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QUADNEWS@WCUPA.EDU By Colleen Curry Special to The Quad

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ifteen years after Matthew Shepard’s death, people are still remembering him all over the country. Matt Shepard was a college student in Wyoming who died in 1998 after being beaten and left to die, tied to a fence. His murder has made a huge impact on the LGBTQA community and hate-crime legislation. During his trial, it was widely reported that he was killed because he was gay. This was the first time a person’s sexual orientation had been widely accepted as the motive for a crime. Because anti-gay discrimination was not prosecutable as a hate crime in Wyoming at the time, the murderers were not charged for a hate crime. After this incident, many changes have

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been made to the legislative system in Wyoming and the United States as a whole. On Oct. 14, West Chester’s LGBTQA hosted a wonderful event with a video, guest speaker, and discussion to remember the fifteen year anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death. Sykes Ballroom had a line out the door and even had to set up more chairs for their unexpected turnout. As guests arrived, they were welcomed with food and the first 50 students got a free t-shirt. Once everyone was settled in, the event finally began. First on the agenda was to watch clips from the The Laramie Project. The Laramie Project was first a play, later turned into a movie, compiled of interviews and coverage of events that happened in Laramie, Wyoming af-

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ter the death of Matthew Shepard. This video instilled the overwhelming impact Matt’s death had on the people and society of Laramie. After the video, guest speaker James Tress talked about his personal experience and connection with Matt. James, like Matt, is also from Casper, Wyoming. He met Matt through mutual friends and admitted Matt’s death was the main reason James became such an active participant in the LGBTQA movement. As a gay man in Wyoming himself, James shared similar struggles with sexual identity. Matt really inspired him to embrace who he was and to take a stand. James gave wonderful advice to the students of West Chester and brought a great energy to the room. Students were not just encouraged to think about hate, but were asked questions to participate in discussion. This helped everyone feel comfortable and be able to voice their opinions. These questions revolved around hate at West Chester and what

the students can do to eliminate hate in the community. In this open discussion, students were reminded to speak up in situations where discrimination and hate is occurring, as well as make sure to create a positive environment in their private as well as public lives. As senior Molly Schwartz said, “I thought that an event like this was really necessary. Fifteen years

later we are still battling for equality. It may not be as bad as it was, but we still need to be aware and talk about it frequently so we can continue to make positive changes. It’s hard to see people have ignorance to such topics because I was raised with an open mind. I also have a gay brother and love and accept him how he is and I would do anything to protect him.” It has now been fifteen years since Matthew Shepard’s passing and he is still impacting society at large. The LGBTQA event was successful in

informing, teaching, and empowering the student body. As junior Ana Apostolescu said, “I didn’t know much about the story behind it all, but after going to the event, it really opened my eyes to the situation.” This event had a successful impact on the students of West Chester and helped to continue the fight Matthew Shepard’s death has started against anti-gay and anti-hate discrimination. Colleen Curry is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at CC763513@ wcupa.edu.

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fficials arrested a young man on Tuesday after he allegedly stole a wallet from a 78-year-old man outside a Walmart in Florida. The young suspect ran up behind him, pushed him, and took his wallet, which contained $40 plus credit cards. The suspect then fled in a getaway car - which police later discovered was being driven by the suspect’s mother. study has found that Oreos might be more addictive than cocaine. In a study performed using rats, Oreos stimulated significantly more neurons in the rats’ brains than the cocaine. woman in Russia gave birth to 69 children in the 1700s.The Unnamed wife of Feodor Vassilyev gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765. 67 of them survived infancy. western Ohio woman charged with petty theft for allegedly stealing $2.87 from a courthouse fountain. She is jobless and took the change to buy food for herself and her four cats. Officials hope to resolve the case before her trial in November.

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Eagles quarterback wrapped up in controversy By Sean Breen Practicum Writer

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he Philadelphia Eagles quarterback controversy is booming with another great performance from Nick Foles, who led the Eagles to their second consecutive win over Tampa Bay. Foles was 22 of 31 passing for 296 yards while tossing three touchdowns. He also had one rushing touchdown in the win. Although Tampa Bay was a winless football team, they do have a solid defense that is ranked 10th in the NFL when it comes to allowing their opponent to put up points averaging 20.2 points per game. Prior to the Tampa Bay game, starting quar-

terback Michael Vick strained his left hamstring in the second quarter against the New York Giants. Foles took over and was able to finish the game, throwing for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Before Vick went down, he was having a solid season thus far, probably better than the last two seasons. He has thrown for 1185 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has added 307 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The statistics do not lie. Foles has led the Eagles on 22 total drives this year and the team is averaging 2.64 points per drive. Meanwhile, Vick has led the team on 54 drives with an average of 1.96 points per

drive. In 2011 the NFL has come up with a system called Total Quarterback Rating or QBR to rate quarterbacks on their performances. On a scale of 0 to 100, quarterbacks are rated on their play that gives their team the best chance to win. For example, how crucial a certain play is during a game and based on what happens will factor into that score. Fifty is an average QBR rating for an NFL quarterback. In just his two games, Foles

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Rodgers and Tom Brady. Michael Vick sits at a QBR of 65.4. In a poll by csnphilly. com that asked if Foles should be the starting QB, out of 566 votes, 75 percent of them voted yes. Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly was asked prior to the Cowboys game who would be the starting quarterback. “All of our decisions are made on what’s going to give us the best opportunity to win,’’ Kelly said. “And we have to put healthy guys on the field and make sure we can get a scheme together that’s going to help us beat the Cowboys.’’ Chip Kelly named Michael Vick his starting quarterback prior to the start of the season and it looks like his decision will not change unless Vick is not healthy. Eagles Running back LeSean McCoy made it clear to the media that Vick is the guy going

forward if he is healthy. ‘’Mike is the starter, Coach Kelly made that clear, but if he needs Nick to step in and make some plays then he’ll do that,’’ McCoy said after the win in Tampa Bay. “Mike’s the guy we go with, he’s the starting quarterback, no matter what the town says or what the outsiders want. It’s Coach Kelly’s call and that’s the call he’s made.” In response to McCoy’s comments Kelly had this to say “I have no idea what he’s talking about,’’ he said. “Me and LeSean, we didn’t talk about anything like that after the game so I don’t know where the reference of after the game, I said that, so I don’t know.’’ As the season progresses it may be a mystery to Eagles fans who will be under center week after week. 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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College is for trying things, careers that is

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have been writing for the Quad pretty consistently since I transferred to West Chester last fall. Though the majority of my articles have fairly optimistic undertones, sometimes writing an article each week feels like quite an added load on top of the due dates, textbook chapters, and study sessions I already swim through each week. In fact, some weeks, I have a little difficulty finding inspiration. You guessed it, this week was one of them. While I tried and tried to contemplate what to write about this week, I looked back through the tired files on my old and overly abused Asus laptop. I navigated through photos of my summer retreats and over 2,000 iTunes tracks to a very special folder labeled, “Quad Articles.” I guess in a way I was searching for inspiration, though a part of me was honestly just hoping to stumble across something already written to quickly tweak into some kind of poor excuse for an article. What I found was over a year of my own scattered thoughts and ambitions ranging from a review of the zombie love story, “Warm Bodies,” to my more recent political rants that would surely make my poor conservative folks back home in Perry County wonder where exactly they went wrong. Looking through the files, I realized that in a way they are a running record of my career interests through college. Majoring in communications doesn’t exactly narrow down the career field. When I chose the major, all I really knew was that I like to write, and was too scared to narrow it down to just journalism. After my first semester here, I had some real solid prospects: public relations, advertising, broadcasting, and a few others seemed like awesome careers that I might aim for down the line. My second semester here, I got a pretty cool internship and started feeling like I was all smart in the realm of politics, and was sure that would be my calling. Now, in my third and last semester here, I look ahead to graduation in December and somehow I feel utterly back to square one. All I really know is that I like to write. I’ve been spending a lot of time feeling rather pessimistic about all of this lately, and during a recent trip home, I brought my troubles to where they are dealt with best: good old Mom and Dad. I thought for sure that if I spilled all of my worries to Mommy she would be able to do what mom’s do best, that is, tell me what to do. Instead, she followed my story with her own life exasperations; she one-upped me. As I listened to my mom and dad, who have been working adults for longer than my entire life, tell me that they have no idea what they want to do next or what they can see themselves doing for the rest of their lives, I realized that in a way, life is really just one big social experiment. For the first twenty or so years of our lives, we all have these clear goals in mind: graduate, then graduate again, and for some, graduate a few more times. Then what? The trial and error begins. Looking back at all the things I thought I might enjoy, the only regret I have is that I didn’t try even more possible career avenues. College may only be four short years, but that’s four years specifically dedicated to figuring out just what you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life. After graduation, the only real goal left is to find happiness in life. Take my advice; don’t hesitate to start looking for it in college. - Joy Wilson Op-Ed Editor

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Costumes raise questions Be careful what you wear this Halloween By Rebekah Balmer Staff Writer

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hen Halloween is approaching, I almost always get frustrated. Why? Because of the costume choices available and the costumes some people choose to wear. People joke about their costumes and think it’s funny; but, sometimes it’s not funny, not even a little. One year during my undergraduate career here, a friend of mine went to a Halloween party and before leaving she showed me her outfit. I asked her what exactly her costume was intended to represent. Her response was “Well, a Native American, of course!” My jaw dropped a little as she ran out the door to go to her party. After she left I sat there thinking to myself, why would anyone think that dressing up as a different ethnicity or heritage is a costume. I really do not think it is appropriate to use ethnicity or heritage as costumes. In fact, I think it is racist to some extent; especially people who dress the part of a stereotype. News Flash: Just because people belong to the same ethnic group does not mean they all dress the same, act the same or talk the same. I think it is unfair to those who are being mimicked and sometimes being the center of a joke. There are plenty of other options out there that actually are funny, wear those! The other problem I have is with the Halloween costumes available to younger people who identify as girls. Some of these costumes are only

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Creativity in costumes can be fun without being offensive. enough fabric to cover about half of their bodies. So basically we are making these young girls into sexual attractions. Short skirts and shirts that show their midriffs are not appropriate for girls. When those girls become women and they choose to dress that way, then that is their prerogative. No one is saying it’s wrong for women, but when these costume companies offer costume choices that are only these options of scantily clad I think there is an issue. I think costumes for younger women and girls should be empowering. Letting them know it is okay for women to wear pants, be strong individuals and fight the bad villains in the world. I recently read an article on BuzzFeed by Erin La Rosa about 24 costume options for younger girls that will help them feel empowered and not sexually objectified. These ideas she listed are so creative, intelligent and fun! Some of the options she showed pictures of include: Hermione from Harry Potter, the brave Amelia Earhart, the most talented Frida Kahlo, the courageous Joan of Awesome (Arc) and other more generic costumes like a ninja, doctor, TARDIS from Doctor Who,

and lego ladies. If you go to BuzzFeed there are pictures of every suggested costume. Other costumes not shown that I’ve thought about are the Power Rangers, witches, Queen of England, Michelle Obama, and any famous (or not) female athlete. Am I trying to be a debbie downer on Halloween? Of course not! I just want everyone to pick their costumes carefully. Think about how others may perceive what you are wearing and if they will be offended. For those of you taking out your younger cousins, sisters, or nieces to go trick-or-treating, if you can encourage them to pick a costume that says “Hey, look at me! I’m awesomely awesome in my costume that does not sexually objectify me.” That would be a great start to making a difference in her world. Help her know she doesn’t need to show skin to feel important and valued. Show her how being smart and brave is more important than being pretty. For all of those going to parties or going trick-or-treating have fun and make smart, safe choices! Rebekah Balmer is a first year graduate student in the higher education counseling and student affairs program. She can be reached at rb649636@wcupa.edu.

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t has been one of those weeks. You know what I mean, right…when all of your homework just conveniently happens to be due in the same threeday span and you have two midterms to take, and a speech to give on top of that? Well, that’s how this past week has been for me. To sum it up in one word: stressful. I have found however, that here at college, if you surround yourself with good people who bring a positive influence along with them, then even the most demanding weeks don’t seem so bad. So without further ado, I will describe to you all my three best friends here at West Chester. First, I’ll tell you about my amazing roommate, Ellen Farmer. She hails from Lancaster County, and no, she is not actually a farmer. Ellen has the longest hair out of any of my friends that I have ever had, and can usually been seen (and heard) walking around campus belting out one of her many favorite songs (soft-rock is her preferred genre, calling all Daughtry fans). My other two best friends are roommates who live across the hall from Ellen and I. Katie Brown and Tamar Jackson are two of the nicest, most interesting people I have had the pleasure of meeting here at West Chester. Tamar is a city girl from Philadelphia, and knows the Septa system like the back of her hand. She is quite honest with her opinions, which is something I truly respect her for, and she always knows how to bring a comical touch to any conversation. Katie Brown hails from Bucks

County, more specifically Bensamlen. She drinks coffee on a more-than-normally-acceptable basis, and has the best cursive handwriting out of anyone I know. She is simple and down-to-earth, and I feel like I can tell her just about anything. The academic hassles this week have thankfully been balanced out by the many exciting events I went to, namely the Homecoming football game on the 12th, the West Chester Chili CookOff on the 13th, and the documentary showing this past Thursday. I went to the football game on Saturday accompanied by Ellen, Katie, and my Public Speaking classmate, Kevin Hamlet. The four of us, decked out in purple and gold spirit necklaces, made our way over to the concession stand, at my persistent request, to buy soft pretzels and sodas. It was Katie and Kevin’s first game of the season, and as we all walked through the hoards of passionate fans, I remember enthusiastically explaining to them that getting a pretzel before each game was my “new tradition.” The Golden Rams won, of course, and the whole day was a great success. We even saw the West Chester Jester! The following day was the 11th annual West Chester Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the Rotary Club. It was yet another great event hosted by the city of West Chester. I embarked on the short walk to Gay St. all the while pleasantly surprised at the remarkably warm October weather. I paid $10 for my event wristband and started roam-

ing the streets, trying options from every vendor I could find. The live music permeated the crowded downtown streets, as did the scrumptious chili aromas. I sampled probably a year’s worth delicious of chili, which is just enough for me until next year’s cook-off. Finally, on Thursday, I attended the documentary showing at Sykes Theater with Katie. The film, Girl Rising, told multiple tales of girls from all around the world that have each overcome hardship and adversity in order to get an education. At the theater, I met students, Paula Slota and Sarah Memon. After the film ended, I caught up with the two to ask them what they thought. As the four of us walked out of the theater, Slota remarked, “It reminds us everyday how lucky we are.” Paula’s statement got me thinking. On the way back to my room, I began to realize how fortunate I am, how fortunate all of us here at West Chester are. In countries all over the world, children are struggling for the right to an education. I realized that yes, as college students we are going to have big workloads from time to time, but the fact that we are enjoying a higher education that many kids only dream of is something to be grateful for each day. It took something as simple as a movie to make me realize that “those weeks” many college students have, are not as big a deal as we make them. We just need to take it one day at a time. So it goes. Rachel Alfiero is a first-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at RA806657@wcupa.edu.


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THE QUAD OP-ED

OCTOBER 21, 2013

Sexism runs rampant in 2013 music industry

Jeffrey Holmes Copy Editor

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n anonymous fan sent in a Facebook message to synthpop vocalist Lauren Mayberry earlier this year "This isn't rape culture. You'll know rape culture when I'm raping you, b****.” Mayberry, currently occupied by supporting her band’s debut LP The Bones of What You Believe, is concomitantly living a split life. Half of her livelihood is spent living out her dream as the frontwoman for her own band, Chvrches, and the other half is spent dealing with manic fans propositioning her for sex and then complaining when Mayberry denies the public access to her body. This is far from 2013’s first encounter of a female musician being treated as a slab of meat by her fans. Grimes, Lana Del Ray, and Miley Cyrus are among many women in the music industry to be relegated from recording artist to an object of sexual fantasy. While some, like Mayberry, are nothing short of disgusted that their status as female pop artists in the public eye has led to such subhuman treatment, others, like Cyrus, are clearly promoting their bodies (Google “Miley Cyrus VMAs” to know just to what extent this has come to). Questions depicting mucisians from prostitutes have been imposed be a few, while some refuse to check exactly what a celebrity is or what they are trying to do, demanding sexual favors that range from pornographic pictures posted in public domain to the performance of sex acts in concert venues that are

of her drinking beer as intended to sell tickets consequencesofsound.net young as 17 years old, for the performances Miley Cyrus successof music, not of the fully made her way body. into the minds of many In the pre-release Americans. From her hype of Chvrches’s delatest album, Bangerz, but, traffic on 4chan’s she had two Top 40 /mu/ board was rife charting singles, with commentary, not “We Can’t Stop” and on the EP the band “Wrecking Ball,” the had put out, but of first of which peaked pictures of Lauren at number two and the Mayberry. Comments later becoming Cyrus’s ranging from “I wish I first number one hit could date a girl like to date, with the alher” that extended as bum itself also topping far out there as “I wish the Billboard chart at I could sniff her armnumber one. Both of pits” preoccupied a these statistics serve number of threads on the image board website Lauren Mayberry has been the brunt of many innappropriate fan comments. as a clear indicator that the public is, at a minibefore Bones came out. The blogosphere in- singular most memoraWhile, ultimately, there stead saw an incursion of ble performance. Cyrus mum, curious about Miley is nothing immoral about sexual perversions, which, continued to strip down Cyrus, if not captivated by sexuality or expressing like with Mayberry, found and parade her nearly- her. The polar opposite of Miphysical desires toward their way into Grimes’s nude body around Robin pop artists, writing de- mailbox, relegating a Thicke, while dancing and ley Cyrus’s extreme would meaning letters and re- young and talented wom- grinding against his body. be Swedish house duo the quests to musicians like an to the fetishized object The first issue raised Knife. Early 2013 saw the Mayberry is wrong, espe- of many American men. by this performance is the release of Shaking the Hacially since this level of Tumblr accounts going far lyrical content of “Blurred bitual, the group’s first alharassment has caused past posting songs and in- Lines”: is it a song pro- bum to emphasize lyrical her to cut off all communi- terviews “in honor” of this moting rape culture in content over the fun house cation with her fans. Both singer exist – going as far America? Second, were grooves they made themChvrches’s Facebook and as to detail her wardrobe Cyrus’s dance moves and selves known for on works Twitter accounts no lon- and tattoos, even specu- interactions with the Af- such as 2006’s Silent ger allow messages, and lating what her hair might rican American stage Shout. In an interview all email traffic is now smell like.Essentially, dancers considerably rac- with Pitchfork Media’s handled by the band’s Grimes and Mayberry ist? Questions aside, this Ryan Dombal, lead vocalagent. serve as two examples of is a recap of that short ist Karin Dreijer AndersMayberry is far from assiduous musicians try- performance: a song that son stated the duo was the only victim of these ing to live the dream mu- contained such lines as, aiming not to sound like crimes. Electronica sing- sician life, but their fan “Okay, now he was close, “a white male rock band.” er Grimes, who initially base has caused them to tried to domesticate you The band was instead broke through the main- cut down on the actual / But you're an animal, “queering” their sound for stream with her early contact they can maintain baby it's in your nature” Shaking the Habitual, an 2012 hit “Oblivion,” made with their fans, or in the as a young white pop star act both members defined a killing with the popu- case of Mayberry, cut it off paraded herself about the as a protest against Swelarity of her album, Vi- completely. stage in a way that many den’s treatment of queer sions. The reaction from On the flipside, current people view from “white individuals and what the two defined as the governher male fans, generally pop singer Miley Cyrus is trash” to flat-out racist. speaking, seems to be the a potential propagation Certainly, there is an- ment’s “extreme wealth.” Additionally, any furopposite of the critical ac- of this hypersexual at- other view to her antics: claim her work has gar- titude towards women in unquestionably scintillat- ther prodding from Domnered her. Online forums the music industry. Aug. ing marketing. Whether bal about the duo’s view of did not see the same en- 25 of this past year saw one views her as white a perfect society, or if the amor as publications from Cyrus’s ebulliently open trash or an enjoyable pop band was worried their the Quietus to Pitchfork attitude towards sexuality singer, there is no ques- fans might find the work Media, who saw the “wow, in full force at MTV’s Vid- tion that events from her as “preachy,” the twothis combination of goth eo Music Awards. Cyrus VMA performance with some dodged these quesrock and witch house is performed chart-topper Thicke to photos of her tions by adding that the awesome” seal of approval “Blurred Lines” with sing- from her ex-fiance Liam lyrics dictated the music, with a +8 best new music er Robin Thicke in what Hemsworth’s 22nd birth- and therefore, the album score. will easily be the year’s day party, or other photos also sounds different from

their past works. Is that bit of information relevant to the composition present on Shaking? Yes. But was it the answer the interviewer was looking for? Absolutely not. If her obsession with Bjork’s voice simply outweighed her obsession with Bjork’s status as a woman, the Knife would have easily released the single best record this year. Shaking is an album that sonically tosses in everything from a detuned zither to oppressive, mechanically-modulated vocals from Dreijer Andersson, infusing twentieth century avant-garde composition with East-Asian influences, still under the guise of house music. Instead, they focused on “poetry” that quotes writers from Jeanette Winterson to Michael Foucault, allowing their genuine musicianship to be primarily dictated by women’s role in society. If the Knife had not felt the need to make a poetic and political statement using their resources and status as musicians due to the oppression of living in Sweden as cited in Dombal’s interview, the album would have been entirely masterful. Back to Mayberry, her recent opinion piece for the Guardian on her blatant disdain for misogyny, both online and in the real world, ended with her saying, “My hopes are that if anything good comes out of this, it will start a conversation, or continue the conversation which is already happening, encouraging others to reject an acceptance of the status quo, and that our band can continue to do what we are doing in our own way and on our own terms.” Despite harboring a hope that this form of

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Craft beer and good music get citizens talking politics Amidst low approval ratings, students must get involved for change in Congress

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he federal government shutdown closed all non-essential branches of the government, including the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The TBB is a part of the treasury department that approves new breweries, recipes, and labels for the beer industry. The timing of the October shutdown could not have been worse for me, a seasonal craft brew lover. After longing all summer for the hoppy interpretive taste of pumpkin and changing leaves, many new seasonal beers remain off the shelves until they can be approved. Most notably, this fall’s Sam Adam’s Seasonal brew has taken a huge hit, however, it is safe to say that your basement’s keg of Bud Light won’t be effected by this libation crisis. We could tell by the red solo cups strewn across Walnut Street lawns on Monday morning, and the fact that Anheuser Busch is benefiting from the slowed craft brewery expansions. The craft beer industry, however, will bounce back. With over 2,500 microbreweries currently in operation, craft beers have taken seven percent of the total beer market share. Until the shutdown, this percentage was steadily rising, thereby proving that Americans do have good taste. Also, attesting to our good taste, a poll released just last week found Americans’ approval of Congress dropping near alltime lows in wake of the government shutdown. Though approval ratings were low prior to the government shutdown, this

Congressional approval ratings have reached an all time low

poll reflected that just 5% of the American public thinks that Congress is doing an OK job. Politico’s Jon Allen joked that approval of Congress is “down to friends, family, non-recreational drug users.” The honest truth about all of this, however, is that these approval ratings do not matter. Congress is not popular as a whole, but each one of the 535 members is apparently popular with their own constituents who voted for them. Despite the five percent approval rating, there was also a 90 percent re-election rate for members of Congress last year. Though voters seem to like their elected members of Congress, Congress has been a huge source of political turmoil. So, these approval polls do not measure anything but frustration towards Congress. I say with such confidence that the craft brew industry will recover, even in competition against a big business like Anheuser Busch, because the current biggest consumers of craft beer are aged 21-34. The increase in popularity of anything in a young

generation is without a doubt promising, as it attests to changes in popular opinion in the near future. (Maybe what I meant to say earlier is, young Americans have good taste. Or better, young Americans who don’t pay five dollars for a red cup filled with foam have good taste.) Regardless of whether or not the approval polls really mean anything, they show that our government is clearly ready for some changes. In my opinion, the only variable that can truly break this cycle, is the involvement of the newer, younger voter. However, in the 2012 election, only half of the eligible voters aged 18-25 cast a vote. To my surprise, many 1825 year olds who did not vote were currently enrolled college students. Had every eligible young voter participated at the polls this past November, roughly 23 million more votes would have been casted; that is 23 million new votes that could

not just select the same name on the ballot as last year, or 23 million votes with fresh and unbiased understanding of the candidates. Those 23 million votes could really change the way our Congress is currently operating. As probably the youngest member ever of the Chester County League of Women Voters, and an avid CSPAN watcher, I get it - politics is not exactly a thrill for everyone. But, especially now when the functionality of our government clearly depends upon it, our participation in democracy is necessary. Luckily, Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits is around to tell you why. He is the co-chair of the organization you may have seen at a festival this summer, HeadCount. The mission of the non-partisan group is to use the power of music to register voters. HeadCount does not care about what party you support or where you land on an issue. The organization is here to remind you that you must speak to be heard. When talking to Brownie about the importance of young voters given the current situa-

tion in Washington, D.C., he said, “Well, you can not vote and let Congress stay in office, or you can vote them out and replace them with new blood. If you disapprove, I think it is essential to vote in these mid-terms and I anticipate the turnout will be at an all-time high.” He was passionate about the importance of educating college-aged youths on political issues for several reasons. First, because he feels education will lead to increased participation, and second because “you can’t participate without a basic knowledge of what’s going on, and things move fast enough that you need to be politically active just to keep up.” Brownie remarked, “It’s important to know what’s going on so that we can protect our rights and our interests as citizens.” So, I’m begging you, crack open a bottle of Dogfish Head 90 minute, throw on The Disco Biscuits, and have an intellectual conversation about politics. Genevieve Meehan is a fourth year student majoring in political sience and minoring in peace and conflict studies. She can be reached at GM733919@wcupa. edu.


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Drama unfolds under the dome in Washington

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tephen King’s exhilarating thriller, “Under the Dome”, is an entertaining sciencefiction TV series on CBS, but there is another “Under the Dome” that Stephen King did not write. Instead it is being written and starred in by politicians in Washington who are digging themselves a dysfunctional hole under the Capital Dome. Gridlock over defunding “Obamacare” has led to one of the worst political debacles in the country’s storied 237 year history (or seasons). The effort to defund “Obamacare” has been seen as an irrational move by many, one that has been led by freshman Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz. Cruz has emerged onto the scene as a persistent hardnosed political player, who associates himself with the expanding Tea Party. His antics of what was an attempt at a filibuster, gained him

much of the attention he was seeking. Albeit, the attention was not all positive, in fact it was primarily negative. According to a Washington Post Poll, 74% of Americans disapproved of the way were they handling the crisis, while 53% disapproved of the way President Obama was handling the situation while Republicans are split on the issue of defunding “Obamacare,” many of the more moderate conservative representatives in the house feel that the effort is not worth the government shutdown. Politicians such as Peter King, John McCain, and even representatives such as Mitch McConnell have been outspoken about giving up the attempt. This is not the first time the Republican party has attempted to eradicate “Obamacare,” in fact there have been 42 other attempts to repeal the law but none have been successful. Basically this is a rerun episode of the Dys-

functional Capital Domewith the expectation of our new character that has been introduced – Mr. Cruz. Cruz and some of his constituents felt that this might have been the last possible measure to blocking the law, which begin enrollment on Oct. 1 (first day of the fiscal year) – despite the government shutdown, and will be implemented for individuals on Jan. 1 2014. Luckily, for loyal fans we still have all our old favorite characters in these episodes – we still have fan favorites. We have Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Cantor, President Obama, John Boehner, and other side characters. Boehner, who found himself caught in a battle between moderate republicans and Tea Party republicans on how to handle the situation – might not make it to next season. He has been facing a lot of pressure from every which way, as a group of 40 or 50 Tea Party republicans forced

his hand into pursuing the tumultuous road we took. Harry Reid, claimed the agreement was historic (a shows first?). This is something that should not have to be historic. Why should doing what is listed in your job description be considered historic? When it was all said and done, a deal was reached just in time to avert the looming debt ceiling disaster: TV drama at its best. Ergo, once again we have kicked the can down the road. The deal means that the government will be funded until Jan. 15 and the debt ceiling raised until Feb. 7 where the show will likely have its drama packed episodes once more! Will our favorite characters make a splash, or will they be voted out? It is must watch TV! The “in” fighting in the Republican Party has left the group somewhat decimated after the latest government battle. Let’s use Walking Dead as an analogy. Imagine Rick (the main character) and his

faction are the Democratic Party and The Governor and his cohort are the Republican Party (spoiler alert). The Governor and his party are left ravaged after disagreements from the outside and particularly with his group people, this “civil war” within his group cost him his role. Essentially, this lack of compromise within and overall have been extremely detrimental to our political system. Overall, once all the smoke cleared, an estimated 24 billion was lost by keeping the government shutdown for over two weeks. This is certainly a gargantuan budget to allow a drama of this magnitude to proceed. With the midterm elections coming up – one would surmise that some of the representatives who were affiliated with causing the latest mess would face some type of ramifications – such as losing their seat. But chances are that will not happenthanks to a term known

as gerrymandering. Basically what this entails is that these districts have drawn the “lines” so it favors a particular party – meaning that there is virtually no chance they will lose their seats. This is dangerous for democracy- if we leave incompetent officials to continue this trend of gridlock and inefficiency. But it does make for good TV drama – something everyone loves! With so many story plots to be had, it is a cannot miss for next season’s Dysfunction Under the Capital Dome. When President Obama was asked if this fighting will continue in the upcoming weeks he replied, “No.” Does that mean, like many new episodes in old tv shows, that this season will be lackluster and without its drama? – doubtful.

that’s one less species hat future generations will get to see, but will instead only hear about in science books along with dodos and wooly mammoths. His view was that it did not matter. He did not care in the slightest. I was a bit shocked, to say the least. I do not expect everyone to be heartbroken and society come to a halt because one species of rhino went extinct, but at least consider the effect it will have beyond your life for two seconds! “There are always zoos. I’ve seen rhinos before,” he typed. But how great are zoos? Sure, you get to see animals live and up close, but can you really count that? We’ve taken

these animals out of their wild, natural habitat and forced them into a tiny box with high walls. And yes, there are a few different species of rhino, but will he care when the next species goes extinct? Probably not, but I’m hopeful that he realizes his carelessness. “They have caretakers, and they model the cage to look like their home,” he responds. “What’s the big deal? They seem okay.” How happy can a prisoner be? If I were in a cage and couldn’t escape, what would upset me the most? Probably seeing my surroundings made to look like what I’m missing. Don’t get me wrong, I am not harassing zoo-

keepers for their choice in career. However, there are a plethora of research studies regarding the psychological welfare of zoo animals. Their mental state can deteriorate quite quickly after long years of incarceration and even small amounts of mistreatment, not to mention that many zoo animals typically suffer from depression. The clearly learned gent that I had this intellectually stimulating conversation with stopped responding before I got to the part I was waiting for. I wanted to know his view on the reason the rhino went extinct: humans poaching them for their horns and lack of effort by

the people in charge of its conservation. I absolutely abhor violence and the infliction of pain in any way. It disgusts me, especially towards wild animals that otherwise would never even bat an eye at you. I’ve been hunting before, and shooting guns at targets for sport was much preferable. Poachers must be so egotistical and selfaggrandizing (possibly compensating for something). You want to kill an innocent animal, take one small part of its body, and leave the rest to rot, just for some Black Market quim to write you a big check? If you want a big hunk of keratin (the protein hair, fingernails, and

rhino tusks are made of), grow it yourself. If you have or have ever had a pet, you know that animals can and deserve to have as good of a life as anyone else. If you’ve never had a pet, I suggest you try it. You can learn a lot from all things furred, scaled, and winged. Basically, love everything and everyone. We all matter equally, but that doesn’t bring our collective meaning down. Love things with two legs, four legs, red legs, blue legs. Think what you want, but don’t use your opinion to lessen the value of others’.

Evan Smith is a fourth-year student majoring in political science and minoring in communications. He can be reached at ES777403@ wcupa.edu.

Western Black Rhino officially declared extinct By Dillon Sweigart Special to The Quad

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few weeks ago, I got into an Internet debate. It is pretty standard for things like that to happen, since people feel safe behind their computer screens and think that they can flaunt their true opinions without caring about the consequences. We were arguing about the Western Black Rhino. It had been declared officially extinct due to human poaching and lack of conservation efforts, and we had very different ideas about what kind of affect its extinction would have on the world. I felt that it was a big deal:

Dillon Sweigart is a fourth-year student majoring in liberal studies. He can be reached at DS734656@ wcupa.edu.


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Follow the Quad on Twitter! @TheQuadWCU QUADENTERTAINMENT@WCUPA.EDU First Unitarian Church houses a thriving punk scene

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Dillon Sweigart Special to The Quad

eeing a live show at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia can be a peril and an adventure all wrapped in one package. The intrepid descent begins with twists down a flight of narrow, sheer stone steps, past the ticket checker, and through to the dark, dismal basement not for the faint of heart. The venue’s stage is located in a church basement, hence the name. It is dingy, dirty, hot, and thick with perspiration, much like those who dwell there. Grungy hipsters with purposeless backpacks, Pabst Blue Ribbon pounders, and distinct hair configurations meander about the open floor and peruse the merchandise table lining the back wall. Despite, or maybe due to, all these atmospheric conditions of the venue, it makes for a great punk show scene. Being a returning attendee of the place, I made my way there a few weeks ago to see a band by the name of Screaming Females, with Waxahatchee and Tenement as direct support. Their record label, Don Giovanni Records, was in the midst of a label tour. Being a huge fan of the first two bands, I naturally could not resist paying the $15 for the ticket. Another benefit of the Church is that its shows are run by local production company R5 Productions, so the tickets are usually pretty cheap. Before the record la-

bel’s bands performed, a local band by the name of Trophy Wife played. With the two-piece drum set and amps set up on the floor rather than the stage, they began their set with their dark, ambient punk act. Though they were seemingly outright fuzz punk (sub-genre defined by the heavy use of drone tones, distortion, and electronic feedback; similar to noise pop), the swirling guitar solos and eerie, primeval howling seemed strangely melodic. Between songs, the softspoken girls hardly said anything, adding even more to their standoffish, moody veneer. During their slow march of doom metal-infused noise pop, their faces, ranging from intense, tortuous pangs to almost mirthful humility, manifested its own sonic story, making up for their lack of concrete vocals. With all ears already whining a tinny tune of their own, the second band, Tenement, prepared their set. When all was a go, they began into a frantic, Ramones-inspired punk riff sporting, howling, and growling vocals reminiscent of Californian punk band Joyce Manor. The lead singer, who almost immediately threw his slipping glasses towards his amp, displayed wild star jumps and frenetic Pete Townsend windmills. His frenzied antics added even more to his shredding solos, seemingly ready to attack both sonically and bodily. Then came a huge change of pace with direct support Waxahatchee.

The mellow three-piece of meeting the bands. rated the 77th greatest “face melting” rock and released their debut full- I was able to stop Ms. guitarist in Spin maga- roll: this band brings it length album last year Crutchfield and ask for zine’s 2012 list. After to a whole new meaning. to sterling reviews. Lead her to pose for a picture grabbing a t-shirt and I made sure to gingerly singer and songwriter Ka- with my best friend, a ner- a vinyl record from the touch my face a few times, tie Crutchfield’s heartfelt vous wreck in the midst of merch table, I sidled along lest I become disfigured. crooning and raw, sedated her idol. If you are lucky the wall and found a spot Setting out for one last guitar, cradled the sway- enough, the bands will about fifteen feet from the climb out into the night, ing audience in a golden stay and chat for a few stage. Propping my arm my knees were shaking, sea of unrefined and unre- minutes before retreating to defend myself from the my legs were wobbly, and stricted emotions. Songs to the bandwagon or the manic moshers, I stared, my face was undoubtedly like “Dixie Cups and Jars” dismal midst of the base- mouth agape, at the set shining with the gusto of before me. and “Swan Dive” invite ment. a child opening presents Song after song of on Christmas morning. It was finally time for listeners to that sensation of bliss; despite this, Screaming Females to husky, a-melodic vocals, A concert at the Church Waxahatchee still has the take the stage. Having unbridled shrieks, and can be a gamble in terms potential to rock. “Coast to seen them live before, I shredding guitar hardly of the environment, but Coast,” while maintaining was giddy to see them became dull. Mid-solo, Pa- in my experience, the the soft grunge persona, again. The New Jersey ternoster rotated between benefits greatly outweigh kicks the guitar into over- three piece, despite the throwing herself back and the risks. Overall, if drive, with Crutchfield’s name, only has one girl: forth across the stage, you’re into punk, rock, or wailing voice and sharp lead singer and guitar- standing over the front grunge, drop by the First lyrics proving the band’s ist Marissa Paternoster. row of heads and spewing Unitarian Church for an screams, undoubtedly memorable adept dynamic. They even Standing at around five bloodcurdling threw a Mamas and the feet, do not let her stature and simply standing still time. Papas cover into their fool you. This girl com- and upright, menacingly Dillon Sweigart is a fouth-year stuset list, sparking a flare pletely rips it on guitar. and mesmerizingly star- dent majoring in Liberal Studies. of commonplace among Despite the band being ing out at the crowd. He can be reached at DS734656@ members of the audience near-unknown, she was People often talk about wcupa.edu. not familiar with Waxa- nymag.com hatchee’s original repertoire. Before the final headlining act, my friends and I decided to ascend into the cool night air. This allowed us respite from the body heat (and odor), but introduced us to the element of a cloud of cigarette smoke. However, another benefit to smaller venues is The Screaming Females played a show at Philly’s First Unitarian Church along with Waxahatchee and and Tenement. the prospect


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Celebrities born this month: Derrick Rose

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elected first overall by the Chicago Bulls back in the summer of 2008, Derrick Rose has rapidly established himself as one of the league’s most elite talents. In fact, on May 3rd, 2011, Rose became the youngest player (22) in NBA history to win the most valuable player award. His timely arrival breathed life back into a disheartened Chicago franchise, which missed the playoffs in 2007, ending the season 33-49. The future hometown hero was born on Oct. 4, 1988 in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side. The fourth and final son of Brenda Rose, Derrick grew up around basketball, as his older brothers were all accomplished athletes. Over

the course of his high school career he led Simeon Career Academy to two state titles, practically demanding the attention of NCAA recruiters. Following high school, Rose went on to play for The Tigers at Memphis University where he posted 14.9 points per game in his first and only season with the team. Come 2008, after only one year with The Tigers, Rose declared his entrance into the NBA draft, and was snatched up first overall by the team he had watched on television growing up as a kid in the windy city. The young prodigy made his presence felt on the hardwood immediately, as he became the first player since Michael Jordan to score 10 points in each of his first 10 games in the league. His inaugural campaign resulted in

NBA Rookie of the year honors, sold out Chicago crowds, and a much-anticipated trip to the post season. In his second season, Rose transcended the proverbial sophomore slump with a trip back to post-season, before being crowned Most Valuable Player (only the third Bulls player to do so) in 2011. Following his outstanding MVP season, lingering injuries crept in, causing him to miss the second half of the 2011-12 season and all of 20112013. Nonetheless, Bulls fans saw their beloved point guard return to the lineup for the start of this season, ending his first game with 13 points in an 82-76 win over the Pacers. Joshua Shapiro is a third-year student majoring in English and education. He can be reached at JS762110@wcupa.edu. thesource.com

OCTOBER 21, 2013

WCU Theatre and Dance presents “Godspell”

Janice Rabian Special to The Quad

much tighter harmonies,” Staruch elaborated. But the difficulty of the show has yet to slow Staruch, the production team, cast and crew as they hurtle towards the premier date. Bringing in outside design elements from Philadelphia guest artists, Staruch provides her design team students with the opportunity to collaborate with professional artists.

Station in Philly, the inspiration for “Godspell’s” set. “We wanted a setting est Chester Uniwhere all walks of life conversity’s Theatre verge, where people are and Dance Deunder constant surveilpartment debuts their seclance – much like Jesus ond production of the seaand the Apostles were – son this weekend; one you and where technology is definitely want to see. The everywhere. We like the Department mounted the idea of social media and 2012 revival of “Godspell” how pervasive it is in our as their musical this year lives” Staruch explains. and performances begin However, the show does this week. totally “Godspell” is Photo by Lindsay Brahl not deviate from a long-standits psycheing musical delic roots. classic with “Godspell” songs writincludes ten by the fasubtle nods mous Stephen to previous Schwartz (comproductions poser of “Wickof the musied” and “Pipcal, like the pin”). Based rainbow colon the Gospel oring incorAccording to porated into St. Matthew, the set allud“Godspell” ing the origitells a story of nal 1970’s friendship, loygrease paint alty, and love. style. Upon If you haven’t being asked seen it before, if she has now is your any favorite chance. “Godspell” original- The Department of Theatre and Dance’s rendition of “Godspell” can moments in WCU’s proly dates back to be seen this week on Oct. 24, 25, and 26. duction Stathe 1970’s, but ruch smiled it is the modern revival of the show starting its run Both Theatre majors and and replied: “There are Dance minors combine to a couple surprises I hope on campus this Friday. So what can audiences form the power produc- the audience enjoys.” expect from the show? tion team steering WCU’s What you may ask? You “The revival is not as “Godspell.” Annie Walters will have to buy a ticket ‘folksy’ as the original pro- oversees the show’s props, and see for yourself. “Godspell” runs Oct. duction” says Liz Staruch, Adam Foizen designs and director of the WCU The- engineers the show, Kayla 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26 at 8 atre and Dance Depart- Parkinson oversees the p.m. and Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. ment’s “Godspell.” The production as the Stage Ticket prices range from original writers and song- Manager, while Gia Saler- $12 to $15, and can be writers of “Godspell” re- no, Alison Sharp, and Jer- bought at the Bull Center vamped the show in 2012, emiah Bean work side-by- Box Office (open from 1pm giving it a more contem- side with Staruch, the two to 3pm Monday-Thursporary sound for our mod- former as Assistant Cho- day), by calling 610-436ern times. “The orchestra- reographers and the latter 2533, or online at tickets. wcupa.edu. tion has more rock and as Assistant Director. The production team’s Janice Rabian is a first-year student roll in this version, and the music composition is first meeting was held majoring in theatre performance. more difficult. There are in the 30th Street Train She can be reached at JR808460@

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“American Horror Story” returns to FX with third season

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Erin King Special to The Quad

t’s that time of year again: “American Horror Story” has returned. Season 3 “Coven” began on Oct. 9th with a bang. The season opened with scenes from the 1830’s, showcasing the evil practices of a New Orleans Plantation owner, Delphine LaLaurie, played by, Kathy Bates. Delphine is, to say the least, an egotistical sociopath who treats her slaves as personal cosmetics and mutilating toys. Obsessed with looking younger, Delphine’s reign soon comes to an end when a voodoo priestess named Marie Laveau, played by Angela Bassett, knocks on her door offering her a concoction, thus beginning the rivalry between these two women. The story then jumps to

present day to a suburbia home with two teenagers, one, a returning actress Taissa Farmiga playing Zoe Benson, as well as her boyfriend. Like most of the “AHS” seasons, this one also begins with violence, followed by sex, and then some violence again. After Zoe’s unwanted violent act on her boyfriend, she is sent away to this so-called boarding school for “girls like her.” It is all very vague until she arrives. After being frightened, she learns she is at a school for witches. Soon, the girls in the house meet, but are not very fond of each other. Emma Roberts plays a self-absorbed movie star named Madison Montgomery who soon becomes friends with new girl, Zoe. Seemingly weak and shy, Zoe sticks with Madison, who consequently takes

her to a frat party when, then again, there is sex, violence, some more sex, and then some more violence, ultimately killing Zoe’s crush, Kyle, played

Brewer. Queenie seems to be angry and resentful. Her gift is her ability to afflict harm on others by using her own body. Queenie gets along with

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Angela Bassett joins the third season of FX’s “American Horror Story.” by returning actor Evan Peters. The other two witches in the house are Queenie, played by Gabourey Sidbe, and Nan, played by returning actress, Jamie

Nan, a witch that has the ability to hear the dead and the living’s thoughts, which causes her to become curious and sometimes frustrated. The story then divulges

into the life of the owner of the boarding school, Cordelia Fox, played by returning actress, Sarah Paulson, as well as her mother Fiona Good, played by renowned returning actress, Jessica Lange. Both have a feuding power relationship whose roots are unknown. While Fiona spends her existence looking for a cure for her old age, Cordelia strives to help these girls suppress their powers. Fiona, revealed as the “Supreme” witch, is ultimately the most powerful and returns to the school to help the witches “fight,” because Fiona says, “if witches don’t fight, we burn.” “AHS” usually takes on a more believable horror to work with, so witches is definitely an unexpected choice. I was expecting it to be something like se-

rial killers, something a little more realistic than witches, but I’m sure I’ll be pleasantly surprised. I always am with this show,” says an avid watcher of “AHS.” Most viewers had the same opinion when being asked about what they think of the story line this year. “As usual, it goes beyond what I expected. It starts out with witches, but that’s just the beginning,” says Lauren DeMarco, a strong advocator for the success of “AHS.” And she is right. The second episode shows even more than just witchcraft. Tune in to the 3rd episode of “American Horror Story: Coven” on FX this Wednesday at 10 p.m. Erin King is a first-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at EK 800454@ wcupa.edu.

“Gravity” receives positive attention from critics

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Keeley Gould Special to The Quad

have to admit, when I first saw the previews for “Gravity,” I thought it looked really boring. Who wants to see a two hour movie about two people floating around in space. My parents both thought it looked like a great movie and were surprised when I said that I didn’t want to see it because it looks boring. Both my parents want to see this movie, and now with all the positive attention the movie is getting, I might give it a chance myself. Since I haven’t seen this movie yet, and I’m sure some of the people reading this haven’t seen it either, I am not going to ruin the movie for myself or any of the readers.

Based on 242 reviews, 98% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a positive review with an average score of 9.1/10. One critic even said, “Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’ is an eerie, tense sci-fi thriller that’s masterfully directed and visually stunning” (Wikipedia). Gravity has everything going for it right now. All the critics gave it flawless reviews, it has an interesting and thrilling plot, and it has two of the greatest actors of this generation in it. It may even get nominated for an Oscar. Like I previously stated, I am not going to give anything away in the movie, but the plot will have everyone watching on the edge of their seat. Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, and George

Clooney plays Matt Kowalski. Ryan Stone is on her first mission and Matt Kowalski is a veteran astronaut who is

As the previews to the movie reveal, Sandra Bullock, aka Ryan Stone, gets detached from the shuttle and is floating

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Sandra Bullock plays Ryan Stone, an astronaut in peril, in “Gravity.” accompanying her on his last mission. Sounds like everything is going to go smoothly, right? Well this is when all the drama comes into play.

around space. This happens because debris from a Russian missile attack on a satellite are flying through space, endangering everyone on this mis-

sion. Is Ryan Stone going to be okay? Will she just end up floating through space? Can Kowalski save Stone’s life? Go to the theatres, buy a ticket and some popcorn, and find out. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are two of the greatest actors of their time and their acting in this movie portrays it. The critics rave about Clooney and Bullock’s acting in “Gravity.” Personally, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are two of my favorite actors. Any movie that either of them is in is always a success. Sandra Bullock starred in the movie The Blind Side, and she was flawless and amazing. “The Blind Side” is one of my favorite movies, and not just because

of the story line but because of how Sandra Bullock portrayed Leigh Anne Tuohy. Sandra Bullock can morph into the character that she plays, no matter who they are. She becomes the character the whole time she is filming the movie. George Clooney has been in a lot of successful movies in the span of his career. He was in the Ocean’s movies, and he has guest starred in many television shows. He won an Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year for the movie “Argo.” Sandra Bullock and George Clooney have both had successful careers and they both brought that success to the movie “Gravity.” Keeley Gould is a second-year student majoring in English and minoring in journalism. She can be reached at KG787739@wcupa.edu.


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AMC premieres fourth season of “The Walking Dead” Chris Black Special to The Quad

ous force on the earth. The fourth season will start with a much larger t’s a beautiful fall day. crowd of people in a prison The leaves are changwith limited space, scarce ing, the temperature is resources, and nothing cooling down to that perbut a few fences separatfect level and the sun feels ing them from a simujust right in the middle lated return to normalcy, of the day. I walk home and the gruesome world from campus and appreof demonic creatures that ciate the beautiful days have become the new that fall upon us in the status-quo. All the while autumn season. I am also this is going on; the evil very grateful that no one Governor is still out there, is trying to take a bite out somewhere. The prison of me on my walk home. has been home to the The changing of the seagroup for a while now, but sons has become a signfollowing the first episode post for television fans, of the season, it is no lonas every October, “The ger safe. It could be someWalking Dead” returns to thing in the soil, as my our screens every Sunday. roommate speculated, it Unlike me on my walk could be something in the home from campus, the air, or it could be one uncharacters on fortunate boy “The Walkthat got sick. collider.com ing Dead” are But, it is clear not nearly as that the prison lucky. Someis no longer one is consafe. stantly trying In a chilling to have them scene in the for lunch. The first episode, wildly popuBeth (Emily lar zombieKinney) is indrama (zomformed of the ba?) show death of her has returned boyfriend and for its fourth she replies “I season and is don’t feel sad scheduled for anymore.” The AMC’s 9 p.m. amount of loss The fourth season of “The Walking Dead” premiered on Oct. time slot, fillthe group has ex13. ing the giant perienced seems hole in my heart say, “isn’t it that zombie commonplace now, and that was brought forth show?” But really, it is mourning has been reafter the series finale of much deeper than that. placed by a routine feeling “Breaking Bad.” It takes a close look at of indifference. The third season ended There are sure to be how human beings handle with a bang as the tension the extreme scenarios of challenges and moral between Rick (Andrew stress, tragedy and Dar- struggles to follow, but Lincoln) and our band winism. The characters one thing is for sure, the of heroes finally came to are pushed to the limits of emotional roller-coaster a head against the Govwhat the human soul can of “The Walking Dead” ernor (David Morrisey). handle. Every episode is is back, and this viewer There was a large shoota struggle of morals and could not be more excited out where the Governor a battle to maintain hu- for the ride. and his cronies attacked manity in a world where Chris Black is a third-year student the prison Rick and comthe human is clearly no majoring in communication studies. pany had been holding up longer the most danger- He can be reached at CB767056@ at. The Governor ended up wcupa.edu.

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in retreat and his whereabouts are unknown, while Rick was left to pick up the pieces and take on all the citizens of the Governor’s town. The show has developed a reputation of a quickly changing pace. Things will seemingly be going fine and people will be living relatively normal lives during the zombie apocalypse, but of course, danger is around every corner. One minute they will be sitting by a campfire telling stories of their old lives, the next, your favorite character has been bitten and cursed to a fate that can only end in tragic death. Typically, when I talk to people who do not watch the show, they

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his week, Anthony reviews one recent film and one classic

film. Captain Phillips (2013) Director: Paul Greengrass Writers: Billy Ray & Richard Phillips Genre: Drama, Action, Biographical Stars: Tom Hanks: Captain Richard Phillips Barkhad Abdi: Muse Michael Cernus: Shane Murphy Catherine Keener: Andrea Phillips Rating: PG-13 Grade: A Out on a regular job, cargo ship captain Richard Phillips notices he has to travel past Somalia. While preparing his crew in case of an attack, he notices he was targeted by pirates. After vari-

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Review It! with Anthony Micalizzi ous attempts of dodging them, four armed men jump aboard and hijack the cargo ship. The intentions of the pirates: to steal all cargo and walk away with millions of dollars. Captain Phillips intends to stop them by any means necessary while also keeping his crew safe from harm. But how can one man stop four armed

pirates from stealing the ship? This is a true story of the hijacking of US cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama in 2009, the first American ship hijacked in the last 200 years. From start to finish, “Captain Phillips” keeps you on the edge of your seat. The movie avoided the boring moments attributed to most biographthefilmexperience.net ical films. The intensity and realism in every scene keeps you nervous throughout the movie and gives you the feeling as though you were on the ship. Tom Hanks’ perTom Hanks portrays Captain Richard Phillips, formance was and whose ship was hijacked by Somali pirates. superb stands as one

Brandywine Ballet offers WCU discount for upcoming show Brandywine Ballet Press Release

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randywine Ballet, Chester County’s oldest pre-professional/professional nonprofit ballet company, is proud to announce its 2013-14 season-opening fall production of Grace & Guitars on Oct. 25th at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 26th at 7:30 p.m. at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall at WCU. Individual tickets ($25-$42) and subscriptions are on sale now at www.brandywineballet. org or call (610) 696-2711. WCU students the day of the performance can get tickets for just $10 at the door. A unique dual ballet

program showcasing the versatility and vibrancy of the art, “Grace & Guitars” features two distinct ballets in one program. Act I is George Balanchine’s beautiful classic ballet Serenade. The George Balanchine Trust only approves the performance of Balanchine works to those ballet companies that demonstrate the highest standards of the art. Brandywine Ballet is honored once again to perform this popular Balanchine work. From classical ballet to classic rock, Act II of “Grace & Guitars” is Rock Ballet, featuring live music from the Downingtown School of Rock

House Band. Rock Ballet will showcase our dancers through four decades of rock music. Period costumes, lighting and, of course, the dancers themselves will transport you back in time when rock ‘n’ roll ruled the airwaves. Brandywine Ballet Company is proud to continue its association with WCU by offering a joint Certificate in Ballet to qualified WCU students. This year, nine WCU students are participating in the Company, many of whom will be featured in “Grace & Guitars.” Some come on out and cheer your fellow Rams as they dazzle you with their skill, grace and athleticism.

of his best roles next to “Forrest Gump” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Jump aboard the Alabama and enjoy the wild ride which is “Captain Phillips,” but watch out for the end: it will leave you speechless. The Sandlot (1993) Director: David M. Evans Writers: David M. Evans & Robert Gunter Genre: Drama & Comedy Stars: Tom Guiry: Scotty Smalls Mike Vitar: Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez Patrick Renna: Hamilton “Ham” Porter Chauncey Leopardi: Michael “Squints” Palledorous Rating: PG Grade: AIn the 1960s, Scotty Smalls moves to a new town in which he has no friends until he meets Benny Rodriguez. Benny takes Smalls under his

wing and introduces him to his friends and their baseball team, and luckily, they need another player. Unathletic but with a desire to learn and make friends, Smalls agrees. Attempting to be more a part of the team, Scotty brings his own baseball to the field. Once hit over the fence, he explains that it was signed by none other than Babe Ruth. Their summer consists of baseball, crazy adventures, run ins with the local lifeguard, and attempts to get past “The Beast.” With baseball coming to a close, “The Sandlot” is the perfect movie to get you excited for next season. This movie takes you back to childhood memories on the “sandlot” and gives you a strong urge to play again. Being filled with humor, childhood

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problems, and baseball this is a must see for anyone of any age. It was released 20 years ago last month but took place in the 1960s so some of the lingo and humor is a tad outdated. Nevertheless, the film is still one of the greatest baseball movies and just as relatable as it was then. Lace up your cleats, grab your glove, and remember kid, “heroes get remembered but legends never die.” My Picks for this week: My top biographical films: “The Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” and “Moneyball” My top baseball movies: “42,” “Field of Dreams,” “The Natural” and for the Red Sox fans, “Fever Pitch” Anthony Micalizzi is a second-year student majoring in history. He can be reached at AM787857@wcupa. edu.

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Girl Scout Troops visit The AbbĂŠ Society at West Chester University Ilana Berger/ Photography Editor

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Watch out, they’re gonna hurl!

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very year, during the brisk season of fall, comes some of the greatest treats that have captured the taste buds and hearts of Americans for years. Warm pumpkin pie, apple pie, pumpkin spiced coffee, hot apple cider, and sweet candy corn are only some of the many delicious things we look forward to. Of course, at the top of this list are pumpkins which come in many sizes and can be used in many ways. Not only are they used in recipes to make your taste buds happy, they are used for the art of carving, decorating for the holidays, and as it turns out, for the fun of launching through the air! Watching a pumpkin being launched while eating some of the most mouth-watering food is a treat I look forward to every year, and there is only one place I know where I can do both at the same time. Although there are things to go see and do in the month of November, there is only one place to go where you can see a real pumpkin being catapulted for thousands of feet from a man-made launching machine, and that is at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin in Bridgeville, DE. Selected as one of

100 top Punkinchunkin.com events by the American Bus Association, The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association is a trademark nonprofit organization that helps raise money for scholarships, youths, and more thrilling. The folthe local community. lowing rules apply to They contribute a share all of those participatof their proceeds to oth- ing in the competition: er non profit organiza- The pumpkins must tions such as the Autism weigh between eight to Foundation, Bless Our 10 pounds. All pumpChildren, Child Help, kins fired must remain Lewes Meals on Wheels, intact until they impact St. Judes Children’s Re- the ground to obtain an search Hospital, along official measurement. No with others that make part of the machine shall life better for those in cross the firing line. No need. wadding can be used in Without the use of the machines (including electricity or explosives, bean chaff, straw, foam, the engineers behind metal, or any other obthese machines put their ject). No explosives are skills to the test and allowed. Machines can compete to see who can have either springs, launch their pumpkin rubber cords, counterthe farthest. Teams com- weights, compressed pete in divisions such as air or any other devices air cannon, centrifugal, that use the stored powcatapult, human power, er of one human being. trebuchet, theatrical And last but not least, and torsion. The com- competitors only have petition is divided into one chance at launchthree classes: Adult (18 ing their pumpkin! One and older), Youth (11 shot, one chance, one to17) and Youth (under pumpkin. age 10). However, there At this entertaining are rules, which make and exhilarating three the competition even

day festival, there are many things to do besides watching a bright orange pumpkin being shot through the air like a missile. As a die hard Punkin Chunkin fan, I have seen first-hand what the festival has to offer. I was completely overwhelmed with excitement the first time I attended a Punkin Chunkin festival when I approached the numerous amount of food stands. As a food lover, I love the choice of hav-

ing a variety of juicy goods to choose from; I did not even know where to begin. Although the unique game of launching pumpkins in the air attracts people from all over, the food itself is worth the trip. No matter what type of food you are into, there is enough variety to please even the pickiest of eaters. With the freshly cooked food and baked goods, it is almost impossible to find something that does not spark your interest. Among the many vendors are Sensenig’s Meats & Catering, which sells the most mouthwatering barbeque smoked turkey legs, barbeque ribs, and barbeque chicken the festival has to offer. One scrumptious bite of that barbeque smoked turkey leg will send a shock full of succulent flavor through your entire body. Trust me, I have tried it. If

OCTOBER 21, 2013 you are looking for a place with other options, take a walk over to Rita Anne’s Kitchen. It is worth standing in line for a juicy Philly cheesesteak, Italian sausage sandwich, hot dog, or hamburger. Even if you are not in the mood for lunch, it is okay. Rita Anne’s Kitchen sells breakfast too. If you are someone like me who has a constant sweet tooth, there is one place to go to cure your craving. Lauren Dowhower has the fluffliest cotton candy and luscious caramel apples I have ever had the pleasure of tasting in my entire life. There are many places where I have gone for caramel apples, but nothing can touch the ones made by Lauren Dowhower. Now there is a competition in itself. There are times where I have gone to Punkin Chunkin and underdressed due to the cold temperatures, but I never had to stay cold for long. In the midst of all of the appetizing places to go for food are vendors that sell warm hats, gloves, scarves, and jackets, in case people like me undermine the weather that day. When you first walk onto the field where the vendors are found, you will see an oversized tent that covers tables full of clothing and crafts, all labeled with the Punkin Chunkin logo. The clothing ranges from toddler sizes to adult sizes and can make a great gift for anyone, especially for those who cannot make the event. The first time I attended a Punkin Chunkin festival I completely forgot to bring cash, but with the portable ATM machines available on the field, I was able to whip out some

cash with my debit card. Thank God for those. I would have been so hungry and cold. If you are looking for something to do while waiting for the jolly voice over the loudspeaker to announce when the next pumpkin will be launched, head over to the mechanical bull and put your own skills to the test. Keep trying to see if you can beat your own time! If you have kids with you that always have to be entertained, there are various rides and activities that they can do to stay occupied. I get jealous when I see the kids bouncing around like jumping beans in the oversized red and blue moon bounce. It makes me wish I were a kid again. Even if you feel like doing something for fun and want to keep yourself entertained, go and get an airbrush tattoo or have your face painted which can easily be removed later on. I like to have pumpkins painted on my face in support of Pumpkin Chunkin. No matter where you are coming from to enjoy this invigorating three day festival, there is an option that many other festivals do not have the pleasure of giving. Camping! That’s right. You can bring a tent, a trailer, an RV, or even curl up in a sleeping bag in the grass if you wanted to and enjoy a Friday and Saturday night camping out for the weekend. There is a fee for camping, but it is less expensive than getting a hotel room, and twice as much fun. If you chose to sleep in a hotel, it would cost over $120 for only a one night stay. Bringing an RV or a Camper would cost approximately $190 for the entire weekend. I personally stayed in a tent with my

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Football preparing Bragg for broadcasting career Kenny Ayres Editor-in-Chief

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t is 5 p.m. on a Monday evening late in September, and Courtland Bragg stands gazing into the camera situated in the small studio on the bottom floor of Brandywine Hall, awaiting his cue. Dressed in a pink and blue checkered shirt, a dark blue tie, and pants to match, the senior communication studies student exudes confidence and determination. Action. “Thank you Justin and Paige. For the first time since 1996, the Golden Rams’ football team opened up their season 3-0…” The words flow naturally. Almost as if he has replayed them in his head to the point of memorization before taking his spot on set. “…That’s all I have for the sports short, Justin and Paige, back to you.” Three minutes. Just a couple of takes. That’s all he needed to complete his weekly segment he performs as a sports anchor for the popular campus news segment WCU Weekly. “You know when someone’s got ‘it’, and when someone doesn’t, said WCU Weekly co-founder Justin Sochovka.” Courtland Bragg has most certainly got ‘it.’” Bragg has had his sights set on a career in broadcasting since before he came to West Chester. As a senior in high school, he began to realize his interests in sports, news and television could be tied together. “I always had a fascination with reading the news,” Bragg said. “It depresses some people, it saddens

people, but to me, I love it. I love to know what’s going on in the world and that drew me to loving news. [I thought] I love being on camera, I love talking to people, why not be a broadcaster? The more I learned about it the more I found a love for it.” But it was not Bragg’s reporting that brought him to West Chester. No, it was the very thing he found himself reporting that Monday evening that brought him here: football. A stand out at Winslow High School in southern New Jersey, Bragg was recruited in 2011, where he red-shirted before seeing limited action in 2012 as a defensive back. This year, Bragg has made the switch to wide receiver. “I came here to play football, but I have a dream of being a broadcaster. Being on scholarship and wanting to further my dream, I have to put all my effort into both things. It’s a commitment to both.” A huge commitment. Game days are Saturday, and Sunday is one of only two days in the week where there are no football activities. The other day is Monday, which is when Bragg switches gears and jumps to the other side of the sport quicker than he runs a post route. It is a challenging, and a never ending pace. “Football takes a lot out of me,” Bragg admitted. “We have practice every day. After football I have to prepare my scripts, I have to worry about what I’m going to talk about on the radio, I have to meet. It definitely is a push to do football, WCU Weekly and WCUR.” It is a busy schedule, for

sure. But it is so much more than that. In more ways than one, Bragg has used what he has learned on the field to help him advance professionally. “Football is a major component on helping me become a broadcaster,” Bragg said. “In football we have to break down film, we have to study the opponent, we have to know the game of football. Specifically to sports, these broadcasters analyze the game, they are informing the viewers to what they don’t know, and I have that instilled in me.

to broadcasting because broadcasting is a very tough career. I know it. Everybody tells me. But I feel like I’m prepared because football has shown me that you have to work hard. It’s going to take time but with hard work I can do it.” That hard work has not gone unnoticed. Bill Zwaan, who is in his 11th year as the head coach of West Chester’s football team saw something in Bragg from the moment he took the field. “Courtland is one of the hardest working young men I have ever coached,” Zwaan said. “He loves playing and gives everything he has every day, but he understands there are more important things in life and his involvement in football can help him get where he wants to go. It is great to hear that football has Photo by Ilana Berger

Bragg stands on set as he reocrds his sports short for WCU Weekly We do that on an every day basis, especially playing college football.” “All my life I’ve always been the shorter guy in the field and I always had to work hard for what I want to do. I’ve never been given anything and football has given me discipline to know that you only get what you work hard for. Playing at West Chester, I have to work hard to keep my spot and improve on the depth chart and that carries over

helped Court with advancing his dreams. As a coach it is fulfilling for us to hear that message.” “He isn’t afraid to ask for what he wants nor is he shy of proving his worth,” added Sochovka, who has worked closely with Bragg at both WCU Weekly and WCUR. “He has given 110 percent to every task I have ever assigned him never falling short. Courtlands drive and ambition for self success will help him in the dog-eat-dog career that is

PAGE 17 broadcasting.” Since beginning at West Chester, Bragg has been involved with not only WCU Weekly and the radio station, where he has a two hour weekly talk show and is a member of the sports committee. He also is on the TV club and has made regular appearances on several other programs. He is involved almost to the point of exhaustion, but he keeps pushing himself harder. “Seven commitments,” Bragg said with a smile. “I never really have down time in a day. Today’s my off day and I’m still moving.” The involvement on camps has certainly helped Courtland develop professionally and come closer to pursuing his dream. But the hard work he puts in is not just for himself. As an emerging leader on campus, and mentor for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Bragg is also trying to show by demonstration the right way to pursue a dream. Fame and glory is not what Bragg sets out for. He measures his success by different standards. “My definition of success is not by how much money you have or the fanciest car and the mansion that you have,” Bragg said. “In my heart, I really believe that being successful is how many peoples lives did you change, how many peoples lives did you positively impact. I feel like in my life that’s why I’m here on this world. I want to positively impact somebody else. With broadcasting, everybody wants to become famous, who doesn’t? Everybody. I would love to be famous, but also achieving my dream I hope that I can inspire somebody else, give back to my community. No matter what people say and I want to be a living testimony to say that you can do it, you can achieve your dream.” “One of my main goals is

to inspire young black men to reach high and achieve one’s dream. I have a group of black males I mentor, and I tell them we are beating the odds right now. There’s more black men in jail than in college and that’s sad, that’s very sad. Where I’m from a lot of my peers are in jail and they are not in the right way. We have beat the odds and become what society says we are not.” It is 5:30 p.m. now, and the cameras are off. Cast and crew are leaving the Digital Media Center studio, off to class or the gym or home to rest. Not Courtland Bragg. Even on his only day off, he is talking with the photographer about his delivery and positioning, then with a professor about enrolling in a class next semester to improve his radio and TV broadcasting. He is constantly trying to improve his craft. “I’m always open to criticism, I always want to know what I have to do to improve myself,” Bragg said. “I’m always open to what do I need to do better, how was I talking how was I delivering the message.” It is his desire to improve. It is his humble confidence (so humble that he admitted if he scored a 96-yard game winning touchdown he would not mention it in his segment, but just give himself a “pat on the back). It’s his disregard for negativity, the drive, the work ethic, the positive attitude and the dedication to bettering himself and others that has taken a dream and a football scholarship and turned it into much more. “I want to be the best person I can be, the best broadcaster I can be, the best football player I can be,” Bragg said. “I hope that I can look back in ten years and say I did it. Tell you [all] that I did it.” Kenny Ayres is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at KA739433@wcupa.edu.


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LGBT celebrates during October

By Rebekah Balmer Staff Writer

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istory is important. It informs people of the trials, tribulations, accomplishments and victories that have happened in the past. It also gives insight to how the present was conceived. Some think history is boring, and some history is boring, but during October, a very important history should be learned, remembered, and shared. October is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) history month. The Stonewall Riots are a very important part of this history. In fact, these riots that started to take place on June 28, 1969 were the very spark to start the fight for LGBT rights. At this point in time, New York had laws prohibiting gay people from being gay in public or private businesses. Many places that were considered gay establishments were raided and shut down on a regular basis. Gay and lesbian customers started to riot in front of a local gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, located in Greenwich Village, NY. Gay men and women gathered day after day, night after night, to show the police how tired they were of being harassed and discriminated against. At some points during these riots, there were over 1,000 people protesting, and this encouraged other intense protests to start in other areas of the city. This event started discussions and advocacy groups, and on the one year anniversary of these riots, the first annual pride parades took place in the following cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and near the Stonewall Inn in New York. Pride parades still happen today all over

at first glance thought he was a scarecrow. Shepard was taken to a hospital in Colorado and died on Oct. 12, 1998. This hate crime made national news and people had a wide variety of opinions about the crime. After Matthew’s death, his parents, Judy and Dennis, started the Matthew Shepard Foundation. This foundation hopes to encourage people to accept and embrace diversity. As a result of Shepard’s death approximately 10 years later, legislation passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This is a federal law making crimes focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people illegal. For more information about The Matthew lgbthistoryproject.blogspot.com Shepard Foundation, resources or to donate to least they know they are this cause visit: www.matnot alone. Coming out of thewshepard.org. Shepard’s story is one the closet is a huge privilege, one many do not have known all across the world. and one many did not have Yet, there are so many othfor a long, long time. Com- er deaths that have gone ing out can be very difficult unnoticed. Some have been and once a person comes murders and some have out, they continue to come been suicides. No matter out for the rest of their life. which way the person died Coming out is not for every- – there have been far too one, but even those living in many. Society has made progthe closet deserve to know they are loved and sup- ress; however, the LGBT ported by the LGBT com- community is still viewed as if they are second class munity. On Oct. 7, 1998 a 21-year- citizens. In many states old man named Matthew people who are LGBT are Shepard was murdered by not protected by law from two men, Aaron McKinney losing their job or home and Russell Henderson, based on their sexual oriin Wyoming. Shepard was entation or gender identity. abducted by these two men In about one fourth of the and taken to a secluded states, gay marriage is not area not far from Laramie, legalized. In 2011 there was a reWy. He was tied to a fence and beat with a pistol. The search article published by men left Shepard tied to the Adam Fingerhut in The fence to die in the cold. Ap- Journal of Applied Social proximately 18 hours later, Psychology on what prea bicyclist saw Shepard and dicts heterosexuals to be the country. A city-wide newspaper, Gay, also started after the riots. There are many other gay newspapers; for example, Philadelphia Gay News was started in 1976 and is still going strong today. There are two very important dates in October that relate to LGBT history month. Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day. People can come out on any day of the year, but this day gives people an opportunity to come out together; and if a person is not ready yet, at

straight allies. The article begins by explaining how throughout history people of privilege have fought to help those being oppressed. Examples given include: white people fighting to end slavery during the Civil Rights Movement, men supporting Women’s Suffrage, and German people helping Jews throughout the Holocaust and World War II. The article gives examples of how specific heterosexual people have paved a pathway for others to become allies and increased LGBT awareness. Their advocacy has made a difference in the community and in the world. Learning more about the LGBT community history can help current activists and supporters to fight for the rights everyone deserves. West Chester University has a very large Ally program. LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Services offers “LGBTQ 101” which is a prerequisite to “Ally Training.” Visit www.wcupa. edu/_services/stu.lgb/ally. asp for more information about the programs and to register today. There are three more sessions of each offered this semester. The LGBTQA student organization also hosts “Speak Outs” which is when a panel of students discuss their coming out stories and offer a time for questions. In addition to these great programs the LGBTQA Advocacy Committee meets on a regular basis throughout the academic year to discuss the campus climate. The committee is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. They are determined to keep this campus a safe, warm and welcoming environment for LGBTQA people. Equality cannot be accomplished alone and history does not have to repeat itself. Rebekah Balmer is a first year graduate student in the higher education counseling and student affairs program. She can be reached at RB649636@wcupa.edu

OCTOBER 21, 2013

Sleepy Hollow a success

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By Hilary Pyo Special to The Quad

orget the watered down, pumpkin-headed Halloween icon. Even the mindless killing machine of Hollywood films. In FOX’s newest mystery-adventure drama, “Sleepy Hollow,” the headless horseman is involved in far messier business than casually executing the locals. In addition to wreaking havoc in the quiet northeastern town, he is fulfilling his role in the impending apocalypse. Grim? Yes. However, FOX seems to have found a comfortable niche in the haunting month of October. Inspired by Washington Irving’s definitive short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the show expands on the tale of Ichabod Crane, his love, Katrina, and the slashing horseman himself, while introducing various new characters into this mix. A worthy entertainment supplement to the fall season, the show provides an intriguing Monday night escape from reality. Immediately delving into an epic Revolutionary War battle scene, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), a spy for the Americans and George Washington’s right-hand man, receives orders to slay a certain ruthless killer, a man on horseback who decapitates his victims with a searing hot ax. After suffering an almost fatal slice to the chest, Crane is on the brink of collapse, but he manages to behead the warrior. Following this gory scene is the resurrection of Crane, 250 years later, erupting from the depths of an underground cave. Simultaneously, police officer Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and Sheriff August Corbin (Clancy Brown) respond to an emergency call at a local farm. Corbin is utterly shocked to find a headless figure, clad in British military uniform, selecting a 21st century steed from the stables. Mills is devastated when she finds her partner severed in

two at the neck and sprawled out in the dirt. Crane is discovered roaming the streets, marveling at the paved roads and causing significant traffic hazards, and he is confiscated as a prime suspect in the sheriff’s slaying. As the murders escalate, he is presumed innocent thanks to his knowledge of imperative information and teams up with Mills to begin an independent search for truth. Soon enough, after an unsettling discovery of a chilling investigation kept hidden by the deceased sheriff, Mills links a haunting adolescent experience with the case. All the happenings piece together and reveal the duo’s predestined role as the first two witnesses to the apocalypse. Not only are they responsible for destroying the horseman and his fellow demons, but their triumph or defeat determines the fate of the world. Undoubtedly, the brunt of the show is carried on the broad shoulders of the time traveling Englishman. Crane, no longer the gangly and awkward schoolmaster of Irving’s creation, is a striking force. Mison’s commanding height, chiseled face, and sexily scruffy long hair, deem him instant “tall, dark, and handsome” status. His attractive physical traits, combined with his quick wit and sharp eye, keep him a step ahead of everyone else, and his misfit status grants him a charming sense of humor that contributes sporadic light-hearted moments to the dark, troubled plot. “Sleepy Hollow” is an imaginative elaboration of the short story. Irving left room for creative reconstruction, never disclosing any personal history about Crane or the horseman and leaving the reader wondering if the horseman was truly a mystical, undead being or a mortal practical jokester. Creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) take full advantage of this leeway

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This is growing up

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’m hanging halfway out of the window looking up at the stars, taking in the smell of bay water and wind when I hear the first few keys and quickly hurl myself back into the car. “Turn it up!” I demand. Alex pulls my head into his chest telling me repeatedly through hiccups, inebriated slurs, and forehead kisses, “Emily Durkin, I love you;” this is friendship, this is being strung out on late night wanderings, this is growing up. I hear those simple few keys and get goose bumps, biting my lip in anticipation of that low voice; it feels like the first time hearing it. We smell like a mixture of skunk and ocean water, our eyes half-open and bloodshot, our voices cannot carry a single note. I never can quite understand why I am the only one who demands silence and the speakers so loud that we not only hear every word, but feel them as well. This song is relatable at any age, but for us, the 20 to 30 something’s, it should be appreciated, taken in, and committed to memory. The song “All my Friends” by LCD Soundsytem always reminds me of those classic literary works written by beatniks and travelers who were high on drugs and strung out on adventures; it’s sad, yet the audience doesn’t recognize it right away. While listening I feel a sense of freedom and that tugging of sadness. The lead singer and song writer, James Murphy, does this with several of his works. One of their more well-known songs, “Dance Yrself Clean,” has the same way of making you feel so happy, but yet it’s about the tension and turmoil that builds during a relationship. He hooks you with the keyboard and

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the drug ecstasy. I do not agree with this view entirely, but I have an understanding of what he means. People who have experienced this drug say it’s like slowing down time; seeing the full moment, or taking in the full experience of time itself. The world looks different; beautiful, whole, unreal. I see what he means, and the song very well might be about drugs, but I see Treeswingers.com it as being about the natural high you get catchy beats, and then when you really slow down makes you dig in for the and take in where you are, meaning; making you feel, where you’ve been, who somehow, connected to the you’re with, just living in song. the present while rememThis song found me and bering your past. It’s about hooked me six years af- having fun and letting go of ter its release in 2007, but mistakes; “I wouldn’t trade the lyrics will always ring one stupid decision, for antrue. The main idea behind other five years of life.” It’s the song isn’t just about a feeling free of any regrets, fun night with old friends, letting go while you’re still but Murphy’s nostalgia of young. the time that has passed; From the lyrics to the he’s telling his audience to few notes played on the appreciate time, because keyboard, you can hear things change, people grow Murphy’s feelings, both up, nothing stays the same. blissful and melancholic, of The beginning of the nostalgia. It inspires you to song describes a fun night appreciate being with your with his old friends; “And if friends now because you it’s crowded all the better, won’t have this forever. It because we know we’re gon- inspires you to take trips, na be up late.” As you grow be broke, make mistakes, older you’ll go in a different throw regrets to the wind, direction then planned and and enjoy every minute. you won’t see your friends; Murphy really has great you’ll wonder where they insight, yet, I half-wish it went and how they’ve wasn’t so sad. It seems so changed. “You spent the catchy and sets such a hapfirst five years trying to get py tone, and then you see with the plan, and the next what it’s really about; the five years trying to be with nostalgia of a 37-year-old your friends again.” Seeing front man, repeating over old friends always brings and over: “If I could see all up past memories, that my friends tonight.” Like longing for the past, that many LCD Soundsystem longing for things to go back songs it lies somewhere to the way they once were. between fun and serious. Each line in the song de- But, all in all, it is a timefines the emotions of yearn- less song about friendship ing for the previous days of living in the moment and a younger you that there’s appreciating time; an imno way of getting back. You portant concept. Something grow up, you move on, you many may not realize until don’t recognize where you they’re 37; I lucked out, I once were, or the people you heard this song. were with. An analysis by Hua Hsu Emily Durkin is a fourth-year She can be reached at compares the song to using student. ED797328@wcupa.edu.

FOX from page 18 by intertwining a variety of frightening figures into the mix. Witches, ghosts, omens, and plagues keep each episode fresh and intriguing. This rendition challenges Burton’s dark 1999 film by including components of interest beyond stunning visuals and big name actors. Biblical references add an element of haunting conspiracy as the prophecies made in the New Testament’s book of Revelation guides the protagonists along in their struggle to prevent the world’s demise. Charged with allusions to events of actual historic significance, a quality that is lacking in other popular adventure shows, “Sleepy Hollow” provides audiences with plotlines reminiscent of the wildly popular American history exploration film, “National Treasure.” The supernatural embellishments of magic and time travel enhance the show with a refreshing unpredictability. As one of the leading new shows on television this season, “Sleepy Hollow” has

PAGE 19 proved a reasonable success for the network; the pilot received over 22 million views. FOX representatives state that the show is the “most successful fall drama premiere since the debut of ‘24” in November 2004.” After a fascinating fifth episode, which depicts Crane and Mills discovering the fate of the lost colony of Roanoke, “Sleepy Hollow” leaves its viewers eager for more. The show’s three week hiatus could be a blessing, inspiring newcomers to catch up on previous episodes in preparation for the Nov. 4 revival. FOX has no concerns about retaining viewers, as the show has already been renewed for a second season. Certainly a spooky tale sure to entertain, future episodes promise more twisting tales and frightening discoveries as Crane and Mills fight to save humanity. Watch the next episode of “Sleepy Hollow” Monday Nov. 4, at 9 p.m. on FOX. Hilary Pyo is third-year student majoring in English. She can be reached at HP815477@wcupa.edu.

Shoot a Ram Star: Steve Duckinfield Photo by Dr. Gaydosh

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or sure, you have seen Steve Duckinfield in your classrooms, as your professors pace, not knowing what to do without technology. Steve quickly and quietly fixes the equipment in our classrooms. Once, I called him at 9:00 a.m. and started my class without a projector. Steve was there by 9:05 a.m. and had the projector fixed within minutes. These individuals enhance our lives on campus. Next time you see them, offer a smile and nod of thanks. Dr. Brenda Gaydosh is a professor in the Department of History at West Chester University. She can be reached at bgaydosh@wcupa.edu.

Punkin from page 16 friends for the entire weekend which was only $136 and was worth every penny. We even had the experience of meeting new people and other punkin chunkin lovers while camping. Want to know one of the greatest things about the event? You can save money too. Delaware is tax free! To date, the world record for the limit of punkin chunkin stands at 4,438 feet. That’s like launching a pumpkin across a total of 12 football fields. If you are looking for something to do this season and want to help raise money for a good cause, there is nothing more exciting than seeing, tasting, and experiencing the events held at the annual Punkin Chunkin event in Bridgeville, DE. Just visit their website to get easy-to-follow directions at www.punkinchunkin. com to find your way. Using a GPS for this location can be tricky, I know from experience. I had to stop and ask for directions twice the first time I went! Also, do not forget to order your tickets online, because it is much easier and faster to get into the festival. While you are eagerly waiting for the next Punkin Chunkin event, play the Lord of the Gourd game which can also be found on their website. You can get a little taste of what the chunking looks like when the pumpkins are being shot out like cannonballs. My longest shot was 3,632 feet. It doesn’t beat the real chunking record, but hey, I tried. I am impatiently counting down the days until the next chunk; 28 days, 8 hours, and 22 minutes! Let’s get ready to hurl! Michele Patarino is a fourthyear student majoring in secondary English education She can be reached at MP616535@ wcupa.edu.


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eas of the game, helping in any way he can. This game marked White’s fifth 100-yard game of the season, and West Chester fans can expect many more before this season’s over. The thunder-and-lightning duo of White and Monk simply cannot be contained, as the duo looks more formidable than ever. Though White led the McCartney is one of the 307 all-purpose yards team in receiving yards biggest factors in West against the Bald Eagles. this week, the wide reChester’s undefeated Fellow running back season. Without his play, Brandon Monk also had ceivers of the Golden the Golden Rams might a solid outing against Rams squad also pernot be having their best Lock Haven. Making formed admirably during the game. Tim Keyser led start since 1974. the most of his carries, the wide receivers with Running back Rondell Monk took the ball only White also had one of his four times, but managed four catches for 53 yards, best games of the season to collect 33 yards off while fellow wide receiver Erik Brundidge caught McCartney’s only touchdown pass of the day, finishing the day with three catches for 49 yards and the aforementioned score. West Chester’s wide receivers continue to make plays for McCartney, making crucial catches in every contest thus far. Whether it be a crucial third down, or a necessary scoring-drive, this talented group of wide receivers make plays week after week, helping the Golden Rams and their undefeated season. Fellow wide receivJose Mestre/ Asst. Photography Editor ers Adam Dempsey and Shannon Mayer Kicker Shawn Leo hits one of his two field goals on the day. Leo helped West also had catches on Chester achieve a win over Lock Haven University, with a final score of 34-13. the day. Dempsey caught one pass for 23 yards, while Mayer, last week’s breakout against Lock Haven, as those carries, as well as he took the ball 33 times a touchdown. Monk also receiver, also had one for 196 yards and two had three kickoff returns catch go for 23 yards. Running back, Eddie Eltouchdowns. Through for 44 yards in total. liott, who has been used the air, White caught This running back tanfour passes for a total dem has been carving as a wide receiver multiof 85 yards, helping Mc- up defenses all season ple times on the season, Cartney throughout the long, and this game was had two receptions for 18 game with screen passes no different. One of the yards. The defense this week and several big gains. best players West Chesfor the Golden Rams On top of all this, White ter has ever had in their had a kickoff return history, White continues was excellent, delivering that went for 26 yards. to be dominant in all ar- big tackles and picking off Lock Haven’s quarIn total, White amassed

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Golden Rams top Eagles, 34-13 Oliver Suskin-Santarelli Sports Editor

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est Chester continued their undefeated streak this past Saturday against Lock Haven University, as the Golden Rams beat the Bald Eagles with a final score of 34-13. The win brings the Golden Ram’s record to a perfect 7-0 on the season thus far, and a perfect 4-0 in the PSAC conference. With the win against Lock Haven, No. 15 West Chester have their best start to a season since 1974, when they started the season 8-0. Quarterback Sean McCartney had a mostly solid day on the turf, going 15-for-20 for 251 yards and a touchdown, though he did throw two interceptions. Besides those two errors, McCartney led the Rams down the field with ease throughout the game, racking up plenty of yards in the process. This team is currently sporting a perfect record, and that record could not be obtained without the leadership and skill of McCartney. After a lost season last year due to an injury, seeing McCartney perform this well has been a wellrecieved pleasant surprise this season. Make no mistake about it:

OCTOBER 21, 2013 terback Caleb Walton. Holding the Bald Eagles to only 13 points, the Rams’ defense continues to give opposing offenses more than they can handle. Leading the team in tackles against Lock Haven was linebacker Mike Labor, who had nine tackles in total (three solo, six assisted). Labor has been one of the driving forces for this defense this season, never letting any big plays occur on his watch. This dynamic linebacker is one of the leader’s of this defense, and his play on the field is a key component in West Chester’s success. Not to be outdone, fellow linebacker Ronnell Williams also had a great day against Lock Haven. Williams finished his day with six tackles (four solo, two assisted), an interception, and a sack against the struggling Bald Eagles offense. Williams was a force to be reckoned with on Saturday, making some of West Chester’s biggest plays on defense against Lock Haven. These two linebackers feed off of each other weekly, combining to keep running backs from breaking off any big runs and pressuring the opposing offense’s quarterback throughout the contest. Labor and Williams have their work cut out for them in the next few weeks, but it should not be too big of an issue for this impressive duo. The defensive line for West Chester also chipped in with multiple big plays. Defensive linemen Demrick Cook had two sacks on the day (with five tackles in total), and fellow defensive linemen Andrew Cohen also had a sack against the Bald Eagles (as well as four tackles in total). Anthony McCloskey had six tackles on the day

(four solo, two assited), and Shaquil Ryder had only one tackle, but converted it into a sack against Lock Haven. In the defensive backfield, cornerbacks AlHajj Shabazz and Blaise Schieler had their best game in weeks. The cornerback tandem did not let Walton throw a single touchdown against West Chester, making sure Walton’s receivers did not make any large gains on the day. Shabazz finished with four tackles (three solo, one assisted), while Schieler had six tackles (two solo, four assisted). Kicker Shawn Leo had a perfect day kicking for the Rams, as he was two-for-two on the day with his field goals. Leo’s first kick was a 41yard attempt that sailed through the goal post towards the end of the first half. On Leo’s second attempt, he had no problem striking from 29 yards away. Leo was also perfect on all of his extra-point attempts. With the defense working together to create havoc on offenses, and the special teams clicking again, the Golden Rams do not appear to be slowing down any time soon. However, next Saturday, the Rams have one of their toughest opponents yet, as they travel to Shippensburg to face their rivals on Shippensburg’s homecoming. Last season, West Chester was defeated by Shippensburg at their own homecoming, with a final score of 24-42. This season, the Golden Rams will look to return the favor, as they look to continue their perfect season against the Warriors. 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 continues to impress, now on 5 game winning streak

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he West Chester University men’s soccer team kept the momentum going this week as they picked up two more wins, both PSAC wins, one on the road against the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and one at home against Seton Hill University. The first game of the week for the Golden Rams was on the road at the struggling University of Pittsburg at Johnstown. This was a game that the Golden Rams knew they should win; it was a conference game, because UPJ is a new PSAC member. Even though it

seemed like it was a close game at halftime as the scoreboard read 0-0, it was quite the opposite. West Chester led in the big categories at half, they outshot UPJ 16-3, and had eight corner kicks to the Mountain Cats one corner kick. West Chester had three shots on goal in the first half to UPJ’s one shot on goal. In the second half, West Chester was finally rewarded for their hard work with a goal from Alex Caplan, less than three minutes into the half. He took a pass from Roberto Silva and placed it in the upper right hand part of the net. It was Caplan’s fifth goal of the season. Even though it was a more balanced attack in the second half, with each team recording two shots, and

two corners, it showed on the scoreboard for West Chester. The Rams were not done, however, as 10 minutes later, senior Kevin McCann added the insurance goal they needed in the 54th minute, as he took a shot from the top of the box, cashing in on his first goal of the season. UPJ’s goalkeeper, Tim Ofman had five saves on seven shots on goal. West Chester’s goalkeeper, Ryan Shultz saved all three shots he faced, this was Schultz’s fifth straight conference shutout, at that point it was over 500 minutes without him allowing a conference goal. West Chester moved to 7-3-2, as UPJ fell to 2-11. West Chester would prepare to take on a solid Seton Hill University team on Saturday.

It was senior day for the West Chester Rams when they took on Seton Hill University on Saturday. The Rams have three seniors on their roster, including two starters, Connor Malarney and Kevin McCann. Josh Labik is also a senior. The 7-3-2 Rams were ready to take on the 9-3-1 Griffins. It was a well played game for both teams, although it only paid off for one on the scoreboard. Each team had five shots in the first half, each goalie with a save, and each team with a corner kick. Connor Malrney had seven of West Chester’s 20 shots, and half of the Rams’ shots on goal. He put one into the back of the net in the ninth minute of the game on an assist from Tommy

Ryan. This was Malarney’s team leading, ninth goal of the season. West Chester then tacked on another goal from freshman Miguel Ross, as he weaved his way through the defense for his fifth goal of the season. Once again, goalkeeper Ryan Shultz could not be broken as he had six saves on his way for his sixth straight conference shutout, which would be close to 600 minutes. The Rams took the game 2-0, their fifth straight victory, and six of their last seven. The last time Shultz allowed a conference goal was against Lock Haven, on Sept. 18, over a month ago. The Rams improved to 8-3-2, and 7-1-1 in the conference and Seton Hill fell to 9-4-1, and 4-3-1 in the conference. West

Chester now sits atop the PSAC standings with 22 conference points, one better than Mercyhurst. Next up for West Chester is a non-conference home matchup on Tuesday at 3 p.m. against Philadelphia University. PU is 9-4-1. The next PSAC game for West Chester is Saturday on the road against the decent University of California of Pennsylvania. They are 5-7-1 on the season, so this is a game the Rams should win. The Rams look to continue their hot streak, and stay atop the PSAC standings, as they are having one of the best seasons they can remember. Ryan Calpin is a second year student majoring in communications with a minor in jounralism. He can be reached at RC784188@ wcupa.edu.

West Chester men’s golf finds first team victory of the season By Michael Murphy Staff Writer

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hard fought West Chester golf team finally has its first tournament victory this fall; the team put together a tournament to remember. The Bud Elwell Fall Classic was captured by the Golden Ram’s golf team this past weekend. The tournament took place at Peek’n Peak Upper Course Findley Lake, NY. This is a par 72 course with a total yardage of 6,936. West Chester led the tournament after day one, something they have not done all year. Freshman Zach Boe came up clutch once again this week with an opening round score of 71, one under par. Fellow freshman Andrew Patterson followed suit with his found of one over par, 73. Pat-

terson would be tied for fourth overall after day one. Junior, Eric Slawter, signed for a score of 74 on day one. He would be tied for seventh overall individually. Fellow junior Corey Smith carded a 75 for day one’s action. Ryan Fogel, also a junior, shot a four over par, 76, on the day, however his score would not be added on to the team’s overall score. Sophomore Zach Dilcher shot 76 as an individual in this tournament. After day one, West Chester led the tournament with a team score of 293. This is the lowest score the team has had since Sept. 30 of last season. The Golden Rams have not held a first place lead all season. They would enjoy the six stroke cushion over Waterloo. Day two arrived and so did a victory for West

Chester. It seems to be the story all season that a freshman steps up in the clutch along with the veteran leaders; there were two of these freshman this weekend. Patterson had an even par performance on Monday with a 72. This score would give him a 36 hole total of 145. Patterson would also enjoy his second place finish individually. Boe did not have the same success he had on day one with his five over par score of 77. However, this would not stop him from placing fourth overall in the tournament with his 36 hole score of 148, only three strokes behind his fellow freshman teammate. Slawter also carded a 77 on the day. He would finish the tournament with an overall score of 151 and a tie for seventh place on the individual leaderboard. Smith would

move up four strokes from his previous day’s performance as he shot a 79. This would leave him with a 154 and a tie for 12 individually. Fellow junior, Fogel, would go up three strokes from his previous day’s score with a 79. He would finish with a 155 over the two day tournament. Dilcher, competing as an individual, shot an 82 on day two. He would finish with a 158. The Ram’s golf squad should be proud of this victory. Every golfer shot under 80 on both days of the tournament. West Chester has had problems with the day one scores this year; however, this tournament they finally broke out with very impressive numbers for day one. This momentum would carry them into day two where they eventually

sealed the deal on this victory. The freshmen on this team seem to play a big role in the team’s overall success. With performances from Patterson and Boe, this team was able to easily take the Bud Elwell Fall Classic for the second time in three years. The performance of these freshmen players so early in their involvement with the team offers tremendous hope for the team’s competitive success in the years to come. This tournament’s victory was West Chester’s first since they won the Hal Hansen Invitational last season on Sept. 10. On another note, this is the fourth tournament victory under the Ram’s head coach Harry Hammond. Hammond took over as the head coach in 2007. He should be very proud of his recruit-

ments for this season. His seniors and juniors have done a great job so far this year leading the team, but he has to be very pleased with his freshman and sophomore contributions. West Chester is set to compete in the PSAC championships coming up on Oct. 19 -20. This will complete the team’s schedule for the season. The team is hopeful the momentum from this last victory will propel them to their first PSAC championship since 2006. Last season, West Chester posted an overall score of 593 as they would end the season in a third place finish for the championship. The tournament will be held at the Hershey Links in Hershey, Pa. Michael student nication reached edu

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Victorino still stepping up big in postseason Flyin’ Hawaiian’s slam leads Sox into World Series

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y this time, it is well known that Shane Victorino has a flair for dramatics, especially in the postseason. Phillies fans saw it year after year, from the grand slam off of C.C. Sabathia, to the game saving catch in the 2008 NLCS up against the wall, to the infamous beanball showdown with Hiroki Kuroda. So it should come as no surprise that the Flyin’ Hawaiian is at it again. On Saturday night, it did not matter that Boston was trailing by a run in the seventh. It did not matter that Victorino was trapped in an 0-2 count. And it certainly did not matter that his bat had been silent to that point— he was just 2-for-23 in the ALCS. None of it mattered when he took Jose Veras’ hanging curveball and skied into the first row of seats above the green monster, giving Boston the lead for good and propelling them into the World Series to take on the Cardinals in a 2004 rematch. When the Red Sox won it in 2004, Victorino was not even playing major league baseball. He was hitting .235 with Triple-A Las Vegas. In 2007, when the Red Sox won it again, he was just becoming a mainstay in centerfield for the Phillies. Now, six seasons later, he is leading them to the Fall Classic once more, fresh off his grand slam that will be written forever into the long, storied history of one of America’s most classic teams. It has been a career year for Victorino in his

debut season with the Red Sox. His .294 average was the highest of his career, and his 15 homers, 61 RBI and .801 OPS the second highest. It came just a year after the 32-yearold seemed to be on the decline, after hitting just .255—the lowest average of his career—between Philadelphia and Los Angeles. For the bang the Red Sox got for their buck by acquiring him, it certainly could turn out to be the biggest steal of the year. They paid just $13 million. That’s less money than the Braves paid to Dan Uggla for him to hit less than .180, and the same amount of money (and how ironic is this) that the Phillies paid Jonathan Papelbon for him to be tied for the second most blown saves in 2013. That steal might just bring the Red Sox their third title in nine years. In 56 career postseason games, Victorino has hit a respectable .263, but his production numbers are through the roof. He has 56 hits, including seven homers and 38 RBI to go along with 10 stolen bases. If you average that out to a full season’s worth of games, his line would be .263 average, 162 hits, 20 homers, 109 RBI and 28 stolen bases. There is no doubt he steps it up in the postseason, and in the highest leverage situations at that. Victorino has now had six at bats with the bases loaded in his postseason career. In those at bats, he is 4-for-6 with two grand slams and 16 RBI. Just think about that for a second. He has had two grand slams but he still has averaged four RBI per hit with the bases loaded. Even his outs are produc-

ing runs in those situations. Perhaps one of the most interesting and ironic things about Shane Victorino is that the Dodgers (who were ousted in the NLCS) could have had him three different times. That’s right, the Dodgers could have had Victorino in the 2008 and 2009 NLCS against the Phillies, and they could have had him this year against the Cardinals. The skipping out on Victorino in his early years was sort of understandable. He was drafted by the Dodgers in 1999 in the entry level draft, and was left unprotected off the 40-man roster. Because of this, in 2002 the Padres selected Victorino in the Rule 5 draft, which means they took him from the Dodgers because the Dodgers had no interest in him. Here is where it gets weird. In the Rule 5 draft, the player must be in the major leagues the entire season with his new team. If he is not, he immediately becomes placed on waivers, and any team can select him. This happened to Victorino, except no team wanted him. When that happens, the player has to be offered back to his original team, which in his case was the Dodgers. The Dodgers accepted him back, but a year later he was left unprotected again, and the Phillies took him in the draft. He went on to make two All-Star teams and win a World Series with the Phillies before they traded him in 2012 to yes, the Dodgers. This time they could not find room to play him everyday, so instead of making room they just did not renew his contract after the sea-

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Above: Victorino jumps as he rounds first base after his grand slam in the seventh inning which sent the Boston Red Sox to the World Series to face the St. Louis Cardinals. Below: Victorino also hit a postseason grand slam in 2008 off C.C. Sabathia in the NLDS. He is 4-for-6 with 16 RBI when batting with the bases loaded in the playoffs.

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son was over, so he went to Boston. Funny how things work, huh? It looks like he found a home now, and it is certainly not LA. Victorino might be one of the best examples of Rule 5 draft pick success, and now he is vying to win his second World Series. The similar-

ities to his 2008 postseason are uncanny. He tore it up in the Division Series and struggled in the NLCS before hitting a key home run to help the Phillies into the World Series. This year, it was the same thing with the Red Sox. If it is anything like 2008 for the Flyin’ Hawaiian, he will be riding

through the city on a float once again, with that wide smile on his face, throwing soft pretzels (or maybe in this case clam chowder) at fans. Teams can change, but some things never do. Kenny Ayres is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies with a journalism minor. He can be reached at KA739433@ wcupa.edu.


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Lady Rams suffer minor setback, coach optimistic moving forward

By AJ Arcaini Staff Writer

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he West Chester University women’s field hockey team entered another week of tough games coming off of a heartbreaking 2-1 loss against No. 1 ranked Shippensburg University at home. “We seem to recover after each bump in the road,” said head coach Amy Cohen, praising her team’s leadership and poise despite the loss. The talented Golden Rams team knew they would have to play their best games if they wanted to bounce back with two more wins against the strong opponents of Ursinus College and Millersville University. The week started in Collegeville, PA against the Ursinus College Bears in

the 35th annual Snell Cup. Coming into the game, the Snell Cup series was split 15-15-4 in decisions, proving the level of play of each program to be extremely high. West Chester looked to improve to 8-3 with a win and take control of the traditional series. WCU wasted no time when the whistle blew. Senior Stef Pirri found the back of the net on a hard shot, putting West Chester in the lead 1-0, just one minute and 15 seconds into the game. Scoring that early in a game can often come as a quick blow to a team’s confidence, but Ursinus struck back just one minute later on a goal from Megan Keenan, tying the game at a 1-1. Scoring came early for the Rams though, when sophomore Alayna Brown beat Ursi-

nus Goalie Danielle DeSpirito in the bottom left of the cage for her fifth goal of the season, giving the Rams a 2-1 lead just five minutes into the game. Twelve and a half minutes in, a similar sound rang as senior star Kelsi Lykens blasted a shot from the top left of the circle, giving the Rams a 3-1 lead. Lykens continued to battle when she assisted sophomore Alexis Versak on her sixth goal of the season, just five minutes later. The Rams now led 4-1 while continuing to dominate the first half. A 4-1 lead entering the second half would be cut down when UC’s Amber Steigerwalt scored on a rebound goal six minutes in, changing the score to 4-2 still in the Rams favor. The Rams continued

to fight on, and eventually would be rewarded. Freshman Marnie Kusakavitch struck with 16 minutes left giving WCU a 5-2 lead. Junior Kelsey Cheek, her second assist of the game, assisted Kusakavitch’s goal. With nine minutes left, Lykens found the cage, yet again, off of a designed corner attack. Lykens 11th goal on the season would improve the Golden Rams lead to 6-2. Ursinus scored once more with four minutes left, with a scrambled goal from Nora Kornfeld, but it would prove to be too little too late for the Bears as West Chester sealed the 6-3 win. West Chester improved their record to 8-3 with a challenging game against no. 2 ranked Millersville approaching. West Chester entered

Tuesday, Oct. 15 ranked third in the PSAC, with an afternoon game against No. 2 ranked Millersville University. Last time WCU and MU faced off, the Marauders controlled the Rams’ high-powered offense in a 1-3 loss for WCU. Tuesday, West Chester hoped for a different story against a surging Millersville team. Millersville’s Katelyn Zapp struck first with 13 minutes to go in the first half. A 1-0 lead held for a small time, when MU’s Alicia Youtz would then find the goal, giving the Marauders a 2-0 lead. Despite a strong defensive effort from the Rams, the offense struggled on shot attempts and finding the back of the net through the first half. Unfortunately for WCU, the second half was no dif-

ferent. West Chester’s offense struggled to gain any momentum, even while their defense held MU to no goals in the second half. As time dwindled down, the West Chester Golden Rams fell in a shut-out loss to Millersville. Despite a strong defensive effort, the lack of goal scoring determined the loss, which bumped WCU down from third in the PSAC to fourth. “I know we are all confident that with a little fine tuning we will be good to go” Cohen said. Through the morale of their coach and senior leadership, the Rams will look to stay on track, bounce back from their loss, and continue to strive for greatness. 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

Lady Ram’s volleyball continues to suffer, lose four of last five By Stephen Gallo Staff Writer

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he West Chester University women’s volleyball team fell below .500 for the first time this season after losing four out of five road games this past week. After what was an extremely succesful start to the season, the Lady Rams are beginning to experience a downfall. The first match of the week was against out of conference opponent on a floatHoly Family University, that widewhere the Lady Rams fell , throwingthree sets to one (25-15, maybe in7-25, 16-25, 22-25) after howder) atblowing the early match n change,lead. The Rams claimed never do. the first set but lost the momentum very quickly urth-year stu-in the second set losing mmunication 12 of the first 13 points alism minor. t KA739433@of the set. Junior, Julia O’Brien, led the team’s

offense with 11 kills and a stunning six blocks in the loss. One of the encouraging aspects of the match was the continued progress of Samantha

Agostini as the starting setter in place of the injured Annalee Halbert and led the team with 29 assists. The weekend conwcupagoldenrams.com

Sophomore Marina Sharkey tries to help the struggling Lady Rams as she spikes the ball over the net in a PSAC matchup against Seton Hill University. She led the team with 14 kills.

sisted of four matches against PSAC West Division opponents losing three out of four. The first match of Friday’s double-header was a three sets to one (1525, 13-25, 27-25, 24-26) loss against Seton Hill University. The Golden Rams tried to mount a comeback in third set but ultimately fell short in extra points during the fourth set. Marina Sharkey led the team with 14 kills as well as adding three blocks. Callie Krajcir led the teams defense with 18 defensive digs. In the second half of the double-header, WCU took on California University of Pennsylvania where they once again sustained a loss three sets to one (10-25, 25-17, 23-25, 11-25). Sharkey continued to produce offence, leading the team for the second strait

match in a row in kills with 11. Mandy Flynn stepped up to lead the team in assists with 19 while Agostini added another 16. The Lady Rams’ one victory of the week was a three set match sweep (27-25, 26-24, 25-18) of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in what was a back and fourth affair with 11 different lead changes during the first half of Saturday’s double-header. The offense saw a significant boost while Allison Grammer and O’Brien led the team with 11 kills each while Sharkey added another nine of her own. The afternoon match saw WCU’s play take a complete opposite turn for the worse when they were swept by Clarion University three sets to none (25-17, 25-14, 2514). The Lady Rams fell

below .500 for the first time of the season with the loss to Clarion and now sit in sixth place in the PSAC East Division. The West Chester University women’s volleyball team will have a chance to move back above .500 and rise in the standings next weekend with two home matches, one Friday against Kutztown University and the second on Saturday against East Stroudsburg University. These are crucial games for not only the Lady Ram’s record, but for the team’s morale as well. If they want to get back to their winning ways, it must start with their next few games. Look for the Lady Rams to rebound in a major way. Stephen Gallo is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at SG 749536@wcupa.edu


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost at sea By Drew Mattioli Staff Writer The pirate ship is sinking at an alarming rate in Tampa Bay, Fla. Last Sunday afternoon’s 31-20 gruesome debacle against the Philadelphia Eagles transformed Raymond James Stadium into an impact site as if a nuclear missile eradicated the ghostly spectrum. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have seen one catastrophic disaster after another. There has not been any sign of good news yet against optimism since the beginning of the NFL season as locker room drama, a contagious MRSA outbreak, poor coaching and play calling, atrocious performances on both sides of the ball, and local television blackouts have left a gloomy unpleasant overcast directly above “The New Sombrero.” The lowly Buccaneers sit at 0-5 showing little to no signs of improvement, however, a clear sign of a franchise overhaul lingers in the distance and the Tampa Bay front office may consider making some wholesome modifications towards the end of the season, quite possibly in the next two weeks. It is safe to say that no one saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers transition into a dysfunctional club heading into the 2013 offseason. In fact, according to many NFL analysts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were widely regarded as major players in free agent market this year. The Buccaneers graciously opened their checkbook and acquired a number of paramount players through trades and free agency. Amongst their key free agent signings were free safety, Dashon Goldson, who

played spectacularly for the field. What was sup- Despite a rebound year, er; however, the masses con- could easily read between the Super Bowl-contend- posed to be a potential Schiano was not ing San Francisco 49ers playoff contender this sea- vinced Freeman was the the lines. At the end of and Pro-Bowl cornerback, son, mutated into a losing future of the Tampa Bay the day, Freeman was Darrelle Revis, who was bottom-dweller overnight, franchise. He later waf- never redeemable in the dealt by the New York and from the way things fled the quarterback as eyes of Schiano. Schiano Jets. The additions of appear, finishing below his starter after compiling and Freeman had more Revis and Goldson led to .500 for the third straight a mediocre 7-9 record in difficulties than Ralph speculation that the Bucs season could detrimental- 2012 and instead of chal- and Alice Kramden from were primed to compete ly set the Buccaneers back lenging him, Schiano de- “The Honeymooners.” In liberately took his plea to retrospect, Schiano comfor the divisional crown in another 3-5 years. The overall demise of the Glazer brothers per- pletely mishandled his the NFC South. A year ago, they ac- the Buccaneers’ 2013 suading the owners to se- relationship with Freequired wide receiver Vin- season falls solely on the lect Mike Glennon in the man over the past eight cent Jackson, drafted shoulders of second-year 2013 NFL Draft. Schiano months. Tensions even arose when Schipremier running ano’s ambivalence back, Doug Martin, blogs.ajc.com towards Freeman signed guard, Carl sparked rumors of Nicks and cornera possible trade to back Eric Wright in Kansas City, before the offseason. After the Chiefs obtained a 7-9 improvement Alex Smith from and retooling of its the San Francisco secondary, the Buc49ers. caneers were proAfter whispers of jected to make the trading, Freeman playoffs for the first vanished out of thin time since 2007. air, Freeman was This sounds very stripped of his capmuch like the 2011 taincy by his fellow Philadelphia Eateammates for the gles who were fafirst time since his mously-dubbed as rookie campaign the “Dream Team” in 2009. Accordafter Andy Reid and ing to the Tampa Howie Roseman Bay press, several engaged in a noisy of Freeman’s teamspending-spree. In mates anonymously the 2011 offseason, suggested Schiano the Eagles signed had rigged the poll several renowned preventing Freeplaymakers such as man from firmly Nnamdi Asoumgha, Dominque-Rogers Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach has been abysmal in his second full season as head grasping the reins Cromartie, Vince coach for the Bucs. They currently sport a record of 0-5 going into their matchup against of the squad. Despite Schiano’s Young, and Evan the Atlanta Falcons. gruff nature, FreeMathis raising pubman is no angel lic conjecture and himself. In a conexpectation that the team was capable of head coach, Greg Schiano, never even sanctioned an tract year, Freeman did winning the Super Bowl. a man who immediately official competition be- not further help his cause The Eagles missed their lost respect of his team tween the two quarter- after missing mandatory mark. The birds finished from the moment Law- backs sending mixed sig- meetings and the team’s annual photo due to over8-8 narrowly missing the rence Tynes launched nals to Freeman. When questioned by the sleeping. While Schiano playoffs after a dismal 1-4 the opening kick. Schiano has worn out his welcome media about the status of stirred the pot from the start. Despite their bountiful in Tampa Bay simply by the Buccaneers’ quarter- very beginning, Freepassive-aggresoffseason, the Buccaneers tearing the very fabric back position during the man’s are experiencing collapse of the Buccaneers start- preseason, he claimed sive attitude ultimately of an even greater magni- ing with quarterback, Freeman was his man, ex- sealed his fate. Freeman tude. Unlike the 2011 Ea- Josh Freeman. Freeman tending the boundaries of was benched in favor gles, the Buccaneers have and Schiano have butted complimenting the former of an incumbent rookie multiple issues on and off heads for months on end. Kansas State gunsling- Mike Glennon, thus end-

ing his career in Tampa Bay. Schiano ruled out the possibility of starting the quarterback citing the organization’s decision to move further in a new direction. After the Buccaneers fell to the Arizona Cardinals in a 13-10 loss with Glennon under center, Freeman was subsequently released on Oct. 3, 2013. Prior to his aforementioned release, sources revealed Freeman voluntarily admitted himself to the NFL’s substance abuse program in which the quarterback was a subject to frequent drug screenings. It later surfaced that Freeman was diagnosed with ADHD and took Ritalin instead of his medically-prescribed Adderall. Like every organization, team physicians are under the Hippocratic Oath which dictates confidentiality between the medical specialists, the team staff and the player. These bylaws protect the health of the players unless they deal with issues on the field. When news of Freeman’s entrance into the league’s substance abuse program leaked, the Buccaneers broke the barriers of confidentiality. The quarterback was publicly humiliated and his exodus resulted in a legal investigation involving the authorities as well as the NFL Players Association. Schiano has faced heavy scrutiny by the press even going as far as accusing the head coach of divulging the medical files of Freeman. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Schiano was charged with violating the Hippocratic Oath endangering Tampa Bay’s medical staff.

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Bucs from page 26 If Schiano is indeed found guilty on charges affirmed by the NFLPA probe, not only will he be terminated but Buccaneer’s therapeutic cadre could be deprived of their license to treat players. Freeman, who was the 17th pick drafted out of the first round in 2009, has seen quite a wobbly career. During his tenure with the Buccaneers, Freeman was 23-33 as a starter, passing for over 13,534 yards and throwing an average of 80 touchdown passes and 66 interceptions. In his past five rigorous starts, Freeman threw an ugly statistical rate of 4 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. That is unacceptable for a five-year veteran quarterback coming off a rebound year but looking at the bigger picture – Freeman was not in a supportive environment in which he was capable of thriving. In Tampa Bay’s extensive history, Freeman has been the most accurate passing quarterback the franchise has ever seen. He led the league in passing in his sophomore season racking up impressive numbers, throwing 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2010 at the ripe age of 22. Freeman’s recent blunders are not entirely a reflection of himself but rather a reflection of the impaired organization he was formerly a part of in his fiveyear career. Freeman saw two very different football minds seize the Buccaneers everchanging 53-man roster. Raheem Morris, who was a defensive coordinator under former Buccaneers luminary, Jon Gruden, was Freeman’s very first teacher, patiently educating the young quarterback about the overall playing style and environment

THE QUAD SPORTS of professional football. Morris and Freeman were mildly successful in their first two seasons progressing from a 3-13 to a 10-6 record. Unfortunately, Morris’ days were severely numbered when the Buccaneers took a step back after posting a repugnant 4-12 record. The Glazer brothers ultimately dismissed Morris after perceiving his tranquil and hushed nature as major defect to the growth of the team. The enlistment of Schiano was a complete 360 for the Buccaneers. The transition from a laid-back tactician in Morris to an overly-hostile totalitarian like Schiano only capsized the Buccaneers. The Glazers’ failure to realize their weakness of the general managerial position only widens the sphere to their incompetency. The Freeman incident was not the first time Schiano’s team philosophy and coaching style has come under fire. In a lopsided defeat against the New York Giants last season, Schiano commanded his defense to pressure quarterback Eli Manning by jumping over the line after the offense took a knee. Schiano claimed the play was a “sneak defense” in an attempt to pry the ball loose. NFL analysts and scholars flogged Schiano for his dirty illegal maneuvers especially since the Giants were in victory formation after the twominute warning. Not only is the following a perfect example of poor sportsmanship, but disgustingly it is the biggest sign of disrespect; it is sore losership at its finest, and if Schiano’s players were to have injured a member of the Giants offensive line, the team would have faced unsparing penalties from the league. It is almost guaranteed Schiano will be quickly discharged unless he miraculously levies the Buccaneers out

of their 0-5 aperture, but the damage is already done. The former Rutgers authoritarian needs to understand that the NFL is no country for dumb men. The ramifications for medically-leaked information simply meander beyond termination and are generally grounds for legal apprehension. Schiano’s outlook on the game serves as a footnote for young coordinators and coaches that not every football expert is qualified for the NFL. Schiano may have been the most winningest head coach at Rutgers University but he’s naturally a stooge in a grown man’s game and his ego and shallow reputation allowed his crew of scallywags to contemplate on abandon ship. Drew Mattioli is a second-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at RM814408@wcupa.edu.

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Athlete of the Week: Ryan Schultz Ryan Schultz is this week’s athlete of the week. Schultz has not allowed a conference goal since September 18th. He is now up to more than 600 minutes of soccer without allowing a goal.

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Below: Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was released by his former team after a season full of controversy and mistakes. Freeman recently signed with the Minnesota Vikings and will be starting his first game for them this coming Monday night against the New York Giants. In his time with the Buccaneers, Freeman did not live up to his pedigree as a first-round draft pick due to a mix of poor on the field performance and off the field dilemmas. blacksportsonline.com


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