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The Quad

Volume 116, Issue 92 April 15, 2019

The Student News Service of West Chester University










ineteen dollars and four cents. That is, at the very minimum, how much money you are paying for a cheeseburger and a fountain drink at the diner when you pay with meals on a seven per week meal plan. Do you know how much your food costs? Not the price on the menu at the Diner, or the label underneath

the bag of chips at Larry’s Market, but how much money is being transferred from your possession to the vendor’s. The answer is not as simple as the listed price or a couple of “meal swipes.” Aramark’s meal plan system can be a handy, standardized way to pay for food on campus, but it can also lead students to unknowingly spend large amounts of money on food. Similar to the psychology of poker chips that casinos use to coerce gamblers into spending more than they have, by

convincing you you’re only paying with meals instead of the equivalent cost in cash, these services make the food seem cheaper than it actually is. You feel like you’re only paying one or two meal swipes — an arbitrary credit system — when you’re actually forking over $10 or $20 for a snack. When you bought your meal plan, did you sit down and calculate how much each “meal” cost you?



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n March 15, 2019, according to ABC 7 News, the FBI received a report that Rudy Meredith sought a bribe to get Morrie Tobin’s daughter into Yale. The FBI investigated the “Operation Varsity Blues,” seeking how many people were responsible in the bribing scheme of elite colleges. Meredith complied with investigators in the hopes of “getting a lesser sentence.” Near the end of the report, ABC 7 News stated that, “at least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents” were charged in committing fraudulent activity. Included in this list were Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who were prominent celebrities in Hollywood, as well as Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli. In a National Public Radio (NPR) article by Colin Dwyer on April 9, 2019, “Huffman and 12 other parents plead guilty for money laundering

and fraud.” 50 people were charged, according to a 6 Action News article. What began as a small investigation became a widespread problem within elite colleges. Based on the indictment report that was posted at, the charges to commit conspiracy of “mail and wire fraud provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.” With their guilty plea announced on April 9, Huffman, Loughlin and others would have a lesser sentence. For Loughlin and her husband in particular, it is very possible that even with a plea bargain of a “two year sentence, prosecutors would recommend four years,” according to a TMZ news article. Several professors expressed their viewpoint over the admissions scandal. Dr. Matt Pierlott, an associate professor and chair of the philosophy department at WCU states that, “ethically, we should be concerned. [The college admissions scandal] is a deceptive

process and tarnishes the reputation of the institutions.” Dr. Pierlott goes on to state that “scandals in businesses and government institutions happen far too often. This is an example of how people of affluence and influence can corrupt a system.” He concluded by saying, “Money is a temptation.” Despite the supposed commute sentence, there has been frequent backlash over social media and major networks over what these celebrities have done. According to a New York Times article by Elizabeth A. Harris, the Hallmark channel owner stated that the company “would no longer work with shows featuring the actress Lori Loughlin.” Known for her role as Aunt Becky in the ABC sitcom “Full House,” Loughlin was a well-known celebrity for TV series such as “When Calls the Heart” and a TV movie series “Garage Sale Mysteries.” For Huffman, her rise to fame was in “Desperate Housewives,” along with an on and off relationship with actor William H. Macy, known for his roles in “Fargo” and “Shameless.”


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With Huffman and Loughlin trying for two years in jail instead of 20 years, questions that remain are: What repercussions will be put in place for future cases of fraud? Also, what does this indictment mean to WCU students, and how does this event truly affect college enrollment? Most students at WCU took the SATs and know how stringent the test-taking and application processes are. Students get in by merit, not by bribes. Despite the drawback of the scandal, the main lesson learned from this ordeal is that choices — no matter the individual’s background or status — can affect the outcome of one’s career and personal life. For questions concerning WCU enrollment requirements, check the Office of Admissions located near Sykes or by viewing their website at wcupa. edu.

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osted to PennLive on April 5, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) announced a new tuition policy for all 14 schools in the system, which includes West Chester University. This new policy will allow for universities to choose between charging their base tuition rate as determined by the PASSHE board or determine their own tuition based upon the “regional economic differences, the competition from other higher education institutions in their area, the varying cost of academic programs and the specific financial needs of students.” In addition, the policy change decided that tuition rates for universities will be determined in April, rather than July. With this, universities will also announce the tentative tuition for the following year as well. Millersville University and Indiana University have already signed on to determine their own tuition rates in accordance with the new policy. Ideally, this decision will allow for universities to eliminate some of the tuition barriers that prevent lowincome students from attending

school. With the price of college tuition rising each year, less and less students are able to afford the cost. Data from the 2017-2018 school year reports a continued decline in college attendance from students whose families make between $48,000 and $110,000 a year. Varying opinions on the new policy range from worried to supportive of PASSHE’s decision to implement university choice in tuition decisions. In an address to the board of governors on April 4, Dr. Kenneth M.

full-time student tuition in 1991 and 1992 accounted for 55 percent, which has declined with each year. As of 2017, state allocation now accounts for 27 percent of full-time tuition. This requires full-time students to account for the remaining 73 percent of their tuition costs. According to a report conducted by USnews, Pennsylvania is currently ranked 50 in the country in higher education as of 2017. Pennsylvania is currently ranked 48 in the nation for “low debt at graduation” and “tuition

““These conscious policy decisions are hurting a generation by denying them a real opportunity for a college education.”” Mash, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) union, worried that this change would only hurt funding to the state system, claiming funding for the PASSHE system would return to how it was in 2005 and 2006. “It is important to acknowledge that the Commonwealth has restored only $62.2 million of the $90.6 million cut in 2011. That $28 million difference does not even account for inflation.” He noted that state allocation for

and fees.” Dr. Mash describes these low numbers as a “policy choice” and as “more than an embarrassment.” “It has made it more and more difficult for every part of our universities to best serve our students,” he said in his address. “More important, these conscious policy decisions are hurting a generation by denying them a real opportunity for a college education or straddling them with ridiculous loans. The implications of this for every Pennsylvanian are enormous.”

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) currently reports an average of $25,332 for in-state tuition, room and board in Pennsylvania for 2016. Christoforos Sassaris, a third-year student at West Chester University, is a first-generation college student studying English who also has concerns over the new tuition policy. “The way I understand it, if the tuition rates reflect the socioeconomic climate of the area, to me that sounds like West Chester’s price would increase because it’s one of the wealthiest counties in the state,” he said. “The only reason I could afford to go to college was because I happen to live near a school that is unusually cheap for how good it is. The way I understand it, it sounds like this policy could increase the tuition price at West Chester.” For more information on PASSHE’s tuition policy, students can visit PASSHE’s website and read press releases for more information. Dr. Kenneth Mash’s full statement can be found via ASPCUF’s website. Sam Walsh is a third-year student majoring in special education and English. 

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f not, I took the liberty of subtracting flex dollars from the cost of each meal plan and dividing by the number of meals each plan provides per semester — leaving the cost per meal:

Consider that meals have a value of $5.47, less than what you’re paying for each meal with any plan, excluding the unlimited plan. For now, let’s put aside the fact that when purchasing something from the Diner, you always have a little money left unused so you can fit the cost of your food within the $5.47 meal value. We can find the number of meals each food item costs by dividing the price of the item by the $5.47 meal value (e.g. the list price for five chicken tenders is $7.89, or 1.44 meals). Multiplying this cost in meals by the price per meal for each plan gives us the real cost we pay for each item. The menu breakdown covers the costs for each plan. When the university talks about reducing the financial strain on students, they often focus on the cost of living and tuition, but rarely mention the inflated prices that Aramark and other food services demand. “They don’t ever address the issue of high prices because students pay with their flex and meal plans,” says an anonymous Aramark employee of three years. “They do claim they ‘listen

to the students’ and offer all of these new food options while keeping the prices ridiculously high.” For the same price, students with a seven-per-week meal plan pay for a cheeseburger and a drink using meals ($19.04), they can buy, at the typical

$15.82, one can buy 15 cheeseburgers or nine double cheeseburgers from the Burger King on High Street. This comparison does not factor in the bulk prices that food companies pay for the individual ingredients. Continuing with the hamburger example,

“For $15.82, one can buy 15 cheeseburgers or nine double cheeseburgers from the Burger King on High Street.”

Graphics courtesy of Brendan Lordan

store price, a pound of ground beef, eight hamburger buns, a tomato, a head of lettuce, 16 slices of American cheese and a 12 pack of soda, and still have a few dollars left over. Not to indicate that fast food is a sustainable, healthy way for a college student to live, but for

wholesale 2 oz. beef burgers sell for around $40.00 for a package of 80. This means that companies like Aramark pay less than $0.50 for a patty that they then sell to students for several times the price they paid. So where is all that money going?

Apparently not to its employees. The company advertises their jobs to students around campus, but inside the employment chain, those working aren’t seeing much of the incredible profit Aramark is making. “I make less than $9.00 an hour and have been working here for years,” said an employee. “I’ve received one 25 cent raise from my base pay of $8.50 since I began working.” There are other aspects of the Aramark system that leave students with more meals than they can use, therefore driving up the price per used meal that the student is paying. Most notably, the hours that the most popular and economical dining spot, Lawrence Dining Hall, prevent students with evening classes and obligations from using their meal swipes there. The dining hall closes at 8:00 P.M. on weekdays and 7:00 P.M. on weekends, too early for many students to attend. Even when the dining hall is technically open, the time between the lunch and dinner rush is barren, with limited access to the kind of food that the dining hall advertises. Students can end up with dozens of extra meal swipes because their schedule prevents them from fitting in the strict hours of the dining hall. Even the late night options at Sykes close around 10 P.M., leaving the diner as the only place to spend meals. While the food at West Chester may be marketed as a system adaptable to the needs of its students, what is the real cost when the cheapest meal plan may cost the purchaser almost $20 for a late night snack? Brendan Lordan is a second-year student majoring in English writing. 

#GameofThronesSeason8 - Twitter users are celebrating the season eight premiere of Game of Thrones. HBO tweeted “If you feel personally victimised by #GameofThrones and we have not acknowledged the moment that took you there please share with the group,” @HBO_UK. Vox tweeted “We analyzed all 67 episodes of #GameofThrones and found that [the] show is getting colder — and staying dark,” @voxdotcom. “Winter is Coming” tweeted “George R.R. Martin: The #GameofThrones ending won’t be ““that different”” from the Song of Ice and Fire ending,” @WiCnet

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By Doménica Castro News Editor


her favorite snippets from her travels consisted of sitting upon a simple tree branch in Cape Point, South Africa. “I [felt] like I had won the lottery,” she

in the presence of wildlife. “I am no more important than the stingrays swimming around in the middle of the ocean,” Gilmore reflected.

reminisced. She described going on a safari as a humbling and awe-inspiring experience. “I felt so small and so connected while walking through the bush,” Gilmore said. As for the Cayman Islands, Gilmore once again found herself stumped when she attempted to choose a single favorite moment. She recollected holding a stingray for the first time in the ocean. Once again, she felt an overwhelming sense of humility

When thinking about both of her study abroad experiences through West Chester University, Gilmore reiterated the importance of overcoming fear. She stated, “I didn’t allow fear of the unknown to stop me from experiencing greatness.” Gilmore had to abandon her nerves when she went on a safari in South Africa and held a stingray in the Cayman Islands. “Had I let fear talk to me too long, I wouldn’t have discovered what a lion

mari Gilmore is a senior at West Chester University with a major in middle Photo by Amari Gilmore grades preparation and minors in reading and civic and professional leadership. Gilmore studied abroad in Capetown and Johannesburg, South Africa for 12 days in the summer 2018. She also studied abroad in George Town, Cayman Islands for eight days during the winter term of 2019. When asked what made her

“She described going on a safari as a humbling and awe-inspiring experience.” nervous prior to traveling, she cited money as a huge worry. “I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough money to pay for the trip and enjoy it,” said Gilmore. Fortunately, she received financial aid for both study abroad trips, like the Global Rams Scholarship via the Center for International Programs. Traveling to South Africa was a huge step for Gilmore since it marked her first international experience. “[South Africa] was my first time out of the country. I was afraid I would miss home or miss something important at home,” she said. When asked to retell her favorite moment during her trip to South Africa, Gilmore found it difficult to choose one specific memory. One of

sounds like when it roars or gotten to look a stingray in the eye,” she said. Gilmore made wonderful memories on both of her study abroad experiences, but if she returned to either location, there are a few things she’d do differently. One of her biggest pieces of advice for those who plan on traveling outside of the country is as follows: “Pack less. Spend less.” Looking back at her trip to South Africa, Gilmore regrets packing a 50-pound suitcase and having to lug it through the airport. After purchasing souvenirs, she returned to the United States with a 70-pound bag. “Bring yourself and some multi-purposed and functional stuff only,” Gilmore advised. She suggests packing carry-on luggage and traveling as light as possible. In addition to packing less, Gilmore also wishes she had talked with more native people in South Africa and “made more lasting connections.” Gilmore advises students to talk to people about paying for study abroad trips. She recommends talking with past alumni who have studied abroad as well as staff members who work for the Center for International Programs. Gilmore ended the interview with the following advice for other West Chester University students, “You’ll never get a chance to study abroad for this cheap or for this amount of time ever again.” She playfully added, “Unless, you know, you hit the lottery or become famous.” Doménica Castro is a third-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in Spanish. 

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THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & PUBLIC MANAGEMENT resource management, business law and HR minor courses are all offered entirely online. As the CBPM prepares new programs and arranges semester course offering, Dr. Lisa Calvano, associate dean of the College of Business and Public Management, revealed that the College, particularly in management of their largest department tries to offer at least one online section for each class at least one or twice a year to be responsive to students. “We’ve realized that what students want is flexibility. If we can offer maximum flexibility to students to

By Danielle Venino Columnist

This is the fourth article in a recurring column giving students an inside look at what’s happening in each College at WCU, enabling them to better develop their education plans, course selections, and career tracks. etween new programs, class flexibility, international experiences and career development events, the College of Business and Public Management works hard year-round to generate opportunities that facilitate student success. The College of Business and Public Management (CBPM) can be broken down into three main areas of study: business programs, criminal justice and public policy and administration.


“The college provides students with fasttracked education and international opportunities for students.”

“The college is continuously looking for opportunities to partner with other colleges to create programs that benefit a variety of students” CBPM will roll out two new management degree completion programs, four new minors and a new public policy graduate program at WCU’s Philadelphia campus in 2021. The college is continuously looking for opportunities to partner with other colleges and collaborate with individual departments to create new programs that benefit a vast variety of students. For students with an associate degree looking to complete their bachelor’s degree at WCU without having to travel to main campus, the CBPM is now offering their management degree at Delaware County Community College. The CBPM has also launched a similar

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management program at WCU’s Philadelphia campus for a broader population of students with associate degrees at the Community College of Philadelphia. The college’s new minors include a business law minor which rolled out last year, a brand-new human resource management minor launched last semester, an entrepreneurship minor set to be available to students as of

fall 2019 and a supply chain minor in the works. The business law minor enables students to take courses that overlap with the college’s HR minor, so that their business electives can count toward two minors instead of one. The entrepreneurship minor, designed for students across all areas of the university, will provide students the opportunity to learn about starting their own businesses. The human

be able to take classes in the day, at night or online, we’re able to cover a broad range of student needs. We really try to have an understanding that students have a lot going on besides class. We want to be able to offer students the option to make their lives incorporated into their education,” said Dr. Calvano. Furthermore, the CBPM provides students with fast-tracked education and international opportunities for students to enhance their college experiences. The college offers accelerated programs in both geography and criminal justice. Students in these programs are able to get a master’s degree in five years by taking both undergrad and graduate level courses in their last year ...

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TAKE CARE: STRESS MANAGEMENT By Julianna Eckman Columnist

[This is article one in a recurring column guiding students through the navigation of mental health on college campuses. According to CollegeStats, 50 percent of students rate their mental health as below average or poor, and up to 80 percent of college students share that they feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities. This column aims to assist students in their pursuit of emotional growth.] tress is completely normal, and everyone experiences it. As college students, sometimes stress can become abundant and difficult to manage while we attempt to juggle our responsibilities, especially as we enter the end of the semester. It’s important to learn how to effectively manage stress, because when it becomes too overwhelming, functioning normally can become nearly impossible.


“Stress is not only mentally taxing, but can manifest itself in physical symptoms as well.“ According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), stress is not only mentally taxing, but can manifest itself in physical symptoms as well. Signs include headaches, difficulty sleeping, jaw pain, appetite changes, mood swings, difficulty concentrating and just feeling overwhelmed in general. Here at West Chester University, the Contemplative Studies Center—located directly next to the Merion Science Center—offers programs during the semester that help teach stress management techniques by focusing on the art of mindfulness. According to Mindful, mindfulness is “the art of creating space for ourselves—space to think, space to breathe and space between ourselves and our reactions.”

The Contemplative Studies Center offers classes in yoga, meditation, Aikido martial arts, mindful art and programs in reading aloud. The Center is committed to having students teach other students methods that they can use every day in order to continue their practice of mindfulness and stress management at home. “One thing that’s interesting about the center is that it is essentially student-run. Students are leading the meditations and leading the yoga, so it’s peer-to-peer rather than some crotchety old man telling them what to do,” says the Contemplative Studies co-director Dr. Donald McCown, PhD. While the Contemplative Studies’ faculty and students offer numerous programs, it might be difficult with such a demanding schedule to set aside time for yoga or meditation. NAMI suggests that simply recognizing the triggers of stress and avoiding them when possible can be extremely helpful. It is also important to prioritize time management and avoid procrastination as much as possible. Often, time limits can be stressful, so keeping a daily planner or journal can allow for stress relief in terms of deadlines. Another proven reduction for stress is eating a balanced diet and exercising as often as you can find time. Healthy eating not only provides balance for your body, but for your mind as well. Fruits and vegetables help stabilize mood, while processed and junk food can lead to a more sluggish feeling. Exercise works in a similar way, as taking part in an enjoyable physical activity can allow for natural stress-relieving hormones in your body to be produced. The Center for Contemplative Studies is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offers classes as well as free times where anyone can take advantage of the Center, with McCown sharing, “Maybe you just want to come in and take a nap.” For more information on events, visit healthSciences/contemplativeStudies/ events.aspx. Julianna Eckman is a fourth-year student majoring in English with minors in journalism and psychology. 


By Madison Starinieri Columnist

It’s morning! It’s Christmas morning!” Brandon yelled like a five-year-old, even though he was 12, as he ran into Kylie’s room. Kylie rolled out of bed and ran downstairs. There, she saw her dad and brother sitting on the floor waiting with porcelain mugs in their hands. “So,who wants to go first?” Brandon asked. Brandon started opening his presents, then Kylie, and Kylie’s dad opened last. The doorbell rang. Kylie opened the door to find Aunt Carly, Jordan and Grandpa. “Merry Christmas!” Everyone continued to open presents with the rest of the family, while traditionally listening to the Andy Williams Christmas album. Grandpa signaled Kylie to come to him. “How’s your Christmas so far, kiddo?” “It’s good. I like the new boots Dad got me.” “It started snowing when Aunt Carly was driving us here. Why don’t we go outside and take some pictures of a rare white Christmas?” Kylie and her Grandpa went outside, and as Kylie got her phone out to take a picture, she remembered something. She started running down the street, “I’ll be right back, Grandpa!” As she ran, she saw a woman with long brown hair in the distance with what looked like a green colored duffle

bag. Kylie slowed down and started walking instead, and as she moved closer, she shifted her head to the right and rose her eyebrows in confusion. She then got close enough to see the woman was holding a leaf. The woman turned in Kylie’s direction. The woman smiled and said, “Kylie, it’s me.” Kylie stared at the woman for a good couple minutes, and gradually started to tear up as she finally spoke. “Mom?” The woman opened her arms and hugged Kylie so tightly. The tree’s branches started moving and

“You wished for my life, and in the meantime, brought warmth to me, so I wanted to do the same for you.” motioned towards the mother and daughter. “You wished for my life, and in the meantime, brought warmth to me, so I wanted to do the same for you. No one deserves to feel cold.” Kylie looked at the tree while hugging her mother and mouthed, “Thank you.” Madison Starinieri is a student majoring in English education and special education. 

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“College of Business & Public Management” continued. The college’s departments host multiple study abroad trips throughout spring and summer semesters. Since the beginning of the 2019, students in the criminal justice department traveled with faculty and peers to London, management students went to Beijing and geography and planning students experienced Málaga, Spain. As for upcoming trips, the management department will be taking students to China this summer, and the geography and planning department will be taking students to Puerto Rico.

“The accounting department hosts a ‘meet the firms’ night for accounting, economics and finance students to connect with firms from all over the area.” “I think the over-arching message of the College is student engagement and student success lead to an excellence student experience,” stated Dr. Calvano. Although enrollment in all of the programs in the CBPM is increasing, Dr. Calvano identified the college’s management department as the largest in terms of faculty and students and the fastest growing. Since Dr. Calvano came to WCU in 2011, the management department has grown from about 11 faculty members to over 20. The department has hired two new professors for the fall semester and has continued to be the college’s leading department in new program development. Similarly, the criminal justice department’s strong student involvement has secured them the position as the college’s leader in

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student engagement due to their student-focused events, internships and more. Accounting is the leading department in cultivating strong alumni relations. When it comes to preparing students to enter the working world, the departments and faculty within the CBPM organize a multitude of events for students to network and interact with employers and alumni. Aside from the university-wide fall and spring career fairs, the criminal justice department hosts their own job fair and the accounting department hosts a “meet the firms” night in September for accounting, economics and finance students to connect with firms from all over the area. The accounting department also has companies like Kreisher Miller, KPG and PWC visit the business building year-round to set up tables and talk with students. The management department’s senior seminar course hosts a mock interview day where local businesses and WCU alumni practice informal interviews with students and prepare them for the job process. As the semester comes to a close, the CBPM will be hosting its annual scholarship and outstanding student awards night on Friday, April 26, as well as preparing for the Cottrell Entrepreneurship Leadership Center’s business idea and pitch competition on April 17. This year, two teams will be traveling from Beijing University to compete alongside WCU students, faculty, staff, Chester County high school students and Chester County businesses. Ten teams will be competing for prize money to launch their idea and potential startup. For anyone interested in learning about CBPM students and their involvement in real-world professional situations, check out the college’s Instagram to view a campaign conducted by the college’s Communications and Impact Coordinator, Danah Allen, with students to highlight individuals who are doing or have done internships and their perspective on those experiences. Danielle Venino is a fourth-year majoring in communication studies with minors in journalism and media and culture. 



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THANKS, BUT NO. By Nahje Royster Special to The Quad


ow many times do we say sorry for things that aren’t our fault? How many times do we convince ourselves that something we know isn’t our fault somehow is, and then we allow ourselves to feel like crap because of it? How many times do we agree to something, knowing we’re burned out, tired or just plain old disinterested? How many times do we go directly against our own interests to preserve the interests of others? How many times do we sacrifice our comfort for others? From here on out, we stop that behavior. Instead, the answer is,

Photo courtesy of Nahje Royster

“Thanks, but no.” If people aren’t going to value every aspect of you, they don’t deserve your time. It’s okay to turn people down because you need to rest, eat, binge-watch your favorite T.V. shows, exercise or whatever else you like to spend your time doing; and don’t feel sorry about telling people “no.” It’s not

they will see to it that you take care of yourself instead. Anyone that cares for you will take the time to make sure you do whatever it is that you need to do. As marginalized people at a PWI, on a campus that is diverse but not inclusive, many days feel tiring, frustrating and stressful. We share classes with people that don’t think people of color belong

“‘If people aren’t going to value every aspect of you, they don’t deserve your time.”’ being selfish, it’s self-preservation. Anyone that truly cares for you is not going to force you to feel bad because you are investing in yourself. Rather,

here, want to debate the existence of trans and queer people and simply make our navigation of campus difficult. And unfortunately, I have

heard many of my friends apologize unnecessarily. My friends and I have held our tongues, stayed silent and made ourselves uncomfortable so that others could be comfortable. I know many of us have overbooked ourselves trying to please others, and sometimes it’s for things we aren’t truly interested in. Ask yourself, “At what cost is all of this?” Our mental health, our sanity, our free time? All things we need to preserve the best version of ourselves. Taking time to love ourselves, paying attention to our body’s needs and putting our all into things we care about should be our focus. It’s far more important than pleasing others or making them comfortable at our expense. So, subtract “sorry” and add “thanks, but no” to your daily vocabulary. Call it selfish, vain or whatever else you want — but the bottom line is you don’t owe anyone anything. I may not know you all individually, but I want you all to start preserving yourselves the best way you know how. Be selfish with your time and be selfish with your energy and presence; because what I’ve realized is that people will demand your time, but then try to mold you into their image instead of valuing you as you are. They want the clout that comes with you but not your authenticity. For marginalized folks, it’s expected that we exist in addition to others versus singular, whole beings. Thank you for your mediocrity, but no. Nahje Royster is a fourth-year student majoring in women’s and gender studies and minoring in African American studies. 

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the truth.” Mental health has grown in the minority community, being around that population most of her life, Melchiorre notices that “we have evolved when it comes to talking about mental health, depression, anxiety and the stress of college. A big reason is because we’re starting to let go of our pride. Often, we hold ourselves to

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had the pleasure to sit down with Gabriella Melchiorre, soon-tobe-graduating senior from East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania. From growing up in a family surrounded by strong, independent women, Melchiorre’s goal was to always remain focused and find better opportunities outside of East Stroudsburg. “College wasn’t an ideal choice for me, but the women in my family set high expectations and goals for themselves that I knew I wanted for myself.” Majoring in early education and minoring in youth empowerment and urban studies, she plans to become a teacher in her own classroom one day. She elaborates, “My family keeps me motivated to become a teacher and follow my dream, especially my younger brother Thomas. I always try to set a good example for him.” She proves this by working two jobs, taking six classes, being president of her sorority Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority Inc. and being involved with LASO (Latino American Student Organization). A topic important to college students and Gabriella is mental health. “It’s a serious topic that many college students don’t take into consideration going through their daily routine, and most of the time, it’s due to your support team around you. If you have people constantly telling you’re fine or get over it, then you won’t take your own mental health seriously,” says Melchiorre. This idea about a support system is very true, as Melchiorre mentions the background you come from and your environment play a big part. Social media also plays a role, as she adds, “We get so caught up in other people’s lives that we think that’s the way we’re supposed to live, we spend hours scrolling and constantly comparing our life to something that’s not even

“‘Never be afraid to speak up, I’ve missed out on opportunities before because I was afraid of what other people might think by not speaking up. Advocate for yourself, and what you believe in.”

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“‘It’s a serious topic, that many college students don’t take into consideration going through their daily routine, and most of the time it’s due to your support team around you. If you have people constantly telling you’re fine or get over it, then you won’t take your own mental health seriously’”

this stigma that we have to always be mentally strong and have thick skin.” For self-care, Melchiorre mentions taking a break from your busy schedule for at least an hour. Melchiorre also enjoys walking into town, enjoying the nice weather and having time to relax and reflect. For the new generation to come to West Chester, Melchiorre’s advice is to fight for the change you want, “Never be afraid to speak up. I’ve missed out on opportunities before because I was afraid of what other people might think by not speaking up. Advocate for yourself, and what you believe in.” Other advice would be to attend conferences and leadership opportunities. “I’ve been to a good amount of conferences over the years and they’ve all taught me something I could use in my career, involvement in my organizations and skills I could use for myself to grow as a person.” Najah Hendricks is a third-year student majoring in social work. 

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By Kelly Baker Columnist


et it never be said that comedy is easy, and if anyone says otherwise, they are, unequivocally, a cretin. Almost every comedian from past or present can attest to this, in more or less flattering words. However, it is the opinion of this writer that comedy in the printed word is sometimes even more challenging than simply telling a funny story with the spoken word. Despite this, British-born Australian writer Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw has made a go of writing comedy books. His self-chosen nickname might be more familiar to avid gamers, as Yahtzee himself is the author behind the popular web-series “Zero Punctuation,” which offers acerbic criticism of the most recent video game releases delivered in a very witty and sarcastic tone every episode. Interested in seeing if his comedy could translate well to the written word, I picked up a copy of his second book, a piece of apocalyptic, speculative fiction: “Jam.” Despite my worries of whether or not Croshaw’s style of comedy would be able to stick, I was relieved to see that not only is the book very funny, but it is also surprisingly disturbing to boot. The premise is centered around protagonist Travis, a native of Brisbane, Australia, who wakes up one morning to see that the whole of the city had been flooded by man-eating strawberry jam. Unfortunately, the reader doesn’t have much time to laugh at the absurdity of this, because only a few pages afterwards, Travis witnesses his roommate being devoured by the red, sticky, carnivorous substance.

From then on, Travis and his roommate Tim, who seems a little too happy to be living in a world where civilization has collapsed, set out to look for survivors in their apartment building. Eventually, they run into Angela, a barista who is very intent on documenting the jam-pocalypse on tape

the author’s. For a relatively new novelist, the creator does a remarkable job of creating scenes where each of the characters are able to be fully fleshed out, while also getting into some wacky hijinks as they try to morph from everyday people into survivors without any help from trained professionals or

“What makes “Jam” a unique read is that while the author does take influence from writers like Terry Pratchett, the book’s style of writing is entirely the author’s.” for every single waking moment. They also run into Don Sunderland, a crusty video game developer who believes that everyone else is a moron except himself. Finally, they encounter a large tarantula that Travis takes in as a pet, much to the chagrin of his fellows. After some unfortunate, albeit comedic, circumstances, the party of scrappy survivors resolve to go the tallest building in the city to survive the strawberry-scented death on the streets. Their journey brings them into close scrapes with the jam, a wacky ironic cult, shadowy American government agents and an office environment turned tribal society. What makes “Jam” a unique read is that while the author does take influence from writers like Terry Pratchett, the book’s style of writing is entirely

the internet. Special mention goes to Tim, who likes to show off how it’s important to adapt to the “new world” but can barely manage in the beginning as he tries to zipline across a city street, screaming in terror the whole time, or Angela who constantly narrates every single event to her camera. That being said, the fun times don’t last forever. The jam is always a present threat, but the gang also faces human threats, and it’s at these points in the story where the narrative becomes surprisingly tense and unnerving. We witness characters being eaten by the jam, executed by other survivors, fed to the jam by other survivors and some characters going slowly insane. The final act of the book is extremely nerve-wracking. Without giving away too much, Travis finds himself at sea

and is forced into the hero role that the book didn’t seem to be building up to until the final act. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the book is an obvious riff of both zombies and even apocalyptic fiction in some cases. For one, the whole premise is meant to take the idea that people could be prepared for something like the end of civilization and knock it on its head. Some of the characters even state how, prior to the jam flood, they assumed it was zombies, and even claimed they had made preparations for just such an occasion. Moreover, at times throughout the book, the same characters who bragged about how they would easily adapt to this new life end up struggling greatly in the various situations that they thought they would be best suited for. In terms of what gripes I had with the book, there are at least a few. For one, it sometimes feels that Yahtzee stumbles a bit when describing the city landscape when characters navigate across the various bits of urban terrain. Other times some of the jokes fall a bit flat, but this is largely to be expected with most works of comedy. Lastly, the main protagonist feels a bit flat. I know that Travis is supposed to exemplify this timid everyman, but it would have been nice to seem him step up to at least be heroic more often, instead of just being a device to tell the narrative. Regardless of all this, “Jam” is still a great read and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new style of comedy novels! Kelly Baker is a fourth-year student majoring in English with minors in journalism and film criticism.

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April 15, 2019

THE WEST CHESTER FILM FESTIVAL IS BACK By Christoforos Sassaris Columnist


n recent years, few things have indicated a film’s artistic merit and positive critical reception as strongly as a film festival stamp on the film’s poster — you know, those logos of curved olive branches with text in their centers? Naturally, then, it should be exciting to cinephiles such as myself that one such festival is local to our

“Boasting the slogan, “Small Town, Big Film,” the WCFF was established in 2005 as an effort to entertain, enlighten and educate the public through the presentation of global independent, innovative short films and interactive workshops.” town, the West Chester Film Festival. What is more exciting is that the WCFF is returning to town for its fifteenth incarnation from Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28. Boasting the slogan, “Small Town, Big Film,” the WCFF was established in 2005 as an effort to entertain, enlighten and educate the public through the presentation of global independent, innovative short films and interactive workshops. On more immediate terms, the short-term goal of WCFF is to present a self-sustaining, annual film festival that gives a voice to up-and-coming artists. Each year, the WCFF accepts submissions of all genres from around the globe; no film exceeds a 30-minute runtime. Submissions are juried by a panel of industry professionals, and winners are chosen according to content, innovation and technical execu-

tion. Each April, the selected films are screened during a three-day weekend that is comprised of numerous film blocks, workshops, pop-ups and special events. This year’s festival begins with the Opening Night Party at 5:00 P.M., on Friday, April 26, at Align.Space in the Farmers and Mechanics building of downtown West Chester. There, you can join filmmakers, directors and actors as well as fellow guests and sponsors for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. A ticket to the Opening Night Party includes admission to the Festival’s first film block, which begins at 7:00 P.M. at West Chester’s Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Bravo Mainstage Theater. That film block includes films such as, “The Replacement,” “Cross My Heart” and “The Driver Is Red.” Another film block begins at 9:10 P.M. on the same night. The second day of the festival begins at 9:30 A.M. with the West Chester Family Film Festival, which screens films that are appropriate for children of ages 10 and under, followed by the West Chester Young Filmmaker Festival, an international selection of films by filmmakers of ages 18 and under. Afterwards, a filmmaking workshop on documentaries is hosted by professional filmmaker, Pat Taggart. Then, after another film block, a pop-up comprised of the year’s best French films is hosted by the French Pâtisserie La Baguette Magique cafe, followed by another craft workshop. This one is hosted by long-time WCFF participant Greg Koorhan and is titled “After You Pull Off Your Shorts: A Filmmaker’s Path.” A meet and greet with the filmmakers is follows Saturday’s final two film blocks. The night concludes with a horror-movie pop-up at the Appalachian Brewing Company, starting at 10:00 P.M.. Christoforos Sassaris is a third-year student majoring in English with a minor in computer science.

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By Kelly Baker Columnist


ver since its release back in late February, gamers and critics across the video game community have wondered how “Anthem” spectacularly failed to meet even the most moderate of expectations. This failure is especially jarring given that the game was produced by one of the most seasoned game developers in the industry, BioWare, who were responsible for some of my most memorable experiences in gaming. Thankfully, Jason Schreier, news editor of Kotaku, did a full-on investigation into what exactly went wrong inside BioWare that caused “Anthem” to be the absolute mess that it became. It is worth noting before I jump into it that BioWare sent out a studio-wide email ordering its staff to not “ talk to the press” just after the article was published. Schreier’s article, “How BioWare’s Anthem Went Wrong,” brings to light unnerving news. To begin with, “Anthem” had been in development for over seven years, but the actual progress in the development of the title had merely started 18 months prior to

its release date. Upon reading that, one might blurt out loud, “How is that even possible?” There are multiple reasons for this delay, as laid out by Schreier such as “big narrative reboots, major design overhauls and a leadership team said to be unable to provide a consistent vision and unwilling to listen to feedback.” Not only that, but the two studios working on the development of “Anthem,” BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Austin, had large issues with each other that resulted in a hostile relationship with each other, and the very game engine they were working with, Frostbite, wasn’t suited to the game they were trying to make. As bad as all of that sounds, it’s only one half of the larger problem at BioWare. From all accounts, it seems that BioWare was practically the poster-child of what a hostile work environment looks like. According to Schreier’s article, things at BioWare have been nothing short of horrid — staff forced to work long crunch periods, depression and anxiety a norm around the office (even among senior staff, developers looking for empty rooms just so they can break down sobbing), people forced to take “stress leave” for months on doctor’s

orders and worst of all, a staggering amount of “stress casualties” from people working on “Anthem” who suffered mental breakdowns and left for months — some of which didn’t even come back to work. As terrible as these work conditions are, they didn’t seem to phase the higher-ups at BioWare. Instead, the higher-ups wrote these incidents off as the “BioWare magic” as a term thrown around the office where no matter how bad things are with a game’s development, everything will all end up coming together in the end. If there is one thing that really needs to be restated about what Schreier is saying, it’s that this idea of the “BioWare magic” was never viable in the first place. This absence of magic is precisely because of how bad working environments are at studios like BioWare and that game industry workers are making serious efforts to unionize. Being frustrated at work is one thing, but when industry executives take a look at what is happening to developers, like with BioWare, and simply say something like, “that’s just the cost of doing business in this industry,” that is another thing entirely. You cannot force anyone to work under these

terrible conditions and then expect a quality product as well as loyalty in return. Unfortunately, this is exactly what companies in the AAA industry expect from workers. The executives of some of the biggest names in the video game industry such as Electronic Arts, Activision-Blizzard and Rockstar Games, all expect their workers to put in so much time under such awful conditions, just so they can meet the demands of the shareholders. In the end, all we can do now is mourn what could have been with “Anthem.” What was once the great idea for a quality game that had been tossed around and worked on for months was scrapped. Executives who don’t know the first thing about making games focused on chasing the latest industry fads like “Fortnite” or “Destiny.” With such a negative prevailing attitude amongst the industry higher-ups, and hopelessness among gamers, one must ask the question: “Can we ever hope to get out of this rut the industry is in?” Kelly Baker is a fourth-year student majoring in English with minors in journalism and film criticism.

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From April 6 - April 7, over 50 student volunteers came together for a 25-hour gaming charity event to fundraise for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. As the inaugural Extra Life for the WCU Golden Gamers student organization, and the second Extra Life hosted on campus since 2018, the event raised over $9500 for Penn State Hershey and CHOP.

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APRIL 26-28: THE WEST CHESTER FILM FESTIVAL Photo Collage Courtesy of The West Chester Film Festival





5 P.M.-Align.Space Opening Night Party

9:30 A.M.-Uptown! Mainstage Theater West Chester Family Film Festival

7:00 P.M.-Uptown! Mainstage Theater Featuring Skin

10:00 A.M.-Split Rail Tavern Pop Up Coffee and Cartoons Collection (18+)

7 P.M.-Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Bravo Mainstage Theater Featuring The Driver is Red

11:00 A.M.-Uptown! Mainstage Theater Young Filmmaker Film Festival (13+)

9:10 P.M.-Uptown! Mainstage Theater Featuring Detainment

2:30 P.M.-Uptown! Mainstage Theater Featuring Treasure

10:00 P.M.-Appalachian Brewing Company Pop Up Horror/Suspense Collection

9:10 P.M.-Uptown! Mainstage Theater Featuring Fauve

3:00 P.M.-La Baguette Magique Pop Up French Film Collection

12 P.M.-Uptown! Mainstage Theater Featuring Simple Things 2:15 P.M.-Uptown! Mainstage Theater Featuring Janek 6:00 P.M.-Uptown! Mainstage Theater Closing Night Party!

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QUAD OFFICE GAME OF THRONES PREDICTIONS (SPOILERS AHEAD) By QUAD STAFF Christoforos Sassaris, Quad columnist: “I believe that, by the end of the final season of Game of Thrones, the Night King will be on the iron throne. As we have seen in the show’s previous seasons, the writers of Game of Thrones are not interested in satisfying audiences, in a conventional sense; we don’t get what we want. Thus, because most viewers want to see either Daenerys Targaryen or Jon Snow on the throne, I believe that it is reasonable to say that the show will instead end on a very dark note. The only character that I believe is completely safe (or as close as a character can get to being “safe“ in this show) is Tyrion Lannister. Audiences love that character too much, so the writers are unlikely to kill him off. But then again, that is exactly the sort of thing that Game of Thrones writers

are known to do.” Doménica Castro, Quad News Editor: “Season 8 will be more intense than a college student’s finals week, and that’s saying something. All I know is that Jon Snow will end up on the Iron Throne and Sansa will become Lady of Winterfell.” Samantha Walsh, Quad Assistant News Editor: “Three words: Dragon. Lady. Queen. I’m not a Game of Thrones fan, but I’ve read the first book and have watched one episode of the show a few years back. Danaerys is awesome, and although I can’t even remember the names of the majority of the characters, she stood out to me among all the rest. I want to see a character like her reign queen across the land of Game of Thrones, and with how cool she is, I bet it’s going to happen one way or


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“I have no evidence, okay, but let’s just say it. Bran is the Night King, Arya is going to kill a whole bunch of people, Tyrion is going to die (just because he’s a fan favorite) and Cersei is going to blow up another building. 10/10.” Tyler Grace, Quad Sports Editor: “I have no idea what to expect for Season 8, but yet I know that Theon Greyjoy will have revenge and kill Euron Greyjoy. Daenerys will sit on the Iron Throne.” Evan Madden, Quad Design Editor: “SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS.” Brendan Lordan, Quad Staff Writer: “In seasons 1 through 7, the big surprise was that everyone died, so I think that no-one’s going to die in Season 8 because that would be too predictable. It’s going to end with a shot of all of them riding a dragon and Tyrion saying “the real iron throne was the friends we made along the way.““



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another.“ Max James, Quad Editor-In-Chief: “Benioff and Weiss have stated the ending will be “bittersweet.” With this in mind, I think the “good guys” will win, but at a cost of great sacrifice. I think Jon is going to live, because they won’t pull his death twice, and I think Dany will survive as well. Tyrion, however, will die a healthy and noble death becoming of a lord. Maybe Jon and Dany will name their kid after him, who knows. Bran will become the next Night King beyond the wall, ushering in an era of peace, and Sansa will pass away somehow, because one Stark has to die, and it better not be Arya. Jaime will kill Cersei, and maybe die in the process. Last but not least, our best friend, Samwell Tarly, will be tasked with writing a recount of the events of the war. He’ll end the series by beginning the book, “A Song of Ice and Fire.”” Casey Meyer, Quad Op-Ed Editor:


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In my first letter, almost a year ago, I said that I enjoyed dramatic beginnings almost as much as I enjoy dramatic endings. I wrote that line with the assumption that, somehow, we would never reach that ending. Yet, here we are, and it’s time to say good bye. My time with The Quad has been nothing but formative, inspiring and lifechanging. I still haven’t grown accustomed to not using the Oxford Comma, but aside from that, I could not discuss this experience more positively. One of our copy editors, Caroline Fritz, once mentioned the infectiousness (and importance) of mutual enthusiasm. This may be my favorite description of our office: enthusiasm and energy only matched by the passion of our editorial board and staff. Coming to Sunday has been an adventure, a service and a social all in one. I wouldn’t have it any other way, frankly. I wouldn’t trade the diversions into Game of Thrones lore, perfectly mixed with discussions on the future of our campus., for anything. The concoction displays the care these students have for our university. Never forget that you can love a place and still criticize it with the intention of improving it. I would say that I have a great deal of Ram Pride, but this doesn’t have to separate from my desire to see the university better itself each year. This push for change often lies on the shoulders of students. I have been honored to help give these students a platform when they need it. Remember, too, that you don’t have to help others the same way they help you. Olivia Bortner, Domenica Castro, Caroline Fritz and Sunny Morgan are graduating this semester as well. Please send forth your best intentions, as we all jump into the next stage of our journey. Once again, a series of congratulations are in order for Samantha Walsh and Ashley Martindale as they take the mantle of leadership in The Quad’s future. Sam will be announcing the rest of our new staff in the next issue, which I am super excited to see. Onward and outward, West Chester University.






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CHANGING MAJORS: NOT THE WORST THING By Cameron Fluri Special to the Quad


hat’s the worst thing that can happen to you in college? Failing a class? Missing an assignment? Coming down with a mysterious case of food poisoning from a more than questionable food truck? Dying from lack of sleep or worse, passing out in front of everyone on the rigorous commute from M-lot to class? No, the worst thing that can happen is definitely the realization that you actually hate your major after you’ve already given it what feels like your first-born child and around about a million hours of your life that you’ll never get back, right? Wrong. I’m here to tell you that changing your major might actually be the best thing that can happen to you. If you find yourself second-guessing everything, then this article is for you. I have laid out some key pieces of advice that I think I would have found helpful in my transition from the early grades education program to the communications major. The first piece of advice I can offer you, which seems the most obvious is simply just to talk to someone. Talk to anyone about the things you are feeling. It’s easy to get caught up in your own thoughts. Talking to a friend, a classmate or a family member and hearing their outside point of view can be extremely helpful. You may find that the case isn’t that you want to change your major, maybe you’re just frustrated with the way things are going – and that’s okay too. Support from another person may be the extra push you need to keep going. Sometimes, you can even find a topic that really interests you just from having a conversation. I found my new major that I love from a casual conversation that I had with one of my previous professors in passing one day on the Quad. Never underestimate the power

of communication – because it really is key. After you get some outside input, use your resources. Our campus has so many resources to help that students, including myself, don’t know

“No, the worst thing that can happen is definitely the realization that you actually hate your major after you’ve already given it what feels like your first-born child and around about a million hours of your life that you’ll never get back, right? Wrong.” about. One of the best resources is the Career Development Center located in Lawrence Hall. This was one of the first places I visited when I was thinking about switching my major. I sat down with someone who helped me to better evaluate my personality and what career fields would be compatible with it. This helped me to take a step back and think about the things that I really wanted and who I am as a person. If the Career Center doesn’t help you, the center for Exploratory Studies will. They have advisors that know all the courses available and can point you in the right general direction. But, make sure you make an appointment ahead of time; they are very busy! And there’s a reason for that, which brings me to my third point - you are not alone! Another point that I literally cannot stress enough is that while it may feel like everyone has it together and is on the straight and narrow, the truth is they don’t. There’s no way they could. College is about learning, growing as a person and discovering who you are.

College is a time to be selfish and think of the things you want. A lot of times we choose our majors because we feel pressured into them, or we don’t know what else to do. We choose them with other people in mind, when we should be picking them for ourselves. We live in a society that tells us we must go to college and we must do so as soon as we graduate high school. We are forced to create a plan for the rest of our lives when we are only 18 years old. This can seem daunting for even the most equipped person. So, don’t stress and don’t rush. Put things into perspective and remember that you’re not in this alone. More people end up changing their major than you think. Even the most successful and established person had to start from the bottom. The only place to go from the bottom is up, so don’t wait. Listen to your instincts. Trust your gut. If you’re feeling like your major is not for you, don’t sit around and settle. Make a change right away. Only you

“Listen to your instincts. Trust your gut. If you’re feeling like your major is not for you, don’t sit around and settle. Make a change right away. Only you know in your heart what you really want. So, don’t question it!” know in your heart what you really want. So, don’t question it! It’s better to change plans now then to be miserable in a career you don’t like later on down the road. The sooner you change your major, the easier it will be to re-adjust and stay on track and the happier you’ll be. You have to do what’s best for you, not for anyone else. Don’t listen to

that girl in your one class who swears that she’s known she’s wanted to be a nurse since the day she was born, because chances are, she has secondguessed things at least once in her life. Uncertainty is something that most people find unsettling and often force away –but it’s not all bad. Which brings me to my last point: don’t be afraid. Uncertainty can be a great thing. It leaves you with a blank canvas that you can paint your own future on. Uncertainty says that nothing is set in stone, and that is something you can at least find some comfort in. Your

“Uncertainty can be a great thing. It leaves you with a blank canvas that you can paint your own future on. Uncertainty says that nothing is set in stone and that is something you can at least find some comfort in.” future is yours to mold into whatever you want and is meant to be a fluid concept. So, treat it as such. Don’t be afraid to change and evolve. If we all stayed the same, the world would be a boring place. Change makes the world go round, so embrace it, because it’s not the worst thing in the world (Crocs are). Cameron Fluri is a third-year communication studies major. 

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THE GEORGIA “HEARTBEAT BILL” By Emma bickerstaffe staff writer


ore women die from pregnancy-related complications in the United States than any other developed country in the world. Straight and simple, this statistic can’t be denied; in a country that prides itself on its innovations and high quality of life, women are still dying from something as age-old as pregnancy. The CIA World Factbook reached the census that maternal mortality rates in the U.S. are higher than countries like Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and Libya. Almost 700 women die in the U.S. each year, and the state of Georgia leads the way with the highest ratio. The Georgia Department of Health found that 60 percent of the pregnancy-related deaths that occurred within the state were preventable, and yet Georgia continues to be one of the toughest states when it comes to providing women with lifesaving access to adequate and humane healthcare. In early March, Georgia politician Stacey Abrams wrote, “A pregnant woman in Georgia has a higher chance of dying before or after they give birth than a mother in any other state. Instead of addressing our maternal mortality crisis, GOP legislators are playing politics, pushing draconian bills like HB 481.” HB 481 – better known as the Georgia “heartbeat” abortion bill – is currently one of the most restrictive works of anti-abortion access legislation in the country. It proposes that the detection of an embryo’s heartbeat, rather than a fetus’ “viability outside of the womb,” should set the precedent for abortions in Georgia. If approved, the state will ban women from receiving abortions after a heartbeat is detected – which is typically as early as six weeks, an event that occurs before many women even know they’re pregnant. Currently, abortions are banned in Georgia at 20 weeks. To put this in perspective, a pregnancy is considered to be full-

term at 40 weeks. According to Anushka Gole of the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, an organization which provides care to a significant amount of abortion patients yearly, “Almost all abortion procedures take place after six weeks,” says Anushka Gole, the center’s communications manager. “We have an early abortion protocol for procedures that take place before six weeks, but it’s nontypical.” This post-six-week mark comes from a number of reasons: everything from a woman not yet knowing that she’s pregnant all the way to the financial toll of time and travel as well as the procedure itself. Despite all of this, the Republicanled Georgia state legislature narrowly

voted 92-78 to approve the bill in early March, with 80 of the yes votes being cast by men–and Republican Governor Brian Kemp is expected to sign it into action by May 12. With heartbeat bills now being proposed in 20 states, including Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee – there’s an implication that moves beyond just state lines and abortion dates, and into the nationwide challenging of cases such as “Roe v. Wade.” Over the past few years, states have started introducing and subsequently passing more anti-abortion access legislation than ever before. In 2019 alone, state lawmakers have introduced more than 250 bills that restrict abortion access, according to a study

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conducted by Planned Parenthood and Guttmacher. They also found that Six-week abortion bans like Georgia’s are up by 62 percent. Elizabeth Nash, a senior state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute in Washington, D.C., explained to CBS News that bills like HB 481 are just pipelines to Washington. Although many of the 250 bills have been blocked by federal judges, it’s a legal war in the form of appeal, deny, reappeal. The 2019 battle against women’s reproductive rights is all about chipping away at the only reassuring, constitutionally protected entitlement that the uterus has – “Roe v. Wade.” Emma Bickerstaffe is a second-year English writings major and journalism minor. 

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STUDENT DEBT AND THE PA PROMISE By Jamie Berg and A aron Gallant special to the quad

The movement for free college is dead,” expensively educated and out-of-touch pundits announce. Dead? When students at 17 and 18 must ask their families to take a heavy financial burden, beg and scrape for scholarships and grants or commit themselves to pay hundreds of dollars monthly for decades? Often two of these, or all three! This difficulty is compounded by the economy many students expect to graduate into: one of casual work, scarce full-time work and high rent. How can a movement die when debt and rent conspire to eat all your monthly income? And yet, some have chosen to celebrate the end of a movement while the problem it aims to solve only grows, much like the interest which one must pay off for years before they even touch what they actually borrowed. Someone has to stop the scrooges. If debt dies anywhere, it certainly will not be here in Pennsylvania, which ranks highest in national student debt. Ask your professors, and even the ones who aren’t adjuncts, that paid pennies for a class have crippling levels of student debt. Each tuition hike is a future income loss for current students. Hours of your life you have to work. Each raise in interest rates is additional years of payment. The movement for free college is allegedly dead, and yet the debt continues to impact so much of our life. When students shop around for universities to attend, they not only have to worry about where they are accepted based on their “merit,” or what program fits their needs/interest; they most often must also consider price. After students graduate, they must begin loan payments, which often determines the trajectory and pace of the rest of their lives. There is hope, however, of moving towards free college.

PA Promise is a collection of bills which pushes for free tuition and fees for recent high school graduates whose families make less than or equal to $110,000 per year and are attending a four-year PA Public (PASSHE) university. It also pushes for free tuition and fees for recent high school graduates attending a two-year PA community college or four years of grants between $2,000 to $11,000 a year, depending on family income, towards a staterelated four year college or university (CASSHE). It also expands grants for returning adult learners seeking “indemand skills,” “industry-recognized credentials” and college credit. This bill is the first major push towards free college in PA in recent times. On March 27, students, educators and legislators gathered in Harrisburg to rally for PA Promise. “Why not free

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college?” became Senator Vincent Hughes refrain, which echoed the general feeling among the rally-goers. In the rotunda, we were surrounded by those so deeply affected by student debt, and the only way we were going to get out of this mess was to start making noise. Vanessa Nonez, a graduating senior at Kutztown University, told the crowd of the struggle her mother went through as a Haitian immigrant for her children to attain higher education, as well as the ethics which she instilled unto her children. Vanessa reminded the crowd that PA Promise is “a path towards a human right to education.” Clearly, free college cannot be just a dream or an impossible goal if the current state of higher education is in such an abysmal state. Through collective action, students can achieve our goals. In 2016, our professors fought

and went on strike against “reforms” to increase professors’ workloads without extra pay; in support, students walked out in solidarity, and interrupted board of governors meetings. When students were tired of the xenophobia and racism from the Trump Campaign, they staged one of the largest counterprotests in the history of West Chester University. When students had enough of poverty wages and the cynical raising of tuition and fees, students rallied and campaigned across the state for the freezing of tuition and fees and a living wage. When students witnessed cops continue to be let off the hook for the murders of black and brown people, they marched and shut down campus. We have the numbers and the power. Pennsylvania continues to be ranked among the highest in student debt. Many academic buildings are not fully accessible or meaningfully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act Resources for marginalized students are often underfunded. Resources for sexual assault survivors are haphazard or inadequate, and Title IX often goes unenforced. We can only achieve free and accessible collegefor-all through student collective action and interruption of the statusquo. Imagine what we could achieve if the students went on strike? Just a thought. Pennsylvania Student Power Network will be collecting personal stories about student debt on the quad next Monday (April 15) and Wednesday (April 17) at 11:00 A.M., and before then at If you want to help out or just tell your story and get a water ice, come see us then! Jamie Berg is a women’s and gender studies major and Aaron Gallant is a anthropology major with minoring in Latin American and Latin Studies and geography. JB823748@,

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ASK ALI: BODY PRESSURE Again, this concept can sound somewhat depressing; however, this ideology is a situation in which the cliche, “the grass is always greener,” truly applies. Everyone wants what they don’t have – even when what they have is equally as beautiful and special.

By Ali Kochik Columnist


h spring, how beautiful you are. Your bountiful blossoms, your warm, whispering winds, your dewy dawns, and the harsh pressure you bring to alter my lifestyle choices so as to look good in a bikini for the upcoming summer season. How delightful. All jokes aside, springtime is one of the best times. The weather warms up, the walks to class are more pleasant and people seem to come out of the woodworks of hibernation, shaking off the icy unproductiveness of winter and leaping straight into the hectic springtime. While it is a time that many people feel their best mentally, there is a drastic change in the way people, typically girls, feel about themselves physically as spring and summer wardrobes make their body shapes apparent. There is literally no point in reiterating the narrative we are all too familiar with, in which we have been smacked over the head with the idea of what the ideal summertime body, AKA “bikini bod,” looks like. After coming face-toface with this image since before we even started caring what our bodies looked like, it goes without saying that most girls feel the need to achieve the desired look. This need to fit our unique bodies into a most likely face-tuned, Stockphoto, cookie cutter shape is not a new narrative nor is it a mindset that looks the same for everyone. Some women feel the need to lose weight, putting themselves on unhealthy diets and crazy workout regimens in the hopes of shedding as many pounds as they can before summer. Others feel the need to gain weight as we are taught to feel ashamed of twiggy limbs and the lack of chest or behind. I have been a small person my entire life. I remember being seven years old and sitting in the doctor’s office as the

“I am entering the infamous ‘bikini bod grind season’ knowing that the desire to change my body can only take up as much room in my mind as I allow it to.”

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“I’m not even going to sit here and rant about how unhealthy it is for everyone to want to alter the body they were given, because we’ve all been told that before, too.” pediatrician prescribed me milkshake diets because he thought I was too frail. It was never something I could control; it is just how my body is and has always been. Now, I am in my late teens, living my life in the dawn of Photoshop and Instagram filters, and I am still being reminded that my body doesn’t necessarily fit the mold. I’m not particularly hippy, nor do I have a whole lot going down around my rear, and the need to gain some curve is always there, whether I choose to adhere to that mindset or not. I’m not even going to sit here and

rant about how unhealthy it is for everyone to want to alter the body they were given, because we’ve all been told that before, too. However, I do wish to point out one thing in hopes that it will show just how stupid this whole concept really is. No one is ever content. This sounds super bleak and miserable, but in a way, it provides me with a great deal of comfort. There are women who see themselves as bigger, and wish to be thin. I have been thin all my life and have always recognized the pressure that is put on me to be bigger. There is no winning.

With that in mind, I am entering the infamous “bikini bod grind season” knowing that the desire to change my body can only take up as much room in my mind as I allow it to. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent… not even that Instagram photo that you’ve been comparing yourself to for the last hour.” Okay, so she didn’t say that last part, but the quote is undeniably applicable here. No one, be that a person in real life, in a magazine or on the screen can make you feel bad about yourself unless you let them. A bikini body is a body that chooses to wear a bikini. Nothing more and nothing less. It is not defined by the amount of curves one has, the size of one’s midsection, the surface area of one’s butt or the number on the scale. Our bodies are nothing more than vehicles for our minds and souls, which are far too valuable to be burdened by the comparison of those vehicles. We are worth so much more than the things we reduce ourselves to, and it is time to start changing our mindsets rather than our bodies. Ali Kochik is a first-year English major. 

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he month of March was a big one for the Rams as they went 13-5. The Rams ended the month by sweeping the Lock Haven Eagles 4-0 and averaging seven runs a game. The team looked to keep this success rolling as they looked over their schedule from this month. The month of April is packed with tough matchups as the Rams will face four PSAC teams. The Rams first matchup was against the East Stroudsburg University (ESU) Warriors. Their doubleheader weekend started at Serpico Stadium on April 6 with a 1:00 P.M. start time. Although a rough start to the game, West Chester went into the bottom of the second down 4-0, hoping to get some runs on the board. With a walk, single and a pair of outs, the Rams left their lead off man with two on and two outs. With sophomore Justin Horn at the plate, the Rams looked to rally. Horn delivered with a two run double. Following Horn, Kyle Feaster singled, allowing the Rams to tally one more run before the end of the inning. Although the Rams were able to pull ahead at the bottom of the third, they were unable to keep their lead. The Warriors took both wins on the day as well as their first match Sunday, leaving the Rams 0-3 to start. The second Sunday matchup was a different story for West Chester. The game was scoreless until the third inning when Feaster knocked in Horn with an RBI double. The bottom of the fifth was a big inning for the ESU Warriors, as they scored three runs that brought them to a 5-3 lead. The Rams were able to regain the lead in the top of the sixth with a grand slam from Horn. The Rams tallied on two more runs before the game ended.

Pictured above are pitcher David Mervis, outfielder/first baseman Joe Zirolli among other teammates celebrating. During game two against Shippensburg, Zirolli had a three-run triple. Following a tough 1-3 series against the ESU Warriors, the Rams travelled to Shippensburg to face the Raiders. Unfortunately for the Rams, they went 0-2 on the day allowing for 23 runs against and scoring only 19. West Chester hoped it would be a different story as Saturday came around. Luckily for the Rams, they had home field advantage for the Saturday double header. The day started off with their 1 P.M. game with sophomore Zach Rice on the mound. The Raiders were on the board with an RBI single at the top of the first. This didn’t keep the Rams from retaliating at their second at bats. With two on and Horn at the plate, he delivered with an RBI single to left field bring in the tying run. The Raiders came back with their

own RBI single in the top of third to pull them ahead. Luckily, freshman Luke Cantwell was up to bat with two on base for the Rams. Cantwell hit a homer to left field to pull them ahead by two. The final score of the game was 10-2, with the Rams getting the win. The two teams faced again at 3:30 P.M. at Serpico Stadium. The Raiders came in hot at the start again with an unearned run which resulted from an error of West Chester’s right fielder. Lucky for the Rams, this would be the only run scored against. To start the second inning, the Rams had an RBI single from senior Jon Hansen to score Cantwell to tie the game. Later in the inning, freshman JR Gifford scored on a wild pitch, pulling the Rams ahead. Hansen himself

also scored to end the inning Rams ahead 3-1. The next inning Hansen came up big with a two-run RBI single to yet again bring the Rams ahead at 5-1. The Rams scoring-streak ended at the bottom of the sixth with a three run triple from senior Joe Zirolli. The Rams ended their weekend battle with a 8-1 win against the Raiders. The Rams will travel to Philadelphia to face Chestnut Hill College this Thursday. A four game series with the Millersville Marauders will follow.

Jordan Zimmerman is a second-year student with an undeclared major. 

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By Andrew Heller Copy Editor


he Philadelphia 76ers are set to face off against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs. Although Philadelphia is coming into this years’ playoffs with high expectations, there is the possibility that injuries and a lack of chemistry may prevent this team from making a deep run— or even advancing beyond the first round. Team chemistry has been a major talking point around the Sixers all season. When the Sixers’ starting five consists of Joel Embiid, J.J. Reddick, Tobias Harris, Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons, the 76ers outscore opponents by 24 points per 100 possessions. However, that starting five was only on the court together 10 times during the regular season. And with Joel Embiid’s lingering knee injury, it could be a little while until we see all five together

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again in the playoffs. That being said, the team is incredibly less potent when bench players have to come on and take starting roles. During the last 10 games of the regular season, the Sixers went 4-6 as they continuously rested and sat starters out due to injury. Philadelphia lost four of those 10 games to non-playoff teams, which certainly didn’t create any positive momentum in the locker room nor among the fan base. The fact is, without the core starting five intact, Philadelphia struggles defensively. Perimeter defense has been one of the Sixers’ biggest problems all season and they struggle to keep guys out of the paint as well when Embiid is not playing as well. This is why the Brooklyn matchup is perhaps the worst possible first round matchup for Philly (aside from, of course, playing the Celtics who always seem to have the Sixers’ number). Brooklyn has three strong perimeter

players in All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell, Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie. Russell has been on an absolute tear as of late, scoring at least 20 points in all but one of Brooklyn’s last 10 games. Harris has also been a scoring machine this year as he averages one of the best three point percentages in the NBA with 42.7 percent. Meanwhile, Philadelphia ranks 15 in defensive efficiency and gives up an average of 112 points per game. If it reaches a scoring shootout against Brooklyn, the Nets’ three point shooting could give them an advantage as they have already proven during the regular season. Philadelphia and Brooklyn split their four regular season matchups; however, in all four games Brooklyn scored at least 120 points. For the 76ers to beat the Nets, they will have to match the Nets’ offensive intensity through consistently scoring with Reddick and Tobias Harris. Whoever scores the most three pointers could very well be the key to this series,

so that needs to be Philadelphia’s main focus on both ends of the floor. As long as Embiid is on the court covering the paint, the Sixers should be able to win the rebound game. Essentially, it comes down to limiting Brooklyn’s high percentage looks from beyond the arc and getting rebounds to limit second chance opportunities. Philadelphia has plenty of weapons who are capable of scoring and going toe-to-toe with the Nets offensively, but without Embiid’s defense and the 30 point average he has against the Nets, this could be a tough series for the Sixers. My prediction is Sixers win the series 4-2, and a majority of the games are close, high scoring contests. Andrew Heller is a second-year graduate student majoring in English. 

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n Saturday afternoon, Golden Rams’ junior second baseman Bri Garber (Willow Street, Pa./ Lampeter Strasburg) registered her 200 career hit, becoming the seventh Golden Ram to do so. Behind the second baseman’s bat, the Golden Rams (26-15, 7-3 PSAC) ended the week on a good note by winning the second game of their doubleheader Saturday against PSAC East rival Kutztown University (27-14, 6-4 PSAC). With the win, the Golden Rams have positioned themselves in first place among the PSAC East standings, holding a one game lead over Kutztown. Needing just one hit to join the illustrious 200 hit club, Bri Garber added yet another milestone to her impressive resume on Saturday. Garber has been nothing short of spectacular since joining the Golden Rams as a freshman three years ago when she was named PSAC East Freshman of the Year. “Bri has always been a good hitter for us,” said Coach Diane Lokey, “but she also brings great defense and leadership to the team. She is a hard worker and an all-around team player.” Last season, Garber appeared and started in all 60 games, leading the PSAC in six offensive categories (BA, AB, R, H, BB, OB percent). Garber’s PSAC-best 59 runs ranked 12 in NCAA Division II, her PSAC-best .436 batting average ranked 31 in all of Division II and her 85 hits set the school’s singleseason record. Last season, Garber was also named DII CCA honorable mention All-America, DII CCA All-Atlantic Region, DII CCA Atlantic Region Player of the Year, NFCA All-Atlantic Region, All-ECAC first team, All-PSAC as well as the PSAC East Player of the Year. “I am really happy and excited to now be part of that group, but more importantly, we won our season series

against Kutztown (the Golden Rams finished 3-1 vs Kutztown this season),” said Garber. “We had a great team win in our second game after we cleaned up a couple things from game one. Honestly, that’s what I am most excited about.” Garber and the Golden Rams will need to keep that same energy the rest of the way. The Golden Rams went 4-2 this past week and cannot afford a slipup with three of their next four opponents being conference matchups. Last Sunday, the Golden Rams split a doubleheader against conference opponent East Stroudsburg (21-19, 4-6 PSAC). West Chester dropped game one 9-4 before coming back to win game two by a final of 3-1. On Friday, the Golden Rams swept Millersville University (20-25, 3-7

PSAC) as they rolled to a 6-0 game one victory before using a 10-run seventh inning to earn the game two victory by a final score of 13-3. And, of course, this past Saturday, the Golden Rams split their doubleheader with Kutztown as West Chester dropped game one 9-5 before rebounding to capture the second game 2-0. The Golden Rams’ next matchup will take place next Friday, April 19 at home against East Stroudsburg.


Ferris Berlin is a fourth-year student majoring


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DWAYNE WADE AND DIRK NOWITZKI By Jeffrey Babcock Staff Writer


ell, another NBA regular season has come and gone — and unfortunately, so has two amazing legends in the sport. Just as Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson and so many other legends have retired in the past, we have lost two more to retirement — and this time it’s Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki and Miami Heat legend Dwayne Wade. This past week, the world saw two historic careers end in losses, but in the end, each legend put up a great game in their final appearance on the court. This past Wednesday, Nowitzki and Wade saw matchups against two playoff teams in the Brooklyn Nets and the ever-looming San Antonio Spurs. As Wade went off in Brooklyn, posting a triple double in front of his best friends in LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, Dirk posted a solid 20 points and 10 rebounds in his 32 minutes of play. His family and friends from his home country of Germany and from around the world watched as number 41 played in his final game of his 21 season. Before each game, both players saw tributes, whether it was from their own teams just days before, or as in Nowitzki’s case, a video from the rival to their south in San Antonio, where the Spurs Organization moved the sevenfoot German Power forward to tears on Wednesday night. This video shocked not only Nowitzki, but fans and reporters watching. Meanwhile, beer company Budweiser also shocked the NBA world and Wade, tricking him into thinking he was going to swap jerseys with fans, but in reality, it was people who he made an impact on who came forward, nearly moving Wade to tears. I think these next couple of years will see a true end to the era of old, as more and more older veteran players retire and leave the league. For us NBA fans of past players, seeing legends like Wade and Nowitzki retire mirror when our fathers saw leg-

Dwayne Wade and Lebron James, along with Chris Bosh formed one of the greatest super teams of the modern era. A total of four finals appearances, two championships.

Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images Dirk Nowitzki retires as one of the all-time greats to ever play basketball. He put on one of the classic finals performances when he took down the “Big 3” in Miami. Dirk is also the sixth place all-time scorer.

ends of their time retire, like Larry Bird or Magic Johnson. As time continues to evolve and shape the league into new heights, new legends will be born. Ultimately, this will just continue on to our sons and daughters who look up to future legends who are just rookies and two year players now, or not even in the league yet today. But, it still hurts to see legends of each generation retire and move on from the sport that made them into such star-caliber athletes. I know all NBA fans out there will see the coming retirement of Lebron James as a true end of the 2000s eras of basketball, considering Wade and Nowitzki just retired, leaving only Tony Parker and James remaining from that time. As new players enter the league and the old generation fades into time, we’ll see the legacy of players like Dirk and Wade be immortalized into their respective franchises history. As Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stated in Nowitzki’s postgame retirement ceremony on April 9, “I’ll promise you that you have a job for life, I don’t care what you do.” Cuban also later promised that he’d retire his number and put a statue outside American Airlines Center, where the Mavericks play. Dwayne Wade has also cemented himself in the Miami-Dade County community, where he is beloved by the fans and people all around southern Florida alike, so he decided to leave them with a goodbye message after the Heat’s win over the 76ers in his final home game. Wade got on the microphone and stated, “I’m sitting here, the most thankful person in this state. To play my last game on this floor, I’m not crying on the outside right now because I am so joyous, but this is going to take some getting used to. It’s simple as this, Wade County, I love you.” This may be a sad moment to see two legends fade into history, but ultimately, this just sets up the future of the NBA and cements the greater legacy of the past.

Jeffrey Babcock is a second-year student majoring in Communications. 

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they should receive about eight hours of sleep to have a full night’s rest. If someone does not get enough sleep, this lowers their immune system, increases irritability, increases fatigue that can affect driving or other coordinated activities, increases weight gain and decrease quality of mental health. Lack of sleep can impair learning, memory, judgment, reasoning and because of that, contribute to a lower GPA. On the other side of the coin, it’s also bad to over sleep; by sleeping too much, you risk similar consequences. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, oversleeping is associated with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, headaches, irritability

and sluggishness throughout the day. However napping is not a bad thing, if naps are about 10 to 30 minutes earlier in the day, they can be helpful. To improve sleep a helpful way, icreate a nightly routine that is repeatable and stick to it. One tip is to have the bedroom be cool, quiet, comfortable, dark and distraction-free from phones, computers and other technology as the light emitting from the screens can suppress the production of melatonin when using them for hours. Another part of a routine can be exercising regularly and working out about two hours before bedtime so your body can have time to relax. Related to that, eating a big meal or drinking too many liquids around the time

you go to bed can keep you awake longer. You can keep a sleep log so you can track the time you go to bed and when you wake up. This way, you can figure out what works best for your sleep and make the changes needed to improve it. During finals week, the best way to prepare yourself for exams is to study and get work done during the day. That way your body can be well-rested and ready to take on the end of the semester.

Sean Laughlin is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. 


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Meghan O’Mara (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) tied for first in the Kutztown Spring Invitational on Sunday afternoon signing for a 76, which in conjunction with solid rounds from her teammates was enough to lift West Chester to its seventh consecutive Tournament victory in the 2018-19 season. As a team, West Chester shot 328, which easily outdistanced host Kutztown who recorded a 366 to finish in second place. West Chester will be back in action on Monday and Tuesday afternoons as the Golden Rams are set to host the Dr. Edwin B. Cottrell Invitational at Penn Oaks.


Ralph Casper (York, Pa./York Suburban) had a solid weekend for West Chester competing in the Bill Butler Invitational as he recorded three victories as he took the discus, hammer, and shot put titles in what was a solid performance for the sophomore. In the shot put, Casper registered a mark of 54 feet 3 ¼ inches, which stands as both a PSAC Qualifying standard and an NCAA Division II Provisional qualifying. Meanwhile, Casper also recorded PSAC Qualifying standards in both the discus and hammer throw as he recorded a mark of 160-8 in the discus and 168-3 in the hammer throw.



son, winning the Battle for the Border tournament in Niagara Falls, N.Y. WCU tallied 205 points with its offense during the two pool matches and three playoff matches - only allowing 17 points to be scored against them

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all day. WCU freshman combination of Autumn Czaplicki (Pillow, Pa.) and Lauren Madalian (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) combined for 17 trys between them and accounted for 87 points. A great defensive performance by Nicole Welker (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) and Tina Kimmich (Downingtown, Pa./Downintown West) helped the Golden Rams hold their op-

ponents to three trys during the tournament and only 17 total points over the course of the five matches. This is the second tournament championship this season marking the first time West Chester has captured two tournament championships during its 7’s tournament season. WCU vs St Bonaventure University: St Bonaventure was able to lead West

Chester in the match, which no other team was able to do during the tournament. The Bonnies scored first and led 5-0 after two minutes. WCU fought right back with a try by Moritz and two trys by Czaplicki to put WCU in front at the half 19-5. WCU was able to score one more time in the second half to seal the tournament championship with a 24-5 victory.






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