s 14. The ter. With best opportunity 10 minutes for Bloomsburg to play in was in the first the match, half when they the Golden had numerous Rams netshots at goal, ted two but goalkeeper goals, one Ryan Shultz by Dan Photo by Lauren Farassi played very well Venuto, and halted anywhich was Roberto Siva blasts the ball towards the goal in a scoreless thing that came a header from Ro- double overtime tie against Bloomburg on Saturday afternoon. close to the goal. West Chester reberto Silva. ally did not have The second goal in those ten minutes then hosted Bloomsburg many opportunities until was Connor Malarney’s on Saturday. In a very the first overtime period, second of the game and

when they had six shots on goal in the period alone. Connor Malarney had two shots that were stopped by Bloomsburg goalkeeper, Bernie Roell. Also freshman Miguel Ross had a few chances, one in the overtime period that nearly ended the game. He took a pass from Marlarney and attempted a header that nearly snuck in the left side of the goal, but was stopped by Roell. West Chester is now 2-2-2, and 2-1-1 in the PSAC. Next up this week for the Golden Rams is an away matchup at East Stroudsburg on Tuesday at 6:30. That is the only match that they have until Oct. 2nd, which is an away game, the following Wednesday at Wilm-

ington University. East Stroudsburg is 0-5-1 at the bottom at the PSAC standings. Coach Benn was not available for comment. West Chester is currently 2nd in the PSAC standings behind Seton Hill (3-0 in the conference). West Chester looks to take control of these next two games so that they can compete for the top spot in the PSAC. They seem to have controlled the early season jitters as new coach Benn and his squad seemed like they have finally calmed down and settled into the season very nicely. Ryan Calpin is a second year student majoring in communications studies with a minor in jounralism. He can be reached at RC784188@wcupa.edu.

Lady rams rebound from slow start with two victories this week By Taylor Maren Staff Writer

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he West Chester Lady rams Soccer Team (3-3) bounced back from their slow start and have capitalized this week with two impressive victories. The first victory was against Lockhaven University with a score of 1-0, while the other victory came against Bloomsburg University with a score of 2-1. The Golden Rams, unsure of where they stood in the PSAC, sent a message loud and clear to their opponents with wins over both Lock Haven and Bloomsburg. After a much needed win earlier in the week, West Chester welcomed in Bloomsburg (3-4) for an afternoon match down on South Campus. This match would test the young team’s ability to come back from being

down and see what they recorded her second career She was able to tally 4 of were made of. The Hus- win, stopping 3 of 4 shots West Chester’s 15 shots kies started off the scor- that came her way. An- with 2 on goal and an assist to go ing with a goal in along with the 20 minute by an overall Jenna Fisher, forcsolid game. ing the Lady Rams Before to play catch up. hosting the With no scoring for Huskies, the rest of the first the Lady half, West ChesRams were ter was in serious tested on jeopardy of dropthe road ping yet another against a close match. Forscuffling tunately for the Lock HaLady Rams, the ven (1-3-1) second half would team who be dominated by was also them with two key Jose Mestre/ Asst. Photography Editor in despergoals. The first coming in the 50 Marie D’Angelo moves the ball down the field to help West ate need of a victory. minute by Junior Chester women’s soccer team win with the score of 2-1. This game Dana Hunt and displayed the later in the 70 minute by Sarah Wulk. other bright spot for the West Chester’s dominance Not only did the ladies Golden Rams was Junior as both their forwards and of West Chester outscore Carly Yost, who has con- midfield controlled posBloomsburg but also out- tinued to play well after session for a huge chunk shot them by a staggering being such a key contribu- of the match. Tallying 15-8 count. Madi Mitchell tor to the team last season. West Chester’s only goal,

sophomore defender Rachael Jackson, headed in the goal in the 5 minute of play. That would be Jackson’s first career collegiate goal but one that the Lady Rams urgently needed to avoid another defeat. On the defense side of the ball, freshmen goaltender, Maddi Mitchell, not only picked up her first win as goaltender but also her first career shutdown making it a special one. Eagles goaltender, Dana Wozniak, also played her heart out stopping 13 of 14 Golden Ram shots but still came up a little short. This past week proved critical for West Chester to get back to the .500 mark but their job is far from over as the Lady Rams still have more than half their games remaining. Coming up this week, the team will not have the luxury of a home game on the schedule so

staying fresh while traveling will be crucial. First, West Chester will head out Tuesday, September 24th to face the Warriors of East Stroudsburg (5-0) for a 4 p.m. match. With their undefeated record still in tack, this will give the Lady Rams extra incentive to tackle the class of the PSAC. After such a tough game, the ladies will have no time to lose their focus as the following Saturday, they will be heading down to Philadelphia University (0-3) for a noon start time. Stay tuned and make sure to keep up with how the ladies fair this week as they climb higher in the PSAC standings. This week will definitely give us vital information on how far the ladies could go in the playoffs. Taylor Maren is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at TM 741168@wcupa.edu

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Men’s golf putts their way to third place finish at Glade Springs

ity. East By Michael Murphey 0-5-1 at Special to The Quad the PSAC ch Benn lable for est Chester Unit Chester versity’s Men’s nd in the Golf team keeps gs behind on rolling with another n the con- third place finish. Their t Chester latest tournament was control of the Glade Springs Ingames so tercollegiate Championmpete for ships, which consisted he PSAC. of three round matches have con- at the Woodhaven Golf ly season Course in Daniels, West oach Benn Virginia. This par 72 d seemed course is a challenging e finally course, but the Golden nd settled Rams would have none very nice- of that. Junior Austin Mann second year once again stepped up n communi- his game, as a runner up a minor in in the individual scoring, be reached at with a three match total du. of 224. Mann shot even par on the first day with

hile travelal. First, will head September Warriors burg (5-0) tch. With ed record s will give extra ine the class After such the ladies me to lose he followhey will be Philadel(0-3) for me. Stay e sure to ow the laek as they the PSAC week will s vital inw far the n the play-

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a score of 72. His scores their college golf debut. a few spots behind his would get higher as the Drew Patterson turned senior teammate, Ashmatches progressed in a three round score of craft. Other notable with scores of 74 and 240 in his first colligate West Chester golfers in the tour78. Along nament w i t h were Cory M a n n , S m i t h s e n i o r and Eric Michael Slawter. A s h S m i t h craft also turned in stepped an overup with all score a 54 hole of 244. s c o r e His round of 236. s c o r e s Ashcraft were conposted sistent as consistent wcupagoldenrams.com they were scores of 81, 80, 79, 79, 83. and 78, Junior Austin Mann has been playing well lately, getting second place in a and recent tournament. Slawter which was turned in second a 54 hole amongst tournament. Patterson score of 245. His scores, Rams golfers. progressiveFor the second week posted rounds of 77, 81, however, in row a freshman made and 82, which was only ly became better with

rounds of 86, 81, and 78. Mann was edged out by just two strokes. Matt Kempa, who had an overall score of 222, was the individual winner from IUP. This is the second time in as many weeks that Kempa has edged out a WCU golfer for individual honors. As a team the Rams combined for a score of 938. They were just behind IUP and Millersville. IUP’s score was 907 and Millersville totaled 934. West Chester has the right pieces to put together many winning tournaments this season. Consistency will be a key for this team in their pursuit of a tournament victory. The squad will have this weekend off, but will compete in the

Mercyhurst Invitational on September 29th and the 30th. Following the Mercyhurst Invitational will be the California the Challenge in the second week of October. The following week they will be participating in the Howard “Bud” Ewell Invitational. Then they will be already in the PSAC championships at the end of October. With the sesason coming to a close in just a month, and the team performing well, do not miss out on seeing the men’s golf team compete in their final matches of the season. Michael Murphey is a firstyear student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at MM802071@wcupa. edu

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013

Field hockey controls tempo; beats up on East Stroudsburg

By AJ Arcaini Special to The Quad

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he West Chester Women’s Field Hockey team, ranked No. 2 in the country, entered another tough week of play, holding a 3-1 record. With games against Millersville University and East Stroudsburg University, WCU looked to improve to a 5-1 record. The week began with a home game versus Millersville University on Tuesday afternoon. WCU entered the contest ranked No. 2 in the PSAC and Millersville just behind ranking at No. 3. After a few strong opportunities for both teams, West Chester struck first on a tap in goal from senior Megan Callanan. A cross from senior Lauren McGinley gave Callanan an opportunity to put WCU out to a 1-0 lead early. Callanan capitalized with her fifth goal of the season, giving the Rams their

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Team now ranked No. 2 in the country a shot to the inside far East Stroudsburg Uni- ing another goal from 1-0 lead. West Chester con- post, resulting in a Mill- versity. With the tough Callanan 16 minutes in. trolled most of the first ersville 3-1 lead. loss against Millersville Strong defensive play WCU kept on fighting still in their heads, WCU from WCU kept a 3-1 half until a late goal from Millersville junior with corner after corner, entered Saturday with a lead entering halftime. The Rams took control Rachel Dickson. A pen- but the Rams could not strong motivation to pull alty corner resulted in seem to find the back of out a win, and it sure after halftime, dominating the second half. a slap shot off Senior Kelsi Lykens of Dickson’s nailed a slap shot just stick, resulting 35 seconds into the in a 1-1 tie. The second half, which score would would be the first of stay through five goals for the Rams the first period in the half. Stellar of play and lead defensive play from into an exciting WCU gave the offensecond half. sive many opportuniAs second ties to capitalize. half play enSophomore Alexis sued, MillersVersak added the next ville would goal, three minutes strike first into the second half and not look improving West Chesback. Three ter’s lead to 5-1. The minutes in, Rams did not let up for Dickson found Photo by Colleen Goldhorn a second and continthe back of the cage again with Stef Pirri takes the ball from and East Stroudsburg defender in route to West Ches- ued to battle to add to their lead. another goal ter’s big victory on Saturday, 8-1. The next goal came coming off of from senior Lauren another penalty corner, giving Mill- the net. As time wound showed in their effort McGinley 16 minutes in, resulting in a 6-1 lead ersville a 2-1 lead. West down, Millersville’s 3-1 against the Warriors. Chester continued to stood as the final whistle The Rams struck for WCU. West Chester battle with some strong blew. early, with a deflection would continue to presThe Golden Ram’s next goal coming from sopho- sure ESU both offendefensive play through the half, but MU junior contest of the week came more Alayna Brown just sively and defensively, Alicia Youtz struck with on Saturday against three minutes into the controlling tempo and throughout game. Callanan smacked possession a shot toward the net the game. Brown found and Brown’s stick de- her way to another goal flected the ball into the two minutes after Mcback of the cage. West Ginley, giving WCU a Chester’s 1-0 lead would 7-1 lead and Brown her grow quickly when just second goal of the game. three minutes later ju- Freshman Marnie Kunior Kelsey Cheek would sakavitch added the find the back of the cage. Rams final goal with A scramble in front of three minutes left, sothe net gave Cheek an lidifying an 8-1 lead for opportunity, which she West Chester. A few took advantage of, re- last minute shots for sulting in a now 2-0 lead East Stroudsburg were blocked away by freshfor the Rams. ESU battled back add- man goalkeeper Audree ing a goal 12 minutes Bonavita as West Chesin from freshman Emily ter prevailed to an 8-1 Howell, but after that win. Bonavita played a West Chester would not solid game in net with 10 look back. The Rams con- saves for the Rams. The defensive effort of trolled tempo through the rest of the half, add- the Rams had a huge im-

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Rondell White is this week’s Athlete of the Week. Going against Millersville University, White ran for 234 yards on 34 carries, adding three touchdowns in the process.

pact in Saturday’s win, along with the strong play of Lykens, who took part in five of eight goals for the Rams with one goal and four assists. West Chester now begins preparation for a week with games against Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hall University on Friday and Saturday. Posting a 4-2 record right now, the Golden Rams hope to stay hot and add two more wins to their season. Indiana University of Pennsylvania is currently posting a 1-5 record to start off their season; however, do not let the record fool you, as they have been in very close games against good teams. West Chester beat them earlier in the season 3-2. IUP lost to Shippensburg, the number one team in the country, 3-4. Seton Hill is 3-3 but again their record is decieving. They have lost and won extremely close games and will definatley be a tough matchup for West Chester. West Chester will look to get to 6-2 if they can win those next two games. Right now West Chester is number two in both the PSAC standings and the national rankings for division two field hockey. Consider the team’s two losses outliers in an otherwise successful season thus far. The Lady Rams have all the tools to put it together and go deep into the playoffs for the third season in a row, and trying to capture their third national title in as many years. AJ Arcaini is a second-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at AA 788494@wcupa.edu

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Read, Couturier, Schenn crucial for Flyers’ success

Lady rams remain undefeated; improve their record to 8-0

By Stephen Gallo Special to The Quad

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tied for the team lead in blocks with four a piece. The team finished with 51 kills, 12 blocks, 7 service aces, and 77 defen-

he West Chester University women’s volleyball team continue their undefeated run and advance to 8-0 on the season with a road victory over Philadelphia University. The Lady Rams defeated Philadelphia University three sets to one (27-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-23) on Saturday afternoon to open the season on an eight match win wcupagoldenrams.com streak. The match at Philadelphia University was West Chester’s first sive digs. The match against official road match of the season after going 3-0 on Philadelphia University neutral courts and 4-0 was the closest match at home. Saturday was that the Golden Rams only the third match of have faced in their young the season that WCU season. The match saw failed to sweep their op- 30 tied scores and 15 ponent. The only other different lead changes two sets that the Golden including the first and Rams had dropped on fourth set going down the season were at the to the win by two marKutztown Classic, one to gin. In the end, the Lady Davis and Elkins College Rams were able to close and the other to South- out the match with a kill ern New Hampshire by Sharkey, assisted by Halbert. University. So far in the seaThe match also saw WCU’s impressive rookie son, this Rams squad freshmen continue their has looked phenomenal hot start to the season. against their opponents. Paige Thommas posted With eight wins to kick a career high in kills for off the season, this team a match with 17 and An- is looking to continue nalee Halbert tied her their perfect season by career high in assists crushing their compewith 42. Callie Krajcir tition. One interesting needed one more defen- note: so far in the seasive dig to tie her career son, the team has only high while she posted 22 dropped three sets in matches! That for the match. Sopho- eight unbelievable statistic more, Marina Sharkey, continued her consistent speaks volumes about play posting 11 kills with just how dominant the senior Allision Gram- Lady Rams have been to mer, adding nine more to open up their campaign. WCU have yet to open the team total. Halbert up their Pennsylvania and Sharkey also were State Athletic Confer-

ence (PSAC) schedule but they are one of the two remaining undefeated teams left in the conference along with C l a r i o n University, who are 100. The Lady Rams will start their PSAC schedule this coming weekend with two double headers in Erie, Pennsylvania against four PSAC West Division teams. Friday’s doubleheader features matches against Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (7-4) and Gannon University (4-4), while Saturday will see WCU face off against Slippery Rock University (5-6) and Mercyhurst University (5-4). While Gannon and Mercyhurst are riding two game winning streaks, the Lady Rams’ toughest competition of the season thus far will come against Edinboro who is coming off a loss to Fairmont State University. The Rams do not face off against any opponent in their own East Division until the beginning of October when they face Shippensburg University. If you want to see a dominant display of pure athleticism and teamwork, come check out your Lady Ram’s volleyball team and support the purple and gold! Stephen Gallo is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at SG 749536@wcupa.edu

stellar rookie campaigns had years of little to no growth. Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn and Matt Read combined for just 23 goals and 46 assists in 2012 (albeit in a short season). In 2011, Read alone put up better numbers (24 goals, 47 assists) as a rookie. Couturier and Schenn combined for another 25

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25 assists in a season, their line mates are going to have monster years. A combination of less pressure to score, and heightened play t’s tough to pick and from line-mates makes choose what hurt the for super-star quality Flyers most in what seasons. It’s a team wide ended up being one of cause and effect. If the their worst seasons of the support players are not last 15 years in 2012-13. scoring or setting up They were plagued by scorers, the line loses injuries perhaps fueled a lot of potential about by www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com points. condensed Take Scehnn for schedule, example A physical and some Schenn with a scorkey playing touch next to ers greatly Lecavelier and Simunderpermonds adds a new formed. level to the second Over the line. That’s one more offseason, person the defense the players has to worry about. sought to The projected third get healthy, line is the same way. and the play o r g a n i z a - Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier will be vital to the Heightened tion sought Flyers’ plans of winning a championship in this upcoming from Couturier and Read winging Max depth in season. Talbot essentially some of the makes a third line areas in into a top scoring threat. which they were lack- goals that season. None of them really Three straight lines with ing. They signed former Tampa Bay captain Vin- played bad enough that potential to score at any cent Lecavelier, a power- it stood out, but none of time will wear down a ful forward and leader. them continued on the defense. Since there are They signed Mark Streit, trajectory they had made only three pairs of deanother former captain for themselves with mon- fenseman on the ice in a game, at any given time and veteran defense- ster rookie seasons. The play of these three the third pair will be out man who can help take pressure off of a slower forwards in 2013-14 is against a line with offenKimmo Timmonen. An- imperative. If all three sive prowess. Depth is impossible to drej Mezsaros, Niklas can rebound from meGrossmann, Braydon Co- diocre seasons the Flyers defend against. Of course, those three burn and Max Talbot all offense will be throughplayers don’t have the overcame their season the-roof scary. The Flyers are very of- entire success of the Flyending injuries and are fense-minded, but there ers riding on their shoulready to go. Health and leadership were some times last ders. Not even remotely. are crucial to any team’s year that certain players But if they can put last success. Without it, their seemed to be pressing a year in the past and conis no hope for a winning little bit, mainly captain tinue to grow, it will cerseason against viable op- Claude Giroux and at tainly have a profound effect on the Flyers’ ofponents that are just as times Scott Hartnell. When three extra guys fensive game. good, if not better, than your team. One of the are scoring double-digit Kenny Ayres is a fourth-year biggest keys for the Fly- goals, that takes the student majoring in communiers’ this season, howev- pressure off the top scor- cation studies with a journalers. When those three ism minor. He can be reached at er, is overlooked. KA739433@wcupa.edu. Last year, three prom- guys are also making plays and recording 20ising forwards coming off

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