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MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

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News: Habitat for Humanity p. 2

Two girls involved in car accident on WCU campus

By Jenn Rothstein News Editor

Op Ed: The Quad Turnover p.3

Two girls were rushed to the hospital after being struck by a car on the campus of West Chester University Tuesday evening. The girls, Shaneka Joy Gillard, 20, and Angela Stewart, 19, were walking in the crosswalk in front of Sykes. The accident occurred around 8:45 p.m. in the 100 block of W. Rosedale Ave. in West Chester. According to police, the two victims were struck in front of the university’s student union building. It is still unconfirmed as to whether the victims were students. One victim was airlifted to the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with serious injuries. The second person was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

According to investigators, the driver of the striking vehicle stopped at the scene. The driver, identified as Ann Hayes, 51, of New Providence, Lancaster County, reportedly told police that she momentarily looked away from the road and did not see the pedestrians. Hayes was reportedly “not aware of this area and bent down” while driving, West Goshen Police Capt. Joseph Gleason said. The 100 block of W. Rosedale Ave. was blocked off for most of the night, as the scene was investigated. No further information about the accident has been released to the public at this time, although investigations are still taking place. Jenn Rothstein is a third year student majoring in English education. She can be reached at quadnews@ wcupa.edu.

Features: Study Tips for Finals p.5

ET: Artist Spotlight: Matt Kaplan p.8

The West Chester Habitat for Humanity club is shown here working on a build on Poplar St.

VOLUME 98, ISSUE 11

Habitat for Humanity lends a hand By Aimee Sitch

Special to The Quad

Imagine a single mother raising three children, including one who is disabled, and her sixteen-yearold sister. This mother works hard to pay her rent for a house that is cramped and uncomfortable for her family of four. On top of all of this, she also has three roommates who live with her family to help pay the rent. These eight people are confined to living in a two-bedroom apartment. This family is part of the unfortunate population living in substandard housing seen all over the world. Laurel Hill Center located in Eugene, Oregon, defines substandard housing by stating if the housing, “endangers the health, safety, or well being of a family in its present condition.” According to thriventbuilds. com, “in America alone, 95 million people experience housing problems, including cost burden, overcrowding, poor housing quality, and homelessness.” Not only are these families living in these conditions, but according to the website, the government is not even helping those in need. It was also reported, “of the 30 million households with housing problems, 14.5 million qualify for government aid, yet only 4.1 million are actually receiving any.” One option that these families have to escape from these buildings and into homes that are suitable for living, is to turn to an organization that tries to eliminate substandard housing, Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, international organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. The Habitat for Humanity website says that “through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our

homeowner (partner) families.” These homeowner families help volunteers work to build their new house. The families’ finances include a down payment along with affordable loans for their new house. Their monthly mortgage payments go toward Habitat, which will then be used to build more houses for families in poverty. Although Habitat partakes in international projects, chapters can range anywhere from college campuses to counties or national committees. Each “affiliate” is responsible for their own fundraising and decision making on families and the building within their own community. These Habitat affiliates act as part of Habitat International but run independently, such as West Chester University’s own club. Through volunteer work, West Chester University’s Habitat for Humanity attributes hours upon hours into different builds, which also provides a great opportunity for community service. The University’s Habitat for Humanity is also teamed with Chester County’s Habitat in building houses for our own community. The current project that these chapters are working on is a house on Poplar Street. Habitat for Humanity has changed many people’s lives all over the world. West Chester University’s Habitat for Humanity website reports that in this year alone, Habitat for Humanity International has built 300,000 houses around the world. The website restorenova.org provided an interview with their featured family who is currently under a house transformation. In this interview, Victor, a single father of two sons, said “People don’t realize how difficult it is raising three children on your own, which makes this even more special for my family. We are truly grateful for this opportunity.” Not only is Habitat beneficial to the families being provided

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Sports: Softball playing for first PSAC champion ship p.16

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HABITAT from page 1 with new housing, but it also greatly impacts the volunteers. Rachel Biltz, a member of West Chester University’s Habitat club, feels that taking part in

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these builds is so rewarding for the mere fact of seeing the families’ reactions and changed lives. One of the most beneficial aspects of Habitat for Humanity is the fact that there are local affiliates in areas near us. West Chester University’s Habitat for Humanity is always looking for new members and volunteers. To become involved with this organization, you can go to a weekly meeting, which takes place every Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Sykes Student Union, room 257, to discuss current builds, future builds, and fundraisers to help obtain money for their organization, which in turn is used towards their builds. Habitat for Humanity achieves countless goals to better our community and make a difference every day. Aimee Sitch is a first year student. She can be reached at AS718072@wcupa.edu.

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Opinion Editorial

April 26, 2010

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A Fond Farewell...

Well lookee-here, finals week has creepily snuck up on us again. And what’s this? Eyes and noses set ablaze with mucus all over the place? It must be that time of year - Spring. Rebirth - greenery and rain clouds and pollen, everywhere. I don’t know about those of you without allergies, but let me tell you - it stinks. I’ve gone through two entire boxes of Kleenex in the past three weeks. Not to say I don’t enjoy the spring, that is. As a summer person, I really enjoy the turning of seasons, that I can now banish my small collection of sweaters and scarves to the back of my closet. My only other issue with Spring concerns the spontaneous rain showers that never allow West Chester ground to dry out completely. Now, what would be the point of this editorial, if I didn’t take the first half of the writing and changed the subject to something different? Here goes… Ever since I joined The Quad in fall 2008, the only staff changes I’ve noticed on the Editorial board have been in the Editor-in-Chief position, and even then, people simply moved around from section to section - no one ever left. [As a side note, I must admit my previous ignorance to the turnover of the Business section of the staff, but in my defense, the first time I experienced the other staff, I though they were a breed of Boggart that continually knocked around in the inner office, making strange noises and throwing ad revenue sheets around all day.] Much like the recent changes in the weather, us folks here at The Quad are noticing a pretty significant turnover in the change of staff. There’s been a surprising amount of Quad staff graduating this year (the fact that some of them are graduating with journalism minors is even more astounding. Let’s all take a moment to honor these rare creatures. . . . Okay). Jon Garrell, Business Manager, and Craig Haber, Advertising Manager These two are selected from the mysterious creatures I previously mentioned, typically lurking in the small office inset within the Quad office, fiddling with ad sizes and collecting funds from our advertisers. In a series of unexpected actions, I’ve actually interacted with these two number-driven workers, and I must say, my view of the business department is enlightened. They’re more of a Cornish blue pixie breed than a boggart. Ken Schmidt, Copy Editor For any adventurous soul at West Chester University, I am terribly sorry you missed out on the Sunday layout sessions where Ken Schmidt was proofreading all of the text the editors received for the paper. Ken editing a piece of copy is truly a sight to behold, whether in fear or afflicted awe. I’m fairly certain that it is solely due to this man that I properly know how to punctuate a.m. and p.m., along with how to attribute quotes to sources (“The ‘said’ comes first! Not blahblahblah said,” said Ken, in a volume at which only dogs and other copy editors could understand.) LJ Harrell, Sports Editor, and Ryan Frisco, Assistant Sports Editor Ah, the sports editors. LJ and Ryan have been a team longer than I’ve known, and have exemplified excellence (as per the WCU motto) in portraying themselves as the backbone of sports: competition. Whether about fonts, headline placement, or which article gets the gargantuan picture on the back (color) page of the section, there are frequent battles between the two every week as the sports section is made, in all it’s 1,000-wordper-article glory. The interesting thing is another sports-like trait the two exude: the ability to cooperate, when all is said and done. The two have settled into a pattern of motions that have allowed them to work efficiently, if not totally professionally, over their reign as The Sports Section. Amanda Warren, Photography Editor As Exaulted Ruler of the Photography Department, Amanda has attended countless sports games and featured events on campus, never complaining (well, not a lot) about the lack of student photographers who dedicate themselves to her Quad services. What do I imagine The Quad to be like without Amanda? A spookily quiet place, lacking a constant spew of “Sigur Ros” and “Minus the Bear.” Colin McGlinchey; past Entertainment Editor, Editor-In-Chief this year Chances are, if you’re reading this editorial, you’ve read Colin’s all semester, which gave you the poor indication that my writings would be on the same level of humor, wit and groan-inducing nostalgic references. I am sincerely sorry for the loss to the Editorin-Chief position that is Colin McGlinchey. Colin began in the Entertainment section, assistant to “Chrispy” Pierdomenico, prior to rising to the EIC position this semester. Colin’s quirky personality and admiration for Johnny Depp and Philly sports teams has rubbed off amongst the whole Quad office - we now record various quotes of Colin’s on our dry erase board to admire Sunday mornings when we’re missing our various other obligations. Needless to say, Colin’s ability to never anger over the past weeks when I’ve been calling on him with all my questions will definitely be missed. All of that being said - thank you to everyone who has written for The Quad this year, to our readers, and a final congratulations to all of you finally escaping - I mean, graduating - from West Chester University this semester. For the rest of you sorry undergrads and Master’s Degree hopefuls, The Quad and I will see you all in the fall. Peace to you, Tara T.


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OPINION & EDITORIAL

Crosswalk Tragedy A Mystery

By Rebekah Balmer Staff Writer On Tuesday April 20, around nine p.m., two girls, possibly West Chester students, were hit by a car in the crosswalk that is located between Wayne Hall and Killinger Hall. According to investigators, the driver of the offending vehicle stopped at the scene. I find it disturbing that the student body has yet to be formally informed of this incident by the University. Many students still do not know what happened, or who the involved students are. I think this is a major issue that affects the entire student body and university commuity. If two students are hit by a vehicle on campus, in a cross walk, I find it very irresponsible of those in charge to not inform the student body. I happened to be walking around that evening and saw the large group of students around the cross walk looking for answers with little success or result. The names of the two girls were not released and I have not been

able to discover their identities yet. Many members of the Greek Community were worried that is was one of our sisters or brothers, due to it being Greek Week on campus. A girl from Delta Phi Epsilon wanted to know the names of the girls who got hit. Our newly elected Vice President of Student Government, Danielle Holtzman, responded to her by saying “it was nobody.” It was nobody? Two people just got hit and were seriously injured on campus in front of countless students, and it comes off as a non-event! What is wrong with this picture? I was unaware that the events we are actually emailed about, such as robberies and assaults, are more important than public incidents of vehicular. The fact that the woman driving the car had no intent to harm the two girls should not make a differece in the perception of the severity of this incident, nor should it prevent the student body from getting the entire story. Awareness of this event might spark a stu-

dent campaign for lights of a better sign near the crosswalk, which would increase safety for all. All in all the University should inform us of exactly what happened, who was involved and what’s going to happen next. What is the point of WCU Alert if it isn’t actually used to inform students in a timely manner? As I continue my education here, I find more and more problems with upper management position holders and what they choose to see as important or worthy of recognition. We are college students, adults, and we have a right to know what happens in the community we have chosen to be a part of. I would encourage anyone with an issue to present it in a diplomatic way to someone who is in charge, someone who can fix the things on campus that need to be fixed. Rebekah Balmer is a student at West Chester University majoring in Women and Gender studies. She can be reached at RB649636@wcupa. edu.

Media Bias Fools Student Body By Melanie Peterson Staff Writer Recently in one of my classes, I was witness to a university student who was a prime example of how the media, and what they choose to present to the public as undisputed fact, has placed a veil of deception over our eyes. Our topic for discussion in class fell on politics, and this particular student identified herself to be in the far right, conservative corner. She was in a heated argument with another student about how accurate the newspaper article we were reading was, especially with regards to how it depicted the actions and motoives of her political party. This article discussed the negative and violent side of her party, and she defended herself by asking us to watch and listen to FOX News, so we could then see clearly how she was right and this article was wrong. FOX News? Really? I thought that in this age of technology, college stu-

dents would be smart enough to comprehend the ancient issue of television news bias. But, then again, I can’t even count how many times I’ve noticed people in class not paying attention so that they can discuss the latest “Jersey Shore” episode or check their Facebook wall. Ignorance to the entire picture is ignorance of events, and this is what allows injustices to be committed and liberties to be denied. The media is full of bias, on all sides and of all kinds. What story a station or paper chooses to run or not to run still reflects this bias. What we need to do is listen to more than one news station and read different online newspapers so that we as American citizens can get the most accurate accounts possible. Whether you are democrat, republican, independent or even not registered, we all should want to know the whole story- not just the parts the media thinks we want to hear, or the parts we choose to expose ourselves to

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through limited media and informational exposure. It’s the people who listen to nothing but Jon Stewart, “The Colbert Report”, Bill Maher, Glenn Beck and other agenda based shows and then base their opinion from solely this that scare me. Our generation uses the media for everything. We rely on it to socialize, communicate and even take classes. Why wouldn’t we also rely on it to give us accurate information? The internet provides an endless forum for the sharing of news and the learning of opinions. I beg of you, please don’t remain ignorant to the world and systems of control around you. Get all the facts before you claim to know the truth. Don’t be persuaded by anyone’s ideals but your own, and if tempted research these new ideas before spitting them back out as absolute truth. And next time you’re in class, instead of talking about Snooki or tweeting, maybe try listening to your professor and expressing your own opinion with intelligence and integrity. Melanie Peterson is a student at West Chester University majoring in Communication Studies. She can be reached at Mp649178@wcupa.edu.

APRIL 26, 2010

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As a woman, and also a West Chester student, I am frustrated and enraged at the recent controversy involving the women’s center. I understand that the denial of the performance artists to come and put on their show was against the wishes of the organization, and that the funding which would have gone towards that show was mostly student raised. But I have to side with the University in their decision to ban the performance. The word “pussy” is offensive. It is not something that we say to take back past offenses or previously denied rights, it is a vulgar slur that is only perpetuated by continued use. I feel that this decision was not meant to be sexist or oppressive, it was made to take into account the wishes and comfort level of all students present on this campus, not just the vocal, liberal ones. If this had been allowed to happen on campus, the world would not have ended, the sky would not have fallen, and life would have gone on as usual; taking this into consideration, it might have been better to ignore the event and allow it to go on as planned, as the denial instead spread higher awareness of the name of the event, and the offending word. It’s a complicated issue, but I feel that this paper has only expressed one side. -Anonymous, West Chester University student

Parking Problem By Lisa DellaPorta Op-Ed Editor

Like half the student body, I’m a commuter. I get up earlier than I should to sit in rush hour traffic, inching forward towards campus at a mile a minute while I nervously eye the clock on my Jetta’s dashboard. Once I make it past the inevitable, time-sucking hell that is the right turn onto Rosedale, I begin the hazardous task that every commuter knows quite well. Last Thursday, it took me 35 minutes to find a parking space. I accept this difficulty as part of living off campus. In exchange, I don’t have to deal with midnight fire drills in pouring rain, eat the sludge that Aramark pretends is food or listen to next door neighbors vomit up last night’s activities in the early hours of the morning. My neighbors are an elderly couple old enough to remember the Great Depression. Generally, they’re pretty quiet with their heavy drinking. What I do not accept is the recent closure of L Lot next to Sykes Student Union for the continued expansion of the geothermal energy renovations this past week. The space where my car once rested now contains a backhoe, which hasn’t moved much from what I can tell. Why, then, did the University feel the need to close the parking lot in the last two weeks of classes, when every student is pretty much obligated to attend classes

in a last-ditch effort to boost their GPA and turn in finals? Little work has been started on the project, anyway, and I doubt that a week and a half would have destroyed a construction schedule. Once again, officials have overlooked the practical needs of a huge but mostly silent part of the campus population. With parking scarce to begin with, this new regulation has created a new mentality among commuters that was less prevalent in previous weeks. Commuter sees space, sees other commuter rushing for space, and floors the gas pedal to speed into disputed space. Angry looks and screams ensue but, really, it’s an understood part of commuter life. We’re not here to be polite and make friends. We’d sell our first born for a spot within ten feet of the door. So, this week, I’ll once again find myself leaving my house an hour before I would normally have to, hoping that I won’t have to brave the creepiness of R Lot on South Campus and take the shuttle up again. I’ll gather every quarter I can find with the hopes that I’ll get lucky, and that my parallel parking skills won’t fail me. And to the girl I beat for my parking space behind Swope this morning, I am only half sorry. It’s a commuter-eatcommuter world out there, and I’m sure you’d do the same. Lisa DellaPorta is a student at West Chester University majoring in English Education. She can be reached at LD631585@wcupa.edu.

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Study tips help Golden Rams ace final exams By Carol Fritz Staff Writer

As students begin their dry-erase board countdowns for the end of the academic year, finals week is just days away from rearing its ugly head. Golden Rams will soon embark on their biannual journey of migrating east to the Francis Harvey Green Library, but here are some handy tips in order to stay afloat in the sea of textbooks and notecards. • Do not think of the test as a final exam. The more importance one places on an exam, the more stressful studying will be. Stick to routine ways of studying such as using notecards, studying with classmates, re-typing the notes, etc. • Location, location, location. Finding the right place at which to study is very significant. As appealing as the sunny, grassy quad may seem, if Frisbees and guitar-players are major distractions, the location may not be ideal. Obviously, the library

is normally an excellent choice, but keep in mind that everyone taking finals also thinks so. • Become best friends with a highlighter. Highlighting class notes is one of the most effective ways of minimizing the amount of work to be done, especially if a great deal of reading is involved. Highlight important topics a week or a few days before the exam, so skimming through notes right before the test is more helpful. • DO NOT CRAM. Procrastination may not harm one’s grades considerably during the academic year, but waiting to study until the night before a final exam spells trouble. Try to go over the material for 15-20 minutes each day of the week before the final. • The early bird catches the worm. According to Dartmouth College, one hour of daytime studying is equal to two hours of studying at night. For all of those night owls who only see a few hours of daylight, study the

Organizations can take advantage of advertising on campus By Suzanne Brady Staff Writer

In today’s world, there are many ways of publicizing events such as fliers, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, mass texting, mass emails, ads in newspapers and magazines and posters. Being in a college atmosphere, there are many events that take place on and around the college campus, in addition to surrounding college campuses. With all the events on the West Chester campus, students may lose track of what event is when, not that students may know when everything is. On March 27, Olivia NewtonJohn was on campus for women’s month, promoting breast cancer awareness. She performed a concert at the Phillips Memorial Building on a Saturday evening. When students were asked whether they knew about Olivia Newtown- John being on campus, many of the students had no idea. A number of other students expressed that they felt they only heard of other concerts at times via word of mouth or with minimal boards in Sykes. Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter have applications to set up events. Through this, one can invite a large amount of people in addition to spreading news about the event. On Facebook, students receive invitations to events for fundraisers at local bars, Greek life events on campus, or other organization’s events. On campus, students have the Sykes Student Union to utilize as well. There is a large lobby as the entry way where students can advertise in addition to televisions set throughout campus and in Sykes. In addition to these two things, there is a bulletin board right outside the Sykes Ballrooms. As students, they are also able to take advantage of WCUR by making announcements, in addition to the television station that exists through the school as well. As an event coordinator,

one can post an ad in the Quad. More and more students pick up an issue in between class or at a lunch table. “The only advertisements I ever noticed for events were in Sykes, and being an off-campus commuter, I rarely am in Sykes anymore. Even as an on-campus student, I ate more often in Lawrence,” Sam Seltzer said, a fourth-year student. There are a number of graphic design majors around the West Chester campus in addition to the number of campuses surrounding West Chester, who could add a banner to their portfolios. Getting help from them will help them apply for a job in the future as they can add this work to their portfolios. “I feel as though we are well aware [of announcements in Sykes] but maybe if people holding events posted new[s] about concerts, events etc around campus more they’d get more of a turnout. They need to make sure to put announcements in places like Sykes, Lawrence and where we go for classes, places where it would bring attention to it. Most events I have heard about are via word of mouth. I had no idea Olivia Newtown John was here until a friend told me the other day,” Kristen Casey said, a firstyear student. Many organizations, such as Greek Life, Habitat for Humanity, or BSU use Facebook to invite people to events. Every President has a list of the emails of Presidents of other organizations and has utilized this list to have them announce at their meetings an event. Sarah Tansits, a 2009 graduate of West Chester University, remembers living on South Campus and not feeling as connected with campus as students that lived on North Campus. “I never really knew what was happening because there were no announcements on South Campus about what was happening on

most challenging subjects first. semester, students should realize • Take breaks. Studying for what the professor expects and several hours at once can be how he or she grades, so focus on exhausting, so be sure to take improving past mistakes. short • Get breaks creative every 45 with memminutes orization. or so to Memorizrest the ing facts mind. As and dates tempting as is one of the Starbucks toughest is, caffeine parts of should only exams, but be used in creativity moderation can make to avoid the process overloads, a lot especially easier. Use when mnemonic studying at devices, www.parentsconnect.com and conjure night. • Review Students should find a comfortable place where they up silly can study for finals. previous sayings to quizzes/ remember tests. Look over previously-taken material. For example, My Very assignments from class, and note Excellent Mother Just Served which type of questions were Us Nine Pizzas is a mnemonic most difficult. After an entire device young children use to

remember the nine (well, eight) planets. Use personal talents when memorizing. Musical students can write a song, art students and visual learners can draw pictures, etc. • Visit professors during office hours. Take advantage of the time professors offer to go over unclear material or to express any concerns. Do not be nervous or embarrassed to ask for help— it shows one actually cares about his or her grade. • Take a pre-test. Students should ask themselves questions about notes instead of just reading the material. Be an active studier. • Sleep and eat. Be sure to get enough sleep (preferably eight hours) before any exam, and eat healthy foods to stay energized and alert. Also, chew gum during the test. Some scientists believe that chewing gum releases insulin, which enhances memory. Carol Fritz is a first-year student at West Chester University. She can be reached at CF716002@wcupa.edu.

LGBTQA hosts Drag Show On Friday April 16, the LGBTQA hosted their fourth Annual Drag show with the help of Sykes After Dark and their host of the event Ant. Ant is a previous winner of Last Comedian Standing. Katherine Whitman, co-coordinator and Vice President of LGBTQA said, “The people who have been there past years were pleasantly surprised with how it came out and first timer’s loved it. Overall, a great time was had by all.” Five judges were chosen to rate each drag performer on a variety of categories. These categories include, costume, creativity, Acting/Gender expression and overall performance. The first judge, Dr Liz Ruchti, is on the advocacy committee and is a professor at West Chester University. She teaches classes in

Race, Gender and Theater, and will be teaching a course in Queer Theory. Her son, Patrick, who was dressed as Baby GaGa, helped Liz judge. The second judge was Dr. Bricketto who is the Vice President of Student Affairs. Dr. Bricketto has been a long time ally of the LGBTQA. Their third judge was Dave Timman, the Director of Sykes Student Union. He helped put the event together. Tommy Atz was the fourth judge, who was an Equality Rider and still works closely with Soul Force. The LGBTQA was lucky enough to meet Atz this year and participate in some of the Equality Ride events. The final judge was Reverend Karla Fleshman. She is the pastor at Imago Dei MCC. She has become a friend of LGBTQA when members met her at an Equality Ride event this semester. The Drag Show was organized by Katherine Whitman, Virginia Smith, David McMahon, Lauren

Murphey and Joshua Daly. The Drag, the show had high attendance. The entire LGBTQA works up to this event all year long. Many students participated in Karaoke and the Drag performances. The winners of the drag performances were first place was awarded to Andrew Esposito or his stage name, “Ginger Rodgers.” Second place was given to David McMahon and third place was awarded to Daniel Seyfert, also known as, “Alicia Roundme.” Many students enjoyed this program and hope that it will continue on in the future. The LGBTQA executive board is already planning next year’s theme. The show was an eye opener for some and a fun time for all. Rebekah Balmer is a third-year student majoring in women and gender studies with a minor in sociology. She can be reached at RB649636@wcupa. edu.

North Campus.” Not only being a member but a leader of Phi Mu, Sarah knew how well organizations utilized Sykes for posting fliers and painting on the window at the entrance of Sykes to advertise for their events. “If you’re not in Sykes, you’re not in the know,” Tansits said about knowing what was happening around campus. Why not advertise in Lawrence, the library, the West Chester University Main Page, buses going from North to South Campus, and in The Commons? “My first year at West Chester, I never went to Sykes, I ate more often at Lawrence or in my apartment on South Campus,” Tansits said. Being members of organizations, it is more of a tendency of finding out about events on campus. Many events hosted on campus are announced weekly at an IGC(Inter Greek Council) meetings on Thursday afternoons. Greek students are “in the know” as Tansits stated because they heard via word of mouth. Being leaders on campus may help the situations. “There are a decent amount of things to do on campus, like

Sykes After Dark has some fun events they offer on campus. My roommates and I went to an event held by Sykes After Dark, Casino night, and that was a lot of fun. There were probably 100 plus people there, which is a pretty good turnout considering how many students there are and different personalities with what students want to do. I think a lot of events are what you make of them. If you want to attend Sykes After Dark or go catch a concert or see a speaker on campus, you will. But West Chester could advertise a little better, maybe by placing an ad in the newspaper, or letting other local campuses know what is going on,” Craig Haber said, a fourth year student majoring in Finance. Haber also said that trips to the Phillies games can be enjoyable, but the school only gets one bus for students. “I think it is great to have trips to the Phillies games and think that West Chester should consider going to other sporting events like 76ers games, or Flyers games.” Many students talked about making the best of what is offered to you and try to get involved with

what you can on campus. There are a number of campus activities that have knowledge of what is happening on campus and also offer many things to do on and off campus that do not necessarily include alcohol. For students who are trying to advertise for an event, consider many of the technological options like Facebook, email, main page of West Chester website or go paper and place an ad in The Quad or contact the many local colleges such as Villanova, Cheyney, and Immaculata. Do not forget that Lawrence and the library are hot spots on campus. For example, if a group is having an event to raise money for Children’s Network, keep in mind what audience may be sensitive to this, like the education department in Recitation. Or if one wants to have bands play on campus, try advertising in the music and art building mainly. Many students hope to see more involvement on campus and more students enjoying their time at West Chester University safely. Suzanne Brady is a fifth-year student majoring in Spanish education. She can be reached at SB619873@wcupa. edu.

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Greek Community hosts their Greek Week events

During Greek games, fraternities and sororities had 10 members make a human pyramid.

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Greeks compete in pool games; this includes the medley relay, free style relay, an inflatable tube race, and a skit that concludes with a belly flop competition.

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9:00-6:00 Below is an article correction from April 12 issue, “College students obtain unpaid summer interships.” A 2008 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and also the results of a Northwestern University study in 1992 was conducted. The NACE survey found that 50 percent of graduating students had participated in internships, not 83 percent. The university study found that of graduating students in 1992, 17 percent had held internships.

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Student guitarist raising money for trip to Rome By Tara Tanzos Editor in Chief

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pieces in the guitar repertoire that I really enjoy playing, so it will be tough to decide. However, the Rome Festival will focus on my ability as a chamber musician so I will need to pick a couple of pieces that shows I can play with others. I have a couple of pieces for guitar and violin, double bass, flute, even marimba. I am really looking forward to playing Brazilian composer Heitor VillaLobos’s Concerto No. 1 for Guitar and Orchestra.

Guitarist Matt Kaplan, as a benefit for his upcoming trip to Rome, performed a classical recital the evening of April 23, at the Church Farm School Chapel of the Atonement in Exton. Kaplan, an alumnus of the school, held the benefit in hopes to unite the campus and community for an evening of music. Kaplan’s goal is to continue raising for his trip in sponsorship with the Rome Festival Orchestra. In Q: Can you tell me a bit of the following interview, Kaplan your history as a musician? discusses himself as a musician A: I started out playing jazz, and divulges more about the blues, and rock, taking guitar sponsorship. lessons from Rich Zerby at Taylor’s Music in West Chester Q: Can you tell me a bit about the summer before high school. the organization that is sponsor- When I decided that I wanted to ing this trip? How is someone pursue music in college, I made selected for this opportunity? the decision to switch over to A: The Rome Festival LTD classical guitar. I then started to has been offering musicians the take lessons with Jeremy Hutson chance to experience Rome for and Kinsey Sullivan who have over 30 years. Musicians that get both been through the guitar selected travel to Rome to play program at WCU under Glenn music with others for a couple Lyons. I heard really good things weeks in the summer. Towards about the music program at West the end of their stay they even get Chester and I am really glad I to perform in a couple of concerts. made it my decision. The Rome Festival requires that aspiring musicians mail in a CD of their music. I sent in a CD of myself playing a couple of solo classical guitar pieces, as well as a concerto with West Chester pianist, Dan Townsend. I recorded the CD for my application at Spice House Records in Philadelphia.

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Q: How did you hear about this opportunity? A: I remember seeing a flyer for The Rome Festival up on a bulletin board in the Swope music building last year. I thought that this was something I really wanted to do so I started learning the Villa-Lobos concerto for guitar so I could mail it as an applicant. When the deadline approached to enter in as an applicant for the summer of ’09, I decided that I was not ready yet. I am really glad I waited; I entered this summer and got accepted to do it, so the time definitely paid off.

Q: How long is the trip? Is there a planned repertoire of music that you'll receive prior to traveling? A: I will be in Rome for about four weeks, give or take a couple days. The repertoire for the trip is actually up to me. Next month I have to send a list of Q: Have you traveled much pieces that I have prepared to before? perform. I have countless solo A: I have done some traveling before. The only two places I have traveled to out of the United States were Peru and England. I love to see new places and experience different cultures so I cannot wait to go to Rome.

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From the looks of it, I will have a decent amount of free time while I am in Rome. Aside from practicing, rehearsals, and concerts, the Rome Festival

plans time for musicians to visit museums, cultural centers, etc. I really want to plan time for myself to go out, meet new people, and explore the city. I think I will also be staying fairly close to a beach, so that will be really nice. Q; What would you like to see in Italy? A: I think I really want to see the Coliseum. I’ve only ever seen pictures of it and the architecture and history of it have always interested me. Call me a nerd, but I also really want to visit St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It is supposed to be one of the most epic churches in the world. I would also like to explore the city on my own and just get a feel for the local life. That kind of non-touristy stuff has always fascinated me, just to see how other cultures live their lives. Q: What do you hope will happen from this experience? What do you hope to gain? A: I really just want to take my music to the next level. Meeting other musicians from around the world will be an experience in itself. I think that while I am in Rome, the intensive performance schedule that I will endure will really challenge me in a way that I have not been challenged before. I can only imagine that being immersed in a city of music across the world with people that have the same passion as I do, can only be beneficial. Q: What is your life like academically? What else do you do? A: I am double majoring in music performance and music education. I play piano as my minor instrument. As much as I love to play, teaching is always a nice back up. Fortunately for me, guitar is really my main hobby (it is the only thing I’ve ever been halfway decent at). I really enjoy teaching guitar over at Richard’s Guitar Studio in Aston, PA. I teach students of all ages different styles of guitar (not just classical), which usually keeps me on my toes. Whenever I have free time I really like getting out to concerts, Phillies games, etc. I really love to play music with my friends whenever I can. My roommates and I are in a band called 20 Minute Tango and we have a pretty big gig coming up on May 7 at the Stadium Bar in Pottsville. Tara Tanzos is a third year student majoring in English and minoring in creative writing. She can be reached at TT649875.

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I always enjoy seeing celebrities who use their fame and power to help others and bring attention to important issues. American Idol should be applauded for using their status as one of the most popular television shows in the Country to raise money for charities in their annual “Idol Gives Back” episode. Tuesday Night: With her uplifting lyrics and involvement in raising awareness about HIV in Africa, Alicia Keys was the ideal mentor for this week’s theme of inspirational songs. Yet even the “Princess of Soul” could not help all of the contestants. Casey James – “Don’t Stop (Yesterday’s Gone)”: I enjoyed the performance, but it was nothing special and I had difficulty recalling it by the end of the show. He needs to add variation to his performances as watching him play his guitar and sing the same type of songs week after week is quickly becoming repetitive and boring. Simon Cowell criticized the performance, saying the song was not “particularly inspiring” and that he showed “no emotion.” Lee DeWyze – “The Boxer”: He picked a song that actually inspired him, and that connection definitely showed in his performance. He held my attention the entire time and left me wanting to hear more. His interpretation and delivery of the song had an emotional impact on the audience, which is exactly what the contestants should try to do with inspirational songs. Cowell gave him the best compliment of all, saying, “Even though we’re only two in, that was the best of the night.” Tim Urban – “Better Days”: How is he still on this show? I have a difficult time even critiquing his sub-par performances anymore. Just a reminder, he was not even supposed to be in the top 24, but was brought back into the competition after one of the contestants proved to be ineligible. His performance was boring, and I almost miss the ridiculous dance moves. Almost. Aaron Kelly – “I Believe I Can Fly”: I was really worried when I heard he was singing such a powerful and well-known song. He struggled in the beginning, but displayed the power-house vocals he is known for by the end. While I give him credit for having the courage to take on the song, I think he would have made more of an impact if he had selected something on his skill level. A cute face can only get you votes for so long, Aaron. Siobhan Magnus – “When You Believe”: If Aaron took on a big song, Siobhan attacked a giant. I was pleasantly surprised by her vocals, and I think she did the song justice. She defended herself by saying that she did not want the singers to scare her away from singing the song. Out of all of the contestants who have tried to sing Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston in the past, I think she may have done the best. She has performed a variety of songs over the past few weeks, and I’m not sure what type of album she would release. I haven’t seen enough consistency from her to place her in a genre,

and I think she’ll have difficulty gaining fans after Idol unless she establishes herself. Michael Lynche - “Hero”: He has been complimented for his soulful sound throughout the season, and I thought he would be the star performer this week. I liked the fact that he changed the song and made it his own, but I was disappointed overall. He had the opportunity to really show off his vocals and range, but I think he spent more time figuring out how to change the song to fit his voice instead of on the actual singing component. Crystal Bowersox – “People Get Ready”: I loved the fact that she began the song a cappella, and it put her performance on another level from the start. She poured her heart into the song, and moved herself to tears by the end. If you didn’t see the show, this performance is worth taking the time to watch on YouTube. I think Cowell

George Lopez momentarily guest hosted and could not refrain from joking about Ryan Seacrest’s multiple jobs and height. However, he directed most of his criticisms towards the judges. He obviously mentioned Randy Jackson’s excessive use of the word “dawg,” and embarrassed Kara DioGuardi by bringing up her recent nude photo shoot. He called Ellen DeGeneres the “Kourtney Kardashian” of the judges, but nobody, including DeGeneres herself, understood the reference. Simon Cowell, who seems to be in a permanently bad mood this season, looked less than amused during Lopez’s spiel. He managed to force a polite smile at the comment, “Every now and then wear a large t-shirt. People at home can tell how cold it is in the studio.” Carrie Underwood, performing “Change,” reminded audiences why she is one of the most successful American Idol contestants and female country singer of all

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regretted saying DeWyze had the best performance of the night as he could not compare to her. Wednesday Night: The evening began with a recorded message from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama showing their support for Idol Gives Back. According to the First Lady, American Idol has raised “$140 million to help children and families around the world live healthier and happier lives.” Idol was apparently also feeling charitable to the eliminated contestants and brought back the top 12 to perform the opening song. Did anyone else think this looked and sounded pre-recorded? As Idol is doing a great service with this episode, I’ll refrain from criticizing this. Celebrity appearances throughout the night included Jennifer Garner, Victoria Beckham, Captain “Sully”, Queen Latifah, Joss Stone, Slash, Octomom (why was she there?), Jim Carrey, Bill Gates, Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Wanda Sykes, Ben Affleck, Justin Bieber and Sir Elton John. The Black Eyed Peas were the first celebrity performers of the night, singing “Rock That Body.” While I’m not usually a fan of their music, they should be commended for their showmanship. Their performances are always full of energy and visual effects, including the robots and strobe lights in Wednesday’s performance.

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time. Her vocals were incredible, and she looked stunning in a short black and gold dress. As to be expected after such a performance, she received a standing ovation from the audience. Mary J. Blige, singing “Stairway to Heaven,” also performed. Randy Jackson even joined her on stage to play guitar. I never understood the celebrity trend of wearing sunglasses indoors, and I thought it was even more inappropriate considering the whole point of the show was to promote emotional connections between human beings. The bottom three consisted of Casey James, Aaron Kelly and Tim Urban. Thank you America for finally sending Tim Urban into obscurity. His fifteen

minutes of fame ran out long before tonight, and his elimination was way overdue. He can thank the people at votefortheworst.com for helping him stay in the competition. As this is the last American Idol article for the year, I’ll announce my predictions. Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze will be the top two, and the winner will probably depend upon their performances in the finale. Either way, both have to potential for successful careers. Thank you to all who read my article each week, and good luck with finals. Tracy Combs is a junior Communications Studies major. She can be reached at TC694114@wcupa.edu.

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Baseball grabs No. 1 seed in tournament WCU Baseball from page 16

pensburg. Umberger gave up two earned runs on five hits, walked two and struck out five. In game two, the Golden Rams came from behind to pull out the win against Shippensburg. WCU trailed 5-3 through three innings of play. WCU’s offense came to life in the fourth and fifth inning to put the game out of reach. Three runs were scored in the fourth and five WCU players crossed the plate in the fifth to give West Chester an 11-3 advantage. Spisak singled in a run in the fourth, while Wendle drove home two with a base hit. Matt Baer hit a RBI double in the fifth inning, Spisak knocked in another run with a sacrifice fly. West Chester’s 12th and 13th runs came from Charlie Kelly’s two-run homerun in the sixth inning which made the score 13-5.

Fred Briedenbach (10-1) got the win in game two. With that win Briedenbach tied the school record for wins in a single season. The freshman started and pitched six strong innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, while walking one and striking out seven. Daddario came on in relief to pitch the seventh inning. WCU split a doubleheader with Shippensburg University at Serpico stadium, Saturday afternoon. WCU won game one 11-2, but fell in game two by a score of 12-8. Matt Baer had a big day at the plate, with a homerun and four RBIs. Orensky and catcher Bob Stumpo both went 3-for-4 at the plate. Stumpo had three RBI and Orensky drove home a pair. Dave Stieg (5-2) gave up seven hits and allowed just two runs in a complete-game effort. Stieg walked two and struck out five batters in his seven innings of work. WCU put up four runs in the third and four more in the

sixth to take a controlling 8-0 lead. Shippensburg’s Ted Williams

in the loss. Williams was ruffed up by the Golden Rams bats: he allowed 16 hits and 11 runs. In game two, Shippensburg ended their season on a high note by defeating WCU 12-8. Shippensburg broke a 6-6 tie with five runs in the top half of the fifth inning. They finished their season with a 13-36 record. Jessica Guzzardo/ The Quad Daddario (4-3) took (2-6) also threw a complete-game the loss for West Chester. He

gave up five runs on four hits in two innings of relief. Wendle was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Baer followed up his game one performance by going 2-for-4 with four more RBI and two runs scored. The Golden Rams finished the 2010 regular season with an impressive 35-10 record which earned them the PSAC East division title. Head coach Mark Jackson’s club was 17-7 within the PSAC conference. WCU will now play their next game in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where they will open up the 2010 PSAC baseball tournament as the No. 1 seed of the Eastern Division. The Golden Rams will take on Slippery Rock in the first round. Slippery Rock finished as the four-seed in the PSAC Western Division with a 24-20 overall record. Steven Fisher is a third-year student majoring in communications with a minor in Journalism. He can be reached at SF674180@wcupa.edu.

Talented group to continue play at WCU

By LJ Harrell Staff Writer

The 2010 recruiting class for the West Chester University Golden Rams football squad is one that is both athletically gifted, and filled with players who have Division I talent but fell through the cracks and ended up at West Chester. The 21 players are highlighted by all-everything running back Rondell White and defensiveend Josh Coulter. “We were surprised that Rondell fell to us,” Zwaan said. “But we knew he was thinking highly of us all along and if he did not receive a D-I scholarship, we thought we had a great chance of landing him. He is a great get for us.” One of the priorities for head coach Bill Zwaan and his coaching staff was to bring in players to help replace the linebackers they lost last year. With Sam Scott, Mike Dell, Mike Holland and T.J. Cascio all leaving due to graduation, replacing a crew like that will be tough to do. Currently, Ronnie Koons and Anthony McCloskey lead a revamped linebacking corps that will be tested this upcoming season. “We were looking to replace the linebacking crew we lost last year,” Zwaan said. “That was a high priority for us and we did a good job there.” Offensively, White leads a group that has some talent. Last year, for the West Chester Rustin Golden Knights, White rushed for 1,925 yards and 30 touchdowns. He averaged 175 yards a game and 9.92 yards per carry. During his high school career, White totaled over 4,000 yards, 65 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Some of his accolades include first team AllSoutheastern Pa. for the past two years, first team All-State the past two years and he won the Military Order of the Purple Heart Male Athlete of the Year

as a junior. Also coming in is Laronn Lee, a wide receiver from Penn Manor. Lee was a two-sport athlete in high school. On the football field, Lee caught 30 passes for 521 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 100 carries for 737 yards and nine touchdowns. “Laronn Lee had some I-AA offers that fell through late,” Zwaan said. “And we were happy to be there when he went to D-II. He is related to Herb Lee, a long time coach and teacher here at West Chester.” Another under the radar pickup is quarterback Aaron Wilmer out of George Washington High School. He finished his career with a school record of 2,457 passing yards of and a school and league record 43 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 541 yards and 14 touchdowns. “Aaron Wilmer at QB was being recruited by some D-I schools as an athlete/DB,” Zwaan said. “But he wanted to play QB. He could be a real sleeper.” Defensively, the Golden Rams coaching staff has recruited depth at the linebacking position and some depth along the defensive line. Josh Coulter, a defensive end from Downingtown west, had 75 sacks throughout his high school career.

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“Josh Coulter is another excellent football player from the county and he would have

been a D-I player if he had the size,” Zwaan said. “He has D-I talent.”

All in all, some of the players recruited have a chance to make an immediate impact. But this class cannot be judged for another couple of years. “We usually try to red shirt most of the freshmen, but we think we have some opportunities for some of the guys who may be ready to play right away,” Zwaan said. “[White] is one of the guys who may play for us right away. I could possibly see one of the linebackers getting some playing time for us at least on the special teams.” This upcoming summer, these players will have the chance to show what they can bring to West Chester for the 2010 football season. Coach Zwaan believes he has recruited players who will help bring the program back to the top of the PSAC and, four months from now, the coaches will know what they have. LJ Harrell is a fourth-year student majoring in Marketing. He can be reached at LH639694@ wcupa.edu.

The following student athletes will continue their football careers at WCU: NAME Emmanuel Bakare Antoine Bland Eric Brundidge Rich Bruno James Colivas Josh Coulter Mike Culbreath Martin Haynes Conner Hoffman Pete Hurley Laronn Lee Phil Mariani Kevin Regan Chris Scavicchio Al-Haji Shabazz Anthony Verrecchia Rondell White Ronnell Williams Aaron Wilmer Eric Wertz Joe Whinnery

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Lax on their way to PSAC postseason WCU Lax from page 15 four goals for the Golden Rams in her final regular season game for the purple and gold. Haines scored her first goal of the game 29 seconds in the contest. Six minutes later, the Marauders tied the game up as Liz Weekley scored her 31st goal of the season. West Chester scored four consecutive goals to pull away Millersville in the first half. Pyle, Haines, Glassey and junior attacker Jackie Hoover scored for the Golden Rams in an 11-minute span. Millersville got back on the board as Amanda Mattera scored with less than nine minutes left in the first half. West Chester answered with three goals of their own in two minutes as senior attacker Gabrielle Stitz, Crouse and Haines scored to increase the Golden Rams lead to 8-2.

Oczkowski scored off an assist from Haines with 25 seconds in the half as West Chester led 9-3 at the break. In the second half, the Golden Rams continued to show their dominance as they scored six second half goals. Glassey got things started just 11 seconds into the half to score her second goal of her game. Katie DiRico scored about a minute later to keep the deficit at six goals. But West Chester scored back-to-back goals as Oczkowski and Hayes scored for the Golden Rams. Haines, Stitz and junior attacker Devon Lotkowski scored the final three goals of the game for West Chester as they finished off their unbeaten regular season. Haines finished with four goals and three assists in the game. Stitz, Oczkowski and Glassey each finished with two goals apiece in the game. O’Keefe got the win as she played the first half and made

one save, while freshman goalkeeper Kelly Martin played in the second half and recorded two saves. The Golden Rams outshot the Marauders 43-19 in the game. Haines finished the regular season with 41 goals and 15 assists to finish with a team-high 56 points. Hayes finished with 17 goals and 34 assists to finish second on the team with 51 points. Grimwood finished with 34 goals and 12 assists to finish the regular season with 46 points, good for third on the team. Heading into the PSAC postseason tournament, West Chester will be the No. 1 seed. This weekend, the Golden Rams will host the 2010 PSAC Women’s Lacrosse semifinals and finals. They will play the winner of the Mercyhurst-Gannon quarterfinal match, which will be played on Tuesday. LJ Harrell is a fourth-year student majoring in Marketing. He can be reached at LH639694@ wcupa.edu

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Track and Field gains momentum towards PSAC’s

By Jillian Morgan Staff Writer

The men and women’s track and field team have a busy schedule planned for the next few weeks. All of their upcoming meets will be preparing them for their most prestigious performance all season: the PSAC Championships. The PSAC Championships will be held at West Chester University from May 13-15. As senior, Shannon Murphy stated, “This season has been a challenge yet rewarding. We are really looking forward to PSAC’s because it is the culmination of all the work we have put in for the last 10 months. Plus, having championships at home this year is awesome. For me it will be a great way to end my college career.” Not only are PSAC’s the most important event for the athletes attending, it is also when the graduating seniors will hang up their cleats and say good-bye to the Purple and Gold. Murphy being one of the graduating seniors stated, “I’m going to miss the team the most. They have been there every day through my whole college experience. I look at them more like my brothers and sisters now instead of just teammates. We’ve all bonded through our insane practices and long bus rides. Without the team, running track wouldn’t be half as fun.” The athletes that will be graduat-

ing this year include: Shawn Smith, Kevin Selinsky, Kyle Perry, John Hedrick, Shannon Murphy, Jess Joseph and Jenna Lenich. Of the seniors, Hedrick states his favorite part about running track, “The thing I will miss the most is the team. My teammates are great people and we all get along well with each other. I never find myself not wanting to go to practice and working with each other to get better. I have learned a lot from

each person on the team.” All of the athletes have been constantly training to qualify for PSAC’s. Of the Rams that did qualify, it is an honor to compete in this event. According to Brigid Gallagher, “Preparing for PSACs has been no easy road. I qualified in the 100m high hurdles and the 400m intermediate hurdles and we’re putting all our effort into workouts and all the small aspects that will help us to

improve every day. I’ve never been more confident in my training and I’m anxious to see the final results come champs.” Coach Keiser mentioned that he has high expectations for both the men and women’s teams. According to Keiser, the women’s team is young and still using this season to learn what’s expected of them. According to Shannon Murphy, the young athletes have come a long way. During the first week of practice, “Coach told us the workout for the day, and some of the freshmen looked at me like they were scared out of their minds. I laughed and told them to relax. I said, “Just get it done!” Since then it has kind of become my motto and it is what we say to each other before a hard workout.” However, the underclassmen are nowhere near inexperienced, considering the points they have brought the team and the personal bests they have achieved for themselves throughout the season. On the other hand, the men’s team has dominated the indoor season and is putting a dent in the outdoor season as well. Coach Keiser puts his trust in the men’s 4x100m relay team as well as the 4x400m relay team. All season the members of these relay teams have done an outstanding job. Coach Keiser is optimistic to say that they will continue to prove their strength as a team and as individuals at PSAC’s in May. Not only is Coach Keiser optimistic about specific events, but the entire men’s team, as well. The Golden Rams set the bar high during the indoor season by Amanda Warren/ The Quad placing fifth at PSAC’s.

According to senior, Kevin Selinsky, he really saw “the team come together at Indoor PSAC’s. Whether it was Leighon Johnson winning the long jump and qualifying for nationals or the 4x400’s third place finish, it’s always fun to see people get rewarded for their hard work.” Therefore, Coach Keiser knows their abilities and would love to see them out-do themselves at the upcoming Championship. Since some of the athletes will be leaving their Alma Matter after this season, Murphy, Kyle Perry and Hedrick have advice for the underclassmen. According to Murphy, “If I could give advice to the underclassmen for the upcoming season I would tell them to enjoy every second of the experience. The practices are long and hard, but at the end of it, you won’t regret doing it for one second. I came in to WCU knowing hardly anyone, and now that I’m leaving I have a whole team full of people that are like family to me.” Perry wants the underclassmen to “keep working hard, keep each other in line and focus. The main thing would be to listen to your coach, even though you might not agree with everything, have confidence in your coach and compete in every meet as if it was your last.” Lastly, Hedrick inspires the returning track and field team to “just keep working hard and have fun. The last four years have gone by way too fast and I wish I had another four years to run. I wish everyone the best of luck.” The Rams will continue to prove their strengths and abilities throughout the next few weeks leading to PSAC’s. The PSAC Championships are the last meet of the season so come and help support the track and field team at home on May 13-15. Jillian Morgan is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at JM652349@wcupa.edu.


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Editors leave lasting memory By Ryan Frisco Staff Writer

This is my final article for the Quad newspaper, but it will not be my final article. As I sit here writing this article this morning, I can’t believe the time that has passed. It seems like only yesterday I was a fresh out of high school freshman eager to begin a journalism career. I guess the saying is true, time flies when you’re having fun. I don’t know if you all remember Matt Lombardo, but it was he that took a chance on me three years ago, inviting me on to write for the sports section. I have to thank him, LJ Harrell, and women’s volleyball coach Kassie Bellaver for putting up with me that semester, as I fumbled through learning journalism and AP style. From there, it’s been quite the journey for me, as I’ve written articles for every sports team we cover in the Quad. Okay, not every article. My good buddy LJ actually never let me cover a football game here. That’s okay though, my Lady Ram rugby team could kick their butt on the field any day. Coach Tony DeRemer, and the entire women’s rugby team, thank you for being so enthusiastic these past three years. I took on your beat my first semester, and have stuck around ever since. You have never failed to give me some good quotes, feedback on the game, and allowed me to represent you guys to the rest of the University well. I miss covering your games. Coach Joe Miller and the wrestling team, I wish we had more time together. I only started covering you this final semester, and I whipped out some of my best articles in that span. Covering you guys took me back to my old wrestling days, and I really wanted to come out and join you on the mat. Thank you for being extra enthusiastic about being covered and emailing before and after every single match. And I need this time also to give a shout out to professor Charles Bauerlein. Thank you for calling me out every single class period to show the rest of the class what a bad story lead was. You did really help me, and I appreciate the time you took to help me enhance my writing skills and knowledge of AP

style. Being a commuter from Elverson, Pennsylvania, it was not easy for me to get plugged in at West Chester University. I couldn’t join any interesting clubs because there was no way to make any meetings or events, I couldn’t walk on to a sports team because of the demanding schedules, and there was no way I would be able to join an intramural squad, not being here five days out of the week. But there was one thing I could do; write for the paper. I could call or email the coaches and players to get quotes, and could stay at home and write my articles. I love to write, and I love sports, so combining two of my passions in life was a great thing for me. Not only did I get to do something I love, but I became a part of the University in a way I never thought I could. I was plugged in. I had a new group of friends, and a new sense of belonging. I left my stamp at West Chester University, put away in the archives forever. Now as I watch this week as Amy and Steve take over LJ’s and my spots, I can’t help but wonder where the sports section will go. It has been a struggle this past year to find writers to cover the many sports this campus has. Sports at West Chester University are great, and they should be covered so everyone knows about them. Students, the Quad needs your help. You don’t have to be a Journalism or English major to write for the paper. All are very welcome and encouraged to write. There are so many ways to benefit from writing for the Quad, from merely a resume booster to networking to finding new job or career path. The choice is yours. So now I conclude an article for the last time as a WCU student. I am confident in Amy and Steve to take over the section and do phenomenal job, keeping true to this school’s pride and excellence. So as I start a new chapter to my life, as I turn over a new leaf, leaving no stone unturned, I bid thee all farewells. I will never forget my stay here, for it was the time of my life. Ryan Frisco is a third-year student majoring in Communication studies. He can be reached at RF648257@wcupa. edu.

By LJ Harrell Staff Writer

With graduation only a few weeks away, some of the most important things I have had to deal with in my college life are coming to an end. Like being Sports Editor of this fine publication. And I feel the need to thank a number of people and tell some of my experiences I have had over the past couple of years.

me the shot and also trusted me to continue with leading the sports section in the right direction. I believe I have done that job and I am also entrusting that value into my predecessors. Another big thanks goes out to head football coach Bill Zwaan, head women’s basketball coach Deirdre Kane and all of the other coaches who I have had the pleasure of working with over the past couple of years. Whether it is working for The Quad or WCUR, I would

advisor for The Quad, Dr. Phillip Thompsen. He has always been there for the editorial staff and has helped us out whenever there was a problem. The other faculty advisor I need to thank is Dr. Arthur Smith. Doc is the advisor for WCUR and he goes above and beyond what his duties are. As the Sports Director for WCUR, he has helped me more times than I can count and I owe him a lot because of that. Next, I would like to thank The Quad editorial staff, in par-

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When I first walked onto the West Chester campus back in August 2006, I didn’t have a clue of what I wanted to do. But after meeting new friends my first year, I got turned onto athletics. In particular, writing about WCU athletics. I didn’t have the talent to play sports at the college level, but I had a lot of fun being around the teams. A year later, I was asked to write an article for The Quad on the women’s soccer team, and not only did I give it a try, but I began to become interested in writing sports articles. It started with women’s soccer and moved on to women’s basketball. And then I got to cover the football team. All of this accumulated into becoming the Asst. Sports Editor first, before becoming the Sports Editor. I have held this distinguished title for the last two years. It is a job I have cherished and it is a job I take seriously. But besides it being a job, it has become a passion of mine. It is something I love to do on a weekly basis. There are a lot of people who I need to thank because I have not been able to get to where I am today without their help. And I apologize in advance if I miss anyone. A lot of this could not have been possible without a few people who I would be remised to acknowledge. Matt Lombardo, the previous Sports Editor, gave

not have been able to accomplish much without their help. Being able to write about their teams and call exciting playoff matchups throughout the past couple of years has made my experiences at WCU that much more exciting. A big thanks also has to go to the athletes on the teams I have covered over the past couple of years. Whether its football season and D’Andre Webb, Joe Wright, Sam Scott, Mike Dell or Kevin Garland had a big game, they always gave me the time to ask questions and give me a quote or two. Or whether it be basketball season and Janelle Garber scores 1,000 points or Dana Weems wins the player of the year award or Allison Hostetter dazzles us with her passing, they always had time to sit down and talk with me. For this, I am thankful to all the athletes and will miss being around them. I also have to thank Athletic Director Dr. Edward Matejkovic and Sports Information Director Jim Zuhlke. These two individuals have confidence in the work I do with The Quad and WCUR which in turn helps me work harder and harder to live up to their expectations of me. Having the chance to work with these two has allowed me to see sports in a different light and being able to gain their confidence has helped me continue to progress as a writer and broadcaster. I also need to thank the faculty

ticular my assistant Ryan Frisco. Ryan has put up with me over the past two years but we have made the sports section the best we can. I have had the privilege of working with Ryan and I have learned a lot from him. I also want to thank Brenden Lee and Lindsey Covert. These two have been there with me with WCUR over the last two years, and if it weren’t for them we wouldn’t of been able to accomplish most of the things we did with WCUR. I know Lindsey will do an exceptional job as the new Sports Director for WCUR. Finally, I need to thank all of the readers of The Quad and all of those people who listened to the sporting broadcasts that I had the pleasure of calling, whether it is football, basketball or baseball. If it weren’t for your feedback and criticism, I wouldn’t have been able to give my best for you and for the school. These past couple of years have been the best experiences I have had in my life. And I am glad that I have been able to experience all of this at West Chester. I have faith in my successors, Amy Festa and Steven Fisher, to continue with the success that The Quad has had over the past couple of years. And for me, one thing will always reign true: I will always bleed Purple and Gold. LJ Harrell is a fourth-year student majoring in Marketing. He can be reached at LH639694@wcupa.edu.


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Record breaking rugby finale By Ryan Frisco Staff Writer

Records were broken last Saturday afternoon as the West Chester University Golden Ram rugby team entertained the Senior Day crowd with a blowout performance, easing past York College by the score of 72-0. Although it was unfortunately the final game of the season, with the Lady Rams missing the playoffs this year, the season finale was nothing short of spectacular. Drew Groswith, in her final collegiate game, got the team started early on in the first half, scoring a try in the first seven minutes. Krista Seibert scored early on in the half as well, scoring her first collegiate try in her three years on the field. After running out to an early 10-0 lead, the Rams just kept tacking them on. Cheryl Johnson ended the season as hot as she has been all year, scoring two trys in the first half. Known for her speed and agility around the outside, Johnson’s two scores were both on runs of more then 30 meters. Senior Ali Vandermay scored a try in the first half, and freshman Sara Waltman did as well. Coach Tony DeRemer is pleased with Waltman’s performance as of late, saying she has become much of a factor out on the field. The Golden Rams had a commanding 38-0 lead going into the half. Six trys were scored in the first half, and the second half played out pretty much the same way, as the Lady Rams scored six more trys to drive the final score to 72. Brittany Miller and Devon Tucker combined for four trys in the half, two a piece. The other two scores came by Anna McGlade and Maddie Kreibel. Megan Lamm had an outstanding day kicking for the team, as she converted six of the 12 trys for a total of 12 points on the day. The Lady Ram rugby team ended the season on a three game win streak where they shut out their final two teams and averaged a whopping 63 point per game. And as if that wasn’t enough, the team added a few new records as well. First off, they broke the record for total points scored in a single season. The season that the old record was held in had four more games then this year as well. The second record broken was an all time low for total points scored against them in a single season. This means this year’s

offense and defense were the best ever. Coach DeRemer is happy with his team’s performance this season, and is already looking on to next year’s campaign. “The team is training very hard and the seniors on the team have been instrumental in creating a motivating team culture,” DeRemer said. Maureen Rae, graduating senior, expressed how important it is for the team to really play as a team. Coach is pleased with the way the seniors have trained up the underclassmen, and taught them the importance of playing as a team. The loss of seniors this year will put a dent in their depth, but he is confident can fill in. One big loss to the team are the captains, Mary Bocchino and Emily Reifsnyder. “They have done a great job as captains over the past year and have motivated the team by example, and by on and off field positive reinforcement,” DeRemer said. DeRemer added that the team has definitely responded to their leadership, and their scoring points is a direct result of that. Much of their power on offense is credited as well to Brittany Miller and Cheryl Johnson. Those two have added a speed factor to the Lady Ram squad that hasn’t been there in the recent past. One player that coach DeRemer commented on was Brianne Feinour. She has spent the year learning the flyhalf position well, and has become one of the keys to success for the team in the backline. “In years past, it’s been tough to get the ball to our outside backs because our passes were never getting out to them,” DeRemer said. “But this year, Brianne is capable of getting the ball to our hard runners and our speed.” The front line is where some damage will be done with graduating seniors and ineligible athletes. The team will be losing Groswith, Michelle Gerlach, Vandermay, Maureen Rae, and Seibert. The back line is looking promising for the next season, as no starters will be lost. Some ‘up and coming talent’ that should help out there is found in Mary Kay Heaton and Jenna McGrath. Both are very capable of stepping into the lineup according to coach DeRemer. He is also excited about some recruits that will be joining the team in the fall who he hopes can have an immediate impact on the team. One of these recruits is the sister of graduating captain Mary Bocchino. “We are hoping that she can fill her sister’s shoes at some point in the future,” he said. The WCU Lady Ram rugby team ends the 2009-2010 campaign with a nice 8-5 record, nothing to be ashamed about. They took the runner up spot in the EPRU championship, and just missed out on a Sweet Sixteen birth. Next year’s goal will be to improve on this year’s performance, and hopefully earn a trip back to Nationals in April. Ryan Frisco is a thirdyear student majoring in Communication studies. He can be reached at RF648257@wcupa.edu.

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WCU lax finishes undefeated season By LJ Harrell Staff Writer

This past week, the sixth-ranked West Chester University Golden Rams women’s lacrosse team continued their unbelievable play as they finished the regular season with an undefeated record. West Chester ended the season with two impressive road victories over the East Stroudsburg University Warriors and the Millersville University Marauders. With the victories, West Chester has won 59 regular season conference games in a row. On Wednesday, the Golden Rams (16-0, 10-0 PSAC East) used another strong second-half

effort to put East Stroudsburg away 16-9. Michelle Mangiaruga scored first for the Warriors 15 seconds into the game. But West Chester answered right back scoring seven unanswered goals in a 15-minute span. Junior attacker Claire Grimwood scored a minute after Mangiaruga to start the offensive mirage for the Golden Rams. Freshman midfielder Theresa Guinta scored a minute and a half later for West Chester to give them their first lead of the game. Senior attacker Nicole Haines, junior attacker Shannon Hayes, Grimwood (two goals) and freshman attacker Nicole Pyle scored the other five goals during the run

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for the Golden Rams. East Stroudsburg answered with five goals of their own to end the half. Molly O’Hara (two goals), Christine Bradley (one goal) and Jamie Wesztergom (two goals) helped pull the Warriors within one goal of West Chester. In the second half, the Golden Rams turned up the heat on East Stroudsburg. West Chester outscored the Warriors 9-2 in the second half to remain unbeaten. Grimwood scored her fourth goal of the game early in the half to give the Golden Rams a two-goal lead. O’Hara answered back for East Stroudsburg a minute later to cut the lead in half. Pyle, senior midfielder Katy Crouse and Hayes scored the next three goals for West Chester. Sophomore attacker Erin Oczkowski scored the first of five consecutive goals for the Golden Rams to pull away from the Warriors. Freshman midfielder Lauren Glassey scored two goals in a minute and a half to make it 14-8 West Chester. Junior attacker Julia Walsh and Haines scored the final two goals of the game for the Golden Rams. Grimwood scored four goals and Oczkowski put up six points on the strength of five assists. Haines and Hayes each posted three points with two goals and one assist. Sophomore goalkeeper MacKenzie O’Keefe made nine saves in goal to help pick up her 11th win of the season. On Saturday, West Chester finished off the regular season with a 15-7 victory over Millersville University. Haines scored See WCU Lax on Page 13

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WCU softball continues run towards first PSAC title By LJ Harrell Staff Writer

For the first time in school history, the West Chester University Golden Rams softball team was competing in the PSAC tournament after winning their first ever division title. And they did not disappoint. After splitting their first two games of the tournament with Mercyhurst College Lakers and the Lock Haven University Bald Eagles on Friday, West Chester swept Lock Haven on Saturday, in come-from-behind fashion, to move on to the championship round next weekend. Mercyhurst and Lock Haven played in the opening game on Friday, with Lock Haven coming out on top 6-5 in eight innings. In the second game of the afternoon, the Golden Rams (32-16) hammered their way to a 14-3 victory over the Lakers, led by junior outfielder Erin MacNamee’s two homeruns in the game. With the victory, West Chester eliminated Mercyhurst from the PSAC tournament. The Golden Rams started quickly against the Lakers as they scored four runs in the first inning. Senior shortstop Sam Ingersoll hit an RBI single as senior outfielder Evelyn Anderson scored after she reached base on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning. Two batters later, junior catcher Kate Kmiecinski hit a two-run single up the middle as she plated MacNamee and Ingersoll. Freshman Megan Rupert hit an RBI single, scoring junior Brooke Muth. In the second inning, West Chester continued their offensive onslaught as MacNamee hit a three-run homerun scoring Anderson and Ingersoll, and increasing the Golden Rams lead in the process to 7-0. In the fourth inning, West

Chester exploded with seven more runs to put Mercyhurst away. The first three batters for the Golden Rams reached base as Anderson singled, Ingersoll walked and senior first baseman Megan Harbaugh singled. MacNamee, who was batting cleanup, brought them all home as she hit a grand slam down the leftfield line for her second homerun of the game. The inning wasn’t over as West Chester continued their assault. Muth singled up the middle and Kmiecinski singled to right field. Two batters later, sophomore catcher Nicole Cruts singled up the middle to bring home Muth. Senior outfielder Stef Kerbacher hit a two-run single as Cruts and sophomore Mandy Gerhart (pinch running for Kmiecinski) scored on the play. MacNamee finished 3-for-4 with three runs and eight RBIs. Anderson finished 2-for-4 with three runs. Ingersoll was 0-for-1 but finished with three runs scored. Muth pitched a complete game scattering seven hits and giving up three runs, two of which were earned to pick up here 15th victory of the season. In the third game of the afternoon, the Golden Rams fell to the Bald Eagles 4-0. Lock Haven, the defending PSAC and National Champions entered the tournament the third seed out of the Central Division. The Bald Eagles scored all four of their runs in the first inning as Erin Clary singled to left center to open up the game. Two batters later, Becca Bailey singled up the middle. Brittany Muthard walked a batter before Brittany Pataky singled up the middle to score Clary and Bailey. Two batters later, Meredith Morris hit a two-run single, scoring Pataky and Kirsten Labant to finish off the scoring in the inning.

West Chester could not get anything started offensively as Lock Haven pitcher Bailey tossed a complete game, two-hitter. She carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Anderson singled for the Golden Rams first hit of the game. On Saturday, West Chester

seventh inning to force another game against the Bald Eagles. Muth (16-9) picked up the win, relieving freshman pitcher Devon Utterback in the third inning and tossing 4.1 innings of relief. She allowed a pair of runs on four hits, walked one and struck out one. Utterback ran into control problems in the third, walking the bases loaded and then walking in a run all with two outs. Lock Haven erased a 2-0 deficit with a pair of runs during the inning. Harbaugh hit her seventh home run of the season in the bottom of the third to put the Golden Rams back on top 3-2. But, the Bald Eagles answered with a pair of runs in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. In game two, West Chester used final inning heroics once Lukas Jenkins/ The Quad again to stun the defending needed to sweep the Bald Eagles national champions. Cruts in order to advance to the champi- provided the heroics in game onship round of the PSAC playoffs two with a game-tying, leadoff this weekend. And in come-from- homerun in the top of the seventh. behind fashion, the Golden Rams Ingersoll’s one-out, single to pulled off a pair of dramatic 5-4 center field was the game-winvictories in the final at-bat of each ning RBI later in the inning as game. With the two wins over the the Golden Rams finished off Lock four-time defending conference Haven with an identical 5-4 win. champions, West Chester has West Chester scored three runs eliminated Lock Haven from post- in the top of the sixth and two in season play. the seventh to erase a 4-0 Bald In the first game, Ingersoll Eagles lead and come from behind blasted a two-run, walk-off in the final game. Kerbacher homerun in the bottom of the started the rally in the sixth

with a one-out single through the right side. Anderson followed with a single to left and Ingersoll then singled home Kerbacher for the Golden Rams first run of the game. After Harbaugh struck out for the second out of the inning, Lock Haven’s second baseman booted a routine ground ball from MacNamee that allowed Anderson and pinch runner Gerhart to score making it a 4-3 ballgame. Muth followed with a single up the middle that chased Bald Eagles starter Sarah Morse. Lock Haven called on reliable righty Becca Bailey, who got the Bald Eagles out of the inning. However, Bailey was touched up in the top of the seventh when Cruts took her deep to lead off the frame and knot the score at 4-4. Senior second baseman Kelsey Rapp laid down a bunt out in front of the plate that Bailey could not get a handle on and reached first base. Kerbacher sacrificed her over to second and Anderson drew a walk. That is when Ingersoll stepped to the plate and hit a liner into center that plated Rapp with the go-ahead run. Utterback pitched the seventh for her second win of the season. Utterback pitched four innings of one-hit, scoreless ball in relief of starter Muth. Utterback walked two, struck out two and hit a batter. Muth lasted three innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. She walked one and struck out one. West Chester travels to Bloomsburg on Friday, April 30. Its opponent (Bloomsburg or Cal) in game one of that three-team, double-elimination championship round will be determined on Monday. LJ Harrell is a fourth-year student majoring in Marketing. He can be reached at LH639694@wcupa.edu.

Baseball defends PSAC East title By Steven Fisher Asst. Sports Editor

The West Chester University baseball team took three of four from Shippensburg over the weekend to clinch the regularseason PSAC Eastern Division title for the second straight year. The Golden Rams surged past University of the Sciences (Phila.), 8-2 to claim the 10th annual Bill Giles championship at Citizen’s Bank Park on Tuesday afternoon. The Golden Rams won its seventh Bill Giles title, including the last three consecutively. WCU are now 5-0 at Citizen’s Bank Park since it opened in 2004. For the second time in the last three years, USP (4-33) dropped the Bill Giles championship game to WCU. WCU got on the board first in the third inning when senior shortstop Nick Spisak reached on an error by USP’s first basemen. With two outs in the inning, Kevin

McGrath took off on contact and was able to score from first base. Joe Wendle and Kyle Orensky teamed up with back-to-back doubles as West Chester took a 3-0 lead on three unearned runs. The Golden Rams took a 5-0 lead when McGrath hit a two-run homerun that cleared the 387-foot sign in left-center in the fifth inning. Brandon Wolfe came through with an RBI single that scored Charlie Kelly in the sixth inning. Kelly smashed a solo homerun off the facade of the upper deck in the top of the eighth inning to make the score 7-0. Following Kelly’s long-ball, Wolfe doubled into the right field corner and would later score on a double from McGrath. Kelly and McGrath each finished 2-for-4, with a pair of runs scored. McGrath lead the team in the Bill Giles championship game with three RBI. “It was a thrill,” said McGrath, in regards to hitting a homerun at

Citizens Bank Park. “I along with the rest of the team feel fortunate to get a chance to play at the home of the Phillies.” Head coach Mark Jackson sent seven different WCU pitchers

to the mound. Together they allowed just six hits over the nine innings. Dave Stieg picked up his fourth win in Tuesday’s Bill Giles championship victory. Stieg threw two shut-out innings. John Hopkins came on and pitched two scoreless innings. Opalka followed Hopkins and also tossed a scoreless inning. Craig Carroll was touched for a pair of runs in the sixth. Jared Lehman, Dan Doyle and Carmen Daddario all pitched a single inning without allowing a single hit. Combined they retired the last 10 USP batters in order to close out the game. Luke Peyton (0-3) took the loss for the USP Devils. Peyton allowed two earned Jessica Guzzardo/ The Quad

runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out five WCU batters in four innings of work. WCU swept Shippensburg in a PSAC baseball doubleheader at Fairchild stadium, Friday afternoon. Wendle got the scoring started with an RBI groundout in the first inning of game one. Later in the inning Orensky hit a sacrifice fly to give the Golden Rams an early 2-0 lead. Wendle and Orensky teamed up again in the third inning, both players singled in a run in the top of the third that gave WCU some insurance runs and a 4-0 lead. Sophomore right-hander Jordan Lehman (5-0) started for WCU and had a solid outing. He threw a complete-game, allowing two hits, two walks while striking out three Shippensburg batters. Lehman allowed just two runs in game one of Friday’s doubleheader. Nate Umberger (1-9) tossed a complete-game for ShipSee WCU Baseball on Page 12


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